£500million Scheme Opens for the Film and TV industry

Published26th October 2020

The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme

It was recently confirmed that the £500million Film and TV Restart Scheme had officially opened. The scheme covers Covid-related insurance costs and is set to support 40,000 UK jobs.

The scheme will provide financial compensation to productions that have been able to restart but incurred additional costs due to Covid-related delays. In order to be eligible for the scheme, at least half of the production budget needs to be spent in the UK.

The Culture Secretary and Chancellor announced that eligible productions could be onboarded within days. They also added that claims could be backdated to the 28th of July, when the scheme was announced.

This Film and TV Production Restart Scheme will be a temporary measure to help the industry kickstart their recovery. However, the original deadline of December 2020 has now been extended to February 2021.

The support has been described as a “crucial greenlight” and “a brilliant initiative” by those in the industry.

“The UK television industry is getting back to work, but has been waiting for the insurance roadblock to be cleared to end the uncertainty over future funding. We welcome today’s announcement from the Government which helps to remove this hurdle and provides us with the greenlight to kickstart our sector and build on the fantastic global success we achieved in 2019.” – Sara Geater, Chair of Pact, and Chief Operating Officer at All3Media.

The UK Film and TV industry

Along with numerous other creative industries, those in the film and TV sector were some of the hardest hit by the pandemic.

In the UK, the industry is responsible for over 180,000 jobs and contributes more than £12billion to the UK economy.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our film and TV production sector is respected the world over, filled with talented people. I am delighted that this half a billion-pound scheme will get cast and crews back to doing what they do best. This move will help support tens of thousands of jobs, provide work for creative freelancers and get cameras rolling across the country.”

Other industry professionals have expressed relief as the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme means that the industry can begin to look to its future strategies.

“It is an understatement to say how pleased we are that the Production Restart Scheme is in place giving life back to the film and television industry to provide jobs for freelance cast and crew, turnover for suppliers and ultimately great stories to be seen in our cinemas and on our screens. Without this backing from the Government’s scheme, our industry, which is held in such high regard throughout the world, would have been under serious threat. We have started our own project Mothering Sunday working with the best of UK talent now to secure in their jobs. It is an enormous relief to us and to many people who have been working tirelessly to keep projects alive over the past few months. We would like to thank those who have given their support and to those who have played a hand in reaching this vital and welcome decision.” – Elizabeth Karlsen, Number 9 Films.

New business opportunities for the film & TV industry  

Hudson has been supporting businesses in the creative industry for almost two decades. We understand how the sector operates and how to grow a business within this industry.

That’s why we developed our Creative Tenders portal. The tender tracking system is dedicated specifically to the creative sector.

Our portal is unique because you don’t need to have experience or even knowledge of CPV codes to operate it. We don’t use them. Instead, we use people to find tenders. Our team of manual Opportunity Trackers search thousands of sources to ensure that our clients never miss a tendering opportunity. We also liaise with the private sector, proactively sourcing exclusive opportunities for our subscribers.

Once the tenders have been sourced, they are then uploaded to the system and tagged with industry-led keywords. This means that you can simply log in, search ‘Video Production’ and instantly find all the latest tenders in the UK.

Book a free live demo to take a tour of the system. This will allow you to browse current opportunities and understand how the portal can help your creative business.

Previous tender examples

Below, you will find examples of the tenders we have previously sourced for video, film, animation and production services.

Filmmaker needed
The Anne Frank Trust UK – London – Budget: £10,000

Video Production
Money and Pensions Service – London – Budget: £740,000

Freelance film maker, Portsmouth City Council Library and Archive Service
Portsmouth City Council – South East – Budget: £2,000

New website including corporate video content
Akona Concepts Limited – North West – Budget: £24,999

Provision of Video Production Services
Health Education England – Yorkshire – Budget: £180,000

General Animation Brief
BBC – London – Budget: £40,000

Tender for the provision of Custom Videography Services to the Institute of Technology Tralee
Institute of Technology Tralee – International – Budget: Undisclosed

Photography and Videography
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council – South East – Budget: Undisclosed

Tender for Two Documentary Films
The Playhouse – Northern Ireland – Budget: £50,00

Graphic Design and Animation Services, for City of Glasgow College
City of Glasgow College – Scotland – Budget: £27,000

BBC BITESIZE Starting Primary School
BBC – London – Budget: £4,000

Filming for Dementia Services
The University of Worcester – West Midlands – Budget: Undisclosed

Find examples of our live tenders.

Bid writing for the creative sector  

Our extensive experience in the creative industry allows us to support a multitude of businesses with their bid writing efforts.

Once you have found the perfect tender for your business, it’s time to write the response. We understand that this might not be your forte, that’s why we developed our Hudson Succeed offering.

Hudson Succeed is our bid writing division. Our team currently supports over 700 businesses, globally, and proudly hold an 87% bid success rate.

To ensure that they can support businesses of varying sizes, they provide four dedicated services.

  1. Tender Writing

This is their ad-hoc bid writing service. Tender Writing was designed for businesses who need to write a reactive bid but lack time or resources. Simply send the tender specification to our team and they will take care of the written responses and the submission.

  1. Tender Ready

They know that tendering might be a new avenue for your business, that’s why they created Tender Ready. The package involves the creation of the documents you will need to tender as well as three days of consultancy support. They can write and submit your first bid on your behalf or guide you through two. A 12-month subscription to Creative Tenders is included in the package.

  1. Tender Improvement

Are you already tendering for work but not seeing success? The Tender Improvement package was designed to help you increase your win rate. The service includes a full analysis of your previous tender responses as well as three days of bespoke consultancy. As part of the package, you will also have access to Creative Tenders for a full year. This means that you can continue to source new opportunities and apply your new winning strategy.

  1. Tender Mentor

Tender Mentor is the perfect solution to prevent losing marks due to errors in your content. Our Bid Writers will proofread your tender responses and ensure that you submit an error-free bid that answers the specification and impresses the buyer.

Please get in touch with the Hudson Succeed team for more information or to book a free consultation.


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