We are more than a business network, we certainly do business, collaborate and connect, but we do much much more... we actively support and celebrate the achievements of our local women, we showcase them and their expertise, we knowledge share, we learn, we debate and look at how we can bring change for the better, we value each other and most importantly we work hard to keep to our mantra #WomenSupportWomen
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”
We are a professional and supportive network overflowing with strong inspirational Tees Valley business women. We have an extensive team, all are doing their bit to drive Assist in to a brighter future for the local community. Co-Founded in 2009 by Ann Stonehouse, that makes us almost twelve years young.
To support Tees Valley women to achieve their full potential, to encourage, enable, facilitate and make visible their active involvement in business and professional life as they continue to develop, learn new skills and gain experience as they connect with likeminded people.
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Celebrate success with
As we celebrate the achievements and work with our regional #AwardWinningWomen, Assist recognises that Tees Valley is full of unrecognised current and past female talent. We, at Assist enthusiastically take the time to spotlight, support and encourage these brave women to showcase, talk about… no shout and brag about their accomplishments. We want you to Be Visible, Be Proud, Be a Role Model, Be Recognised. #VisibleWomen
For Tees Valley women, surviving and growing in business during ‘normal’ times in the business world is tough, in the current climate tougher and only the movers and shakers are likely to come through the other side with a business model that has rigorously been developed to survive.
Tees Valley itself is historically renowned for being tough nosed, rugged and stoic with a reputation for survival and all this is true. Tees Valley women have fallen foul of this reputation and successes often gone un noticed without a voice.
Yet Tees Valley has many amazingly successful ladies, and some are famous, some forgotten. We are more than a business network, and the development of our #sisterwood is a perfect example of this.
Assist is proud to provide the platform, the voice and the support, so we can celebrate the achievements of women of the Tees Valley.
Come meet the team and our Assist Goodwill Ambassador.
We have different types of meetings with different purposes at varied times across the Tees Valley.
You choose what you want to take from networking and your business circles, consider who you are looking to connect with and how? You may be a business owner, run a charity, a creative, a retailer, a professional, a freelancer, virtual assistant, a lawyer, an employee of a Tees Valley or global organisation, you get the drift… that wants to share what you do with others in our Tees Valley network
We do a mix of business and professional development, inspiring and motivational with a huge helping of positivity, popular is our informal networking where you can just meet other women and share your product or service and more, we have some in our sphere that want to address more political and policy change issues, we tick that box too, we also like to welcome people to our socials, knowing women like to build relationships, Assist offers a platform to do just that.
Take a look what do we do, what are your options? We are sure you will find something.
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.
Having struggled for a while to find a womens network in Teesside, i stumbled across of the Assist events by chance. How happy i am that i did. Ann and the team make the networking fun and relevant, informative and comfortable. I've made several really good business connections, but mostly i've met some great women who i know i could turn to for advice, or even just to meet for a coffee. We all face the same issues within business and personally and the Assist meet's allow collaboration, suggestion, support and smiles. Thank you Assist x
Katie Kendall – Hays Recruitment