Creative Fuse Tees Valley

The Creative Fuse project helps businesses and freelancers in the creative, cultural, digital and heritage industries to innovate and grow.

Through academic support, one-to-one mentoring and consultancy, and themed collaboration and knowledge exchange events, creative and digital SMEs are able to explore how they can achieve a sustainable future in the Tees Valley.

Exploring Possibility, Connecting Creativity

The project is part of the wider Creative Fuse North East initiative, which is a unique partnership between the North East’s five universities including Teesside, Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria and Sunderland.

Its overall aim is to unlock the potential of the creative, cultural and digital sectors to drive innovation and growth, working with businesses and practitioners to develop their creativity and innovation capacity, encouraging growth and developing resilience. Creative Fuse North East has successfully secured funding for a second phase, having previously ran between 2016-2019.


Do you work in the creative and cultural industry in the Tees Valley area?

Are you a freelancer, a sole trader or SME?

We would love to hear from you!

Creative Fuse Tees Valley, DigitalCity and Teesside University would like to hear from you so we can help you find new ways to innovate, collaborate and most importantly grow. We want to hear about the challenges you face in your market and the ideas you have for the future.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes of your time!


If you’re a woman artist, maker or creative business leader in the Tees Valley, and you want to grow, this is the programme for you.

Through a blend of expert-led workshops and webinars delivered over 12 weeks, Boldly Grow will introduce you to new business thinking, planning and delivery approaches that play to your strengths as a creative individual. We’ll also introduce you to inspiring artists and business leaders who have achieved serious commercial success and want to see you achieve your future potential.



Learn alongside innovators from the creative, digital and IT sectors at the Creative Fuse Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange events (CAKE). With a different theme and expert speakers each event, attendees can take part in explorative discussions, stimulate new ideas, talk through challenges and keeping with its name, tuck into a delicious slice of cake!