Business Development Manager for Creative Fuse Tees Valley, Wendy Parvin is an entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity educator with over 30 years of experience working within higher education, businesses and the non – profit sector, both nationally and internationally.
With a successful track record in research-led education, small business management and developmental mentoring, she hold a master’s qualification in entrepreneurship – Wendy is a fully-equipped expert with a passion help creative individuals and teams set up ventures that inspire them, earn a sustainable income and ultimately make a positive impact within their community. She is a visiting fellow at both Durham and Newcastle University, embedding Entrepreneurship into the post graduate curriculum.
Through her own consultancy company ‘Conversations with Purpose’, Wendy works with large clients including the Department of Trade and Industry, the British Council and Virgin Money. Having supported over 5000 new ventures over the last two decades, Wendy has harnessed her knowledge to expand her support offering including the more established SMEs and larger organisations, enabling them to innovate and address their biggest challenges.
With the intention to empower people, Wendy follows a practical and pragmatic approach which helps entrepreneurs and businesses to be proactive in harnessing opportunities, gain the skills they need to take ownership, clarify their barriers to growth and from there generate sustainable solutions.
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.
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 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)
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