Community Manager
21 Mar, 2019
Businesses urged to apply for share of funding to boost creative economy

Businesses in the creative, cultural and digital sectors are being encouraged to take advantage of a new £5.1million grants and support programme being spearheaded by Thurrock Council.

The South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Programme (SECCADS) is an ambitious programme, led by Thurrock Council and running across Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

Between now and December 2020, it aims to help more than 370 companies and sole-traders with business support or match-funded grants of up to £20,000, contributing a major boost to the creative economy in the south east.

Grants awarded under the scheme can be used to fund both capital and revenue projects, including:

  • equipment, plant and machinery costs
  • salary costs towards a new role
  • supporting initial rent for new premises
  • funding the cost of purchasing patents, IT software and much more

The business support element of the programme has been awarded to Space Studios – a well-established organisation supporting the creative industry. Space is developing a business support programme tailored to meet the needs of creative businesses in the south east.

For more information and to discover whether you are eligible for this programme, please email

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