Mail’s backing for Tees Valley summit

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THE Hartlepool Mail is once again giving its backing to a prestigious business summit.

The Tees Valley Business Summit will feature exhibitors, workshops, speakers and hundreds of delegates.

It promises to be a huge event in the Olympia Building at Teesside University in Middlesbrough on Thursday, July 4, and the Mail will be there to bring full coverage.

The event, from 8am to 3.30pm, has been organised by regeneration agency Tees Valley Unlimited. Organisers say they are “building on the success of last year’s event.”

They have urged delegates to join up and gain opportunities to develop their business through practical seminars, inspirational workshops, one-to-one advice meetings and hundreds of networking opportunities with other businesses from across Tees Valley and beyond.

Last year’s inaugural summit, held in Stockton, had Employment Minister Chris Grayling as the guest speaker.

He addressed nearly 300 delegates and urged firms to consider taking on apprentices as a way of giving young adults a rung on to the career ladder.

This year’s summit - sponsored by Teesside University, UKTI, PD Ports and the Federation of Small Businesses - will give delegates the chance to meet peers.

A number of topics will be covered throughout the day including business growth, sales and marketing, finance and investment, international trade, writing bids and winning contracts, HR, training and employee relations and sustainability and the low carbon economy.

Several influential business organisations including Investment for Growth, NBSL, Digital City and NEPIC will be offering one-to-one clinics to help delegates learn how to make their enterprises more successful.

Tees Valley Unlimited managing director, Stephen Catchpole said: “We are building on the success of last year’s inaugural event and taking on board all feedback to ensure we facilitate an event that best targets local business need.

“The day will be of real value to delegates, exhibitors and speakers alike and given the response so far, we’re confident that the Tees Valley Business Summit 2013 is a must attend date for the diary.”

Stephen added: “As the Local Enterprise Partnership, it is essential that we encourage and support the collaboration that will grow businesses and in turn the Tees Valley economy.

“The Tees Valley Business Summit not only helps to showcase talent and success, it is also a platform to help unleash further potential and identify new opportunities for growth.”