Date: 18th January 2019
Hatch Regeneris bid receives £4.3m of Cultural Development Funding to deliver an ambitious vision for the Thames Estuary Production Corridor
The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that partners from North Kent and South Essex will receive funding from the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) to drive forward plans for culture-led economic growth in the Thames Estuary. £4.3m will be used to strengthen the cultural and creative identity of the Estuary, catalyse a long-term commitment to cultural workspace provision and enhance creative talent and innovation.
Hatch Regeneris combined our knowledge of unlocking funding with our understanding of the local strategic context to create a compelling case for investment in the Essex and Kent end of the Thames Estuary Production Corridor (TEPC). We provided support on all elements of the bid which included outlining expected economic outputs, financial viability of the programme, and advice on governance structures.
The CDF bid compliments our forthcoming TEPC case for investment which represents a culture led economic strategy stretching from East London to the East Coast of Essex and Kent. Our research demonstrates that whilst creative identity is well established in East London, activity in Kent and Essex is currently clustered but poorly connected. Our comprehensive evidence base reinforced the need for bespoke interventions in North Kent and South Essex to unlock this untapped potential.
Hatch Regeneris worked with local partners to articulate an evidence-led CDF bid which can enable the area to become a driving force for the UK creative economy. We are delighted to support a successful CDF bid which offers a unique opportunity to build momentum behind the TEPC vision to deliver a world-leading corridor for the creative and cultural industries spanning the entire Estuary.
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