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UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)

Tees Valley is an area of challenge and opportunity. Our region is rapidly transforming to realise new economic opportunities, whilst addressing some of the structural economic challenges and imbalances that have faced our area for too long

What is UKSPF?

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK Government’s ambitious Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK. All areas of the UK receive an allocation from the Fund via a funding formula rather than a competition. It will help places right across the country deliver enhanced outcomes and recognises that even the most affluent parts of the UK contain pockets of deprivation and need support.

UKSPF forms part of a suite of complementary levelling up funding. It must complement and not duplicate other resources e.g. Adult Education Budget, European Structural Investment Funds (remaining delivery) Levelling Up Fund, Town Deals, Future High Street Fund, Community Renewal etc.

What does it mean for the Tees Valley?

UKSPF evidence base can be found here

If you have any questions, please contact

Cultural Industries Cluster Development: Open Call

The Cultural Industries Cluster Development Open Call invites proposals for projects to be delivered by individuals, businesses, organisations or consortia which will contribute to the sustainable growth of the cultural industries sector in Tees Valley. Investment in this programme is part of Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Growth Programme for the Creative and Visitor Economies.

Who is it for?

Creative and cultural freelancers, organisations, businesses and consortia working in the cultural industries sector.

How it works

There are three investment pathways in this Open Call:

Key Dates

Programme opens: 12 noon, 11th October 2022.

There are TWO application deadlines:

For Mobilise and Scale Up Pathways only, an EOI must be submitted prior to being invited to make a detailed application (see relevant pages for more information).

About the Programme

The Cultural Industries Cluster Development Open Call will support projects which:

For this Open Call, proposals which respond to the needs of the following sub-sectors will be prioritised:

Full details and how to apply can be found here

Multiply Programme Update – November 2022

The Combined Authority is pleased to announce that following the recent procurement of the Multiply Programme, 9 providers have been awarded a contract to deliver the against the interventions aimed at providing:

 Skills Providers will develop and test new models of face-to-face delivery for new and intensive numeracy courses.  The courses will be flexible (e.g. evening/weekends, in the workplace/in the community) and intensive (up to 60GLH).

The intention is that they will be pre-cursor to a FSQ and will enable the learner to seamlessly progress into a FSQ course at level 1 and/or level 2.

Courses will be targeted at those adults (unemployed) / employed) who, through initial and diagnostic assessment, require this additional intensive support to be able to progress to a FSQ.

These courses will also test and trial courses with employers for those employees that are identified as having skills gaps and/or facing financial hardship i.e. in work poverty.

Successful Providers

Provider Contact Name Website


Communicators Suzanne Lister and Isobel Currie
Darlington College Sean Maquire
Eden Training Katrina Chatterton
J&K Training Ann Johnson
Learning Curve Group Judith Allen
Middlesbrough College Karen Woodward
New College Durham Linda Wilson
People Plus Alan Green

Elizabeth Dewhirst
Triage Centrum Jasmin Ayre


In addition to the above, the Combined Authority can also confirm that Hartlepool Borough Council has been awarded the contract to deliver the Community Led element of the UKSPF Multiply Programme, working primarily with the Community and Voluntary Sector Organisations as well as other Local Authority’s and Providers across the Tees Valley.

If you or know of an organisation that is interested in working with Hartlepool Borough Council to ensure the successful delivery of these activities, then please contact Scott Campbell.