Indielab, the provider of accelerator programmes for the UK’s creative industries, has opened applications for the inaugural West Yorks TV and Arts & Culture Export Labs, run in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (the LEP) Creative Catalyst programme.

The programmes will begin in September and will provide free expert support for TV production companies and culture and arts organisations as they look to promote their businesses and content to international markets. The Export Labs will be delivered by Indielab, working with Yorkshire and Humber Department of International Trade, SIGN (Screen Industries Growth Network) and Harbottle and Lewis LLP.

The West Yorks TV Export Lab will give producers an overview of changing global market trends and opportunities, impart knowledge of specific markets and help executives create a tailored export strategy.

Victoria Powell, Indielab’s CEO and programme director, says: “West Yorkshire is the home to so many world-class creative companies and our new Export Labs will offer the tailored support that small and medium-sized TV, Arts & Culture businesses need to catapult them into the international market. We are once again delighted to be working in partnership with the LEP and hugely appreciate its ongoing commitment to supporting the development of the creative industries in West Yorkshire.”

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire and Chair of the Culture, Arts and Creative Industries Committee, said: “This is yet another fantastic example of the creative industries getting the support they need to help them thrive and I am pleased that West Yorkshire is able to extend its successful relationship with Indielab to deliver the Export Labs programme. The ability to reach a wider audience will enable growth and create more jobs. If we harness this potential now, we will reap the rewards in the months and years to come.”

Interested companies can apply here:

Jon Creamer

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