The Collaborate ERDF grant fund has been very popular with significant demand being received. As a result we will no longer be accepting any new applications, however if you wish to be put on a waiting list to be considered should any future funding be available, please ask your adviser to refer your details to the collaborate grant team or email us directly via








The creative industries form the fastest-growing sector of the UK economy and will be central to the government’s new industrial strategy.

Through the Collaborate project creative businesses can access up to 12 hours of fully-funded support from experienced business coaches from Creative Leicestershire and LCB Depot.


This one-to-one support is available to businesses at all stages of their development. Support can include, but is not limited to, the following areas:


– Finding new customers, growing sales, marketing strategy
– Financial planning
– Strategic business planning
– Exporting
– Leadership and management
– Recruitment, Staff development
– Exit strategies

Complete an enquiry form here and get started.



Creative business coaches will also provide details about the Collaborate business growth grant if you are looking to expand and grow:

– Capital grants of between £5,000 to £25,000 are available for Leicester or Leicestershire SMEs that trade business-to-business.
– The grant will be made up of 33% of the project cost
– Businesses must be trading business to business for 12 months or more and must create at least one full time job for every £10,000 of grant funding awarded.

Targeted Workshops and Seminars

Workshops, business advice surgeries and seminars are organised regularly for creative businesses. Business surgeries typically last 30 minutes and provide an opportunity to chat about how your creative business could grow. Longer session are available by appointment.

Workshop and seminar topics include business planning, crowdfunding, tax, pricing, managing finance and more. These free, sector specific sessions provide an opportunity for you to learn, stay informed and connect with other businesses. Visit the events section for details. You can also visit Creative Leicestershire and LCB Depot websites. Customer feedback includes comments such as:


“Relaxed, plenty of discussion and plenty to consider for my business.”(Fashion designer)
“The workshop was very interactive and informative. Good presentation.” (publishing company)
“The workshop helped me to understand different types of marketing.” (graphic designer)


For inward investment enquiries please click the Space/Premises link above.  Workspace and studios for creatives, artists & designer-makers are available at LCB Depot, Phoenix Square & Makers Yard. Visit to check current availability.

In addition, LCB Depot offer 6 months free hot-desking to successful applicants on their Start-up Programme. More details can be found at





Enquiry Form

If you are interested in receiving support through the Collaborate project you will need to register your business by completing this simple Enquiry Form.