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A Back to Business Fund has been expanded to help provide small and medium-sized enterprises access to direct professional support, advice and guidance as the region begins to recover from COVID-19.

The fund will allow small and medium-sized businesses outside of the hospitality and tourism sectors to now seek specialist advice to help further mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 in order to build in resilience within their business or address potential new opportunities that also may require ongoing support to innovate, scale up or meet their own growth path.

Funding can be used to help these businesses access new equipment and technologies or professional support, advice and guidance will be available in areas such as HR, accountancy, legal, financial, health and safety, IT and digital. This list is not exhaustive with the advice aimed at supporting a range of business recovery and growth needs, for example:

  • Business planning and reshaping strategy e.g. pivoting to open up new areas of demand rapidly
  • Cashflow planning and debt finance
  • Human resources e.g. navigating HR policies, procedures and legislation
  • Legal
  • Digital and shifting to online trading
  • Operations, including health and safety e.g. adapting customer journeys to reduce physical touch points (tech adoption) or delivering services in a socially distanced way

To be eligible, the business must be operating in the Tees Valley and also be eligible for ERDF funding.

Grants are available from £1,000 up to £5,000 per application which can cover the full 100% cost of any advice you request. Applicants are also allowed to use the funding for a mix of different advisors. This also applies to the purchase of minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify.

Advice can be provided by companies across the Tees Valley region who have already been invited to offer their services through this portal. These businesses have expressed an interest to deliver this professional advice and support to SMEs. A list of the professional service companies that have registered to provide their knowledge and expertise, which includes contact details and a brief description of the type of professional advice and support on offer is available here.

To find out more on the fund and check eligibility click here.

For information and guidance on how to complete the application form click here.

Tees Valley Combined Authority take no responsibility for the content, quality or outcome of any advice provided by a professional advisor service as documented on the list provided through the Back to Business Fund. It is the applicants responsibility whether to choose an appropriate advisor for their needs and their decision whether or not to act upon any advice provided.

How do I apply?

Small and medium-sized businesses interested in applying for funding should initially submit an expression on interest through the online form below.

Once received we will contact you soon to discuss next steps.

Please note: If your business is linked to the Visitor Economy please see the Back To Business Fund by clicking here.

 

Mandatory screening checklist:
  • Only one application per legally registered business permitted
  • Businesses that are offered funding must provide evidence of expenditure when they claim the grant

Sorry. You are not applicable for this grant.























AccountancyBusiness planning and reshaping strategyBusiness admin support and bookkeepingCashflow planning and debt financeHuman resources e.g. navigating HR policies, procedures and legislationCoaching and mentoringLegal servicesDigital marketingIT Support/consultancyPR and commsHealth and safetyHealth and WellbeingMinor equipment (linked to new technology)Other


Please note any grant request value indicated may require further assessment to determine the impact of Covid 19 on your business and the purpose for which you are requesting the grant.

Sorry. You are not applicable for this grant.

The Back To Business scheme is funded by European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. More information is available here

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