Public Sector Focus

01.04.20

Teesside University unveils Covid-19 business support package

Teesside University has joined forces with the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority to deliver a package of practical support for local businesses during the coronavirus emergency.

A coordinated approach to tackling the economic impact on the region’s businesses will be taken by the new collaboration, along with a number of other agencies.

The idea is to ensure businesses are able to continue operating after the crisis is over, even if they currently are unable to work at capacity.

The University’s business support offer has won national awards for its contribution to the region’s economy, making staff well placed to utilise their expertise and resources to get people through this pandemic.

Services range from helping businesses transition to online, to working with them to access Government advice and financial support.

In addition, Teesside Launchpad, the University’s graduate enterprise hub, will be rolling out its Microbiz Academy across the region, providing invaluable online support and advice to anyone wanting to set up an internet-based small business.

Laura Woods, Director of Academic Enterprise at Teesside University, said:

“We’re all acutely aware of the massive challenges this crisis has created for businesses, both large and small. It’s vital that we work together as a region to help our businesses withstand the economic impact of Covid-19 and to be ready for strong recovery. We want to play our part in helping companies in the Tees Valley and further afield get through this crisis and emerge as strong as possible, positioned for competitive performance.

“We’ve developed this package of support from our existing business programmes and expertise, adapted to address what businesses will need in the current economic climate. We’re making our support flexible and bespoke so that it can meet individual needs, so we would urge any business to get in touch.”

Other elements to the support package put together by the University include, one-to-one support for business owners, webinars and mentoring, bid writing for grants and leadership and management support.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said:

“The coronavirus pandemic is presenting an extraordinary and unprecedented challenge to every aspect of our lives, and companies of all sizes are feeling the impact. But this situation has seen us all pull together to help keep them afloat.

“I’m delighted that Teesside University has joined the growing ranks of organisations across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool that are offering their expertise to those who need it most, helping to protect and guide our brilliant businesses at this difficult time.”

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