Ben Houchen at the Business Summit 2018
Companies across Tees Valley have just one month to sign up to the region's biggest business event, which promises to be the best ever.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has led the call to make sure the region’s companies don’t get left behind as Tees Valley Business Summit returns for its eighth year.
This year’s event will take place on Thursday, July 4 at Teesside University’s Olympia Building, with a schedule of seminars, exhibitions and chances for networking open to all visitors.
For the first time, a new Incubator Zone will be set up to support small and micro businesses with smaller budgets and less experience in exhibiting at major shows, allowing them to tap into specifically tailored support.
The 2018 summit saw more than 100 top firms exhibiting at the event and this year stand spaces are going fast, with just four left for full exhibitors and three available for the Incubator Zone. The show is not just for exhibitors, however, and is free for visitors, with registration open now.
Mayor 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 to forge ever closer ties and work together, which will go a long way in making a stronger, more dynamic Tees Valley.”
Shak Asghar, Tees Valley Business Compass Growth Service Manager, said: “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.”
Paul McEldon, Chairman of 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.”
The event has been put together in association with Tees Valley Business Compass, Tees Valley Mayor, Tees Valley Combined Authority, North East Enterprise Agency Ltd and Teesside University.
For more information, visit www.teesvalleysummit.co.uk/.
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