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Creative Scale-Up Programme

With a buzzing community of over 8,500 creative businesses, Greater Manchester boasts one of the country’s leading creative forces.


The Creative Scale-up programme is fully funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is designed to empower creative businesses to realise their full growth potential, gain investment and take their business to the next level.

The programme includes:

One-to-one sessions One-to-one sessions

Work with our industry leading experts to build your understanding of IP, strategy and gaining investment.

Intensive workshops Intensive workshops

Build a network of like-minded peers and get practical advice from Greater Manchester companies.

Introduction to investors Introduction to investors

Make the connections that could boost your chances of securing investment.

Market research Market research

Explore how your business fits in the wider marketplace and the unique opportunities it provides.

Create a greater future

The exclusive programme is open to Greater Manchester businesses in the creative industry, including but not limited to; gaming, film, music, publishing, art and design. It’s ideal for businesses from across the creative sector who want to realise their ambition, step up and attract investment.

"The Creative Scale-up Programme is built for businesses that want to fully realise their potential and secure the investment needed to take the next step on their growth journey. Manchester is home to a wealth of creative talent and the programme will arm these creative businesses with all the tools needed to grow, develop and secure investment."

- Sarah Novotny, Digital, Creative and Tech Lead at the GC Business Growth Hub

Applications are currently being taken for this programme, please register your interest below.