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Growth Associate Programme

Unlocking business potential.

Teesside University’s Growth Associate Programme lets SMEs* in the Tees Valley tap into our talented pool of graduates to deliver a project plan to help your business grow.

Growth Associate Programme

We work closely with you to understand your specific needs, develop your plan and help you through the recruitment process to ensure the graduate you take on is the right fit for your business. Projects are available over 6, 9 or 12 months.

You are also supported by an industry expert or an academic from Teesside University for half a day per week – and we support up to 50% of the total project's costs.

All projects are costed individually to determine the grant available. Project costs are established through the development of a project plan, which details all the expenses such as consultancy, consumables and travel required to deliver that project.

SMEs are required to contribute a minimum of 50% of project costs, covering the graduate’s salary (including NI and pension), specialist technical support or sector expertise provided by the University, and consumables up to an anticipated £2k.

To check your eligibility and find out more about the support available talk to us.

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Grow Tees Valley is a part-funded service available to growth-oriented Tees Valley businesses employing fewer than 250 staff with an annual turnover over no greater than €50m per annum.

This project is receiving up to £2.5m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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We guarantee quality. All our business services carry the Customer First Standard, a quality mark recognising excellent customer service. And we can also help you source financial support.

Our business service charter sets out our commitment to a professional business service for all our clients.

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