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About the partners

The Last Mile project works with partners throughout the English regions, as follows:



Sub Partners

Tribal CTAD (formerly Cambridge Training and Development Limited)  
Cumbria Vision  
Institute of Education (IOE)  
Media Training North West (MTNW)  
Slough Borough Council  
WAC Performing Arts and Media College  
Clever Cherry  
Cumbria Institute of the Arts  
Flex FX Productions  
Ethnic Minority Foundation  
Birmingham City Council: Sub partners Birmingham Repertory Theatre
  Central Library
  Creative Management Group
  Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre
  Moseley Sounds
  RBSA Gallery
  University Hospital Birmingham
  Optima Community Association
  Definitely Red
  Book Communications
ERA/ UK Film Council: Sub partners East Midlands Media
  Film London
  South West Screen
  B3 Media

Sheffield Cultural Industries Quarter

Agency (CIQA): Sub partners Higher Rhythm
  Non Stop Foundation
  The Drum


Birmingham City Council

BCCBirmingham City Council’s Creative Development Team co-ordinates the EQUAL II: The Last Mile partnership activities in Birmingham.

The Creative Development team works in partnership with Business Link Birmingham & Solihull, the Learning & Skills Council, the Arts Council, Advantage West Midlands and Screen WM to develop creative businesses.

Summary of projects/activities

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust: New Hospitals Arts Project - Opening up procurement opportunities with local artists in the development of the new superhospital.

Birmingham REP Theatre: Technical Apprenticeships Programme - An innovative two-year programme of on-the-job training and accredited qualifications for 6 apprentices in the theatre’s technical and production departments.

Birmingham REP Theatre: Young REP Mentoring Programme - Working with ‘at risk’ young people from the Northfield area of the city on the mentor training programme.

Birmingham Libraries: Creative Pathways Programme - Using expertise and knowledge in creative sphere to encourage Creatives to participate in new forms of learning and self-development, with the aim of making money from their creative talent.

Optima Community Association: Mentorship Programme - Creating creative apprenticeships for artists to work with the Housing Community Association.

MADE: MADE in Eastside - Creating creative apprenticeships for individual artists to work with businesses in regeneration and the built environment.

Definitely Red: Creative Channel Showcase - Working with Creatives to distribute and showcase creative content from musicians, sculptors, painters, animators, photographers and filmmakers.

Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre: EQUAL Project - Creating strategic partnerships between jewellery designers and jewellery manufacturers.

VIVID: Interdisciplinary Support Programme - Supporting collaborative interdisciplinary research between creative industries in Birmingham and other sectors in the region.

Creative Management Group - Developing Birmingham-based solo artists, bands, songwriters and producers to help them achieve self-sufficiency within the music industry.

RBSA Gallery: Professional Development Programme - Working with artists to develop their professional practice; Extending arts education in Birmingham.

Birmingham REP Theatre: Pen 2 Paper EQUAL Writers Attachment Programme - A year-long programme of professional development and on-the-job training for new playwrights.

Book Communications: New Writer Development Programme - Groundbreaking programme to enable writers to access opportunities to have their work printed, broadcast and published.

MSR Music Ltd: Birmingham Community Gospel Choir - Establishing and developing Birmingham’s first Gospel Choir to enable it to trade as a self-sufficient business entity.

Birmingham City Council Arts Team: Skills & Commission Ready - Opening up commission opportunities to Birmingham-based Creatives through mentoring-based programme.

Clever Cherry: and BIGmarketplace Platforms - Development of on-line showcase and distribution platforms for Birmingham-based artists, allowing them to reach new markets and generate bookings and commissions.


Nicola Saunders (Creative Development Co-ordinator)

Birmingham City Council
Birmingham Interaction
Unit 3, L2
Millennium Point
Curzon St

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The Creative Academy, Slough

The Creative Academy:

  • Supports local freelancers, micro businesses and SMEs
  • Provides training at all levels, to all sorts of people.
  • Offers advice and information on anything to do with working in the creative industries.
  • Facilitates work placements for local people.
  • Runs events which showcase local creative talent.
  • Develops new programmes to address gaps in the market e.g. Creative Apprenticeships; and a Foundation degree in dance.

