CREATIVE and digital industries are getting a £50,000 boost.
Members of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet have backed the funding from the Economic Task Force (ETF) fund to Creative Calderdale.
The organisation, based in Halifax, was established as a two-year pilot in 2009 with a £120,000 ETF grant.
Over the past two years, Creative Calderdale has engaged with 1,200 businesses in the region’s creative and digital sector as part of the promotion of Calderdale to encourage potential investors.
Between January 2010 and November 2011, Creative Calderdale supported 55 business start-ups, helped 195 creative and digital businesses, leading to the creation of 45 jobs.
Clr Barry Collins, Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, said: “By making this additional funding available, we are ensuring that Creative Calderdale continues to help industries which are at the cutting edge.
If Calderdale is to be competitive, then we need to support fledgling high-tech businesses.”
The proposed £50,000 from the ETF would help towards the £75,000 cost of running Creative Calderdale for the next 12 months. The rest of the costs would come through sponsorship and partner organisations.