European Union - European Regional Development Fund

Fast Track Service New for 2018

Is your business growth project less than £25K? Why not take advantage of our a new fast track service.

Tees Valley Energy Efficiency Fund

Grants towards external energy/low carbon audits & investments in a new product or process which would embed energy efficiency, resulting in reduced GHGs.

Tees Valley Growth Fund

Grants to support business growth to create jobs, including consultancy, specialist advice, plus support towards participating in overseas trade fairs.

Tees Valley Business Fund Broadband Vouchers

Grants towards the upfront installation cost of increasing broadband speeds, supporting infrastructure and associated business support (excludes ongoing rental costs).

Tees Valley Business Fund Innovation Vouchers

Grants towards R&D activity, and to access specialist innovation facilities, technology specialists, equipment, product process or service design to facilitate job creation.

Tees Valley Growth Service

Growth Consultants will work with your business to understand the barriers that are currently preventing growth and to identify opportunities to improve performance.

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Providing information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.

Better Business for All

Simplifying the regulation process to help businesses grow.

Business Compass Start Up

Business Compass Start Up is a new programme which will work with anyone living in Tees Valley to start a business. In the first instance you will have a one to one meeting with a business advisor who will then develop a package of support tailored to your personal needs.

Business Investment Team

Tees Valley Combined Authority has a team of advisors on hand to provide advice and support to companies looking to grow or relocate to the area.

Careers & Enterprise Company

Tees Valley Unlimited are part of the national Careers & Enterprise Company programme that is funded by the DfE.

Centre for Process Innovation

Provides innovation and R&D planning, technology commercialisation, product and process development, prototyping, demonstration and scale up, pilot production, fuels, feedstock and materials investigation, manufacturability and process assessment, process modelling and consultancy, innovation and investment readiness support.

Darlington Business Engagement Team

The Business Engagement Team works closely with other business support agencies and directly with local businesses to achieve a thriving economy in Darlington, promoting the town as a key business location.

Department for International Trade (DIT)

Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI) provide expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies who want to grow their business overseas.

Digital City Fellowships

Digital City offers fellowships to individuals and teams with an original project idea. To qualify you must be a graduate of Teesside University. Grant of up to £4000 are available as well as mentoring from a pool of industry experts.

DIT Overseas Market Introduction Service

DIT’s Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) can help your business at any stage of exporting – from finding opportunities to setting up in another country

DIT Tradeshow Access Programme

Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides funding in the form of If international tradeshows are your preferred route to market, DIT can offer some funding to help you attend an international exhibition as part of a British Pavilion.

EEF - The Manufacturer's Organisation

EEF are the representative voice of manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region, and Wales. They provide effective lobbying on behalf of their members and the sector, and are a provider of HR, legal, health and safety, and climate and environment support, training and guidance.

Entrepreneurs Forum Events and Networking

The Entrepreneurs Forum brings together the North Easts most ambitious business owners through more than thirty inspirational events each year.

Entrepreneurs Forum Mentoring

The Entrepreneurs' Forum helps entrepreneurs to grow through their peer-to-peer mentoring programme.

Entrepreneurs Forum Scale-up Leaders Academy

The Entrepreneurs Forum Scale Up Leaders Academy is exclusively for business owners who are running high-growth companies but want to scale-up faster.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.

Finance for Business North East

The £125m Finance for Business North East programme is a groundbreaking suite of seven investment funds designed to drive future economic growth in North East England.

Five Lamps

Five Lamps delivers an integrated range of social, economic and financial inclusion services within which we seek to transform lives, raise aspiration, remove barriers and offer choice.

Green Business Fund for LED Lighting

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is offering a capital contribution of 15% of the project cost (up to a max of £10,000) to small and medium sized businesses, who could benefit from financial support when buying energy saving equipment.

Hartlepool Business Grants Package

Whether you are setting-up in business or an established growing business in Hartlepool, you may be eligible to apply for financial assistance.

Hartlepool Economic Development - Business Support

The Economic Regeneration Team offers a range of advice, support and assistance services designed to meet the needs of businesses and residents all on a one stop shop basis.

If We Can You Can Challenge

The IWCYC challenge is now open to all 0-3 year old business in the North East of England. With comprehensive support from the Entrepreneurs Forum members and other partners the Challenge’s main aim is to identify ambitious businesses and help them grow.

Middlesbrough Council Business Support

Middlesbrough Council's Economic Development Team promote and support the economic vitality of Middlesbrough.

North East Accelerator Fund

The North East Accelerator Fund was established to provide debt and equity funding to high growth early stage businesses. Investments are generally equity based.

North East Angel Fund

Investment Fund established to provide debt and equity funding for start ups and existing businesses with growth potential. Works with new and early stage businesses.

North East Chamber of Commerce

North East England Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest member organisation, representing around 4,000 businesses. From SME’s to multi-nationals, the Chamber bring business people together across a range of member events, to ensure they get access to the best possible support.

North East Finance

The Finance for Business North East programme is a £125m investment fund established to provide debt and equity funding to SMEs based in the north east of England.

North East Growth Fund

The North East Growth Fund is an investment fund established to provide debt and equity funding to assists relatively mature companies at the development and growth stages. Companies benefitting are mostly revenue generating and looking for growth capital of up to £750,000.

North East Growth Plus Fund

Targeted at mature companies, the Growth Plus Fund deals with businesses across most sectors looking for development and growth funding.

North East Microloan Fund

Investment Fund established to provide debt and equity funding for new enterprises and the growth of existing micro and small businesses.

North East Proof of Concept Fund

The North East Proof of Concept Fund was established to provide debt and equity funding. The fund invests at the seed stage in the technology sector, in particular in clean-tech, digital and healthcare.

