#DVMISSION19 celebrating Portsmouth’s creative potential through filmmaking

DVMISSION is a film festival with a difference, in that all the films screened at the gala night have been produced over 48 hours during the preceding weekend. What happens is that at 5pm on a Friday night, participating teams are given a ‘film title, a film genre and line of dialogue’; what we call the ‘obstructions’. The teams then … Read More

Collaborative Culture: the challenges for cultural partnerships in the central south – Southern Centre For Policy Report

Our area has a rich arts and cultural offer, with a wide variety of organisations and strong levels of public engagement.  Our report, undertaken on behalf of Arts Council England and with support from the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), examines the collaborative arrangements which exist to facilitate joint working between arts and cultural organisations in Dorset, Hampshire and the … Read More

Creative Portsmouth collaborative event

Portsmouth has over 500 creative businesses and a collaboration event is planned for Thursday 31st January 2019 at Portsmouth Guildhall to celebrate the success of this industry as well as debate the challenges for the future to support the city’s accelerated growth in this sector. Cllr Pitt, Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council and portfolio member for Culture, Leisure and … Read More

Delivering Apprenticeships fit for the digital age

Havant & South Downs College has worked with employers to create a brand-new apprenticeship for the creative and digital sector. The Junior Content Producer standard is for those working in creative design, web development, social media, film editing and marketing. The flexible approach allows the apprentice to specialise in areas that support their work whilst developing a wide portfolio of … Read More

Making Money From Music

FILM EXPO SOUTH are back with their next seminars ‘MAKING MONEY FROM MUSIC’ Saturday 29th September 2018 The Stage Door in Southampton The event is for film producers, composers, filmmakers, musicians, financiers, managers and agents and is all about raising, elevating and evaluating the importance of music in film, tv, and advertising. Our panel of leading industry experts will be … Read More

May 2018 – IncuHive

IncuHive specialises in growing fun, quirky, successful, creative  businesses. IncuHive is a rapidly expanding business incubation service which puts an emphasis on fun. The Chandler’s Ford Incubator, which specialises in supporting tech, digital and creative businesses, recently celebrated its third birthday. Owner Steven Northam describes IncuHive as primarily being an investment vehicle supporting innovative and quirky start-up businesses. The team at IncuHive regularly run “Dragons Den” style pitching competitions at which a … Read More

April 2018 – Creative Growth Southampton

Establishing a new business is exciting and challenging. In fields such as film, animation, music, indie games design, graphic design, web development or app design it is also a good way to build a career. Around 40% of creative graduates freelance or establish their own businesses in the first three years after completing their course. Many people also set up … Read More

March 2018 – Women in Digital Business

Free business growth programme offered to female entrepreneurs A fully-funded business growth programme aimed at supporting women in business is about to launch in the region. Free places will be offered to 100 female entrepreneurs who have been in business for at least a year and who want to transform their business. The fully funded business growth programme is offered … Read More

February 2018

Creative Network South declaration The success of the Solent’s creative economy is one of the area’s greatest hidden secrets. A recent NESTA study identified both Southampton and Portsmouth as being in the top 15 locations for creative industry employment growth. The creative industries are the fastest growing business sector in the Solent economy. They contribute a massive £1.5 billion to the local economy and employment in the sector has grown by more … Read More

November 2017

Creative Growth Southampton launch 3pm – 5pm 25th January Spark Building Southampton Solent University The creative industries are the fastest growing business sector in the Solent economy. Southampton has been identified as being one of the top 15 locations for creative employment growth in the UK. The sector includes: Advertising, Architecture, Craft, Design, Film, TV Video, Radio, Photography, IT Software and Computer Services, Publishing, Museums and Libraries, Music and Performing Arts. Jobs growth in the creative … Read More

October 2017

Making craft work Situated in a bespoke studio space at Making Space, in the heart of Leigh Park, is gilder, Richard Walker. His clients wonder if he is an illusionist as he expertly creates the impression of solid forms by coating the surfaces of different objects with an ultra-thin slice of precious metal leaf. A range of materials, including metal, wood, glass and concrete can be gilded. In fact Richard uses the … Read More

August 2017

The Creative Expo South Creative Expo South is coming to Hampshire on 21 March 2018. Havant and South Downs College, 10am – 4pm The creative industries in the UK are thriving, contributing over £84 billion to the economy every year, and providing jobs for 1.8 million people*. The Creative Expo South is an opportunity to promote your business, network with industry professionals, and inspire the next generation of creatives! Launched … Read More

June 2017

Flow Observatorium: Neurodivergence, creativity and employment Neurodivergence is a new term describing people who experience the world differently and whose ‘brain wiring’ diverges significantly from the prevailing societal standard of ‘normal.’ Autism and dyslexia are examples of innate neurodivergence; both have a fundamental impact on the way neurodivergent people relate to the world. Neurodivergent (ND) artists have been invisible for too long and not received the appropriate recognition, support or understanding they’ve … Read More

May 2017

The contribution of the creative industries to Winchester’s economy and to the life of the city The creative industries represent an important sector for Winchester which not only makes a significant contribution to the city’s economy, but also to its reputation as a centre for contemporary culture as well as a world-class heritage destination. The concentration of creative firms in the city is above the national average and areas of strength include … Read More

April 2017

Digital creative industries working with museums Towns, cities and regions that offer a cultural mix are better able to compete not just for tourism visits but also for talent and inward investment. Vibrant places attract creative innovative people to live, work, study. These people both setup and grow their own businesses and act as a honey pot for other investors and entrepreneurs eager to seek … Read More

March 2017

Need something special for your next launch? Then look no further than New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. Since New Theatre Royal re-opened in 2015 it has quickly gained a reputation for creating unique productions to showcase its corporate partners. Having enjoyed a successful partnership with the theatre for several years, Snows Motor Group in Portsmouth became an official Corporate Partner in 2015. In celebration of this new partnership and New Theatre Royal’s grand re-opening, … Read More

February 2017

Industrial Strategy Consultation With the Government having recently announced its Industrial Strategy consultation – and the creative and cultural sector one of five key sectors outlined within this – this is a timely moment to highlight a new programme in the Hampshire and Solent area designed to address employment gaps and build and diversify the work force in this sector. Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is working in a new partnership with Southampton-based youth … Read More

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