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Advance Programme – Creative Fuse Tees Valley


Spring 2023



About the Advance Programme

Creative Fuse Tees Valley Advance is designed to support cultural and creative businesses and freelancers in the Tees Valley, who are looking to grow and develop their business. The Advance Programme will include a range of businesses working across the creative, cultural and heritage sectors.

Successful companies will receive access to:

  • a full workshop programme
  • up to £5K grant funding
  • 1-2-1 mentoring, which may include legal support
  • networking events
  • PR and marketing opportunities
  • follow-on support (through introductions to business support partners and programmes)

The Creative Fuse Tees Valley Advance programme comprises 6 workshops which will be delivered over a 9-week period. The workshop sessions will be highly interactive and will provide opportunities for businesses to share experiences and support each other beyond the lifetime of the programme.

Programme dates and deadlines

Application Deadline – 12pm Wednesday 8th February

Interview Dates – Monday 13th / Tuesday 14th February

Induction Workshop – Monday 20th February


You can register by completing this form.

In order to be eligible you must:

  • be able to evidence that you are a trading business (Companies House or UTR)
  • have at least one person working in your business on a full-time basis
  • demonstrate the potential and appetite for growth – this will be assessed during the interview
  • be based in the Tees Valley and have been trading for 0-18 months.

If you are thinking of applying but unsure if you are eligible, please contact for an informal chat. If your application is eligible, you will be invited for an interview where we will discuss your application before offering a place on the programme.

Places are limited and acceptance will be subject to eligibility and potential for growth/development of your start up.


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Wendy Parvin

Business Development Manager, Creative Fuse Tees Valley