Specialist Growth Support

Are you looking for specialist support?

If you are looking to set up a hi-tech business particularly in the digital, process or advanced engineering sectors you may benefit from talking to specialist organisations who can also put you in touch with other businesses and ancillary services in their cluster.


A not-for-profit, independent physical centre which connect businesses with the UK’s research and academic communities.  Catapult provide access to expert technical capabilities, equipment, and other resources required to take innovative ideas from concept to reality, supporting businesses and researchers to collaboratively solve key problems and develop new products and services on a commercial scale.

Further information available here.

Centre for Process Innovation

CPI is an independent technology innovation centre which translates ideas and research into successfully commercialised products and processes.

It provides open access facilities and expertise to help companies develop, prove, prototype, and scale up their innovations.

Further information available here.

Department for Business & Trade (DBT)

DBT provide advice, guidance and in some cases financial support to exporters looking to move into new markets or to firms looking to export for the first time.

Further information available here.

Materials Processing Institute

The Materials Processing Institute is a Research and Innovation Centre based in Redcar and Cleveland serving organisations which work with materials, materials processing or energy. MPI can help business by providing:

  • Access to Financial and Investment Support
  • In-depth support and training for start-ups and existing businesses

Further information available here.

North East Automotive Alliance

The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is an industry-led cluster group, established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the automotive sector in the North East of England.

Further information available here.

North East Process Industries Cluster (NEPIC)

Working to grow the chemical-processing sector and associated supply chain in the North East of England.

Further information available here.

Northern Offshore Energy (NOF)

NOF Energy – business development organisation working on behalf of 500 companies within the oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewable sectors.

Further information available here.

Teesside University

Located at its Darlington Campus, The Forge is Teesside University’s specialist business hub.

The courses are designed for employers seeking to develop their staff and update their sector-specific knowledge and skills. They are all delivered by expert practitioners, and informed by industry-led research.

The university faculty’s are also to assist projects via the Innovate Tees Valley scheme.

Further information available here.

Tees Valley Digital Transformation

This fully-funded programme is designed to support the adoption of digital technology into your business.  The support is tailored to your business’s needs and includes: one-to-one support, access to a suite of online tools, the potential to apply for grant funding of up to £3,000, access to peer-to-peer business networks, and opportunities to join workshops online and in-person. 

Further information is available here

Tees Valley Entrepreneurs

Tees Valley Entrepreneurs helps residents facing barriers to self-employment to develop business and entrepreneurial skills through one-to-one advice and support. Tailored one-to-one support will guide you through the fundamentals of business, and includes: introduction to entrepreneurship, idea validation, business planning, legal and financial basics, marketing and branding, networking and pitching, and entrepreneurial skills. You may also be eligible to apply for a business grant of up to £1,000 to help you start or scale up your business.

Further information is available here

Tees Valley Expertise

Tees Valley Expertise matches you with a range of experienced business leaders and sector experts, based on your priorities, goals and ambitions, giving you a fully personalised support journey.

Further information is available here

Tees Valley Innovation Challenge

Tees Valley Innovation Challenge provides the platform, guidance and resources to help you capitalise on investment opportunities within the region’s vibrant innovation ecosystem, forge valuable connections, and accelerate your growth in new markets.

Further information available here.

Tees Valley Securing Investment

A securing investment programme, in partnership with Tees Valley Combined Authority, that offers dedicated support to help your business access funding opportunities. It offer personalised support to strengthen your investment readiness and directly connect you with grants, funds, and private investors through the Northern Investor Hub.

Further information available here.

Tees Valley Supply Chain

Tees Valley Supply Chain can help link your business with the diverse range of exciting activity within regional, national, and global supply chains, including service and product opportunities.

Further information available here.

The Welding Institute (TWI)

TWI is the professional membership institution for welding and engineering joinery.  Their Technology and Training Centre for the North East is a world leader in underwater inspection, plastics joining, weld inspection and non-destructive testing applications.

Further information available here.

TTE Technical (UK) (TTE)

TTE is a management and technical training organisation offering a range of accredited courses and apprenticeships in Engineering, Process, Health & Safety, Management and NVQ Diploma’s.

Further information available here.

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