Helping you grow a bright idea into a brilliant business.


Tees Valley Entrepreneurs helps residents facing barriers to self-employment to develop business and entrepreneurial skills through one-to-one advice and support.

There can be many barriers to self-employment. Whether it’s a poor credit rating, lack of expertise or maybe even a language barrier. These things shouldn’t come in the way of a great idea, so regardless of your age, your qualifications, or your current employment status, Tees Valley Entrepreneurs could help you start or scale up your business.

Tailored one-to-one support will guide you through the fundamentals of business, and includes:

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

  • What entrepreneurship is
  • How to get into the mindset of a successful entrepreneur

Idea Validation

  • Market research techniques
  • Identify your target audience
  • Validate your business idea

Business Planning

  • Understand business models and structures
  • Set SMART goals

Legal and Financial Basics

  • Basic legal requirements for starting a business in the UK
  • Fundamentals of business finance
  • Introduction to taxes and accounting

Marketing and Branding

  • Basics of marketing and branding
  • Identify your unique selling point (USP)

Networking and Pitching

  • Importance of networking in business
  • How to pitch your business idea
  • Practice pitching session with feedback
  • Securing funding

Entrepreneurial Skills

  • Confidence building
  • Health and wellbeing advice
  • Sector-specific training
  • Further education and qualifications

You may also be eligible to apply for a business grant of up to £1,000 to help you start or scale up your business.

Support is fully funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Tees Valley Entrepreneurship is delivered by Triage on behalf of the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, and the Tees Valley Business Board.

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