New funding to support the development of Edinburgh’s creative enterprises has been announced by Creative Scotland and Edinburgh City Council.
The plan will include the revival of Creative Edinburgh, which will be formally launched next month, aiming to help creative businesses work in partnership, with £120,000 being provided by Creative Scotland to support various initiatives in the Council’s People, Place and Pound strategy for creative industries.
Cllr Tom Buchanan, Economic Development Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, welcomed the announcement: “We have long recognised the important contribution that the creative industries can, and do, make to the economy. I look forward to working with partner organisations on our strategy to grow the size, scope and international competitiveness of the creative industries base here in Edinburgh.”
Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, added: “This investment will support creative businesses to continue to develop, grow and innovate. Whether finding new workspaces, or creative hubs, Creative Edinburgh is well placed to establish a network to share experience, find new clients and generate business growth.”
Key areas for development within the city’s creative industries have been highlighted to include the promotion and connections of creative businesses, while also identifying creative spaces and incubator business locations, while providing business development support for creative start-ups.