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In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity - Albert Einstein

Posted on 05 May 2020

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity - Albert Einstein

COVID-19 is causing many uncertainties across so many business sectors. We know the pandemic is forcing companies to make hard choices, including radical restructuring and cost reductions, and to seek improvements in agility and flexibility.

Through this challenging time, Grow Tees Valley is here to help your organisation emerge stronger, leaner and ready to take advantage of new opportunities.

So whether you want to pivot or realign your business model, have identified new product or service opportunities, or want to realign your processes to meet surges in demand (eg. hand sanitiser, PPE) we’re here to help you rethink what creates real value, now and in the future.

We’ll take you through our ‘Business Diagnostic’ to understand what makes your business tick. We’ll recommend the type of support that is right for you (see below*), or put you in touch with our wider network of business support providers.

  • Growth Spark voucher scheme

    Supporting you with up to 50% of the costs associated with procuring expertise and specialist equipment to develop ideas, products and services. Due to Covid-19 we’ve upped the grant contribution to a maximum of £15k.
  • Growth Associate programme

    Recruit a graduate for 12 months to deliver a pre-set work plan to achieve your ambitions. You’ll also have the support of Teesside University (or an industry expert) for half a day per week – and we’ll support up to 50% of the project’s costs.

We believe the Covid-19 outbreak will give rise to more resilient, more agile, and kinder ways of doing business. We know our business community will come together to meet this challenge - and we’ll be right there with you.

We’re operating ‘business as usual’ as far as we can be in these exceptional circumstances, and we have the technology in place to deliver remotely. So, if you think we could help, please do get in touch.

Best wishes,

Suhail Aslam, Grow Tees Valley Programme Manager

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