Assist is a Tees Valley based network which allows 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.
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Just a few of the volunteers who contribute and help, making Assist possible...
Stockton Networking Host. Erica is a Partner in the commercial property team at Jacksons law firm. She is a former Teesside University graduate and a local girl through and through! Erica is also the company secretary for Teesside Hospice and is a member of its audit and governance board. In her spare time Erica enjoys […]
Middlesbrough Networking Host. Julie was born and raised in Eston, but moved to London in her late teens to follow her dream of becoming a journalist. She worked for IPC magazine for ten years as a features Editor at MIZZ magazine before turning freelance and working for a variety of national magazines and daily newspapers […]
Middlesbrough born Nicola is a Company Director for her family business and also a bookkeeper. She joined Assist in 2018 as events coordinator and is now secretary, in addition to providing operational and events support to the board and committee whilst also raising two daughters. In 2017, Nicola decided she would study towards further qualifications […]
Emma, from Middlesbrough, is a student graphic designer and illustrator. She joined Assist in 2019 as a graphic designer. She provides help and support with the creative aspects of Assist, such as promoting and advertising events, enhancing Assist as a brand and working frequently with the online aspects of Assist. Emma works closely with the […]
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The AssistHer course is helping me be happier and more confident in striving to achieve what I want, without feeling selfish or guilty! I have worked hard and have achieved a lot of positive things in my life that you would associate with success and happiness and, for the most part, my life has indeed […]
Imposter syndrome – You’re not alone! For week 3 of AssistHER OptiMe CEO, Bethany Ainsley, delivered an insightful, yet refreshing, presentation discussing ‘Imposter Syndrome’. She educated us all on the meaning of this ‘syndrome’ and the complexity behind it. Bethany shared a range of perspectives which resonated with all of us, whether that be our […]
ASSIST is just the most wonderful organisation. Filled with decent, powerful, creative, useful, intelligent and interesting people. And, the networking meetings smell so much better than normal ones 🙂
Jackie Dack of TEAL
Personal Performance Coach
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 – Trac UK (Teesside)
Independent Recovery Advocates and Consultants & Lobster Recovery
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
Assist is a great place to meet, connect and collaborate with businesswomen from across the Tees Valley. It’s welcoming and informal atmosphere for networking, combined with the diverse range of business topics it addresses on behalf of its members is both interesting and informative. This winning combination means i learn something new each time i attend and its why i keep coming back.