Northwest Vision and Media, the organisation which supports the region’s creative and digital industries, has revealed it is to move to Salford’s MediaCity:UK, and has also confirmed it will receive £2.7million funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
The funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme has been approved following the £3 million announced by the Northwest Regional Development Agency in April.
It will be used to deliver programmes in its recently expanded role as a cluster organisation for all creative and digital industries in the region, to 2012.
The organisation has also confirmed its widely anticipated move to Broadway in MediaCity, opposite The Pie Factory, in autumn of this year.
Alice Morrison, chief executive of Northwest Vision and Media said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this additional funding which will help us make even more of a difference to our sectors delivering programmes to really help grow businesses and encourage innovation and collaboration, particularly in this difficult climate.
“We are also incredibly excited about our move to MediaCityUK. The presence of MediaCityUK in our region truly sets us apart. It will provide global opportunities that our industries can take advantage of and it is a natural home for Vision and Media.”
Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the NWDA, said: “The investment by the ERDF programme complements the NWDA’s investment in Northwest Vision and Media to create a single, region wide sector body.
“Vision and Media working with partners across the North, will ensure that the benefits for the investment of hundreds of millions of pounds of private sector monies that accompany the BBC move North will result in lasting benefits and high value jobs across the region.”