What is Creative Industry Finance?

Creative Industry Finance is a programme designed to assist creative and cultural enterprises in securing the finance and investment they need to successfully develop and grow into sustainable businesses.

The programme offers tailored advice with a focus on supporting businesses through the process of applying to one of our lending partners for a business development loan.

During the two year pilot programme, Creative United supported more than 400 creative enterprises with over 1900 hours of free one-to-one business support, and provided £876,000 in loan finance. A further £540,000 in loan finance was levered from alternative sources.

Who is the programme aimed at?

Creative Industry Finance is open to a wide range of creative and cultural enterprises, from micro-businesses through to major institutions. We welcome applications from charities and social enterprises, as well as commercial businesses.

Who runs this programme?

Creative Industry Finance is delivered by Creative United, a Community Interest Company, with National Lottery award funding from Arts Council England.

The programme is delivered in partnership with a specially selected group of lenders and our network of business advisors.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 18 months trading history
  • Registered/operating in England
  • Business activity falls within one or more of these sectors:​
  • architecture
  • crafts
  • games (e.g gaming and app development)
  • fashion
  • festivals and events (that directly involve or support artists or other creative industry enterprises)
  • design
  • digital media and web (e.g. creative software development, digital media, web design)
  • film, TV and radio (e.g. documentary film, television production, film making)
  • music (e.g. record labels, promoters, publishers, musicians)
  • performing arts (e.g. dance, drama, theatre production, promotion and development)
  • publishing and literature
  • visual arts and photography

How to apply

Apply via Creative United: