The creative industries sector in Somerset employs around 8000 people and accounts for approximately 8% of the county’s workforce. The sector generates approximately £400 million in output per year in the county and forms a growing part of Somerset’s economy. The creative economy also contributes to the vitality, identity and cultural development of the county.
Somerset’s creative economy is comprised mostly of small businesses and sole traders but also includes large organisations. A defining characteristic of the sector is its diversity – ranging from business in the arts and cultural sectors, makers and also including businesses in digital, ICT and media activities. Similarly employment and the generation of value in Somerset’s creative economy spans private businesses, the charitable sector and social enterprises.
Dedicated support from Somerset County Council for the creative sector is managed through the creative industries development fund. The main aim is to promote enterprising ideas. Applicants need to demonstrate how their proposals fit with the principles above and be strengthened by additional or match funding from other sources rather than sole reliance on our support. Value for money will be a key consideration.
The fund operates on an annual cycle with the invitation to bid and submit proposals only open for a short period of time. For 2013/14 the Fund has a total value of £95,000 and bids need to be received by July 5th 2013 (noon).Successful applicants will be advised in July 2013, and will need to spend the allocated revenue funds by March 31st 2014.
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