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Create Growth Programme

About the Programme


Create Growth is an innovative programme, designed to help businesses unlock and develop their creative potential.

With a buzzing community of creative businesses, Greater Manchester 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.

Create Growth has been created to further develop what is already a thriving industry, helping creative organisations attract investment to grow their business sustainably. The programme is fully-funded by the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

Hear from a business who has successfully completed the programme: Pippa Nixon on Scoop and Create Growth programme

What we offer

A bespoke two-day cohort programme covering the essentials to support your business growth and investment readiness.

1-2-1 access to a business coach

Peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities

Masterclasses and coaching sessions from industry experts

Who is Eligible


To access the programme, your business must:

  • Operate in the creative industry (including, but not limited to: film, TV, radio, advertising, marketing, architecture, crafts, fashion design, gaming, IT, software, publishing, music, performing arts & visual art).
  • Be based in Greater Manchester
  • Employ at least two full time equivalent staff/freelancers.


Thanks very much for these two days. Really grateful to be part of this program and how you cared about every detail. Thanks again!

Nerea Pérez, BlowUp

Relatable content. Very useful exercises which we will implement. Thank you so much! The course has been really useful.

Lucy Clarkson, Ballard Home

Informative, and gave me a point of view to approaching business growth that I hadn’t considered.

Andrew Jackson, AJ Arch

Insightful, fun, great presenters, lots of food for thought. Thanks so much, a brilliant two days!

Danni Davis, Peggy Pictures

Why attend

Meaningful Connection

Networking with peers, collaborators and coaches to problem solve and engage in the issues that matter most to your business.

Ecosystem Intelligence

Knowing who’s out there to potentially partner with, drive funding, bring value to the market and grow your impact.

The Value for Attendees

Create Growth offers a fresh approach in helping individuals and their businesses rethink growth in a tailored, sector-specific and relevant way.

Fresh Ideas

Getting time out of the grind to absorb fresh input and consider new options is one of the best things a creative leader can do.

All of which increases your chance of ongoing success.

What Does it Cover?



Tried and tested ideas, practices and strategies being used in studios, agencies and startups from around the UK. Topics will include…

  • Demonstrating the value of what you do
  • Using story to sharpen your message and drive revenue
  • Leveraging low-cost experimentation for rapid growth
  • Practicing fearless negotiation to get paid what you’re worth
  • Winning the battle for talent
  • Developing a personal OS for resilience
  • Leading teams to deliver exceptional output
  • Partnering across the ecosystem for success
  • Exploring investment readiness
  • Sourcing the right senior team & advisors
  • Managing creative tensions
  • Innovating and evolving in the real world

Please complete the form below to be considered for the Create Growth Programme.


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