Simon Cornelius

Cornelius Creative is awarded a creative start-up grant

We’re excited to announce we’ve been awarded a grant as part of a creative business and development programme delivered in partnership by Kent County Council and South East Creatives (SECCADS).

After launching Cornelius Creative in March 2020, one week before the national lockdown was imposed, we applied for the creative grant from SECCADS to help contribute towards vital office equipment, including a laptop and a 3D printer for creating client prototypes.

The grant is part of a wider programme to support creative, cultural or digital SMEs, which also offers workshops and mentorships as well as grant funding of £1,000 – £20,000 (up to 35% of total project costs). It is available to freelancers, sole traders, start-up and growing businesses working in Essex, East Sussex or Kent.

Our MD, Simon Cornelius said “I decided to go self-employed at the beginning of 2020 and came across the SECCADS programme while researching information about starting my business. I applied for the grant as I provide a creative service to businesses, including computer aided design, product design and marketing. Starting a business at any time is fairly daunting, but this year the Coronavirus pandemic has added another struggle into the mix, so the grant has been essential in helping my business survive.”

The SECCADS programme is available until December 2020 and more information is available at

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