Scottish Government picks business for creativity

Friday August 12th, 2011

The Scottish Government’s Cultural Enterprise Office has chosen the successful businesses who have made its Starter for 6 programme.

Leaders say that a total of 115 creative businesses have benefited directly from enterprise training run in conjunction with Starter for 6. The latest businesses include fashion designers, furniture makers, games and apps designers, architects, publishers, and product designers. Of the 59, 27 were also successful in pitching for up to £10,000 of cash investment.

The Cultural Enterprise Office is Scotland’s specialist development agency for pre-start, start up and growing businesses in the Creative Industries sector. The Scottish Government invested £1m over two years in Starter for 6 in late 2009 through Creative Scotland’s Innovation Fund.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “Scotland’s creative industries make a valuable contribution to our economy, supporting more than 60,000 jobs and generating £5.2 billion turnover each year. We are working closely with the sector as well as relevant public sector agencies, such as the Cultural Enterprise Office, to ensure our creative industries have the support they need to realise their full economic potential and reinforce Scotland’s reputation as a place of innovation and creativity.

“By providing access to business skills training and investment, the Starter for 6 programme nurtures talent, creates new entrepreneurs and helps our creative industries to flourish. The commercial success and critical acclaim achieved by so many Starter for 6 start-ups is testament to the wealth of talent and entrepreneurship in Scotland.”

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