Cornwall has a rich creative heritage and is abundant with creative industries businesses across a multitude of disciplines. From painters and ceramicists to game developers and digital design specialists, the county is a melting pot of SME’s and self-employed individuals with cutting edge ideas and outside-the-box creativity.

Cultivator is a brand new project that is designed to nurture this creativity and help businesses and practitioners working in the creative industries to realise their potential. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

Born out of Creative Skills, the project is intimately connected to the local creative scene, boasting a wealth of contacts and staffed by a team who have an extensive track record of helping creative businesses not only to find their feet, but to put on their running shoes. This depth of experience has allowed them to mould the support they can offer to the rugged contours of the Cornish creative industries. Whether you are a graduate start-up searching for your first studio or an established industry staple with a product that is ready to export to the rest of the world, Cultivator has the expertise to help you.

Cultivator is based at Krowji, an old grammar school which has been converted to studio space for artists, designers and makers of all methods and mediums. Perched on the edge of Redruth in Cornwall’s cultural heartlands, Krowji is the perfect HQ to support creative industries businesses from all over the county.

What support is on offer?
As long as you work in the creative industries, are resident in Cornwall and registered with HMRC you are eligible to receive Cultivator support. Their Creative Business Advisors are specialists in three different sectors:
· Rose Goodship, Business Advisor for performing arts
· Laura Giles, Business Advisor for digital and design
· Tonia Lu, Business Advisor for visual arts and crafts
Cultivator is looking to appoint a fourth advisor in the coming months to cater to the needs of museums and galleries.
Through an initial face-to-face meeting your Creative Business Advisor will help you to identify what you need to grow and put together an action plan so you can achieve it. Cultivator has a wide range of programmes including opportunities to employ interns or apprentices or to employ a mentor; skills development programmes; a creative industries specific export development programme, and much, much more. And the support is by no means limited to guidance. Growing a business often requires you to take financial risks. Cultivator features a number of exciting funding opportunities to ease the burden on your budding enterprise.

How do I find out more?
So if all of this sounds very exciting, if you’d benefit from a conversation about how to grow your creative industries business, whether you are self-employed, an SME or sole trader, if you want to take the next step but are unsure about the direction, the good news is that help is only a phone call away.

Contact Cultivator on 01209 312501

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Written by: Joe Wonnacott of Cultivator
We provide skills and business support to SMEs working the the creative industries in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
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