Partners in Ipswich who have secured a £600,000 grant to boost creative businesses have met colleagues from France, Kent and the south of England to discuss ways of taking the project forward. Delegates met at Ipswich Town Hall as part of the RECREATE project, led by Ipswich Borough Council, the Eastern Enterprise Hub and CSV Media.
The bid was given the green light by the European Union and the Ipswich arm of the project will start this September.
The funding will be used to support young and aspiring creative businesses and individuals to transform their ideas into commercial reality and help to rejuvenate the town centre. The Council will provide accommodation, CSV Media will concentrate on skills and events and showcasing talent and the Eastern Enterprise Hub will offer entrepreneurial guidance and a creative mentoring service.
The project will also build relations with project partners in France and will be managed under the INTERREG IVA programme, which seeks to build cross-border partnerships and deliver business and economic growth across the Channel.
RECREATE lead UK partner Medway Council and Suffolk County Council helped Ipswich Borough Council to prepare the bid. Medway, Mid-Sussex, Kent County, Eastleigh and Brighton and Bournemouth councils all sent delegates to Ipswich to develop ideas and strategies.
If you are an aspiring creative, based in or around Ipswich, and you are interested in participating in the project, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above: The RECREATE partners with Ipswich Borough Council Economic Development portfolio-holder Carole Jones (centre) at Ipswich Town Hall