A new initiative is being set up that aims to create new partnerships across the city and support creative businesses around Nottingham.

Graham Allen is taking the reins on the Creative Nottingham North project that brings the communities of Aspley, Basford, Bestwood, Bilborough, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest together.

The North Nottingham MP said: “There’s a growing body of evidence for the power of the arts to connect people, build healthy communities and raise aspirations.

Creative Nottingham North will help to boost health, wellbeing and employment.”

The Creative Nottingham North plan works alongside The Creative Quarter to celebrate local people’s creativity, support local businesses and unlock spaces for creative purposes.

Since launching three years ago, The Creative Quarter has supported 850 businesses, created 811 jobs and 83 apprenticeships for sectors around Nottingham.

The Creative Quarter and Creative Nottingham North go hand in hand to support local and creative people around the city.

New project coordinator, Cathy Mahmood, said: “I want to find those creative people who are in Nottingham North and involve them in the project.

I’m hoping we can get groups together and get the support that independent businesses need to take the next step.

Whether they’re an artist or a poet looking to expand their business or go freelance, they can have that business support within the community.”

A big supporter of the project is Charles Towlson, a retired creative expert who invented Gambler – a board game that was named the biggest board game in the country and in 2001, he created a golf tournament in his own back garden which remains the longest established domestic golf tournament in the country.

He said: I’m in full support of Creative Nottingham North.

There’s a reservoir of people who’ve got talent and they need a focus and a guiding light to work on their skills.”

There are a host of events around Nottingham to get involved with from the Bulwell Arts Festival to a concert sung by the West Bridgford Social Singers group.

The project is expected to run for a year, aiming to create spaces for businesses, giving financial support to those businesses and turning ideas into action.