Glasgow-based indie Matchlight will receive a £250,000 cash injection over three years from Scottish Enterprise to further support local programme making.

An initial award has helped the DCD Media-owned company create five jobs in Glasgow and there are plans to increase it to 20 staff, plus freelancers.

“Matchlight is the first indigenous production company of scale to open in Scotland for several years,” said creative director Ross Wilson.

“The BBC and Channel 4 have both moved to increase the volume of network television they commission from Scotland and Matchlight hopes to seize that initiative by making TV that’s popular but also clever, engaging audiences across the UK and beyond. I’m delighted that Scottish Enterprise have seen the value in our proposal and backed it with meaningful financial support across the three years to 2012.”

Matchlight is the largest Scottish indie to have opened north of the border since the Scottish Broadcasting Commission identified a shortfall in network commissioning from Scotland for both the BBC and Channel 4.