Companies across the Tees Valley came together to discuss current issues, trends and opportunities affecting businesses across the region.
The networking event, which has just seen its fourth year, was opened by Managing Director of Tees Valley Unlimited, Stephen Catchpole. An inspiring keynote speech from Philippa Snare, Chief Marketing Officer for Microsoft UK followed, which provided an insight into how constant innovation, change and motivation are key in their business plan, if they’re to compete with the likes of digital giants, Google.
Almost 100 exhibitors provided stands across a range of services including law firms, banks and solicitors, digital agencies, green energy consulting and the UK Trade and Investment Department. The event was hosted at Teesside University which provided the perfect setting for delegates to speak to each other and exhibitors in order to develop existing relationships and create potential new ones.
A full timetable of workshops was also provided to educate and inform attendees. One of the busiest sessions was a presentation from York Potash, Sirus Minerals, which discussed supply chain opportunities for businesses in the local area, now that the project has been approved. Other topics covered were, how to apply for funding, what the law says in regards to employees and social media and what opportunities lie in the space sector.
The aim of the Tees Valley Business Summit is to bring business and industry together to grow companies in the region and therefore the economy. It aims to be an integral event which provides a platform for vital introductions to business support networks and demonstrate opportunities for growth.
The Partnership provides essential tools for businesses, especially in a changing political environment which was even more prominent in discussions, as the first fully Conservative budget, since the election, was delivered live during the event.
Organisations like Tees Valley Unlimited – the Local Enterprise Partnership, are vital in supporting the growth of SME’s and this was only too apparent in the calibre of companies who exhibited and the significant increase in delegates who attended.
Update: We’ve got to give a big thanks to MT Print who are based in Darlington. We won a banner off them in the business card draw!
Author: Melanie Smith, Marketing Executive