Call for creative businesses in Isles to enter £50,000 competition

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Creative businesses in the Western Isles have less than two weeks to submit their collaborative ideas to be in with a chance of winning a £50,000 competition.

Launched by Scottish Enterprise (SE) and delivered by Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS), the Collaboration Prize aims to encourage companies to consider establishing a consortium to help improve trade and deliver sustained growth.

Businesses from the creative industries are being invited to submit entries for a chance to win £5,000 cash and up to £5,000 consultancy support to set their idea in motion and CDS support to form their consortium. Up to five winners will be selected to take a share of the prize fund.

David Smith, Director of Creative Industries at Scottish Enterprise, said: “The benefits of collaboration are numerous – from raising profile to accessing bigger contracts and innovating in new and existing markets, all while sharing risks and pooling expertise.

“With the December 17 deadline coming ever closer, we encourage interested creative businesses to make the most of this fantastic opportunity and enter the Collaboration Prize.”

The Collaboration Prize was launched last month by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs. She described the prize as ideally suited to creative companies with ambitions to grow and reach new markets.

She said: “The creative industries in Scotland currently employ over 71, 000 people and are worth over £5 billion to the Scottish economy. It is vital that we continue to make Scotland a place to attract, develop and retain talent. I encourage creative businesses, the length and breadth of the country, to get involved in this unique competition.”

Entries to the competition must be submitted by midnight, December 17. To enter, go to: website

Support with preparing submissions is available from CDS. For more information email info@cdscotland.co.uk. Winners will be announced in early 2016.

Pictured are Cristina Spiteri, Adventures In Light chairman and Richard Anstice (centre, AIL director), with David Smith (left, director of creative industries, technology and engineering at Scottish Enterprise).