Assist Women's Network

We network, we support businesses, we share our skills, we learn, we empower each other, we are Tees Valley Business Women.

Welcome to Assist

Assist is a Tees Valley based organisation, set up in 2009, allowing women in business to grow professionally through a strong network of like-minded women. Together we can stand shoulder to shoulder, helping ourselves and each other to build better and stronger businesses in a supportive environment.

Our Core Values


Together we ‘Assist’ and encourage women to grow in their professional and personal life. We take an active role in supporting Tees Valley women.


Encouraging our members to take calculated risks, experiment and reach beyond boundaries. Be brave. Be courageous.


We have hope for the business and professional women of the Tees Valley and the next generation. We empower the collective voice of Assist.


We collaborate, share knowledge and learn. We are respectful, honest, and ethical through inclusivity and accessibility. We operate with integrity and a genuine desire to move women forward.


We spotlight achievements of Tees Valley women, encourage them to shout about their successes. We understand the challenges and hurdles, offering a framework for support.

Upcoming Events

Take a look at the wide range of different events we host and book your place!

Sep 14
September 14 (10:00 am)

ASSIST: we Just Networking in DarlingtonOur Darlington host Liza Pontone of Active Financial can't w...

Oct 06
October 6 (12:30 pm)

Assist Sisterwood - Plant our 2023 spring bulbs!We would love to invite you to help us nurture our S...

Oct 06
October 6 (05:30 pm)

Assist Book Club with Vicky Brown & Lizzie Taylor. Not a fiction book in sight, we have a meaty...

Oct 12
October 12 (10:00 am)

ASSIST: we're Just Networking in HartlepoolOur hosts Lyndsay Hogg and Caron Auckland can't wait to w...

Oct 19
October 19 (07:00 pm)

Podcast ClubAssist is ahead of the curve as usual…You’ve heard of the traditional book club but ...

Oct 29
October 29 (10:00 am)

Walk & Talk - Netwalking in StocktonLet's all get away from our desks and in to some fresh Tees ...

Nov 04
November 4 (09:30 am)

My Assist: Brand 'You'We are bringing our next myASSIST workshops event to you. This time we are ru...

Nov 09
November 9 (10:00 am)

ASSIST: We're Just Networking in MiddlesbroughIt's the ASSIST informal networking for all you incre...

Nov 16
November 16 (10:00 am)

Save the date ...More to come on this collaborative event... we working behind the scenes, as soon a...

Dec 01
December 1 (10:00 am)

ASSIST: Just Networking in Redcar & ClevelandOur hosts Barbara Pugh, Jo Elliott and Beth Hodgson...

Our Team

Here are just a few of our amazing volunteers who make Assist possible

Our News

News and stories from our events, our members and what's happening in the Tees Valley...

To celebrate being 12 years young, the amazing Treats of Yarm has baked us a cake which will be delivered to Little Sprouts UK […]

Pop quiz! Where can you find a group who go from discussing business to food choices to miscarriages and relationships? The answer […]

Assist Social

Are you ready to join the conversation?

Informal, friendly and welcoming to all - why not try one of our ways to connect socially?

Assist Goodwill Ambassador

The Assist Goodwill Ambassador is an advocate for a 12-month period. The role recognises, showcases and celebrates role models across all sectors, ethnicities, abilities and regions.




We are proud to gain support from our business and professional community


I found Assist through a love of books and a desire for personal development but what I discovered was so much more. Whatever you come to Assist for it will benefit all aspects of your life; personal, professional and community. It is positive action for women on Teesside to support and empower each other and most importantly, to thrive. Why would you not want to be a part of this?
Hayley McLean
Anderson Barrowcliff LLP
Being self employed it can sometimes feel like you have no one to bounce off or turn to and the buck stops with you, so when I was invited to attend the assist women's network for the Xmas event by the ladies at CEO sleep out , a client of Three Motion Video who I freelance for , I jumped at the chance. I couldn't have been made to feel more welcome, I felt like I'd been part of this network for months, not a matter of minutes ! Following on from that I attended the regional event , and again it was really supportive, full of like minded woman rooting for each other . I can't recommend highly enough the benefits you will gain from joining this network not just for your business but on a personal level, being aware of what others are doing means when we all support and help each other , everybody gains.
Jo Elliott
Since joining Assist I have been invited to events including Hidden Women of Teesside, where I had the chance to network with local business women and build contacts. I felt very welcomed and part of something supportive of where I'm at today and what I'm trying to achieve. I now have an experienced mentor for the next year to help me focus and build my dreams. Lastly I was invited to the Assist Christmas meal which was amazing as being self-employed and a small grassroots organisation, it can get lonely so I was grateful for the opportunity to connect with other women feeling the same way and trying to achieve great things.
Annalice Argyle
Track UK (Teesside)