Bounce Back Funding Programme

Are you a creative industry SME or freelancer that’s looking to harness financial resources and support?

The Creative Fuse Tees Valley masterclass series have been designed to help established SMEs and incorporated non-profits in the creative, cultural, heritage and digital sectors bounce-back from Covid-19 by harnessing financial resources and support.

The programme is free to eligible individuals or companies and includes four forward-thinking masterclasses, plus one-to-one mentoring support from industry experts covering investment, grant applications and securing funding from a wide range of sources.

Programme dates and deadlines

The programme will run from 12- 3pm (including activities and breaks) on the following dates:

Thursday 4 March, 11 March, 18 March, 25 March

Places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis so please apply early to avoid disappointment.


Masterclass 1 – Financial healthcheck

After an initial induction around what the series will cover, you’ll dive straight into a baseline review of current business, financial SWOT analysis, securing new funding runways and plans for financial security in 2021.

Masterclass 2 – Getting financially fit

Developing on the plans for 2021, you’ll judge the various funding sources, ways to find funds, understanding the requirements and learn how to get an application together. Before looking at loans, grants, crowd funds, investment, equity and price competitions to understand the options and find the best fit for your business.

Masterclass 3 – Becoming a financial guru

Learn high impact tips to succeed with funding applications and rapid approach to assessments and judging best methods to access finance. Also, ways to make your organisation/ project financially lean.

Workshop 4 – Getting going and applying

Gain a better understanding of completing your funding paperwork and getting your 2021 plans started with a financial toolkit to support you with delivering high impact results.

Mentoring Support

The individual or company will be given the opportunity to receive up to two hours of tailored mentoring support following the programme to discuss any concepts, issues or thoughts further.

Please note, follow-up research and work will be set for delegates between masterclasses.

Meet the delivery team

Wendy Parvin – Business Development Manager, Creative Fuse Tees Valley

The Bounce Back programme is coordinated by Wendy Parvin who will be active in chairing the delivery of the masterclass and overseeing content development and client progress.  

Lawrie Chandler – Director, Edale

The programme will be delivered by Edale, a business advisory firm and financial professionals. Lawrie has worked in blue chip organisations and built his own business from a Companies House registration to a directly regulated financial firm.

Seeing peers wondering how to develop their businesses he setup an SME advisory service. Lawrie’s roles for various firms since graduation in 1999 have involved sales, distribution, product design and manufacturing. Lawrie holds a 2:1 Business Law Degree from the London Guildhall University and Copenhagen Business School. 

Am I eligible?

We are keen to support as many creative practitioners / SMEs as possible to bounce-back and recover financially from the pandemic – hence only one representative from each organisation can attend the masterclass series. If you’re unsure about applying and would like to arrange a friendly chat about the programme or process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

There are a couple of things we need to ask to make sure that you are eligible to join the programme. Please confirm that you are:

  • A creative practitioner, freelancer, SME or incorporated non-profit organisation
  • Have evidence of trading with a business bank account
  • Have a business address located in the Tees Valley
  • Actively considering applying for funding / finance