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Raising Investment for Creative Industries

We’re pleased to have partnered with Creative Scotland once again to run three online workshops aimed at looking at the challenges faced by creative and cultural third sector enterprises as they recover from the fallout of COVID-19 and begin to look to the future.

In addition, organisations who have attended these sessions will then be able to apply for 1-2-1 support alongside a small Investment Readiness Grant to help progress their plans through consultancy support, which would help in accessing social investment (application process will apply).

This is ideal for organisations in the creative and cultural third sector who want to pivot or develop a new trading model to recover from the challenges presented by COVID-19. Details will be given across these workshops and only course participants are eligible.

Webinar Recordings


Medeia Cohen

Respected as an innovative and creative force, Medeia has forged a successful career in the space between the creative and businesses sectors. Having held high-level roles within both the public and private sectors, Medeia has established a reputation for creating impactful programmes, driving new ventures, and developing powerful networks. In 2013 she was recognised for her work by being named a Woman of Achievement by Director Magazine. In 2018 Medeia embarked on the development of the Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club in Glasgow.

This session will explore the current and emerging landscape for creative organisations and entrepreneurs.  Medeia will share what the Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club is doing to support the creative industry during this important time. Medeia will also discuss how partnerships and investment can help build resilience and support recovery.

CEC also partners with SIS on our annual Retail Academy and our inspiring Ambitions leadership programme. They provide a wealth of resources, support, expertise as a networking hub for those looking to learn and gain the best understanding of creating social impact through culture and the arts.

Watch the webinar here.


Lynzi LeroyThis session includes an overview of what social investment is and how it might support your organisation at this time. We’ll be joined by Lynzi Leroy, Founder of Scottish Design Exchange who will share her views on the challenges and opportunities of running a creative third sector enterprise in the current climate and beyond, as well as her experience of social investment.

Scottish Design Exchange is a consists of two retail spaces supporting over 300 local artists. We’ll be asking Lynzi how they were able to pivot the business online to continue to reach customers when forced to close their doors by COVID-19. This is an inspiring opportunity to hear from a social entrepreneur who continues to not only deliver social impact but who has also stepped up to support a local charity by creating an online prize draw and fundraiser to help those most vulnerable.

Watch the webinar here.


The third and final session will cover social investment, community shares and crowdfunding.  We will be joined by guest speaker Dana MacPhee, Co-Founder for Uist Wool.

Uist Wool is a fantastic story of revitalising a traditional industry in North Uist, using a local asset. A large scale project of passion inspired by a community collective, Usit Wool faced many different challenges to get their enterprise up and running. We’ll be asking Dana about a range of subjects including purchasing the land, building the mill, employment, training, retail and tourism. Dana will talk through the key challenges, due diligence, highs and lows of delivering Uist Wool Mill and the many benefits it brought to the local community.

Dana has been involved with Uist Wool since 2009 and is now a voluntary Trustee with the organisation. Dana also operates her own catering business ‘CIDSIN – The Grimsay Kitchen’ a community café at the Ceann na h-Airigh Centre on the island.

Watch the webinar here.