WorldStage Newsonline– This is an exciting time for upcoming fashion and firm entrepreneurs in Nigeria as the British Council
and the British Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) launched the Nigeria Creative Enterprise Support Programme (NCESP) which focuses on the development of talent and innovation within the sectors of the arts and creative industries, a
fast-growing and very visible sector in the country.
A networking event was hosted by the sponsors Thursday evening to celebrate the end of the first phase of the NCESP.
The event was attended by programme participants, creative entrepreneurs, representatives of sector support organization from both the Fashion and Film Industry.
During the event, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Laure Beaufils, said: “The idea of
the programme is to train them entrepreneurs and make sure that they don’t just have the
passion and flair and talents, but they are also in tune with the business needs. To make
them savvy and challenge them to link that talent and capacity to business – on the back of
this, they can have a sustainable business from their talent.”
Adetomi Soyinka, Director, Higher Education, Skills and Enterprise, British Council said,
“Leveraging on UK and Nigeria’s expertise within two key sub-sectors, fashion and film, the
programme aims to support capacity development of creative entrepreneurs as well as stimulate UK – Nigeria linkages between individuals and institutions to share, learn and
collaborate within their respective sectors.
“The programme is delivered through the collaborative efforts of four UK and Nigerian
partners who are leading on the delivery of the Enterprise Support and Business Advisory
Support components of the programme. Our implementing partners are Afrinolly (Nigeria)
and Henley Business School (UK) for the film sector, while The Assembly Innovation Hub
and Fashion Foundry (Cultural Enterprise Office, UK) lead on the fashion strand.”
Over 4000 applications were said to have been received for both components of the programme, 108 and 40
selected for the Enterprise and Business Advisory Support programmes respectively.
The Enterprise Support programme is an 11-week programme for Fashion and Film creative
entrepreneurs, at the end of which 10 entrepreneurs will receive a total of £20,000 grant to scale their businesses. The programme kicked off with 2-week face to face intensive training programme for 108 selected participants and will be followed by an 8-week incubation programme for 50 participants who make it to the through.
The second component, the Business Advisory Support programme, includes a master class
and study tour for hub managers and sector support representatives from the fashion and film sectors in Nigeria which will provide a platform for participants to expand their networks, exchange knowledge, increase collaboration and partnerships with UK counterparts.