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Culture Change: Growth and Funding Opportunities for Creative Businesses

Culture Change

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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Join us on the 4 June at the High House Production Park, Purfleet for the Culture Change mid-term conference.   


You’ll be able to find out more about the role Local Enterprise Partnerships in your area, how they work and how they are supporting businesses.

You will also hear from some of the organisations offering support and funding opportunities to creative businesses to help your business grow.

Learn how the Culture Change programme can help your business, network with creative industries colleagues and participate in free workshops to support your business.


Workshops will cover how to network effectively to win new business, how to use social media to market your business, environmental action planning, creative industry finance and help to find and apply for funding.

Programme for the day includes: 

09.30        Registration and Networking

                 Barn complex, High House Production Park

Matt Lane, Head of Royal Opera House Thurrock and Thames Gateway
                   Welcome to HHPP and overview of the Culture Change Programme

                 Key note speeches

10:05        Creative Industries Economy | Douglas Cameron, Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Overview of the CI economic landscape and growth within the sector.


10:20        Local Enterprise Partnership Panel Discussion - What role can the creative and cultural sector play in the strategic economic plan of a local enterprise partnership?

The panel session will:

  • Give practical examples of how LEPs and the creative and cultural sector are working together

  • Insights into work of LEPs

  • Top tips about how to engage with your LEP

    Panel chair:    Andrea Stark, CEO, High House Production Park

         Panel members:         

  •          Zoe Gordon | South East LEP
  •            Michael Barnes | Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough LEP
  •            Paul Witcomb | Hertfordshire LEP
  •         Alastair Rhind | New Anglia LEP


10:50      Break


11.10      Business Case study | Lucy Harris, Director, Pixelwork

11:40      Business Support and Funding Panel

               Sue Berdo, Project Officer, Kent County Council tiger fund


               Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive, Created United Creative Industry Finance


               Samantha Burton, Project Officer, Adapt Low Carbon Group Low Carbon Innovation Fund

               Simon Best, Programme Manager Grants for Growth


               Jessica Stockford, Head of Board Development Arts and Business


12:30       Lunch and Tours of Royal Opera House Production Workshop, The Backstage Centre and High House Production Park


13.30        Business Support workshops


(choose one from options below)

Funding Opprotunities and Jargon Busting
Demystifying the sometimes complicated world of bidding for funding and helping you understand the ‘jargon’ that’s used

  • Understand the difference between funding and grants
  • Explore the barriers to take up and the terminology used
  • Generate discussion and share experiences
  • Develop an action plan
  • Support available for bid development


Brilliant Networking

'Well organised and effective networking saves time and resources, and is an energy efficient activity'
It's a fact that people still do business with people yet few businesses take time out to work on the most viable method of winning and keeping new business.
Very few are really confident about working a room of potential business contacts, and come out of it feeling they haven't maximised the opportunities to develop really good business relationships.
Now you can attend a workshop to help you achieve more from your business networking, to assess more closely the kind of associations you need to make for your business, to be sharper about how you network and where, and be more confident about pitching your business to others.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Work a room full of strangers
  • Break the ice and get the other person interested in you
  • Listen to what the other person wants
  • Understand the difference between networking and selling
  • Feel more confident in both networking and presenting your business
  • Develop new business

Social Media

Social Media seminar specifically developed for CCI:

  • Facebook marketing – why it works, and how to extend your reach since Facebook lowered organic reach (I get asked about this a lot by creatives)
  • Twitter – top 5 hints and tips to get your work or business seen by the people who are most likely to buy your work or services
  • Instagram and Pinterest – Harnessing the power of these 2 social media platforms to best advantage
  • Stumbleupon – How to get your creative work discovered globally

Environmental Action Planning 
Get support on building an action plan to take your first steps in ‘going green’.

This workshop will cover

  • The environmental impacts of associated with creative and cultural work
  • Inspiring case studies of environmental best practice
  • Access to tools and resources that support environmental sustainability
  • Training on how to measure your carbon footprint
  • Identifying opportunities to save money as well as reduce your carbon emissions
  • How to develop an environmental action plan for your business which is relevant and achievable

Creative Industries Finance

Learn more about the Creative Industry Finance programme of support and access to finance opportunities.

This workshop is designed to:
  • Present the key outcomes of the pilot programme
  • Explain the application criteria and focus of the forthcoming national programme
  • Explore the use of debt finance as an alternative to grant funding as a tool for supporting business growth and development within the sector
  • Help you understand how your organisation might benefit from applying to the programme

16.00           Networking and Close

Culture Change is a business support programme for small and medium enterprises and micro-businesses within the creative and cultural industries based in the East of England. This is a new Royal Opera House programme supported by the European Regional Development Fund that provides a minimum of 12 hours free support to your organisation.


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Project Part-Financed by the European Union European Regional Development Fund      Low Carbon Economic Growth in the East of England

Do you have questions about Culture Change: Growth and Funding Opportunities for Creative Businesses? Contact Culture Change

When & Where

High House Production Park
Vellacott Close,
RM19 1RJ Essex
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 from 09:30 to 16:00 (BST)

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Culture Change

The Culture Change programme offers free business support to the creative and cultural industries, helping them save money and become more sustainable.

Culture Change is available to anyone who works within a creative business in the East of England.


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Culture Change: Growth and Funding Opportunities for Creative Businesses
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