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Your Creative Network

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The Network was established in September 2014, as a collaborative effort between Southend on Sea Borough Council and Thurrock Council, to provide a platform for individuals from the arts, creative and cultural sectors (including young people where appropriate) interested in sharing and growing across Southend, Thurrock and beyond.

In Southend alone, there are over 800 enterprises in the IT, Gitigal and Creative sector (Southend District Profile 2019), employing 2,250 people. Many of the the businesses in this sector are sole traders and/or freelancers who will benefit from the regular face to face contacts with each other. Since it's inception the network has delivered networking events every six month in Southend and Thurrock. 

To make sharing information easier the Network has a Facebook page where relevant information are posted regularly. To keep up with the latest news please like and follow the Creative Network page

The Network is closely linked to the European funded South East Creative [South East Cultural, Creative and Digital Sector - SECCADS] project which offers grants programmes, business suport works, mentoring services, and internships to eligible businesses across Essex, East Sussex and Kent.