Help and assistance
The Tees Valley Business Compass offers a useful first point of call to explore the range of funding/finance and business growth support options in the area. A team of growth consultants can provide free 1-1 advice to complete a full analysis of your business and identify the funding and support you may be able to access to help your business growth journey.
Middlesbrough Council is here to support your business. Middlesbrough Means Business is a business network delivered by Middlesbrough Council which connects and engages with the local business community through the Middlesbrough Means Business breakfast exchange, and social media channels.
TWI Technology and Training Centre – North East, based at Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, focuses on engineering consultancy and industry training in welding, joining and materials integrity for industries including oil and gas, chemical, power, and transport. The Centre hosts the TWI underwater inspection training tank as well as extensive training and research facilities.
The Tees Valley Business Support Scheme supports businesses (based anywhere in the UK) which were affected by the closure of the SSI UK steelworks in Redcar, as well as most manufacturing and service sector businesses (offering more than a local service) based in the Tees Valley. Grants are available for capital investment projects which are designed to expand or diversify the business, leading to sustainable growth and the creation or safeguarding of jobs.
Teesside University’s main campus is located in Middlesbrough. The University offers a wealth of specialist knowledge and expertise, including in advanced manufacturing, engineering and technology, to add value to any business. It can also offer academic support, research, testing and a range of other services to this sector.
The Materials Processing Institute (MPIUK) Technology Centre is based in South Middlesbrough and supports organisations which work with materials, materials processing, and energy. MPI specialises in challenging processes, particularly those involving high temperatures, hostile environments, and high specification materials.
Teesside Engineering Network is one of the Tees Valley’s key engineering networking forums for the engineering and manufacturing sector. Started by three of the region’s established engineering firms, the forum regularly attracts over 100 businesses looking to promote supply chain opportunities, share good practice, and network.