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Business Development

Business Development is an intensive and sector-specific Business Development and support Programme.  This will incorporate mentoring and business advice for creative industries, including career pathway support for local graduates.

An expert group have been commissioning a provider for specific sector support, via a competitive tender process. Following this process, we are delighted to announce CDI Alliance as our delivery partner in a consortium, with local expertise and resource provided by Sector Support North East Lincolnshire, Event Show Support CIC, Docks Academy and Centre4. On Wednesday 11th November this was announced via a press release. You can contact CDI Alliance now via their SparkGrimsby email address In addition, the group will make decisions regarding professional development grants and training and development opportunities, alongside delivery partner and National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) East Street Arts.

Three places for the National Arts Fundraising School (NAFS) residential programme, (now online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic) have been provided, following a selection process from the Business Development sub-group. Charlotte Bowen (The Culture House), Lisa February (freelance creative practitioner) and Laurie Kennedy (The Faraway Community Interest Company) attended the intensive programme in November 2020 on behalf of the Cultural Development Fund. Look out for blogs of their experiences on the Grimsby Creates website.  The sub group will also identify further training and development opportunities that can be accessed from the fund, supporting the creative sector in a range of areas such as fundraising, specific advice, networking, provision of space and leadership.  This may include peer to peer learning and go and see visits.

A lady creating some embroidered artwork.
A female student alongside a strange looking prosthetic being.
Credit: Pears Photography