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We’re ending the year with an exciting announcement – two more cohorts of businesses from across the South East have joined our programme and we can’t wait to get stuck in with them in the new year!

16 businesses have been selected to take part in our intensive nine-month business support programme, and, following demand from creative businesses in the area, we’ve invited 12 additional companies to take part in a six-month pathway of support aimed at helping businesses at an earlier stage. We look forward to working with them all and hope you will follow along for more updates!

Take a look at our magical round up of the year below ✨

We’d like to thank all of our partners, programme members, newsletter subscribers, and collaborators for an incredible year and for all of the support you’ve shown the Create South East team. We’ve had an amazing year which has included the launch of our programme, our first three cohorts, in person and online events, visits to our programme businesses and lots more! 

Our festive run down in numbers is below but just to let you all know the office will be closed for Christmas from Friday 22nd December and reopening on Tuesday 2nd January 2024.

Dan, Reb, Amelia and Grace wish you all a restful festive season and a very happy New Year 🎄❄️


(Open to London based companies)

Evo Fashion – a high-impact programme designed to help fashion businesses improve their sustainability, increase team effectiveness and accelerate growth.

Delivered by Fashion District and Evo Learning, this five-month experiential programme for emerging brands and fashion technology businesses is free, funded by London & Partners as part of the Grow London Early Stage programme. Taking a holistic approach to business strategy, the programme will cover topics such as design for circularity, supply chain sustainability, ethical working standards, founder wellbeing and investment readiness.

Applications close on 8th January 2024.

For more information and to apply, visit their website below:


Creative Enterprise has recently announced their Business Builder grant, a grant initiative designed to support companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games, animation and immersive industries.

With grants of up to £2,500, beneficiaries will be able to work with a consultant to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth.

The grants can be used to subsidise the cost of working with an expert to support companies’ specific goals including business planning and strategy as well as offering other specialist expertise, knowledge or contacts. Examples include marketing strategy, monetisation of IP, international operation, and more . For the full list of approved support, please see Business Builder Guidelines below.

Applications for Creative Enterprise Business Builder are now open.


The latest round of the Prototype Fund is now open for applications.

Submissions will again be capped at max 50 applications; this allows eligible applicants to effectively and quickly be assessed, with funded work being able to start from 1st April 2024. Eligible applicants are advised to read through all guidance on the website before beginning their application.

Established UK-based companies with a game development project at an early stage in the pipeline can apply for grants of up to £30,000.

All applicants are required to submit both a written form and a max 2 min pitch video. Registration on our application platform is required. We strongly encourage all interested developers to read through the guidance as set out on the UK Games Fund website.