North East Social Enterprise Partnership

Free business support delivered one to one and in workshops for pre start and existing social enterprises.

North East Social Investment Fund

Investment in Social Enterprises with individual investments ranging in size from £100k to £1m from The North East Social Investment Fund.

North East Technology Fund

The North East Technology Fund is an investment fund established to provide debt and equity funding Supports technology businesses with investments made principally to address their need for seed and development stage finance. Funding is available up to a maximum of £1.25m.

Redcar & Cleveland Council - Business Growth T

The Business Growth Team provides advice and guidance to Redcar and Cleveland based businesses.

SFEDI UK Sector Skills body for Enterprise

Apprenticemakers is a national peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing hub for small businesses interested in apprenticeships.

Skills Support for the Workforce

The aim of the service is to provide employed individuals with the opportunities to develop the skills that will enable them to progress in employment.

SSI Supply Chain & Growth Company Support Fund

The SSI Task Force has secured £80 million from Government in response to the SSI Steelworks closure in Redcar. There are 3 main elements to this fund, The SSI Supply Chain Support Scheme, the Capital Grant Scheme and the Tees Valley Small Grant Scheme

SSI Support Task Force Apprenticeship Fund

The SSI Task Force has secured £80 million from Government in response to the SSI Steelworks closure in Redcar. The Apprenticeship Fund will look to relocate all SSI apprentices into other companies

SSI Task Force - Funding for FE College Courses

The SSI Task Force has secured £80 million from Government in response to the SSI Steelworks closure in Redcar. This fund enables Tees Valley Colleges to offer courses affected by the SSI closure

SSI Task Force Business Advice - Start Up Fund

The SSI Task Force has secured £80 million from Government in response to the SSI Steelworks closure in Redcar. This fund offers former SSI workers advice and funding for starting up their own business

SSI Task Force Flexible Skills Support Fund

The SSI Task Force has secured £80 million from Government in response to the SSI Steelworks closure in Redcar. The Flexible Skills funds is a package of flexible support available to those made redundant from SSI itself, their spouses or partners (if living in the same household), contractors and SSI supply chain workers affected by the closure of SSI.

SSI Task Force Jobs and Skills Fund

A wage subsidy scheme to enable businesses in Tees Valley and the surrounding area to create new job opportunities and employ former SSI employees, their spouses or partners (if living in the same household), supply chain workers and contractors affected by the closure of SSI.

Start & Grow

Receive £5000 worth of business support through Start & Grow                    

Start-up loans North East and Cumbria

Start-up loans for young entrepreneurs in the North East and Cumbria.

Stockton Business & Enterprise Team

Specialist support for businesses from Stockton Councils Business & Enterprise Team

Stockton Enterprise Arcade & Retail Support

A programme of support is available to start-up retail businesses in the Borough and existing retailers within Stockton town centre.

Stockton Enterprise Zone

Business rates discount is available for up to 5 years for new and expanding businesses in eligible sectors at Belasis Business Park and Northshore. 

Stockton Town Centre Business Loan Scheme

Loans are available for start-up and growing existing businesses in commercial premises in Stockton town centre.

Stockton Town Centre Local Business Rates Discount

The Stockton Local Business Rates Discount Scheme is an incentive to businesses to occupy vacant units in Stockton Town Centre. The scheme includes all ground floor vacant units in the primary and secondary shopping areas of the Town Centre, as well as the Cultural Quarter and the Yards.

Technical Support From TWI

TWI, specialists in engineering, materials, welding and joining technologies can provide free technical support and supply chain development to manufacturing companies in the North East of England

Tees Valley Apprenticeship Grant for Employers

The Tees Valley Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (TVAGE Grant) is available to all Tees Valley based small and medium sized businesses employing Apprentices aged 16 to 24 who are following an Apprenticeship Framework.

Tees Valley Business Compass Business Advisors

Tees Valley Business Compass has a team of Small Business Advisors who can help you get the best advice and support. The advisors know about all the organisations who can help you and the type of support and advice they provide and will introduce you to the right people to help you.

Tees Valley Business Support Schemes

We are the local growth hub for the Tees Valley offering
professional help and financial support with a number of funds and grants available
to support companies that are looking to grow.

Tees Valley Catalyst Fund

The fund provides the cash security required for performance, warranty or advanced payment bonds, to provide access to large contracts that are currently out of reach.

Tees Valley Rural Community Council (TVRCC)

TVRCC is one of 38 Rural Community Councils operating in England which provide support to rural communities. This network of RCCs is represented by an independent national organisation ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

Teesside Biomass Project

Teesside Biomass Project - General Information & Communication

Teesside University Consultancy and Research

If you are you looking for cutting-edge expertise to solve a business problem or implement strategic change Teesside University can help you improve your processes, your product and your profit margin with tailored consultancy and research.

Teesside University Knowledge Transfer Partnership

If you need to make strategic change, enter a new market or develop new products, technologies, business systems or processes; Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are recognised as the best practice methodology for successfully embedding the knowledge from Universities to make innovative change happen. Teesside University have an excellent track record in delivering Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and are keen to discuss your requirements.

Teesside University Training and Development

If you need new skills and know-how to take your business to the next level Teesside University can help you develop people and performance through University-level courses, masterclasses and workshops.

UK Steel Enterprise Ltd (UKSE)

UK Steel Enterprise Ltd (UKSE) is the wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel tasked with the responsibility of helping the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry. The organisation work in steel areas across the UK including Tees Valley, assisting job and wealth creation by supporting small and medium enterprises with finance and premises.

Virgin Start-up

We are proud to be delivery partners for Virgin Start Up – an initiative which has seen thousands of businesses around the country receive vital investment to get their businesses off the ground.


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