Skip to content
Northern Powerhouse European Union

Creative Scale-Up Programme

Creative Scale-Up is an exciting new initiative designed to empower creative businesses in the Greater Manchester region to realise their full growth potential and gain investment to take their business to the next level. 


With a buzzing community of creative businesses, the Greater Manchester region boasts one of the country’s leading creative forces and contributes an estimated gross value added (GVA) revenue impact of £1.4bn to the UK economy from culture and creative industries. 

The Creative Scale-Up Programme is fully funded by the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and has been created to further develop what is already a thriving industry, helping creative organisations based in the Greater Manchester region attract investment to grow their business sustainably.

The programme includes:

Planning for Growth Planning for Growth

Prioritise your drivers for growth with a fully-formed growth strategy.

Investor Ready Finances Investor Ready Finances

Get on top of budgets and forecasting with our industry-leading finance advice.

Structure & Leadership for Growth Structure & Leadership for Growth

Build a team that's ready for growth from the top down.

Understanding Intellectual Assets Understanding Intellectual Assets

Harness the potential of your Intellectual Property with our industry experts

Market Strategy for Rapid Growth Market Strategy for Rapid Growth

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

Sales & Marketing Skills for Creatives Sales & Marketing Skills for Creatives

Arm your team with the sales and marketing knowledge needed to achieve growth.

Pitching with Confidence Pitching with Confidence

Become confident in pitching environments with our industry-specific advice.

A Winning Investment Pitch A Winning Investment Pitch

Prepare all the materials needed to seek investment with our expert support.

Step Up To Get Investment Ready

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.