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.


Learn alongside innovators from the creative, digital and IT sectors at the Creative Fuse Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange events. 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 slide of cake!

Creative and Cultural Sector Internships

Could your business benefit from:

-Additional resource to undertake new projects?

-A fresh perspective and ideas that contribute towards business growth?

-High level skills to increase your performance, productivity and competitiveness?

Find out how our Creative and Cultural Sector Internship opportunities can help your organisation thrive.


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.