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TVCA: Businesses Get Growth Support Under New Programme Boosting Access To Investment

Posted on 19 February 2024

A programme to enable hundreds more Tees Valley businesses to secure funding grow has been launched.  

Tees Valley Securing Investment connects companies with finance, funds and private investors and breaks down barriers accessing money.

It increases the range of funding on offer to businesses through an Investor Hub while firms can get one-to-one support or take part in workshops and online training to improve investment opportunities.

The scheme was launched at Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium on Thursday (15 February).

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Our businesses in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are some of the finest in the country.  

“Cutting bureaucracy and securing investment is at the heart of what we want to do. This will drive our ambition to bring good, well-paid jobs to local people and help our firms thrive.” 

Siobhan McArdle, Chair of the Tees Valley Business Board, said: “It is essential our SME community in particular can access the right types of financing they need to grow.

“This programme increases the range of funding on offer to businesses through an Investor Hub whilst, one-to-one support, workshops and online training and is focused on improving the success rate of across our business community in securing the investment they need to drive their business forwards, and so contribute to wider economic growth across the Tees Valley.”

Open to businesses and socially trading enterprises operating across the Tees Valley, Tees Valley Securing Investment is being delivered by innovation finance specialists and business support providers Innovation SuperNetwork, in partnership with Transmit Startups, CPI Enterprises & Edge Innovation.  

Yvonne Gale, Board Director at Innovation SuperNetwork, said: “We know that businesses, especially start-ups and scale-ups, based outside of London and the South East find it harder to access the finance they need. To overcome this, we need more simplified and inclusive access to funding for businesses and entrepreneurs. Using our Investor Readiness Levels, we can help businesses understand how close they are to being able to approach investors, scope the landscape for a variety of funding sources and ensure they’re ready to secure the finance that is right for them.”

Dr Sophie Dale Black, Director, UK Network – North of England at British Business Bank, said: ‘’The British Business Bank has been providing funds and support to businesses in the Tees Valley via our Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund for a number of years.

“The region has some truly innovative businesses and a big opportunity to grow its economy by ensuring start-up and scale-up enterprises can access the funding they need. We’re delighted to support Tees Valley Securing Investment. A well-connected ecosystem improves funding readiness and access to finance for businesses and we’re committed to working in partnership on programmes like this one to ensure businesses can leverage support and funds.”   

The scheme has received £880,000 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) as part of the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority’s UKSPF programme of support.

To find out more, go to: teesvalley-ca.gov.uk/securing-investment