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Creative industries iNET

  • Date: 15 October 2010
  • Area: South West
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Visual Voice Pro by HMC Interactive . Credit: Victor Frankowski’

The Creative Industries iNet is under way across the south west of England, and the iNet team will be coming to Exeter in November to talk to companies about what the iNet has to offer.

The Creative Industries iNet is a new programme of support designed to strengthen and boost the south west’s creative sector. It will deliver £3.2 million until 2013 to help the creative industries thrive, and advance the south west’s growing reputation as a global creative hotspot. Working with new and established innovative firms, the iNet will support projects that are working to catalyse innovation, transfer knowledge and connect and export.

Mitchell Sava, Creative Industries iNet Director, says:
‘Here in the south west we have around 8,000 of the most exciting creative businesses in the country producing truly progressive work. Sometimes the only thing holding these companies back from moving to the next level is access to the right idea, the best contacts or a fresh perspective. Through the iNet we will develop bold products and business models, explore new opportunities and ideas, and connect to a community of innovators across the region and across the world. In doing so we aim to strengthen the sector into a unified centre of creative excellence.’
 
The Creative Industries iNet is part of Solutions for Business, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and led by South West Screen. It is delivered by a consortium comprising delivery partners across the south west, including Arts Council England, ArtsMatrix, Bristol Media, Bournemouth Skillset and Media Academy, Creative Bath, Creative Dorset, Gloucestershire Media Group, iShed, Plymouth Arts College, Plymouth Media Partnership, Southwest Design Forum, Southwest Music Forum, Swindon Media Group and Wessex Media Group.

The iNet is looking for big ideas from innovative creative industries business based in the south west looking to work in collaboration with others. iNet projects will become part of a community of innovation, which will help raise the profile of the south west nationally and internationally.

In November, the iNet roadshow will visit Exeter. If you would like to find out more about how your company can benefit from iNet support, discuss what funding is available, see existing case studies, test ideas and put your questions to the iNet team, please contact catriona.hunter@artscouncil.org.uk.

In the meantime, and for more general information about the iNet, contact Verity Alexander at creative.industries@inets-sw.co.uk.