North of Tyne Business Support

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We have crafted a comprehensive, bespoke business support programme to support businesses and freelancers in developing new business models, accessing new markets, and bringing new products/services to market. 

Over the course of the programme, we will be hosting masterclasses and bootcamps covering: 

  • Access to finance/fundraising capacity 
  • Investment readiness 
  • Marketing 
  • Cross-sector collaboration/effective networks 

 As well as networking events to connect you to ambitious entrepreneurs working in the North of Tyne. Keep up to date with our events by registering your interest here. 

This project is funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

How to be a great freelancer 

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Being a great freelancer is more than being great at working ‘in’ the work you want do – you need to be great at working ‘on’ your freelancing. In this series of workshops, you’ll learn from author of The Freelance Bible, Alison Grade, how to work ‘on’ you freelancing and prepare yourself so you are best positioned to find the work you want to do.

Apply for a space on the programme to gain the knowledge and confidence to be a great freelancer, as well as a framework to work ‘on’ your freelancing to develop successful and sustainable freelance careers. Successful candidates will need to commit to attending the following online bootcamp sessions (all sessions 10:30-12:30):

23rd September – The freelance mindset

30th September – Skills

7th October – Finances and value

14th October – Marketing

21st October – Practicalities of freelancing

28th October – Final reflections and questions

This workshop series is essential for anyone working or looking to work in the creative industries. A recent Creative Industries Federation report on freelancing showed that 47% of work in the creative industries is freelance. It’s highly likely you will need to be ready to work as a freelancer if not by design, then by necessity – whether it be traditional self-employment or short-fixed contract work, either way you will need to think like a freelancer.

Applications close midday 15th September. Maximum 20 places available.