Creating the right conditions

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BRAND-new support programme ‘Create in Fife’ has been launched to help develop the Kingdom’s creative and cultural sector.

Fife Cultural Trust spearheaded the launch held at the Adam Smith College last week and Fife Council also announced its new ‘Create in Fife Fund’ which will offer businesses grants of up to £1500.

Heather Stuart, chief executive of the Fife Cultural Trust, said: “We were delighted to be joined by Caroline Parkinson, director of creative development at Creative Scotland, who spoke about the national picture and Cllr Kay Morrison, Depute Provost, who announced the details of a new business fund to support the sector.

“It really is a very exciting time to be working with the creative and cultural sector and through working with key local and national partners we have developed a strong programme of activity and support for businesses and practitioners throughout Fife.”

The ‘umbrella’ programme will be delivered in collaboration with a breadth of partners, including local and national organisations, with specific support from Fife Council’s economic development team.

The aim is to help alleviate the key challenges facing Fife businesses in the industry, namely, access to finance, promotional and marketing opportunities and skills and training, including talent development.

A number of networking events are already scheduled and include the Fife Film Crew ‘‘Pitch a Project’ event at the Cuppa House in Kirkcaldy on Thursday.

On April 25, a Digital Industries Business breakfast also takes place at Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.

Projects are also in the pipeline for later this year, including “An audience with...” featuring well-known creative Fifers in September.

In October, the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity, St Andrews University, will host an event focused on management issues within the sector.

Meanwhile, people can keep up to date with the latest local, national and international opportunities by following ‘Create in Fife’ on Twitter or on Facebook.

The Create in Fife fund will offer a 50 per cent contribution - up to a maximum of £1500 - for projects which include: market development, web development, feasibility research, process and product development, trade exhibition, e-commerce development, consultancy costs, capital equipment and premises refurbishment.

>>To apply for a grant from the Creative Fife Fund, contact Business Gateway on 01592 858333 or email success@bgfife.co.uk.