Honeycomb - Creative Works

Ulster University

Northern Ireland

Project title

Honeycomb - Creative Works

Total project grant

£3,565,132

Number of partners in project

3

Lead partners

Ulster University

Partners

Creative Skillset (Scotland)

Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland)

EU Funding Opportunity

Interreg V-A: Cross-border co-operation

Honeycomb - Creative Works was a £3.58m programme targeted at the digital content sector across Northern Ireland, the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland and the western seaboard of Scotland.

Delivered by a partnership led by Ulster University and comprising Dundalk Institute of Technology and Creative Skillset in Scotland, and part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg IVA Cross-Border Programme, Honeycomb addressed the economic, educational, social and cultural needs of the sector by focusing on SMEs, organisations and individuals that play a role or have a vested interest in the development of the sector. Areas of particular focus were film and broadcast, animation, computer gaming, interactive media and music technologies.

Activity focussed on four main areas including:

  • Intelligence Gathering - to monitor sectoral developments and to devise a range of studies
  • Developing Networks of Scale - build the capacity of, and establish greater links between digital content SMEs, freelancers and start-ups across the three regions through a comprehensive networking programme
  • Skills Development - address the shortfall in sector-specific training for the digital content sector.
  • Enterprise Development and Project Finance - provide a seed funding programme and investment fund for early stage digital content projects

Headline impacts

  • £1.3 million was invested in skills training across a mix of programmes
  • 82 e-learning courses were made available on thehoneycomb.net
  • 650 people took part in 48 continuing professional development courses
  • delivered training to 3,000 people in the Border region
  • organised more than 120 networking and business support events
  • assisted creative digital content enterprises win more than £380,000 in public sector contracts
  • total funding of £235,000 from the Honeypot seed fund was made available for 37 projects