Supporting Local Business Open Call Fund

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Tees Valley Combined Authority has launched a new Call to strengthen and support the start-up and scale-up of micro, small and medium size businesses, across Tees Valley.

The Call focuses on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) Supporting Local Business Investment Priority and TVCA is seeking proposals to deliver activity in Tees Valley under the UKSPF defined interventions as follows:

E23: Strengthening local entrepreneurial ecosystems, and supporting businesses at all stages of their development to start, sustain, grow and innovate, including through local networks; and

E29: Supporting decarbonisation and improving the natural environment whilst growing the local economy. Taking a whole systems approach to invest in infrastructure to deliver effective decarbonisation across energy, buildings and transport and beyond, in line with our legally binding climate target. Maximising existing or emerging local strengths in low carbon technologies, goods and services to take advantage of the growing global opportunity. 

Projects can contribute to both interventions (E23 and E29) or they can contribute to a single intervention (E23 or E29).

The programme is for a duration of 1 year and will deliver throughout 2024-25 (year 3 of the UKSPF programme).

The total value of funding for this call is £5.55m and we expect delivery to take place across several different and complimentary projects which use innovative approaches to support Tees Valley businesses.

The programme specifically aims to level-up the Tees Valley and this Call includes specific activity and innovative & pilot projects and will emphasise:

The above will be delivered via a single lot and, to test successful methods of supporting local business, several contracts are expected to be awarded. All successful projects will be awarded within the total funding envelope of £5.55m with a minimum contract award of £100,000. Whilst there is no upper limit defined, there is an expectation that no single proposition will fulfil all programme requirements and provide the range of innovative and pilot solutions we expect to see.

Selection and delivery of projects will be overseen by the Tees Valley Business Board.

All organisations who can provide innovative business development and support services are encouraged to bid, with proposals demonstrating how they will engage and identify SME businesses with the potential for growth, and support those businesses in the development and delivery of high growth, sustainable business plans.

Key dates:

Call published.

Clarification requests should be sent to: [email protected]  

(Responses will not be provided until after the 10th January Information session) 

 Note: do not send submissions to this email address. 

Wednesday 20th December 2023
Information session for this Open Call – it is expected that applicants attend this information session in person. 

 Note: this session will provide general procurement, due diligence and subsidy control as well as specific information for this call. 

Wednesday 10th January 2024 (9-11am, Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium)


Attendance may be booked here.

Proposal application form available.Wednesday 10th January 2024.
Responses to clarification requests will be responded to after this date.Wednesday 10th January 2024
Deadline for clarification requests.Wednesday 24th January 2024 (5pm)
Call closes.

Submissions should be sent to this email address prior to call closure:

[email protected]

Wednesday 31st January 2024 (5pm)
TVCA Assessment of Bids – this may also include applicants being invited to present their bids(s) to a panel consisting of members of the Tees Valley Business Board and TVCA officers.February 2024
Recommendations to the UKSPF Local Partnership Group.February / March 2024
TVCA funding decision (in accordance with TVCA Assurance Framework).March 2024
Applicants notified of outcome.March 2024
Expected start date for projects.April 2024
Project financial completion.31st March 2025

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