The Rural Cultural Business Innovation Programme, part of Creative Fuse North East, is an exciting opportunity for creative businesses and registered sole traders in Northumberland to learn and apply effective and modern approaches to product and service development as well as project management.

This hands-on programme takes leading techniques from fast-growing businesses and tailors them to the unique challenges and opportunities for rural creative industry. Expect accessible concepts, practical tools, and varied, well-paced workshops, all based around your business.

A pair of day-long courses, with a gap between each session, will be held in both the Hexham and Alnwick areas:

Session 1: An introduction to the principles of lean startup, agile and personal resilience methodologies*. Learn how these can make you more effective in identifying and realising opportunity while reducing wasted effort.

Session 2: Putting these principles into action and using a range of tools to create an effective approach to product creation, service development and project management.

The first sessions will be held in Alnwick on 5 February 2018 and Hexham on 6 February 2018, with the second sessions in Alnwick on 26 February 2018 and Hexham on 27 February 2018.

The programme is fully funded for cultural, creative and craft businesses. If you would like to be part of this initiative please register your interest, using this online form

* You're probably doing most of this already. Join us to learn how to fit it together in a way which works for you.

Creative Fuse North East is an action research project coordinated by all five universities in the region. We work alongside SMEs, freelancers, artists, cultural organisations and large businesses within the region’s Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT) sector. We work with the idea of ‘fusion’ – the combination of creative art and design skills with technology expertise. Through our research and practical innovation support programme, we hope to promote fusion within businesses and stimulate economic growth.


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