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East Midlands Create Growth now open to businesses for Cohort 3

14 May 2024

Businesses can now apply for Cohort 3 of £1.2m East Midlands Create Growth Programme.

Applications have opened for the third cohort of a £1.2 million support programme for East Midlands creative businesses.

Companies are being encouraged to apply for the Create Growth, which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

Already passing through the programme have been 23 East Midlands businesses completing the first cohort of the regional business growth accelerator. 83% of companies who completed cohort 1 would recommend Create Growth to others.

Businesses completed an initial business health check, attended a full-day business bootcamp, which included opportunities to network, and logged on to eight virtual masterclasses covering themes including leadership, marketing, sales, finance and business planning.

As well as the 90-minute masterclasses delivered by industry experts, all participants were also assigned a mentor offering five hours of free support, as well as an opportunity to undertake investment readiness workshops.

To see if you would benefit from this programme why not read here about the benefits Ben Coates director of Cande Group found from completing the programme.

To be eligible for Cohort 3 of the East Midlands Create Growth programme, businesses must:

  • Have turnover growth of 10% year-on-year over approximately 3 years (including either prior to or during the Pandemic)
  • Employ a minimum of 2 people over the last two years (full-time, part-time or freelance)
  • Have created a revenue generating product, launched a new platform or service, or reached a market of scale
  • Generated sales revenue in the last 2 years.
  • Be trading or registered within Leicester, Leicestershire, Derby, Derbyshire, Lincoln, Greater Lincolnshire, or Rutland areas.

Apply here to Cohort 3