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Creative UK To Launch New Investment Opportunities At Newcastle Summit

The North East’s creative industries have been delivered a boost after the announcement of two investment opportunities.

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has committed a further £2m towards the North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme (CCIP), which aims to help drive new opportunities in the region’s cultural sector. The pledge comes on top of the £1.5m invested since 2021 in loans, equity and grants, leveraging an additional £1m through private sector investment. The programme has also provided business support to hundreds of firms and freelancers working in the North of Tyne area.

The announcement coincides with the launch of Creative UK’s £35m Creative Growth Finance II (CGF II) fund. The new nationwide Creative Industries investment fund will support the UK’s ambitions to grow the sector by £50bn and create one million extra creative jobs by 2030.

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North of Tyne mayor Jamie Driscoll said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Einstein said this and who am I to disagree.

“Creativity spans all areas of life. It is a vital driver of culture and commerce. This funding will help to unleash the creative talent in our region. The North East companies pitching for investment are great examples of what can be achieved with imagination and hard work. Investment propositions as diverse as children’s animation, esports clubs and protective sports headwear that reduces the risk of concussion. In partnership with Creative UK, we’re making sure bright ideas can become rewarding realities.”

Carol Bell, associate regional director for the North at Creative UK, said: “The region’s creative industries are an incredibly rich prospect for investment. Between 2011 and 2020, they grew by 68% – the fastest of any UK region – and today contribute more than £1bn to the local economy annually, employing 46,000 people. The creative sector helps ignite pride of place among local communities and unlocks new opportunities for young people to discover their own creativity.

“We are very grateful to the North of Tyne Combined Authority for recognising the sector’s economic and social value within the region and are delighted that they have committed to funding the continued success of the North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme”.

Caroline Norbury at chief executive, Creative UK, said: “Over the past decade the UK’s Creative Industries have grown more than 1.5 times the rate of the wider economy, currently generating £108bn in economic value and employing 2.3m people. However, this country’s talented creative businesses are experiencing a significant gap between their immense growth potential and access to the vital capital they need to succeed.”

News of the additional funding for the CCIP and the launch of the new CGF II fund will be celebrated at Creative UK’s North East Investment Summit on Wednesday, September 27, at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema.

The summit will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by investment in the North East’s Creative Industries, and features a keynote speech from Lisa Opie, manager director of Newcastle’s Ubisoft Reflections studio. There will also be a live competition with creative companies Chap in the Box Studios, Rezon and Viperio pitching for up to £100,000 of equity investment.

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