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The Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS) helps new and established creative businesses in Greater Manchester, whilst also taking a strategic overview of the sector - developing projects in response to industry needs.

We offer a range of communications for creative businesses - we publish CREATIVE Times - the UK's first trade journal for the creative industries and an accompanying monthly email update, CIDS News - which are available to anybody that submits a full company profile on the CIDS site. In addition, we publish the Manchester Creative Annual, designed to showcase the Creative Industries to businesses across the wider economy.

CIDS run events and workshops designed to help creative businesses grow, including Creative Focus, The Loop, and The Loop Academy. We are also involved in a range of sector-based initiatives, including work with University of Bolton and Game Alliance developing the casual gaming sector, and with The Marketeer Association on increasing marketing spend in the region.