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We had a range of partners on the Culture Change programme who provided knowledge and expertise to help deliver the project.

Creative & Cultural Skills 

Creative & Cultural Skills is proud to have been a partner on the Culture Change programme. As a skills development charity it’s important to us that organizations of all sizes in our sector get access to quality business support, encouraging greater resilience and sustainability across the industry. As a growth sector currently employing 1.7 million people and generating £76.9 billion a year for the UK economy, the industry must be provided with the skills it needs to help it thrive for years to come. With over 85% of businesses in the sector employing less than 5 employees, we know that we can help businesses grow by supplying them with new talent through apprenticeships and paid internships, enabling businesses to get the skills they need whilst mobilising a diverse range of young talent to become economically active.

The Culture Change programme has helped us engage with micro businesses that we would not have been able to reach otherwise, and who we believe will work towards creating new job opportunities for talented young people.

High House Production Park

Culture Change has enabled the Production Park to extend its role as a key Creative Industries Hub the South East Enterprise Partnership area and beyond; by being the place for the sector to network and to share knowledge. With a GVA contribution of £2.5 billion per annum, the creative industries in this wider area contribute more to UK economy than that of any other area based Enterprise Partnership outside of London. The sector employs more than 30,000 people across the SELEP area. High House Production Park has set-up a Creative Industries Business Leaders Group, the group has supported SELEP with evidence and ideas about how to increase the growth of creative industries. The group will be working on initiatives in their local areas and coming together to deliver LEP wide programmes of creative led business support and skills development. Culture Change has successfully demonstrated the demand for sector specific support as a key intervention, to enable further growth and the diversification of local economies .


Julie’s Bicycle

Julie’s Bicycle is the leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries. Working with over 1,000 organizations in the UK and internationally, our vision is a creative community with sustainability at its heart.

Through Culture Change, Julie's Bicycle was able to work with organisations across the East of England, delivering bespoke support (including 15 events and 5 webinars) in embedding environmentally sustainable practices into organizational and artistic activities. Recognising that over 80% of the East’s creative industries is made up of micro-businesses, Culture Change gave us the opportunity to develop an approach more tailored to the business models and capacities of smaller organizations and artists to make a difference, and build a sense of community and shared vision across the region. In collaboration with the Culture Change partners, we have helped over 150 artists, sole traders and creative organizations create environmental policies and action plans, formalising the commitment of the East’s creative community to measure, manage and reduce their environmental impacts into a roadmap for action.

An amazing community of people and organizations have come together and formed a committed, creative and generous network during Culture Change and, as this was the first time that many of the participants had engaged with environmental sustainability as a creative and business opportunity, we look forward to continuing to develop these conversations across the East of England through our ongoing national programme.

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Thurrock Council

The Culture Change programme has enabled Thurrock Council to engage with businesses in the Creative and Cultural sector that it hadn’t been able to reach before. Thurrock has an ambitious growth agenda which is being driven by £6 billion private sector investment.

The creative industries in Thurrock is a key growth sector. One of the main catalysts for this growth is the significant investment being made, by world renowned organizations such as the Royal Opera House, at High House Production Park. Business support is an important element of enabling growth in the sector and programmes such as Culture Change prove there is an appetite to access this support and an ambition for the businesses within sector to grow further.

The Creative Employment Programme

The Creative Employment Programme is a £15m fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities in England for young unemployed people aged 16-24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector.


The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is one of the European Union’s structural funds and is used to tackle regional disparities across Europe. The ERDF supports sustainable development through business innovation, support and regeneration.