Compass event to support Tees SME suppliers

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Teesside firms that supply to small businesses are being invited to an event hosted by the area’s local growth hub to help boost their growth aspirations.

Tees Valley Business Compass is hosting its free Christmas Supplier Event for firms which supply SMEs in Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton.

The event will provide companies with advice on how their clients can access funding of up to 33% towards the value of the projects they are engaged in, as well as detailing the Tees Valley Business Compass growth fast-track service, so firms can access funding more efficiently.

It will take place at Chilli Cake, in Hartlepool, from 5.30pm-8pm on Monday (December 11). Festive food and drinks will be served to businesses in attendance.

Tees Valley Business Compass, the local growth hub, is supporting thousands of businesses across Tees Valley using an investment of more than £9.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), secured by Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Support through Tees Valley Business Compass is available for a range of different projects, including developing marketing strategies, getting business online, supplying energy efficiency product and services, creating workforce training plans, making strategies to help work towards ISO accreditation, design and development of Management Information and CRM systems, product and service development and design, business process review and re-engineering, strategy and succession planning, overseas marketing strategy development activities, R&D, and for product and services that improve broadband speeds.

The Christmas Supplier Event forms part of Tees Valley Business Compass’ ongoing programme of events, which includes the annual Tees Valley Business Summit and regular business breakfasts and growth surgeries across the area.

Shak Asghar, growth consultant at the compass, said: “Our events and growth surgeries have been well received over the course of the year and this is another occasion to provide further support to the supply chain companies that are benefiting the area’s SMEs.

“It is also a good opportunity to celebrate a successful first year for Tees Valley Business Compass, while speaking directly to the suppliers of small businesses that we hope to assist further.

“There is plenty of support out there for businesses across the five unitary authorities within Tees Valley and we are keen to engage with more companies to help them achieve and unlock their growth aspirations.”

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