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Creative Investment Forum: Funding Creative Content

November 7, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The UK’s creative industries are incredibly successful. They delivered almost 10% of all UK exports in 2015 [1], created three million jobs and is worth an estimated £87.4bn a year to our economy[2]. This makes it the fastest growing industry across the whole of the UK.

The success can be attributed to a unique community with strengths in art, culture and technology that influences creative practice and sparks trends. However, a large part of the UK’s creative industries are made up of sole traders or micro-companies, many of whom struggle to secure the finance required to continue to grow.

For the UK to remain a world leader in creative industries, investors need to be willing to fund more diverse portfolios and early content creation. This will create more success stories such as Aardman Animations who produced Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out on a budget of £11,000. From these humble beginnings, they went on to create a studio that won four oscars and earned $1bn internationally from film content alone[3].

To help ensure such successes continue, the Creative Investment Forum has been established to bring together funders, investors and representatives from the UK’s creative sector to identify ways in which funding can be made available.

Who should attend?

Funders, investors and representatives from the UK’s creative sector

The Creative Investment Forum will:

  • Bring together stakeholders around the subject of funding creative content.
  • Set out the financial benefits of the UK’s creative industries.
  • Begin to identify ways in which finance could be made available to sole traders or micro-companies that make up over 90% of the UK’s creative industries.
  • Encourage more diverse approaches to funding creative content.

The Creative Investment Forum will be addressed by:

  • Deepa Mann-Kler regarding working with Kainos and Invest NI to create RETNE, launched SXSW on 13th March 2017.
  • Aardman Animations who created a $1bn business from an £11,000 project.
  • Creative England, Digital Catapult, AHRC, and Arts Council England on their plans and suggested ways in which they plan to support the UK’s creative industries.
  • Investors interested in, or actively supporting the UK’s creative industries such as Station 12, Capital Enterprise and Goldfinch Entertainment

Please register to secure your place!


Digital Catapult is working with BCrea8ive to deliver the Creative Investment Forum and Workshop. BCre8ive was founded by Phil Parker and Hilary Beecroft in 2010 to help creatives everywhere develop new original digital content, and take it to the world.


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