Business Development


StartEast, our bespoke business development programme for creative enterprise across Norfolk and Suffolk, concluded on 30 September 2019.

This ground-breaking economic development initiative was managed by Norfolk County Council in partnership with Suffolk County Council and on behalf of the New Anglia Culture Board. Delivered by the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and launched in May 2017, the programme was made possible by over £1.2 million of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (£609,773) and Arts Council England Creative Local Growth Fund (£500k).

StartEast provided expert business support and investment to over 360 small/medium creative enterprises, start-ups, pre-start-ups and sole traders across our region. As hoped, StartEast has enabled a significant change in the capacity, ambition, impact and economic contribution of our regional creative enterprise sector. The programme evaluation, undertaken by BOP Consultancy, outlines the key outcomes of the programme.

Visit StartEast for information and resources

Download the StartEast evaluation report

Creative Unlimited

Building on the StartEast programme, Creative Unlimited is an enterprise development programme designed to help economic recovery and growth in the creative, cultural and digital sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk, and is a partnership between New Anglia LEP, University of East Anglia, Norwich University of the Arts, University of Suffolk, Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council.

The project helps enterprises and individuals develop and showcase their creative ventures through bespoke business workshops, masterclasses, mentoring and direct support. You can access advice on areas such as starting up a business, accessing investment and funding and network building. The sessions are designed and delivered by industry experts and experienced creative entrepreneurs.

Creative Unlimited is funded by the Norfolk Strategic Fund and project partners.

Norfolk and Suffolk are home to a wealth of creative, cultural and digital talent, and the digital creative sector is particularly well-placed to help businesses in all sectors to develop an effective and well-designed digital offer and to recover and grow post COVID-19.

For any businesses or entrepreneurs interested in what this support could mean for you 

Register your interest with Creative Unlimited

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