January 2017

Introducing Portsmouth’s first public Makerspace The Maker’s Guild started as a collaborative piece of University research on creating a Makerspace in the city of Portsmouth. This has developed into a business that looks to provide a space to inspire the next generation of design innovators. Makerspaces are public environments where cross-disciplinary creative practitioners are based, with access to traditional & … Read More

December 2016

Creative Network South is delighted to be supporting the 2017 Film Expo South. The Expo will take place on Friday 3rd February and will again be held at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Held at the AGEAS Bowl in Southampton, the programme was packed with events from 10am to 11pm with talks, book signings, screenings, panel discussions, and much more. FILM … Read More

November 2016

Globe Fit gets into training for growth In April Creative Network South launched a partnership with Creative United to prepare investment ready businesses for growth. Hannah Murphy, the founder of Globe Fit, attended the launch and registered with Creative United for advice from the creative finance initiative. This is her story. “I founded my company Globe Fit in 2013 after … Read More

October 2016

Support for graduate filmmakers Southampton based film charity City Eye now has even more to offer the region’s aspiring filmmakers. Working in collaboration with Southampton Solent University and with support from Creative Network South it is extending the equipment available under its loan scheme for graduates and others developing their careers in the industry. The initiative sits alongside the company’s … Read More

September 2016

Portsmouth set to celebrate innovation, passion and creativity in business The creative and digital sectors form the fastest growing segment in the Solent economy. The sectors employ over 20,000 people and support over 5,000 businesses. One thousand of these businesses have been established in the past five years. Creative Network South and KnowNow Information Ltd will jointly host a workshop … Read More

August 2016

Cell Block Studios – supporting creative businesses Cell Block Studios is a new and exciting incubation space, opening in summer 2016 and designed specifically to support creative and cultural industry businesses in Portsmouth. Situated in the cultural surroundings of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, the building will use its iconic status as a former jailhouse to provide office and co-working space for start-up … Read More

June 2016

Launch event for creative industry businesses a big success On Thursday 7th April the University of Portsmouth Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries hosted the launch of the Creative Network South and Creative United business advice and access to finance service. Nearly 80 individuals attended the evening which saw presentations from the University of Portsmouth, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, New … Read More

May 2016

Culture Southampton These are exciting and challenging times for Southampton, and Southampton Cultural Development Trust (Culture Southampton) is a key driver in the city’s plans for regeneration through transformational cultural initiatives. These plans including the soon-to-be opening of the £24 million new arts complex, Studio 144, that will bring inspiration, opportunity and enjoyment for Southampton’s residents and visitors, and help … Read More

April 2016

Creative Industry Finance Creative United provides a range of financial products and services designed to enable the growth and development of the UK’s cultural and creative industries. We are thrilled to be partnering alongside Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and the Creative Network South, to support the continued growth of creative and cultural companies in and around the Solent. Our Creative … Read More

March 2016

Looking for a creative employee? Think creative apprenticeships! More and more employers are welcoming apprentices into their businesses, creating more opportunities than ever for young people to get inside some of the most exciting and innovative companies in the country. Since 2010, there have been over two million apprenticeship starts in England with apprenticeships available in over 170 industries including … Read More

February 2016

Why the creative economy is booming in Hampshire The creative industries contribute £5 billion to the Hampshire economy. Creative industry employment is also growing faster than in any other sector. At first these statistics appear surprising, but on reflection some reasons for the creative boom become clearer. 20 years ago PCs were newcomers in offices and homes. Few people had internet … Read More