Sadiq Khan launches £1.3m fund to support creative sectors in London

The London mayor has launched a fund to help support those working in creative jobs across Croydon, Hounslow and Lambeth.

As creative industries have suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic, a £1.3 million fund will be used to increase employment in creative sectors across the UK capital – particularly for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people and women. Over 225 Londoners will be supported on education, training and employment between April 2021 and June 2023, while 120 employees will receive support on career prospects. The funding will be allocated through the zones of Croydon, Hounslow and Lambeth.

The sum includes £650,000 from the European Social Fund, and £200,000 from Hounslow and Lambeth. The Mayor’s Creative Enterprise Zones programme has contributed £450,000.

“Culture and the creative industries are at the heart of our city, and they will play a huge role in our economic and social recovery,” Sadiq Khan said. “That’s why we must do all we can to support jobs and small businesses at this challenging time, and that includes ensuring there are opportunities available to all. Our Creative Enterprise Zones are designed to inspire innovation and nurture talent across the capital, and this funding will help to provide further education, training and employment to develop the next generation of creative leaders.”

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