£3.5m to support the Creative Industries in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Creative Skillset unveils Honeycomb, a £3.5m support programme for Creative Industries


Creative Skillset recently launched ‘Honeycomb – Creative Works’, a new business support programme targeted at digital content creators across the western seaboard of Scotland, most of Northern Ireland, and the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland. ‘Honeycomb – Creative Works’ has received £3.58m in support from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Programme.


Creative Skillset is the Scottish lead partner for ‘Honeycomb – Creative Works’, a cross-border and cross-regional support programme aimed at maximising the economic potential of the burgeoning creative industries sector.


The programme will be delivered in partnership with the University of Ulster, and Dundalk Institute of Technology. Creative Skillset’s Scottish partners include Creative Scotland, MG Alba, Screen HI, and the University of West of Scotland.


The partner organisations have identified a range of activities which will be delivered over a three year period across the eligible area.  These are grouped around four specific themes which are Research, Networking, Skills Development and Seed Funding.


Alasdair Smith, Creative Skillset Scotland Director, stated that Creative Skillset already plays a pivotal role in developing creative talent throughout Scotland, adding:


“The Honeycomb – Creative Works programme will deliver skills and networking opportunities to companies and practitioners in the digital content sector, thereby increasing competitiveness and stimulating growth.”


He explained that in addition to networking and skills, research and seed funding would also help eligible companies become more competitive in the global marketplace. He added:


“Honeycomb beneficiaries aren’t based in Glasgow or Edinburgh; they’re based up and down the west coast from Campbeltown to Kirkudbright, from Portree to Troon. So if your business is active in the digital content sector, and you’re based along the western seaboard of Scotland, then Honeycomb wants to hear from you.”


To register your interest in the Honeycomb programme, log on to www.thehoneycomb.net

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