Medway businesses in the creative, cultural and digital sectors are being encouraged to take advantage of a new £5.1million grants and support programme.
The South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Programme (SECCADS) is an ambitious programme, led by Thurrock Council and running across Essex, Kent and East Sussex.
Between now and December 2020, it aims to help more than 370 companies and sole-traders with business support or match-funded grants of up to £20,000, contributing a major boost to the creative economy in the South East.
Grants awarded under the scheme can be used to fund both capital and revenue projects, including equipment, plant and machinery costs, salary costs towards a new role, supporting initial rent for new premises, funding the cost of purchasing patents, IT software and much more.
The business support element of the programme has been awarded to Space Studios - a well-established organisation supporting the creative industry. Space is developing a programme tailored to meet the specific needs of creative businesses in the South East.
The programme will be supported by established local cultural hubs at Creative Foundation in Folkestone, Resort Studios in Margate, Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, as well as by partners based in Thurrock, Southend and Colchester.
'This is great news for cultural, creative and digital businesses in Medway'
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This is great news for cultural, creative and digital businesses in Medway. We are committed to creating more opportunities for businesses to grow and to create more jobs in the area – Innovation Park Medway is a key example of our commitment to supporting businesses to grow. I would encourage businesses to apply for the scheme and find out how it will be able to help their business.”
The programme is designed to boost cultural, creative and digital businesses of all sizes, from freelancers to small and medium enterprises. It also covers a wide spectrum of creative business from architects to fashion designers, from creative practitioners to graphic design and computer gaming companies.
For more information, and to find out whether you are eligible for this programme, please email SECCADS@thurrock.gov.uk.