A record number of delegates and exhibitors attended the keynote event in Teesside’s business calendar.
Almost 1,000 people were at the Tees Valley Business Summit, held at Teesside University in Middlesbrough, to network and gain information about a raft of opportunities which will emerge over the next few months, both on a regional and international level.
The event, organised by local enterprise partnership Tees Valley Unlimited, also saw the launch of the Tees Valley Business Compass, a new business support service made up of a number of organisations who each offer support to growing businesses in Tees Valley.
Through an online tool, business support helpline and a dedicated team, companies can get up to date information on the latest support programmes and initiatives available and can find out where to go for help.
More than 650 delegates signed up to the Summit, which included practical seminars, inspirational workshops, one-to-one advice meetings and networking opportunities, featuring more than 320 representatives staffing 80 stands.
Stephen Catchpole, Managing Director of TVU, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley, said: “The aim of the Business Summit, which is the area’s largest networking event, was to enthuse, motivate, inform and provide business-generating and networking opportunities for companies across Tees Valley.
“The Summit provided the ideal forum to highlight the support available to growing businesses in Tees Valley with many of the Tees Valley Business Compass partners delivering workshops and being on hand to meet companies in the exhibition and networking sessions.”
The Summit, held on Wednesday, July 9, featured a Business Solutions Exhibition showcasing business services and support organisations and practical, interactive and inspiration workshops on subjects including supply chain excellence, developing business, overcoming barriers to overseas trade, the Let’s Grow fund and Tees Valley Business Growth Investment Scheme and digital marketing.
One-to-one sessions with business advisers were also available, as well as a ‘Hidden Gems’ panel discussion, a new feature where delegates heard from Tees Valley entrepreneurs to learn about how they had become successful and pick up advice on how they could do follow their lead.
Mike Odysseas, from Odyssey Systems, Tom Riley, from WhiteWash Laboratories, and Tim Hutchinson, from Returnable Packaging Systems imparted advice in the session compered by Ian Kinnery, of the Institute of Directors North East.
The Summit was supported by Thirteen Group, FSB, UKTI, PD Ports and Teesside University.