NEW DEAL? NEW RULES. Access free EU Business Support to make sure you’re up-to-date

Doing business with Europe has changed. Even though a EU–UK Trade Agreement is in place, there are still important steps you might need to take to make sure your business complies with the new rules.

If your business is based in Tees Valley, then Tees Valley Business’s EU Exit Support Team is on-hand with free support to help you keep your business moving, and to support you to make the most of any new opportunities.

Keep your business moving…

It’s important to make sure you have everything covered so that your business can continue to operate without interruption.

Even if you do not trade internationally, there are still things you need to consider. For example:

  • Will your supply chain be impacted?
  • Do you employ workers from outside the UK?
  • What are the VAT implications for your business?
  • Do any Patents or Trademarks need attention?
  • How might the changes impact working online?
  • Do you travel for business?

Make the most of new opportunities…

There are also plenty of new opportunities which could support your business growth.

From tapping into new growth sectors, to accessing new international markets and securing Government grants to help meet new demand.

Access free support for your businesses…

If your business is based in Tees Valley there is funded support available through Tees Valley Business to help you navigate the changes and opportunities.

You can contact the EU Exit Support Team via a FREE 24hr helpline for a quick answer to any specific questions you might have, and to access relevant guidance and information.

If you need more intensive support the team can also arrange a 1-2-1 appointment with an EU Exit Adviser for you. A specialist adviser can run a ‘health check’ to make sure you have everything covered and put your mind at rest, or they can help you find out about additional grant support that may be available.

Call the FREE 24hr helpline now on 01642 662778, or get in touch by emailing

You can also visit for more information.

Charities and voluntary organisations are #NeverMoreNeeded

Across the country charities and voluntary organisations are helping tackle coronavirus

• Providing food, medicines and essential support to isolated and vulnerable people
• Supporting children and adults with disabilities, long-term conditions and serious illnesses,
along with their families
• Working to look after people affected by difficult issues such as mental ill-health,
homelessness, debt, drug and alcohol misuse, domestic abuse and exploitation
• Keeping people safe and making sure no-one is forgotten

At the same time, due to the massive impact of the coronavirus outbreak, charities and voluntary
organisations have been hit by

• Sudden increase in demand for what they do, as part of the response to coronavirus.
• Loss of fundraising income as events and activities have been cancelled – from coffee
mornings to the London Marathon, and everything in between.
• Loss of income from charity shops, hiring our premises and providing services due to social
• Regular donors cancelling their giving because they have had their own income cut, through
furlough or redundancy.

And all this after more than a decade of having to do more with less, following the financial crash in

People across the country are relying on charities for the essential support they provide and how
they shape our society for the better.

The #NeverMoreNeeded campaign is asking everyone to show that they understand the importance
of having thriving and sustainable charities and voluntary organisations.

Show your support by:
Adding the #NeverMoreNeeded logo to your social media profile pages – download images.
Follow the campaign on social media @NeverMoreNeeded, like, retweet and reply to us, using
Write to your local MP about the campaign – template letter. Template-letter-for-member-of-public-to-send-to-MP
Share your story – how has a charity or voluntary organisation touched your life or your family?
What’s the difference this has made to you? View examples on resource page. Here



‘The Grinkle Monster’ comes to life in East Cleveland

‘The Grinkle Monster’ comes to life in East Cleveland by local artist Gillian Gilmour on behalf of East Cleveland Good Neighbours

The Grinkle Monster has been entertaining the young people of East Cleveland since the beginning of the 1st lockdown 2020 and now he has his very own book to raise funds for the local community of East Cleveland.

The book brings together all the wonderful illustrations and breathes life into ‘The Grinkle Monster’ who has been visiting the rural communities in East Cleveland with tales of history and local legends.

Gillian Gilmour creator said, “The Grinkle Monster is about bringing to a younger audience a sense of pride in the rich cultural history of the area in these very difficult times”. 

Gillian lives in a small village in East Cleveland. She is an artist, teacher, and Town Councillor, who taught Art, Textiles and English for many years in a secondary school in Leeds.  Much of her artwork has been inspired by the history and heritage of this area.

Gillian is a volunteer for the local group East Cleveland Good Neighbours who have provided vital support across the 13 villages of East Cleveland. It is through East Cleveland Good Neighbours that the Grinkle Monster was born as an activity for younger members of our community. During this work, the Good Neighbours have provided timely craft packs for our children and families; each bag contained an episode of the Grinkle Monster with wonderful crafts and activities to enjoy at home.

The book brings together the first 12 episodes with fun and engaging activities to enhance the times spent together indoors. It is funded by Loftus Town Council and Tees Valley Rural Action.

Our local independent bookshop community has rallied behind the cause and you can purchase the book through click and collect or by post from the following local stores.

Chapter One, Loftus; Artcentric CIC and Book Corner, Saltburn.

All funds raised will go directly to East Cleveland Good Neighbours; an army of over 80 local resident volunteers who believe in looking after their community and raising community spirit through these difficult times.  They provide vital services and bring the rural communities of East Cleveland together, by providing healthy cooked meals to the isolated, a vital food bank for those in need, craft and activities for families and a much-needed virtual community through their Face Book group and page.

Linda White from East Cleveland Good Neighbours says “It was clear from the start of Covid that it was important to keep the community connected and engaged. It has been wonderful to watch the Grinkle Monster develop and travel throughout the year. It’s certainly been an interesting journey and amazing opportunity for families to connect and celebrate our local culture”.

Grinkle Monster Launch


An outbreak of Avian influenza has been confirmed among laying chickens at a farm near Redcar.

An outbreak of Avian influenza has been confirmed among laying chickens at a farm near Redcar.
Immediate steps were taken by the Animal and Plant Health Agency and all poultry on the site will be humanely culled.
Public Health England has confirmed the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said Avian Influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers and that it does not affect the consumption of poultry or eggs.
However, as a precaution, anyone who has bought eggs from a farm in the Redcar area should ensure they follow general food hygiene practices and thoroughly wash their hands after handling the eggs, and should not touch their face without doing so. Detailed advice about the safe cooking of eggs is available Here
Avian Influenza is in no way connected to the COVID-19 pandemic which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is not carried in poultry.
Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises. Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77).
Further information about measures recently brought in by the Government to address Avian Influenza is available Here
The interactive map highlighting the Protection zone and Surveillance zone is Here

Exclusion Zone