SBCEnterprosing Britain awardCreative Academy

Summary of projects/activities

The Creative Academy, SloughCreative Industries Development Service - The service offers SME’s, freelancers and creative individuals guidance, advice and professional development towards developing careers in the creative industries.

Mess up the Mess - is a new enterprise which showcased its first work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Urban Action Festival - Slough’s first Urban Arts and Sports Festival incorporate a newly created dance form using classical and urban dance looking to be led by Rambert, a graffiti and architect project and Banana Jam 3.

Creative Apprenticeships – have developed accredited schemes though work at Slough Young People’s Centre, the West Wing arts space and Haymill youth centre.

Foundation Degree in Dance – we have developed a foundation degree with Thames Valley University and Foundation Degree Forward offering high quality professional dance training.

Banana Jam 3 – is a 2 day international break-dance jam held in Slough.

East @ West - a unique and innovative programme promoting Eat Asian arts at the West Wing.

Creative Academy Internships – Slough Borough Council departments have benefited from an influx of creative talent as Creative Academy Internships have been launched.

Mobile Mash Up - Is a new initiative involving new technologies and mobile phones, developing creative entrepreneurs’ design and business skills.

Music4Slough - is one of 24 Youth Music Action Zones in England and Wales, providing music-making activities to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity.


George Kirkham (Creative Academy Manager)

Creative Academy
Town Hall
Bath Road, Slough

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EMFThe Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF) is a national registered charity created to provide a secure base for Britain's minority ethnic communities. Since its inception in 1999, EMF has worked tirelessly to identify and meet the needs of the country's most diverse, deprived and disadvantaged individuals and groups. We have done so through a combination of innovative and entrepreneurial activities and programmes including:

  • building community assets
  • providing grants to minority ethnic individuals and groups
  • conducting evidence-based research
  • lobbying, campaigning and influencing government policy
  • building capacity within communities and organisati


Summary of projects/activities

The Project was set up to empower disadvantaged Muslim women by providing them with opportunities for developing their skills and potential. It provides free training in Information Technology (IT) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). In addition, the women are provided with the opportunity to train in a variety subjects in the Creative and Cultural Industries. The Project has currently seven centres throughout the UK.


Dr Krishna Sarda (Hons) FRSA (Chief Executive)

The Ethnic Minority Foundation
Forbes House
9 Artillery Lane

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FlexFX Productions

FlexFXFlexFX are a unique company with inner city roots in East London complemented by global influences and vision. They enhance the Last Mile Development Partnership by their uniqueness as one of the few dance, theatre and music companies that combine young urban inspiration with contemporary music and choreography. FlexFX offer community arts with professional performers. The company has developed progressively, starting by facilitating local festivals, and club nights, culminating in the launch of Flex-FX Productions.

FlexFX ProductionsFlexFX embraces many different artistic styles, and have a multicultural approach both in terms of the background of the performers and their creative influences. Their creative inspirations range from Bollywood, urban and street (L.A./N.Y.), the London club scene and the Middle East .

Summary of projects/activities

FlexFX Productions is an Asian Media Company whose work within the Last Mile development partnership involves the creation of new style fusion arts. Their work will specifically impact on the barriers in engaging with internal and external audiences within the Creative and Cultural Industries.


Naz Choudhury (Artistic Director)

Flex FX Productions Ltd
46E Micro Business Park
Greatorex Street

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identitiesThe UK Film Council was established by the government as the lead agency responsible for developing the film sector and film culture in the UK. It invests Government grant-in-aid and National Lottery money to deliver lasting benefits to the sector and public alike to stimulate a competitive, successful and vibrant British film industry, and to promote enjoyment and understanding of cinema throughout the UK.

Summary of projects/activities

The identities project is a national programme, developed in the regions, which gives voice to diverse UK communities, across the generations, to create dynamic screen-based media material generated with and by them for dissemination. Connecting their past, present and future through a series of spaces reflecting the diversity of social and cultural experiences and perspectives.

