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Business Innovation Support Programmes

Creative Fuse North East offers several strands of business innovation support, tailored to digital businesses, creative enterprises, artists, freelancers and beyond. These programmes have been developed as part of the ERDF supported activities from Creative Fuse, and are coordinated by our local teams at each participating university and selected external partners.

Creative Connections: Creative Enterprise Innovation Programme

Creative Connections is a programme of support designed by the Creative Fuse team at Newcastle University Business School. Aimed at sole traders, micro-businesses, and SMEs in the Creative or Cultural Sectors, Creative Connections offers both “Createathon” business-support workshops and student placements.

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Get Ready to Innovate

Get Ready to Innovate is led by the Northumbria University Creative Fuse team. Through 12 hours of action-focused intervention over 4 sessions, Get Ready to Innovate offers SMEs and registered sole traders the opportunity to develop their potential for innovation, understand and overcome barriers and challenges. This programme builds on Northumbria University’s design and innovation practice, and takes a design-led approach.

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Digital Business Innovation Programme

Artist Innovation Programme

Digital Literature Programme

Cultural Business Innovation Workshops

Rural Business Innovation Support Programme

These programmes are provided due to support from the European Union Regional Development Fund, and is just one form of support offered through the five universities participating in Creative Fuse North East.