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Prosper North is a free business support programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The programme aims to improve the capabilities of around 80 cultural heritage organisations in the North of England – from music venues and community art groups, to independent museums and literature festivals.

Prosper North’s mix of free, tailored 1:1 business support, workshops, webinars and meetups are designed to enable cultural heritage organisations to
increase income and impact, become more resilient businesses and explore social investment. In these challenging times of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme will also help with planning for the rebuilding of businesses post-lock down.

Having started in 2019, the organisations on the programme have already participated in a combined total of over 600 hours of 1:1, workshops and webinars. Members of our cohorts have described the programme as “enlightening”, “supportive” and “transformative”. 

Diversifying Funding Streams 

The Prosper North programme will also help organisations achieve a position whereby they can access and use funding from diverse sources, not just grants from local authorities, the Arts Council, the Heritage Fund or trusts and foundations. One of these diverse sources of funding could be social finance. Prosper North will actively help organisations interested in applying to Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund for social finance; and aims to enable 8-10 organisations to successfully secure investment from this fund.

Who provides the business support?

Prosper North is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and delivered by Creative United in partnership with Key Fund, Bates Wells, Social Investment Business. 

The programme will be delivered by Creative United’s established network of exceptionally qualified business advisors whose expertise span the full breadth and depth of the arts and creative industries.

Meet Edition 3 of Prosper North

Applications are now closed and the final edition of Prosper North has begun.

We are delighted to welcome Edition 3 to the Prosper North community. Edition 3 will run from September 2020 – February 2021. You can find a selection of those we worked with below.

To see the full range of organisations that have taken part in the programme across the three editions, click the button below.

Meet the Prosper North Community here

Programme Overview

In the following overview, Sarah Thirtle, Director of Business Support Programme outlines the aims and structure of the programme.

Prosper North was made available to organisations which are based in one of the 11 Northern-most Local Enterprise Partnership regions.

Prospering On 

There is no doubt that the past few months have been challenging for the cultural heritage sector across the UK. We thought it would be great to catch up with some former Prosper North participants to see how they have managed to navigate these unusual times.

We spoke to Victoria Robinson, CEO of The Met – a cultural hub located in Bury, Greater Manchester – which took part in the first edition of Prosper North.

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We spoke to the Learning and Development Officers at West Cheshire Museums, which took part in the first edition of Prosper North.

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Any questions?

For more information on Prosper North, click below to read the full press release.

Press Release

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