Pitch Perfect

L-R: Ammar Mirza CBE Chair of SME CofE Group, Jordan Dargue Chief Executive Tees Valley Business Hub, Suhail Aslam Grow Tees Valley Director and programme participant Tom McGee owner X-Heat.

Pitch Perfect – Investment Readiness programme will launch online on 27 May at 9:30am to support businesses in raising investment capital to fuel their growth plans, as they prepare to seize opportunities in a post-pandemic world.

Through the Tees Valley Pitch Perfect – Investment Readiness programme, businesses with high-growth potential can secure access to a team of experienced investment professionals with a track record in helping entrepreneurs grow their ventures faster and go further than they imagined possible.

The programme will deliver one-to-one coaching and workshops in securing investment, culminating in the opportunity to pitch to an audience of investors, who will include angel investors, venture capital figures and corporate investors.

Pitch Perfect is the latest innovation from the Tees Valley Business Hub - powered by the SME Centre for Excellence - since its launch last year. It also forms part of the Teesside University Grow Tees Valley project.

Since its launch, the Hub has supported hundreds of businesses across the Tees Valley area with their plans to start, survive and thrive. It works alongside them to develop a tailored strategy to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and find the opportunities that lie within such difficult economic times.

“Access to finance is a subject we have heard many times as being a priority for businesses in the Tees Valley," said Ammar Mirza CBE, Chair of the SME Centre for Excellence Group. "Whether that’s to get back on track and refocus after the enormous challenges of the past year, or to capitalise on opportunities which have arisen in the market, which they’re keen to take advantage of.” 

He continued: “We are dedicated to doing all we can to deliver the right support at the right time for Tees Valley businesses, so we are very pleased to be able to deliver this programme, which will give bespoke advice to entrepreneurs about how they can raise investment and use it to fuel their growth.

“While this continues to be a turbulent time, for ambitious businesses, this is the time to look to the future. Our team at the Tees Valley Business Hub can help leaders make that happen, working alongside Grow Tees Valley and a range of stakeholders on this programme.”

Jordan Dargue, Chief Executive of Tees Valley Business Hub, said: “This programme is key for any business that is based in the Tees Valley and looking to raise finance in the next 12 to 18 months.

“You will receive expert advice and support from a team of investment professionals, along with specialist support and investment advice and introductions at the end of the programme. Our aim for the course of the programme is to help raise a minimum of £2m, create 100 jobs and promote inclusive growth.”

Suhail Aslam, Project Director of Grow Tees Valley, added: “We are delighted to be working with the SME Centre of Excellence and the Tees Valley Business Hub to deliver this exciting programme as part of the wider Teesside University Grow Tees Valley project.

“The Pitch Perfect – Investment Readiness programme will offer SMEs the opportunity to learn from experts about how to design, deliver and execute a proficient financial pitch to investment professionals.’’

To learn more about the initiative and attend the event which launches on 27 May at 9:30am, sign up on the Pitch Perfect website.

Related campaign: 

The Go Further Investment Index is an opportunity to engage, showcase and celebrate progressive businesses who are pushing through and achieving their aspirations through access to investment, impactful collaborations, and the foresight to inform and respond to the changing world around them.

It is open to Northern Powerhouse and Scotland-based businesses of all sizes and from all sectors, but we are particularly interested in businesses operating within bio-science, health tech, clean energy, decarbonisation, circular economy, data and digitisation, space and satellite, tech, AI and advanced manufacturing.

For more info visit www.gofurtherindex.co.uk.

Neina Sheldon
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