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Creative Industries Development Service

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

CIDS runs events and seminars designed to help businesses in the creative and digital sector get started and then continue to grow. Focal Point events are aimed at freelancers, new and small enterprises and the Loop series has been developed to engage with the sector's more established businesses.

CIDS offers a range of communications for creative businesses, including the CREATIVE Times - the UK's first trade journal for the creative industries and the Manchester Creative Annual, designed to showcase the Creative Industries to businesses across the wider economy.

CIDS is supporting the Big Chip award for freelance and micro enterprises in recognition of their innovation and creativity, and to help raise their profiles with the companies that will want to work with them.