Launch of new €2m creative momentum project

Survey shows 60% of creative entrepreneurs working on their own

90,000 visits to MyCreativeEdge showcase website

Across Europe’s Northern Edge, 60% of creative entrepreneurs work on their own. A further 31% of enterprises employ fewer than five people. That is according to new survey results presented during the launch of a creative momentum project at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday 29 October. The survey also showed that just over half (53%) work from their own home, while 45% are members of some form of creative network or collective.

The new three-year, €2m transnational creative momentum project is led by the Western Development Commission, with NUI Galway also a partner. It aims to support creative entrepreneurs through innovation and skills development; opportunities to network and collaborate across the five partner countries; and improved access to international markets. The project will be run by six partner organisations based in Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. It is co-funded by the EU Interreg Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme.

Representatives of partner organisations implementing a creative momentum project

Representatives of partner organisations implementing a creative momentum project

The project aims to connect and highlight the wealth of creativity across Europe’s Northern Edge. The depth and importance of the relationship between place and creativity was explored by speakers at the launch, including Roscommon-based author Brian Leyden and Sligo-based graphic designer Gary Reddin. Videos of all presentations will be available on MyCreativeEdge.eu.

Many of the supports under a creative momentum project will be made available through the MyCreativeEdge.eu website, which showcases the work of creative enterprises based across Europe’s Northern Edge. Launched in mid-2013 the site has already attracted 90,000 website visits and 570 creative enterprises have published their free online profile. The survey of creative enterprises found that 68% of respondents already made some sales outside of their home country and MyCreativeEdge will be further developed to improve access to international markets.

During the launch, the first call for applications for support under a creative momentum project was opened. Creative enterprises based in the West of Ireland, South East of Northern Ireland and Northern Finland can apply for 50% funding (up to a maximum of €2,500) to attend a Trade Fair in Europe, with the objective of expanding export markets. Applications can be made by logging into MyCreativeEdge.eu and the deadline is 27 November.

Contact:

Pauline White, a creative momentum project co-ordinator, WDC, 086 832 8055 or 094 986 1441

Notes to Editor:

The online survey was conducted from 28 September to 18 October 2015 among creative micro-enterprises, SMEs and sole traders based in Mid-Sweden, Northern Finland, South East of Northern Ireland and the West of Ireland. A total of 167 responses were received.

a creative momentum project is co-funded by the EU Interreg Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) Programme 2014-2020. The NPA is a cooperation between nine programme partner countries; Finland, Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom (Scotland and Northern Ireland), Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway. The NPA 2014-2020 is part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and ERDF equivalent funding from non EU partner countries.

a creative momentum project will be operated by six partner organisations across five regions:

  1. Western Development Commission (WDC), Ireland
  2. National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Ireland
  3. North East Iceland Cultural Council, Iceland
  4. Armagh City, Craigavon and Banbridge Borough Council, Northern Ireland
  5. Technichus Mid-Sweden Ltd, Sweden
  6. Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland