Printing company launches grant to help creative industries

Leeds printing company, Awesome Merchandise, has launched a grant scheme to support the creative industries and small businesses during the pandemic.

The grant scheme offers £15,000, split evenly across the music and performing arts industries, and small businesses.

It has been devised by the company to not only support independent businesses and venues in need during the pandemic – but to also offer expertise through a year-long mentoring programme.

As well as the grant, the successful applicant will receive regular training and practical advice from Awesome Merchandise, to help grow their business – through use of marketing, and creating promotional merchandise.

Luke Hodson, founder of Awesome Merchandise, said: “2020 has been an extremely tough year so far for everyone, in particular the creative industries and small businesses.

“We wanted to show our support for these communities, not only financially but by sharing our knowledge and expertise, to help their business grow.

“At Awesome Merchandise, a large proportion of our customer-base are independent businesses, many of which are in the creative industries.

“We have great relationships with our customers and that’s why, in our fifteenth year, we chose to launch this grant scheme to support them.”

The scheme is open to applicants for two weeks from the October 19 launch date. The £15,000 will be split evenly across the three sectors.

To apply for the grant, and for more information on the scheme, visit: