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21 February 2016

Connecting with Kenya

A new international exchange to share growth strategies from the UK with Kenyan businesses.

Creative Industry Finance

Creative Skills Enterprise is a brand new international partnership supported by the British Council.  UK and Kenyan approaches to creative finance are shared through a series of study tours, the first of which started in February in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

The driving forces behind the exchange are the UK's Creative United in collaboration with Kenya's  The Nest and HEVA Fund.

Joined by UK-based Blank Inside, a design company that focuses on colourful illustration, and soft furnishing firm Waffle Design, the delegation will meet with Kenyan creative businesses that have been supported by the HEVA Fund, delivering workshops on business planning, growth strategy and brand development.

Respected business advisors Remi Harris and Stuart Balmerworking with Creative United’s Creative Industry Finance’ Programme Manager, Genevieve Pace and Head of Business Lending Programmes, Sarah Thirtlewill contribute more than 35 years of experience in the creative sector, offering insights into growing a successful creative enterprise.

Creative United’s Sarah Thirtle says, "From our first conversations with the HEVA Fund we knew that we shared ambitions to foster the growth of creative enterprise and promote its importance for artistic development, as well as for local and national economies. This fantastic opportunity enables us to build international partnerships and open up new horizons for Creative United.”

Read how the Kenya leg of the trip went here.

Supported by Creative Unitedprovider of a range of financial products and services for UK's cultural and creative businesses, The Nesta Kenyan multi-disciplinary arts collaborative, and supporters of East African creative businesses, Heva Fund