Write to Win: Mastering Investment Bids


15 November 2023 & February 2024 (date TBC)


The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Event Information:


Are you tired of pouring time into investment applications only to face rejection? Do daunting forms leave you frustrated? Are you a freelancer or a SME in the creative industries? We can help! 

About the Workshops:

Securing investments, whether grants, loans, or equity, is vital for success in the creative and cultural sector. But there’s an art to winning it.

Catherine Johns, CEO of Kielder Observatory and Executive Director of Dance City will help you answer those awkward questions and develop an approach that works for you. Catherine has been hunting down and capturing investment for decades ranging from thousands to millions.

Over two workshops, we will cover the basics of creating a compelling manifesto for investment and then get into those awkward questions, with the opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with Catherine between workshops to receive tailored feedback on your application approach.

Before each workshop we are also hosting an optional networking lunch to connect with other creative businesses in Berwick.

Event Schedule:

Wednesday 15 November 2023

11.30 – 13.00 – Networking and Lunch

13.30 – 16.00 – Workshop: ‘Write to Win: Mastering Investment Bid’ part 1

February 2024 (date TBC)

11.30 – 13.00 – Networking and Lunch

13.30 – 16.00 – Workshop: ‘Write to Win: Mastering Investment Bid’ part 2

By registering, you are committing to attending both workshops on 15 November and February 2024.


There are limited spaces available on Write to Win: Mastering Investment Bids; businesses must be based or working in Berwick-upon-Tweed to be eligible to register for a ticket.

About Creative UK North East:

This workshop is part of the North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme, offering comprehensive financial and business support. It’s open exclusively to freelancers and businesses in the culture and creative industries of North Tyneside, Northumberland, and Newcastle. The programme is delivered by Creative UK and generously funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority.