Tees Valley Mayor urges businesses to attend summit

The Tees Valley Mayor has renewed calls to companies across the North-East to join an annual business summit.

Ben Houchen said business leaders, managers and owners from across the region are welcome to take part in the ‘Tees Valley Business Summit’ next month.

Ben Houchen at the Business Summit 2018

The event, which will be held at Teeside University’s Olympia Building, attracted more than 1,000 leading-firms last year.

Mr Houchen said: “Last year more than 1,000 of our business leaders, managers and owners came through the doors to discover what some of our best and brightest companies had to offer.

“I’d love to see us smash that number this year.

“Whether it’s supply chain opportunities, networking or learning new skills at one of the fantastic workshops, there’s something for every firm, big or small, no matter the sector.

“This event is key in getting our companies forge ever closer ties and work together, which will go a long way in making a stronger, more dynamic Tees Valley.”

At this year’s event, an Incubator Zone will encourage smaller businesses to attend.

The zone means the summit has the capacity to welcome additional businesses.

Paul McEldon, chairman of the North East Enterprise Agency, said: “The breadth and depth of businesses that regularly attend the fantastic business summit makes it invaluable for those entrepreneurs just starting out or looking to grow.

“Whether it’s circulating to hear the stories of the companies exhibiting, attending the seminars which will be giving great guidance, or checking out this year’s first ever Incubator Zone, I’m certain this event will be really helpful for everyone.”

Shak Asghar, Tees Valley Business Compass Growth service manager, added: “We’re doing all we can to promote Tees Valley’s key sectors and would love visitors from each and every one of these to register, come along and get stuck in.

“They can learn about the wealth of support on offer for firms big and small, discover all of the help that Business Compass can give them and get some tips and advice on how to grow.”

The one-day event, which takes place on Thursday, July 4, has been organised by the Tees Valley Business Compass, Tees Valley Mayor, Tees Valley Combined Authority, North East Enterprise Agency LTD and event hosts, Teesside University.

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