About Us

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”


Who we are

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.

  • Assist and efficiently connect B2B professional females
  • Assist and inclusively challenge the status quo around female equality
  • Assist, CELEBRATE and support other like-minded entrepreneurial female spirit, we have a strong ethos #WomenSupportWomen
  • Assist, empower and encourage ambition
  • Assist and develop Tees Valley local talent pipeline

What we ‘officially’ do

Our vision is

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.

Our strategy to support our vision is

Delivering relevant and timely, free or reasonably priced learning in

  1. Business and personal development
  2. Social and tech skills that keep us up to date, being seen and on trend on the relevant platforms
  3. Settings facilitated through group coaching and mentoring #WomenSupportWomen

Hold tailored, relevant and timely networking stakeholder meetings that deliver

  1. An informal, inclusive and welcoming space for all women and take steps to reach out and invite to the next generation
  2. An opportunity to debate and discuss topical issues to recognise both diversity and similar viewpoints are valued
  3. A chance to build confidence in a safe environment as we spotlight women as they share their products and services

Celebrate success with

  1. The Assist Goodwill Ambassador programme and #sisterwood
  2. Inspiration and motivational events, news, blogs, vlogs, and social media posts by women for women
  3. The delivery of projects that raise the profiles of women through achievement portfolios, media opportunities and our visibility strategy

Let’s be VISIBLE

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

The forgotten

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.

Proud to

  • Assist
  • Connect
  • Maximise
  • Spotlight
  • Celebrate

Come meet the team and our Assist Goodwill Ambassador. 

Why are we different?

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.

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