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Growing Teesside economy inspires regional event


Award-winning accountancy firm, Evolution LLP has launched an event to celebrate regional business growth. Press shot Big Up TV

Big Up Tees Valley, taking place on Thursday 12th June, comes after the NECC annual report showcased a rise in positivity surrounding local businesses.

The event aims to help local businesses prosper by providing support and advice, which organisers from Evolution LLP hope will become an annual occasion.

The line up includes Stephen Catchpole from Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU), the Local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley, who will speak about the support TVU has on offer for businesses, as well as the aims for the future in terms of investment from the government and Europe.

James Ramsbotham from NECC will also be set to speak at the event by focusing on the local economy, international commerce and discussing positive outcomes for the local business community and how they can help each other trade positively.

Stephen, managing director of TVU, said: “Despite recent misleading press articles the Tees Valley is a great place to work, live and do business.

“It has strengths in both existing and developing markets and it is important that we build on and promote these positives to help secure the economic future of the area.

“Big Up Tees Valley will celebrate how Tees Valley businesses are embracing the opportunities emerging from the economic upturn and also highlight what is available to support their growth plans.”

Martin Barber, managing partner at Evolution, and who came up with the idea of Big Up Tees Valley said: “The aim of this event is to generate and breed positivity for the Tees Valley and then create a snowball effect. Positivity breeds positivity!

“Despite the skills gap we hear about, there’s still a willing workforce keen to be employed in both traditional Tees Valley industries as well as the emerging digital sector businesses which we excel in as a region. I couldn’t think of any better place to do business to be honest.”

Big Up Tees Valley, which will be held at Thirteen Group on the Hudson Quay in Middlesbrough, is to highlight the growth of the region’s business economy, and help continue this trend for the rest of 2014 and into 2015.

Martin continues: “We don’t want to keep the Tees Valley a secret. As well as exporting our brilliant products and services, we need inward investment from global businesses in order to continue in the upward economic trend. We just need another quantum leap to go even further.”

Featured as business case studies for the event, Jo Hand from Jo Hand Recruitment, Steve Thompson from Teesside University/DigitalCity and Iain McPherson from Big Bite Creative will each be speaking from their own experiences and perspectives to bring the event to life.

The event, which runs between 8:30am and 1pm, also consists of a Q&A session, networking opportunities and a complimentary buffet lunch.

To register for free tickets to Big Up Tees Valley on 12th June, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-up-tees-valley-tickets-10950500241

For more information on Evolution LLP, visit: http://www.evolutionllp.com/

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