COVID-19 resource series: Digital, creative and technology (DCT) sectors

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Navigating these uncertain times can be challenging, especially when new resources, funds and information is being introduced on a daily basis. Knowing what support is available and applicable for your business is key to survival during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help you see the wood for the trees, we are launching a COVID-19 resource series. Our first blog highlights what’s currently available to help LCR DCT businesses navigate through these times of uncertainty.


‘Gather’ Community

Gather is a new online community providing local DCT business leaders with the practical strategies and tools they need to boost resilience in challenging times. The Gather community helps to unite likeminded business leaders to share insights and strengthen their strategies.

Sign up for the Gather community here:

‘Mettle’ virtual support programme

Central to the Gather community is Mettle, a six-week online training course, helping DCT businesses to survive and stabilise amidst the COVID-19 crisis, and sustainably grow during the recovery.

The six-week course includes:

  • 3 online workshops with industry experts to accelerate your progress
  • 3 projects to help you survive, stabilise and sustain your business
  • Resources and digital workbooks to keep you and your team on track
  • Instant access to other leaders facing the same challenges

Sign up for Mettle here:


£400,000 of immediate funding to support Music, Film and TV industries

Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram has announced £400k of funding to support the city region’s vital Music, Film and TV businesses.

As part of this, two key funds have been created to provide urgent support for creative businesses.

The Music Fund

The Music Fund will provide up to £10,000 of grant or loan funding to support micro-businesses and SMEs in the sector through this period and help futureproof them for the longer-term.

To access the music fund, click here:

The Film and TV Development Fund

The Film and TV Development Fund will provide investments of up to £25,000 per project to support the development of ambitious and distinctive content across all feature film and TV genres, and for all platforms.

The funding will provide much needed financial support to the Music, Film and TV industries to safeguard the survival of SMEs in the city region.

To access the Film and TV Development fund, click here:


Growth Platform’s Sector Champions

From speaking to the business community, it is clear that businesses across all sectors need tailored business support, which is why Growth Platform have launched their ‘Sector Champions’.

Designed to sign post users to a number of different support programmes and resources, the Sector Champions detail key support across a variety of different sectors, including DCT.

Find out more about the support available to DCT businesses, click here:


Useful links

ACE Emergency Funding Package

Free Creative Industries Federation Membership Offer

Tech Nation Coronavirus Hub

Enterprise Relief Fund from The Princes Trust Natwest


Call our #HereToHelp helpline to directly speak to our DCT sector champions, on hand to assist with your business queries: 0151 705 1985

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If you’re not sure what sort of help you need, get in touch and we’ll help you work things out.

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