Being able to access the right advice and support is essential as your business develops and grows.
Getting business support and information
If you're planning expansion or investment in Middlesbrough, you can contact Invest in Middlesbrough using the business support enquiry form.
A range of support advice and grant support is available for SMEs through the Tees Valley Business Hub. Advisers can work with your business to complete a full assessment of what your business needs to grow. This includes energy efficiency improvements, up-skilling of staff / managers / owners, digitisation of your business, capital growth grants, and exporting your products and services.
Tees Valley Business offer business support for new and growing businesses, as well as a directory of professional business services.
If you're a larger company looking to invest in Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough Council provides further information about the town and area.
If you're looking to expand your business by taking on new employees, Tees Valley Combined Authority offers apprenticeship support for employers.
The Tees Valley Combined Authority Wheels 2 Work scheme offers young people (aged 16+) the chance to hire an electric motorbike or electric bicycle. This supports people who cannot access employment or training because they live in remote areas which are not well served by public transport, or who work outside of normal working hours.
Your local Jobcentre Plus (JCP) offers an extensive range of free services to assist business growth, including HR advice and a recruitment service to help your business take on staff under work experience placements, apprenticeships, and work trials. You can contact the Employer Engagement Advisor at Middlesbrough's Jobcentre Plus on 01642 398557.
Support from Middlesbrough Community Learning
Middlesbrough Community Learning is Middlesbrough Council's apprenticeship, adult learning, and employability service. It offers free advice and support, as well as a range of training and qualifications.
- apprenticeships and apprenticeship funding for new and existing staff
- digital skills training and qualifications (classroom-based and online)
- Functional Skills English and Maths qualifications (GCSE equivalent, both classroom-based and online)
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- health and wellbeing
- recruitment events and campaigns
- training linked to local job sectors, for example catering, hospitality, cleaning, and health and social care
- work experience opportunities with Middlesbrough Council
To find out more, contact Middlesbrough Community Learning on 01642 811400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marketing and networking
There are various methods of marketing you can use to grow your presence, including advertising, sponsorship, writing press releases, and digital marketing (social media, email newsletters, etc.). More information on marketing your business can be found online on the Marketing Your Small Business For Dummies cheat sheet.
Attending networking events provides a wide range of opportunities to build up your contacts and expand into new markets. The Invest in Middlesbrough website lists upcoming business events. Organisations which provide business support may have mailing lists you can sign up for, to find out about events, as well as news and advice.