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COVID-19 updates - Help for business

Information for business and employers is being regularly updated on the TVCA website in line with latest Government guidance.

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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen wants you to get in touch if you need particular support and guidance.


Teesside University support package

To help SMEs meet the extraordinary challenge of coronavirus, we've put together a programme of free support from Teesside University, using the expertise, resources and networks at our disposal. We want to play our part in helping you get through this crisis and plan for recovery.

We'll tailor our support to meet your needs - and we have the technology in place to deliver remotely. So if you think we could help, please do get in touch.

We know our business community will come together to meet this challenge - and we will be there with you.


How we can help

Making connections

Using our networks, we can help you connect with other businesses and agencies:

  • Finding and matching manufacturing, design and knowledge capability to help you respond to new opportunities
  • Bringing leaders and managers together through our Leading Growth Network, with access to online support
  • Signposting you to the right support, including the range of Government programmes.

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One-to-one support for founders and business owners

Thanks to our range of programmes and mentor networks, we can provide one-to-one advice, support, connections and referrals for your business.

Business diagnostics: Using dedicated tools, we can review and identify areas of change or improvement.

Planning for the future: Look at new models through online Business Model Canvas sessions.

Bespoke innovation mentoring: Delivered by our Innovate2Succeed experts.

Innovation grants

We can pinpoint potential grants for you, and help write bids in response to COVID-19 and other mainstream opportunities. Services cover:

  • Finding partners and developing project scope
  • Bid writing and review

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Help for start-ups

We can support you to adapt your current business model to a new trading environment, innovating around channels and value propositions using the Business Model Canvas and Validation Board toolsets.

There's free access to all recorded content from our Micro Biz Academy, designed to create and grow online businesses.

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Going digital

Thinking of moving physical services online? We offer one-to-one consultancy and webinars for your business, with advice on the best free-to-use platforms.

Take advantage of our DigitalCity webinars and online mentoring and masterclasses to help build resilience in your business.

Our online DigitalCity Accelerator programme is aimed at early-stage (up to 18 months) tech companies looking to launch new-to-market products and services.

DigitalCity SCALE, also online, is for leaders of high-growth-potential digital businesses. This 3-month programme gives you the tools you need to scale your business, with sessions delivered by sector specialists who've been there and done it themselves.

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Digital Skills for Growth

Our programme of online courses gives you the chance to upgrade your skills and know-how in coding, data visualisation, digital marketing and much more. Delivered in full and half-day sessions from 20 April to June, it's available to public, private and voluntary sector workers from any industry or size of organisation, including those on furlough.

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Subsidised services

In addition to the free provision above, we can also deliver valuable subsidised services that can help build resilience and opportunities for your business.

Growth Spark grants: For eligible Tees Valley SMEs, our grants can help with the costs of developing new ideas, products and services. Grants can fund 50% of costs up to a maximum contribution of £15k.

Growth Spark grants

Placement and internship programmes: Your workforce is clearly your first priority. When you know they're secure, you'll want to plan for the future again. Our programmes can offer you talented undergraduate, master's and graduate resource to work on projects. Lasting from three to twelve months and ranging from no charge to a 50% contribution, they're an excellent way of bringing in new ideas and developing new projects in your business.

Placement and internship programmes


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Our 20-strong business team is ready to match your organisation to the right support.




We've drawn on and adapted some services from projects supported by the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund. These include Grow Tees Valley, DigitalCity, Graduates for Growth, Leading Growth and Digital Skills for Growth