brings launch of tees valley creatives website

Launch: Friday 14th October 2005; Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees

Are you a creative social enterprise based in the Tees Valley? Perhaps you want advice on how to set up as a creative social enterprise?

tees valley arts is launching tees valley creatives, the web site promoting creative social enterprises in the region on Friday 14th October. Also being offered at the event is free advice to creative organisations wishing to become social enterprises.

tees valley creatives is a website that gathers together creative social enterprises in the Tees Valley region. It provides members with a ‘shop front’ page on the website to raise the profile of their activity, using text and images to explain and illustrate their enterprise and to advertise their events, workshops etc.

Whether you are considering setting up a social enterprise or are an established group, tees valley creatives offers on-line resources to assist with your project development.

By becoming a member you will also have access to further support via tees valley arts which is committed to encouraging and developing creative activity in the Tees Valley region.

What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is not defined by its legal status but by its nature: its social aims and outcomes, the basis on which its social mission is embedded in its structure and governance, and the way it uses any profits it generates through its trading activities.

Social enterprises are businesses that trade in the market with a social purpose. They use business tools and techniques to achieve social aims and include an incredibly wide range of organisations, for example co-operatives, development trusts, community enterprises, housing associations, social firms, and leisure trusts. is a free day-long event open to arts organisations and individuals, funders, local authorities, social enterprises and support organisations, social welfare and social inclusion specialists, health professionals, disability agencies, asylum and refugee support agencies, further and higher education organisations and voluntary development organisations to the event.

The first event of its kind in the Tees Valley region, the day will bring together specialists working in the fields of social enterprise, local regeneration and social inclusion within the context of the creative industries. It will feature panel discussions, presentations, exhibitions, drop in workshop and a Social Enterprise Creative Fair; explore how the creative industries impact on local communities and ways in which local people become involved, through working with professional artists, in regenerating their own neighbourhoods. It will also acknowledge the success of creative social enterprises in the Tees Valley and offer delegates a unique opportunity to talk with specialist arts organisations, social enterprises and support agencies about the services they provide.

For more information on contact tees valley arts on 01642 264 651 or email your query to:

TVA is a participatory arts organisation, based in Middlesbrough and working across the Tees Valley, helping people change and improve their lives by taking part in the arts. TVA is a small organisation which makes a big impact in imaginative and unexpected ways.