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Whatever your business needs we will help you review your options and access the right support specific to you.

This portal also provides helpful business advice videos, access to the latest local business news and upcoming business events.

How Business Compass Works

This business support service for the Tees Valley has been put together with simplicity in mind for new, start up and existing businesses seeking ways of growing and supporting their business, our aim being to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness of local business support. The website provides up to date information on the latest support programmes and initiatives available to businesses of all sizes.

The next step, then, is to talk to us direct about your ideas, ambitions and aims. You can do this in several ways. You can call the National Support Helpline number on 0300 456 3565, register your enquiry by signing up to this website or use the online chat service here.

Once you've contacted us via your preferred method you'll be guided through the process of gaining the support and advice best suited to your businesses needs and requirements. You may even be referred to a specialist support service offered through one of our partners.

The Tees Valley Business Compass Partners

We have partners with expertise to help you as well. They include:

Tees Valley Combined Authority – has a dedicated team to help companies looking to grow in Tees Valley pointing you to the best advice and support for your situation

Teesside University – offers first class consultancy, research, training, services and facilities

Department for International Trade – helps exporters succeed globally and supports overseas companies to bring high quality investment to the UK

All of the Tees Valley local authorities including Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton have teams able to offer tailored advice and support for companies in their area.

North East Chamber of Commerce - providing advice, training and support to members

Tees Valley Rural Community Council - offering support to rural communities in Tees Valley

Federation of Small Business- deliver a wide range of high quality, good value business services to members

Engineering Employers' Federation - manufacturers' organisation helping member companies to evolve and compete through training and consultancy

Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) - part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult CPI enable clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up products and processes.

North East Social Enterprise Partnership - the best source of information, expertise and contacts concerning social enterprise in the North East region

North East Finance - deliver the £125m Finance for Business North East programme, seven investment funds designed to drive future economic growth in North East England by providing equity finance for business.

UK Steel Enterprises Ltd - supporting Tees Valley companies by providing funding and premises to growing companies

Five Lamps - can help you set up your own business through offering one to one advice and support through to giving you a loan to support your business


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