Initially piloted in five English regions, the East Midlands, Cumbria, the South West, South East and London, but with national and international reach, the programme is led by the UK Film Council and managed by Era Ltd.


Arora Parry (Project Manager)

Era Ltd
1 London Bridge

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Inspiral provides specialist business support to the Creative and Digital Industries. We help entrepreneurs to start up and successfully trade by providing focused advice on business planning, channels to market, sales development and access to finance.

InspiralWe operate in sectors where content or Intellectual Property is created and commercially exploited: Film / TV / Radio / Music / Multimedia / Publishing / Advertising and PR / Design / Art and Crafts / Fashion / Architecture / Performance / Computer Games.

Through our programmes of business support, we have helped clients to access finance and training, to use technology better, to participate in networks and master classes and to get strategic advice from our bank of over 150 specialist consultants.

If you are interested in finding out more about how Inspiral might be able to help you or your company then please contact us.

Summary of projects/activities

The Last Mile Programme has helped to build 30 sustainable creative businesses. Each client participated in individual action planning to assess their support needs in order to start their business or improve its performance. They received strategic advice to focus in on the right markets for their products/ services, together with the necessary tools and confidence to do this in a professional way.


Grant Keir (Head of Sales & Marketing)

The Workstation
15 Paternoster Row
South Yorkshire
United Kingdom

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Institute of Education

IOEFounded in 1902, the Institute of Education is a centre of excellence for research, teacher training, higher degrees and consultancy in education and education-related areas of social science. Its staff of scholars and students from all walks of life make up an intellectually rich and diverse learning community.


David Guile

The Institute of Education (IOE)
University of London
20 Bedford Way

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Media Training North West

MTNWMedia Training North West is part of one of the fastest growing industries in Europe - the media industry.

We're here to ensure that the industry in the north west has a highly skilled workforce to lead it into a 21st century multi-media landscape.

We do this by offering a whole range of training solutions for media companies, employees and freelances in the north-west of England. The key-word is FLEXIBILITY. We aim to take the hassle out of the training process by becoming a one-stop shop which provides the industry with solutions - not problems.

Media Training North West IS the media industry. Our Board of Directors consists of senior representatives from the broadcasters, trade associations and unions in the north-west region - the BBC, Granada TV, EMAP Performance, Cosgrove Hall Films, Warthog, BECTU and PACT. Key Media Training North West staff have worked in the industry for many years.

If you are interested in finding out more about how Media Training North West might be able to help you or your company then please contact us.

Summary of projects/activities

Through the Last Mile initiative Media Training North West has worked in partnership with the media industry and regional partners in order:

  • to develop an integrated programme of regional activities that broker alternative pathways and create stronger and sustainable operational partnerships between industry, community organisations, training providers and other intermediary agencies in order for creative regional BME/M talent to up skill and access employment and work in the media industries. MTNW will focus, in particular, on opportunities in the regional growth areas of TV and interactive media.
  • to assist the media industries in obtaining a wider culturally diverse workforce
  • to ensure target groups and creatives play an empowering role in designing, delivering and evaluating programme activity
  • to align training and business support with national occupational mapping, industry standards and regional opportunity
  • to implement action-delivery equal opportunity measures, policies and practices
  • to implement regular ongoing regional/national monitoring, strategic evaluation and research
  • to measure and test the success and impact of the scheme against social, economic and strategic outputs
  • to respond appropriately to individual need and industry requirement / demand


Janette O’Carroll (Training and Development Manager)

Oxford Road
M60 1SJ

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Tribal CTAD

Tribal CTADEducation has the power to change lives. All it needs is the opportunity. That’s why, for over 25 years, Tribal CTAD has been working to extend education’s reach. Most of what we do is designed to help those who have been excluded from the joys and rewards of learning, for whatever reason.

As technology has advanced, so too has our ability to meet those objectives. Tribal CTAD is now the UK’s foremost provider of ICT-based educational materials and resources for the post-16 market.


Chris Webb (European Project Director)

Tribal Group
Tribal Education and Technology
87-91 Newman Street

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