FOCUS AND MG ALBA ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO OFFER FIVE BBC ALBA SUPPLIERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS FULLY-FUNDED COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS SUPPORT AND MENTORING FROM INDUSTRY EXPERTS.

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The partnership between MG ALBA and FOCUS will give five suppliers access to targeted business support which will allow them to maximise the international partnerships which are key to both their growth and to ensuring high value content for BBC ALBA.

Last year MG ALBA announced a series of domestic and international agreements amounting to £5.2m for high-quality programmes for Scotland’s Gaelic-language television channel, highlighting the increasing role of domestic and international co-production for the channel and its suppliers.

A total of £15k is allocated to the partnership, including £10k of consultancy costs, as well as overheads, with the cost of all support shared equally three ways between Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and MG ALBA.

Please check that you are eligible to apply and that you understand the selection process and criteria before starting your application. 

APPLICATION CRITERIA

To apply to this opportunity you must meet all of the following criteria.

Companies must:

  • Be based in Scotland

  • Be a screen sector company producing film, TV or animation content for broadcast or distribution

  • Have produced content for BBC ALBA

  • Have no access to expert business development support in house or through a parent company

  • Able to provide full access to operational and financial affairs of the business

  • Be willing to take part in monitoring and evaluation work

  • In a position to accept de minimus aid

From all of the eligible applications received, your application will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

Selection Criteria

- Commitment to growth and change

- Ability to benefit from business development support

- Appropriate ambition 

HOW MANY COMPANIES WILL BE SELECTED?

5 companies will be selected.

HOW MUCH SUPPORT WILL EACH COMPANY RECEIVE?

Each participating company will be able to access support up to the value of £3k. This will take the form of one-to-one corporate affairs mentoring and advice from specialist consultants, including Kirstie McLure from The Televators.

Consultancy will be tailored to the needs of the company, and might include a review of contracts and processes, IP audits, and setting up effective processes and workflows.

There will also be a group workshop at the start of the consultancy.

TERMS OF PARTNERSHIP

The FOCUS model is that the cost of all support is split three ways between the participating company, Screen Scotland and Scottish Enterprise. In this partnership with MG ALBA, MG ALBA will cover the company’s share of the costs.

Costs are based on the full value of the consultancy, including a contribution towards the overheads of running the project, which is always one third of the total cost.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Please submit your interest via our online application form.

Applications must be received by midnight on Friday 23rd August.

Both FOCUS and MG ALBA will review the applications and agree which companies to work with.

Please also check the Application Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.

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