Drawing on the expertise of business development experts and professional creatives, Cultivator taps into the pool of creative businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to offer tailored business support.

From skills development to bespoke support for graduate start-ups, exploration of new export markets to sector specific knowledge exchange, businesses in the region benefit from a range of opportunities to raise skills across all levels of the business and increase capacity.

At the University, we provide a programme of Professional Peer Support Network (PPSN) events, bringing together guidance from our academics, bespoke advice and solutions from carefully chosen external experts, plus Creative Kernow’s Creative Business Advisors.

This network provides tailored support to high potential businesses over a three-year period, from the following creative industries:

  • digital and design
  • performing arts
  • visual arts and crafts
  • museums and galleries.

In addition to the PPSN programme, the University provides access to relevant networks through an annual conference and a range of showcasing opportunities across the UK to enhance skills, business development and visibility beyond Cornwall.

Cultivator is led by Creative Kernow, and delivered with the University of Plymouth alongside Business West, Cornwall College, and the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO). The project has been supported with thanks to funding support from the European Structural and Investment Funds, Arts Council England, and Cornwall Council.

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds. The ESIF Growth Programme 2014 - 2020 provides funding for investment in areas to stimulate local growth and jobs, including innovation, research, businesses, sustainability, skills and employment. The ESIF is made up of five different Funds which include the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), jointly managed by the European Commission and the EU countries. 

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