South East Creatives is continuing through the current crisis.

The Programme is adapting by:

  • Streamlining the Grants process  Read more here .
  • Moving Workshops + Mentoring Online.  Read more here
  • Providing a free webinars for creative businesses. Read more here

Locally in East Sussex, we are:

  • Developing a series of free webinars for creative businesses
  • Working with the Creative Hubs (De La Warr Pavilion and Towner Gallery) to support the local creative economy
  • Collaborating with local partner organisations to provide further support.

For further information about South East Creatives visit southeastcreatives.co.uk , email info@southeastcreatives.co.uk or email local co-ordinator Ben Morgan directly.

You will find links to help and support during the Coronavirus lockdown here


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What is South East Creatives?

South East Creatives is the  name of the South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Sector Project (SECCADS).

It is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014 to 2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

The programme aims to support more than 370 creative, digital and cultural companies and sole traders across East Sussex, Kent and Essex and give a £2.5m boost to the area’s economy.

Who is South East Creatives for?

South East Creatives is a business development programme for small and medium sized businesses in the creative, cultural or digital sectors. This includes industries such as:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Architecture
  • Crafts
  • Design: Product, Graphics and Fashiom
  • Film, TV, Radio
  • IT, Software, Gaming and Computer Services
  • Museums, Galleries and Libraries
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Publishing
  • Visual Arts

Businesses can be set up as limited companies or sole traders.

Is my business eligible for funding or support?

You will need to go through an eligibility check to make sure your business is eligible for funding, training or mentoring. You will then be introduced to Ben Morgan, your local co-ordinator for the Rother and Hastings area.

Ben will meet with you to understand more about your needs and ambitions and advise whether funding, training or mentoring is the right route for you.

To find out more about eligibility for the programme, contact info@southeastcreatives.co.uk

Can I only get advice or go to programme events if I get a grant?

No. South East Creatives aims to support creative businesses in lots of different ways including 121 advice, mentoring, professional development and knowledge exchange. You don’t need to apply for or receive a grant to benefit from the other support available.

Where are the South East Creatives hubs?

The De La Warr Pavilion is one of a number of cultural hubs across East Sussex, Kent and Essex who have been appointed to support the programme. Others include Towner Art Gallery, Creative Folkestone, Resort Studios in Margate and partners based in Thurrock, Southend and Colchester.