Advance Programme: Creative Fuse Tees Valley

Are you a Tees Valley early-stage start-up in the creative and cultural sector?

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:

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

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.

Register your interest by filling in the below form.

The Creative Fuse Tees Valley Advance programme comprises of 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

Keep up to date with the details of our Advance Programme.

Application Deadline – 12pm




Interview Dates



Induction Workshop




Session Dates for Advance
28th February
7th March
14th March
21st March
28th March
18th April

In order to be eligible you must:

  • Be able to evidence that you are a trading business (Companies House or UTR)
  • You must 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 0-18 months