The West of England Create Growth Programme, which provides support and investment to local creative industries, will be expanded with more than £1 million of new funding, Metro Mayor Dan Norris has announced.

West of England games developers, those working in film and TV, the arts and more, are set to benefit.

The investment will support innovative creative local businesses through a six-month support programme with grants, mentoring, workshops and expert one-to-one support.

Speaking at the launch taking place at Bristol’s Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated visual effects studio, Moonraker Ltd, Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “Moonraker shows this programme works. They benefited from the original scheme. They’ve created visual effects and CGI content for the BBC, Sky and Netflix. They’re a success story. With this additional investment I hope we are writing the next chapter of many more local success stories for the future too. This £1.2 million programme of support – fully funded by my West of England mayoral region – will support the many, many brilliant creative companies we have in the West face the future with growing confidence. Our region has always been a region of innovation and imagination. Only recently, Disney+ have checked in to the new state-of-the-art and West of England Authority-funded Bottle Yard Studios – that’s a massive vote of confidence in our world-leading creative industries, and our region. I’m truly proud to back our fantastic creative talent here in the West of England”.

With more than 6,000 creative businesses, contributing more than £2bn to the region’s economy, the West boasts one of the country’s leading creative clusters outside of London.

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