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Business support organisation sought for Grimsby’s creative sector

12:15 pm, Thursday, 6th August 2020 - 2 years ago


A unique opportunity has arisen for business support organisations to help develop Grimsby’s creative sector.

The Grimsby Creates programme, using the Cultural Development Fund money, and led by North East Lincolnshire Council, is due to be launched soon.

In the meantime, the programme is looking for an organisation, partnership or consortium, ideally with previous experience in the creative support sector, to apply for the role of a creative industries Business Development Partner.

The aim of the role will be to provide support in the development of the creative sector in North East Lincolnshire, building capacity and sustainability within existing businesses and assisting new start-ups.

The business development programme will incorporate mentoring, business advice and investment support for the area’s creative industries, focusing on the needs of the individual or organisation.  Therefore, the activities and services provided will need to be tailored specifically to those needs.

The Council has already conducted research that supports the creation of this creative sector support provider alongside the wider business support on offer in Grimsby, not only to provide mentoring, but to also help creative graduates who may just need business skills to turn their talent into a venture.

James Trowsdale, Strategic Lead for Culture at the council said: “There’s strong and well-established business support organisations in our area already, offering good advice. This new service for the creative sector will supplement and enhance existing provision by providing tailored support for those already in or wishing to start creative businesses.”

Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for culture, added: “Finding and recruiting skilled workers and retaining local talent is also a vital key to growth in this sector. By investing in the skills and talent development of our young people we hope they will choose to remain living and working in the area, employed within our creative industries sector, establishing their own enterprise or becoming a freelancer. There’s lots of opportunities about, and we want local people to make the most of them.”

To find out more about this tender opportunity, visit YORTender, with reference DN445461. Closing date for tenders is 12 noon on Thursday 10 September 2020.

Grimsby Creates is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by Arts Council England as part of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF).

For further details about the Grimsby Creates Programme please email


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