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Innovative firms are chosen for cash pitch

FASHION designers, furniture makers, architects and publishers are among 27 innovative Scots businesses who have been chosen to pitch for investment and develop new products.

The firms will seek up to £10,000 in funding after completing the Government-backed Starter for 6 scheme, set up in 2009 with £1 million investment through Creative Scotland’s Innovation Fund.

Oscar-nominated producer Bob Last, who made The Illusionist, is chair of the Cultural Enterprise Office, which has organised the programme.

He said: “Scotland has a wealth of creative talent but the challenge has always been to turn this talent into sustainable businesses, and specialist, business support is the key to making this happen.

“Cultural Enterprise Office supports the development of businesses that will grow into Scotland’s small and medium sized enterprises, and micro-businesses that are the bedrock of the creative sector.”

The Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, said: “Scotland’s creative industries make a valuable contribution to our economy, supporting more than 60,000 jobs and generating £5.2 billion turnover each year.

“The Starter for 6 programme helps our creative industries to flourish.”

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