Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Enhanced Support Available to Help Tees Valley Survive and Thrive

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Enhanced Support Available to Help Tees Valley Survive and Thrive

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Business Link has improved the support available to Tees Valley businesses in recent months, particularly those affected by the economic downturn, to help more businesses in the area to start-up, develop and grow.

Delivered by Business & Enterprise North East (BE-NE), Business Link assists some 33,000 entrepreneurs and established businesses in the region each year, ranging from sole traders and SMEs to multi-national, long established businesses.

Key to Business Link's success in effectively supporting North East businesses is its rapid response to fast moving developments within the region. Following the announcement of the closure of Corus in February, Business Link's Rapid Response Group ensured a dedicated team of Business Link advisers were on site at Corus, every day - working with budding entrepreneurs.

Support included one-to-one advice sessions and workshops to discuss self employment options and Business Link advisers were available to talk about business ideas, whether self employment was right for individuals as well as to discuss training options.

Business Link's growing team of expert advisers is another vital component of its success, working with businesses and entrepreneurs to shape their strategies and to ensure they have the best possible chance of succeeding in their marketplace. And, the number of advisers working throughout Tees Valley has been bolstered in recent months, offering new and established companies in the local area greater access to highly tailored, effective advice and assistance.

The team of advisers comprises local business experts, who work intensively to thoroughly understand the requirements of their customers and who boast the knowledge of the region that will really help them to drive their business forward.

Business Link also provides access to other key support services such as the North East England Investment Centre (NEEIC), which works by investing public funds in business development projects that will enhance the economic prosperity of the region. …

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