Creative Industries Growth Fund – opportunity for Barking & Dagenham residents



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The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham is establishing a dedicated Creative Industries Growth Fund.  The fund is aimed at growing the creative industry sector within the borough and creating employment opportunities, work experience, training and apprenticeships for local residents.

Support to individuals starting up a business will also be a feature of the programme.  The fund is primarily for activity related to the creative industries sector. This fund aims to support creative industries while at the same time focusing on local employment and economic growth opportunities.

Capital funding will be made available through the Creative Industries Growth Fund to:-

  • Fund the initial capital start up costs for a creative industry business at The Icehouse Quarter (attached for space available
  • Create employment and training opportunities for borough residents
  • Offer apprenticeship opportunities for young people
  • Offer support (mentoring) to small and medium size business in the creative industries sector

Funding of up to £50,000 is available for capital start up costs for a new creative industry.  The funds will take the form of an interest free loan repayable over an agreed term of no more than 3 years .

Studio space will be made available at the Icehouse Quarter. All other costs including running and staff costs are to be provided by the successful bidder. A business plan and repayment model should be submitted as part of the bid submission.

Expressions of Interest

If you think that this is a project that interests you please express your interest by email to 

The closing date for the return of completed submissions is 12 noon on Friday 20 September 2013


Natwest Business Academy Event – 12th September 2013


Starting a business? Up and running but need to grow?

NatWest Business Banking have teamed up with City Business Library to bring business support organisations together in an evening event to advise and inform you, whatever stage you are at.

A number of the business support organisations that can really assist you, including City Business Library, NatWest Business, Business Launchpad, South London Export Club and Womens Business Centre, will be present on the night to discuss and guide you with your own business idea in mind.

With plenty of other like minded aspiring business people present there is always the opportunity for a spot of networking and practising your pitch for your business.

The event is free so if you are seeking face to face business information with the experts there has never been a better opportunity to grab it.

NatWest Business Banking is proud to be able to work as part of the business community to bring all of these organisations together to support business

Please note that there is no parking available at City Business Library – closest Tube stop is Moorgate.

To register click here.

Entries for the Docklands Business Club awards are open now!



To help you prepare a powerful entry to this year’s Docklands Business Club and East London Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, there will be an open workshop.

Wednesday 28 August, 8.30am – 10.00am
At: University of East London, One Canada Square, 10th Floor, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB
Nearest Station: Canary Wharf Jubilee Line and Canary Wharf DLR

Hear from:
The Chairman of the Judges Janette Withey and Chairman of Docklands Business Club on what the panel will be looking for in a written submission and from shortlisted interviewees.

A Previous Winner and Current Sponsor Karen Wilton from Knowledge Dock on how to prepare a truly effective entry that ultimately leads on to a winning presentation.

The Workshop starts at 8.30am and lasts until 10.00am allowing plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Refreshments will be served.

Book online now to receive booking confirmation and venue directions.2095271_dbcheader2012

Access the Buyer Launch Event


What: Access the Buyer Launch Event

When: Thursday 12th September 2013

Where: Hub Westminster, Haymarket, London SW1

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm

Are you a SME in the Creative and Digital Sector currently exploring growth and development opportunities?

Would you be excited by an opportunity to take part in a FREE event to explore business opportunities with major UK and international brands, offering them your innovative solutions to meet their needs and transform your ideas into revenue?

Business in the Community, a business-led charity with over 850 members, including 75% of the FTSE 250, is inviting applications from SMEs in the Creative and Digital sector to take part in a fast paced, interactive event with Senior Marketing Professionals from large businesses, including Santander and Odeon/UCI Cinemas.

The day will feature a combination of purchasing insight, live commercial innovation briefs and interactive breakout sessions.

Application Process:

Please complete the short online application form via this link to attend. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 27th August.

On Friday 30th August one representative from 60 successful SMEs will be invited to attend based on previous contract history and ability to grow and create jobs. SMEs must be based and trading within the UK, but there is no requirement to be based in London.

About Access the Buyer:

Business in the Community, supported by Santander, has developed Access the Buyer, a new programme to help SMEs access large business supply opportunities.

The Access the Buyer programme comprises a national series of sector specific events, bringing selected buyers and suppliers together with the aim to do business and help SMEs grow and create jobs.

For more information please contact | 020 7566 6630