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Create South East

Applications Open for Cohort 3! Interested?

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Create South East


Supporting you to turn your ideas into a leading creative business

  • Does your business have creativity at its heart? (eg: design, fashion, architecture, film, broadcast, createch, gaming, immersive, publishing, music, theatre, art, heritage, craft, media).
  • Are you operating in Kent, Essex or Sussex?
  • Are you ready to take the next big step on your journey to grow your business?

Create South East is designed to help creative businesses like yours. The programme will support you to develop the skills to secure investment so that you can achieve your ambitions for your company to grow. It is tailored to the needs of different creative disciplines, their respective markets, governance and distribution models.

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What do I get from the programme?

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1-2-1 Mentoring

Expert mentors will work with you to craft a bespoke nine-month journey. Together you will address your challenges, explore opportunities and develop new networks.

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Peer to Peer Cohorts

You will be put together with a curated cohort of similar creative businesses. The cohort will support, champion and learn from each other throughout the programme.

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Tailored Workshops

Cohorts will take part in workshops that are designed specifically for them, covering business foundations and discipline or sub sector- specific challenges.

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Investment Opportunities and Networking

The cohorts will be introduced to creative industry investors and have exclusive opportunities to pitch for investment as part of the national Create Growth Programme.

Who is Create South East?

Create South East is a consortium of businesses, agencies and local government bodies who have come together to work with national statutory agencies to deliver the South East part of the national Create Growth Programme.

Our purpose is to ensure that the support offered is high quality, relevant, up-to-date and discipline specific.

Programme Partners

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creative UK logo
Screen South logo
Basildon Council logo
Brighton and hove council logo
East Sussex County Council Logo
Essex County Council logo
Medway Council Logo
South East Local Enterprise Partnership logo
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West Sussex County COuncil Logo
Kent Councty COuncil logo

"Our region is full of incredible creative talent. Create South East is here to bring our collective expertise and experience, so whether you work in architecture, design, fashion, films, games, performance or tv, let’s take your ambitions a step closer to being a business reality."

Angels@Essex, Creative UK and Screen South.

Proud delivery partners of Create South East.

Latest News & Events

Special Events

South East Fashion Innovation


South East Fashion Innovation Event

Do you work in fashion in the South East? We are delighted to invite you to an evening of talks and networking for the fashion…
Create South East Meets

Cohort 1’s first in person meet up

Eastbourne, The Towner Gallery, The Turner Prize and more... In October we welcomed our cohort members to a special viewing of the Turner Prize in…

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