The Leeds printing company, Awesome Merchandise, is launching a grant scheme to support the creative industries and small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The grant scheme will offer £15,000, which will be split evenly across the music and performing arts industries, and small businesses.

Launching on 19th October, the scheme has been devised by the printing company to not only support independent businesses and venues in need during the pandemic - but to also offer their expertise through a year-long mentoring programme. As well as the £5k 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 15th year, we chose to launch this grant scheme to support them.”

Once launched, the scheme will be open to applicants for two weeks, and the £15k will be split evenly across the three sectors.

To apply for the grant, and for more information on the scheme, set to launch on October 19th 2020, visit: