Training boost for creative industries in Eastern Region

Published: 22 November 2005 at 15:22

Individuals, micro-businesses and small to medium enterprises working in the creative industries in the eastern region will shortly be benefiting from a new European-funded scheme that provides specialist support to help their businesses develop and prosper.

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Anglia Ruskin University, Screen East and Theatre Resource have been successful in obtaining funds from the European Social Fund, through the East of England Development Agency, for the Creative Industries Business Improvement Partnership (CIBIP). As part of the partnership, experienced consultants will work with businesses in the sector to analyse their activities and produce company training plans which will pinpoint areas for development and identify opportunities in the region where training or continuing professional development can be obtained. Small bursaries will even be available to help with the cost of any courses or seminars applied for. 

Dr Edward J Esche, Project Director at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

"The creative industries are one of the fastest-growing industry sectors in the country, currently employing 145,000 people in creative occupations. Research has shown that this project is urgently needed to help develop sector-specific skills, support the management of new technological applications, and share good practice. We see all kinds of organisations benefiting, from individual freelancers seeking to improve their services or widen their product range to larger companies who want to review their strategic aims and perhaps seize new commercial opportunities."

There will also be opportunities for individuals to be trained as mentors, and two further legacies of the project will be a database of learning providers, and an online toolkit for ongoing use by creative industries businesses in the future.

The application procedure for support from the CIBIP project will commence in November 2005, and will be publicised through creative and business networks and websites. The project is open to all and applications from disabled people, people from ethnic minorities and those 50+ will be particularly welcomed.

For further information, please contact:

David Wilkinson, Screen East,, tel: 01603-776920

Edwina Simpson, Theatre Resource,, tel: 01277-365626

Dr Edward J Esche, Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT, tel: 01223-363271