Run by Publishing Scotland with Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government



Background

In August 2019, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with representatives of Scottish publishing to discuss challenges facing the sector. The First Minister subsequently wrote:

"A clear theme coming out of the discussion was access to finance and business support. There were points made around the distinction between funding for projects and funding to support structure and questions were raised regarding the role of the different public sector partners, including Creative Scotland and the Enterprise agencies. Support to export internationally was also mentioned as an area where the current landscape was far from straightforward.

We will explore with our partners, including Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and the other Enterprise Agencies, Business Gateway and Publishing Scotland, how the current business support system is working across the different strands of support and what more can be done to provide greater clarity and more effective support."

Publishing Scotland has undertaken to survey publishers to help us understand support needs in order to frame conversations with partners in the business support system.

Thank you in advance for your time in completing this survey. It should take no longer than 30/35 minutes and has been structured so as to preserve anonymity. All information collected will be treated in confidence. Comments made will not be attributed to any individual or company.

For more info on Publishing Scotland, see https://www.publishingscotland.org/
For more info on Creative Scotland, see https://www.creativescotland.com/

Deadline for responses - 6 March 2020

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* 1. Is your business:

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* 2. Which sector are you in?

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* 3. What kind of books/products do you publish?

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* 4. Do you export internationally?

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* 5. Do you sell translation rights?

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* 6. What is your turnover band?

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* 7. What is your company structure? Tick all that apply.

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* 8. How many staff do you employ?

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* 9. When starting up the business, from whom or where did you seek advice?

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* 10. Are you currently engaged/or have engaged with any of the following? If so, please give brief details.

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* 11. What are your key business challenges? (Please add details in comment box)

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* 12. Access to finance - have you accessed finance in any of the following ways?

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* 13. If you tried to access finance in any of the ways above - particularly SE and HIE - and were unsuccessful, can you give some details?

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* 14. Support requirements - enterprise support/finance broadly distinguishes between 3 stages of business:

Seed/early stage - trading for 1-5 years, modest turnover, building supply chain
Growing business - turnover over £100k and under £1m, actively seeking new markets and opportunities
Scaling business - turnover over £1m with potential to grow year on year, and actively seeking talent and finance to scale up.

Where would you place your company on this scale?

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* 15. Do you think that your business requires enterprise support/finance?

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* 16. Tell us what enterprise support/finance would help you achieve? Please be specific.

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* 17. Grant funding for creative and cultural activity -

Public money for creative and cultural activity raised from tax income is commonly given to a national or regional government department (or other public body set up for the purpose), to manage. Those seeking money can apply through a range of funding programmes. The funding body sets its own criteria and decides what should be funded. Parameters are placed on it by government or founding legislation. Creative Scotland is charged with:

supporting quality and excellence in arts and culture; promoting understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of arts and culture; encouraging as many people as possible to access and participate in arts and culture; realising benefits of arts and culture; promoting and supporting the creative industries.

Creative Scotland is also charged with discharging the above functions with a view to increasing the diversity of those accessing and participating in arts and culture in Scotland.

In addition, Creative Scotland distributes National Lottery Funding. This funding is a condition of license for Lottery operators: a proportion of players’ money must be given back to ‘good causes’ in society.

Currently, Creative Scotland's funding for publishing is offered through Regular Funding (e.g., to Publishing Scotland), through Targeted Funding (e.g., support for Scottish Books International, the Translation Fund and the Author Travel Fund) and through Open Project Funding (project awards to individual publishers to support publication of specific titles).

Have you accessed Creative Scotland funding?

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* 18. Based upon the functions and obligations of Creative Scotland, do you expect to apply to Creative Scotland in the future?

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* 19. What would support from Creative Scotland enable you to achieve?

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* 20. What else would you like us to know about your business support needs?

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* 21. What is the name of your company? Leave blank if you wish this to be anonymous.

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