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Spark Grimsby – igniting creative businesses in North East Lincolnshire

Spark Grimsby was launched in January 2021 with the aim of encouraging and supporting creative businesses in the Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire area.

One year on, the Spark Grimsby programme has supported 67 businesses / creative practitioners and helped them develop their business or supported them at the start of their business journey.

Spark Grimsby has also held 12 events – many of which have been part of the popular “In Conversation With…” series where an industry expert shares their knowledge and experience with the audience through a Q&A style session.

Highlights for the Spark Grimsby programme are:

• 53% of those supported have been start-up or pre-start-up businesses
• Supporting businesses to access funds in excess of £400,000 for creative projects in the area


Spark Grimsby Project Lead, Guy Lewis said: “We’re proud of the achievements that we’ve made over the past 12 months – it shows there’s a real appetite for creativity in Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire and we can only see that growing in the future with all the additional support and investment that is taking place in the area”.

Spark Grimsby is still supporting creative businesses and practitioners and continue to welcome enquiries for support.

One of the businesses Spark Grimsby has supported is The House with the Blue Door. Owned by Sarah Palmer, The House with the Blue Door accessed support for help with a heritage bid. Sarah says of the support: “This was my first time applying for funding, and the support and assistance I received from Malcolm at Spark Grimsby was instrumental in the bid being successful, I’m sure. I really needed to know that someone who understood the process was on my side giving me really useful feedback and support”.

The Spark Grimsby programme supports those across all creative industries from architecture through to fashion and theatre, and extends to students studying creative subjects.

James Trowsdale, Strategic Lead for Culture, North East Lincolnshire Council said of Spark Grimsby: “‘It’s been great to see a wide range of creative organisations being supported through Spark Grimsby. I’m really excited to see so many new creative businesses making their first steps and seeing the connections being made between them.”

Spark Grimsby is holding its first “in person” event on Tuesday 22nd February at Docks Beer Tap Room. This is a free event, open to anyone in a creative industry in the Greater Grimsby area. For more information about the event see the website:

To find out more about how Spark Grimsby could help creative businesses, contact

Grimsby Creates is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by Arts Council England as part of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF).

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About CDI Alliance/Spark Grimsby

CDI Alliance is the management and business consultancy behind SparkGrimsby and they specialise in designing, developing, and delivering publicly funded business support programmes, with a focus on creative, digital and innovation.
Established in 2011 CDI Alliance has delivered a range of programmes, some covering all sectors and others focussed on specific sectors, across Lancashire, Yorkshire, The Humber, and Lincolnshire, including
• Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership – Digital Business Growth and Grant Programmes
• Creative Sheffield – New Opportunities for the Creative Industry
• Screen Yorkshire – Yorkshire Content Fund – investment in Film & TV

For more information about CDI Alliance visit


About the Cultural Development Fund

In 2018, 5 areas were successful with their bids to the Cultural Development Fund. £20m was shared between Plymouth, Thames Estuary, Wakefield, Worcester and Grimsby. The monies were awarded in 2019 and plans were progressing for delivery during 2020 through to March 2022, when lockdown restrictions were put in place due to Covid-19. We’re now working to an end date of March 2023.

For more information about the Cultural Development Fund, visit

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