Creative companies being urged to collaborate to qualify for cash fund

CREATIVE industries companies are being urged to collaborate with each other, to qualify for cash and in-kind support adding up to £10,000 per initiative.

Four, £10,000 ‘pots’ (each comprising £5,000 cash and £5,000 support) are up for grabs during this current round of funding, which is now in its second year.

Last year, the funding consisted of three, £10,000 pots, with one of them going to Screen Facilities Scotland (pictured), comprising a handful of different media companies.

The funding comes from the Co-operative Development Scotland and its purpose is to encourage businesses to consider collaboration and pitch their idea for a new consortium co-operative. This year, the focus is on food and drink, tourism and the creative industries. The four winners will be announced in October.

Screen Facilities Scotland includes Glasgow-based special effects company, Artem Ltd, whose business manager, Joanna Dewar Gibb, is quoted – in a CDS media release – as saying: “By collaborating we have been able to put aspects of competition aside to make people understand our offering in Scotland as a whole.

“Being one of the CDS Collaboration Prize winners gave Screen Facilities Scotland the most incredible boost at the outset of its evolution and we were able to move forward much more quickly and efficiently than would have been possible without it.

“The level of profiling we received from winning the Collaboration Prize gave Screen Facilities Scotland a further boost in industry, with articles on us appearing in Screen International and Broadcast magazine, two key trade journals.”

Pictured (left-to-right): Kerry Gorman from, Maria Hannah from The Hive, Caroline Gorman from Rage Music Ltd and Joanna Dewar Gibb from Artem.