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.

Everyone will benefit from Census 2021

Households across Tees Valley will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring.

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work.

Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data. It provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.

Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at ONS, said. “It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP’s and dentist’s services.

“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit or contact Nick Dent, the Census Engagement Manager for Darlington and Stockton on Tees.

Engagement Leaflet English


North East Forum on Ageing

NEFA is aware that now, more than ever, it is important that the voices of organisations in the North East and the people that they represent are both listened to and acted upon.

The network already many embraces many local groups and individuals with an estimated reach of over 30,000 older people but is hoping to expand this number by welcoming others who share similar aims in order to provide a unique resource for the public, private, third and academic sectors to access the opinions, knowledge and experience of older people to bring about improvements in Health & Wellbeing.

NEFA’s Constitutional Objectives are to:

Ensure older people’s voices are heard at a local, regional and national level
Promote a positive image of older people in society
Increase confidence and knowledge of member organisations

It is free to join NEFA and the benefits include:

  1. Regular meetings with partner organisations to share good practice and ideas and shared bulletins
  2. Collaborations involving member organisations recording the views of their members and users which in turn reach wider audiences through increased social media and online coverage. (Website, Twitter, E-bulletins, Facebook and press releases).
  3. Increased possibility of future partnership funding collaborations through the network (a new funding platform is currently under review)
  4. Findings of regional consultations will have the increased strength of numbers and diversity resulting in an ability  to increase the possibility of reaching those in positions of influence

Please sign up so that organisations throughout the whole of the North East – Northumberland, Newcastle , Gateshead, South Tyneside , Sunderland, Darlington, Durham, Redcar, Cleveland and North Tyneside can work closely together to help improve lives.

If you wish to join us please visit

Please find attached documents detailing the work and ethos of NEFA.

Information about NEFA NEFA-Strategic-Plan


Tees Valley Warm Homes Fund

Free central heating systems up for grabs thanks to the

Tees Valley Warm Homes Fund.

Councils across the Tees Valley, led by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, have secured nearly £6.1 million from a national fund which has been established by National Grid and is administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. It’s invaluable support to households who do not already have central heating and may be struggling to afford to stay warm.
To qualify you must live in one of the Tees Valley local authority areas (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees), not currently have central heating and either own the property you live in or have permission from the owner.
The scheme is operating on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications will close once all the funds have been allocated.
Find out more info and how to apply 👉 here or simply call the team on 01642 526100 and the advisers will take it from there. It is the same phone number for everyone, no matter where in the Tees Valley you live.
If you think that someone might be interested in the Tees Valley Warm Homes Fund but they’re not on social media, please let them know so that we reach everyone who might benefit.

Workshop 3 East Cleveland Village Big Local

East Cleveland Villages Big Local next interactive zoom workshop is tomorrow at 6pm.

Join in the online discussions or even just see how the last ones have been going by clicking on the links on this page.

There is still time to get involved pop an email to we will ensure Kevin and Jeanette get you registered for the zoom meeting and send you the links to get involved

Workshop 3 Running order

Outcomes from Workshops


East Cleveland Villages Big Local Plan & Review Meetings Continue

It is never too late to get involved in developing the plan for East Cleveland Villages Big Local. Last week some local residents and businesses got together on zoom to talk about the things that were important to them for their area and to revisit the consultation that was undertaken late last year.  Tonight we will be firming up the priorities for the new plan and the documents which accompany this post will help to focus the discussion.  Some of you will have been involved in consultations late last year where these priorities were identified and we are now at a stage where the plan is being written.

Our next zoom meeting is tonight at 6.00 p.m. and if you have not been involved before but are interested in becoming involved please contact


Further background reading for workshops can be found on the following links

Where to Now – the final 5 years


Big Local partnershipsEast Cleveland Villages BL Plan FINAL 190516

East Cleveland Villages BL Plan FINAL 190516

Ideas from ConsultationsECV Plan to Local Trust July 2013

Ideas from Consultations

East Cleveland Good Neighbours – Job Advert – Catering Coordinator

East Cleveland Good Neighbours has been operating since March and we are now looking to develop a sustainable plan to secure its long-term future.  The caring and supporting ethos of East Cleveland Good Neighbours is clearly visible and this is the opportunity for the right person to help us to keep this vital service to continue.

Are you community minded, organised, like cooking and looking for a short-term challenge?

If so, then you could be the one we are looking for to fill a 12 week temporary contract opportunity as our Catering Coordinator.

If you are interested, please read the Job Description and Person Specification for further information.

Applications are by CV and a covering letter explaining why you are the right person for the role of Catering Coordinator to

The closing date is 12 noon Friday 21st August 2020.

ECGN job description 10082020

Tees Valley Rural Action Show Us Your Graden Competition

Tees Valley Rural Action Show Us Your Gardens Competition

What a year, people stuck at home during lockdown and holidays cancelled, our gardens have been a haven for stress relief, relaxation, and enjoyment.

No one has been able to visit public gardens or enjoy the towns and villages in bloom competitions, so TVRA supported by the National Lottery have decided that we will host a lockdown garden competition.

Whether you have a garden, balcony, or just a window box, vegetables or flowers we want to see how your outdoor space has brought you joy during lockdown for the chance to win an amazing prize.

Please see the attached flyer for information on how to enter. Good luck and happy gardening.

#BigLocalCommunityConversations …… still time to have your say……


Residents and local businesses are being encouraged to share their ideas on how they would like to improve opportunities and facilities within eleven villages in East Cleveland.

#BigLocalConversations have already taken place in Liverton, New Skelton, Charltons, Boosbeck and Loftus with further conversations due to take place in Easington, Lingdale, Skinningrove and Liverton Mines.

East Cleveland Big Local Villages, Tees Valley Rural Action and Social Enterprise Acumen are working in partnership to host a series of conversations to bring together local talent, skills, energy, individuals, groups and organisations who want to make a difference in the community where they live.

Rita Lawson, CEO of Tees Valley Rural Action, the Locally Trusted Organisation providing support and guidance to the East Cleveland Villages Big Local and managing the funds on their behalf, commented: “East Cleveland’s Big Local programme is now half way through its 10 years and following a refresh of the Partnership, under the leadership of their new Chair, Linda White from Carlin How, they are now looking to put together an action plan for the remaining five years.

“We are hoping to generate new ideas and fresh thinking to help us to improve opportunities instead of focusing on many of the same ideas on how we can spend the funds. This is about engaging with the 11 villages that make up the East Cleveland Big Local area and looking at how to challenge the status quo and come together more closely to make a lasting change in their villages. It is also about harnessing the skills and enthusiasm of individuals who would not ordinarily get involved in such initiatives so that there is a legacy of community champions in the eleven villages of East Cleveland.”

Social entrepreneur Kate Welch OBE and CEO of Social Enterprise Acumen CIC commented: “We’re keen to hear people’s views on why they love to live where they live, what ideas they have to make it an even better place and how they can help to make their ideas a reality.”

Back in 2012, £1m was awarded for 10 years to help to make a lasting difference to each of the eleven villages in the East Cleveland Big Local area. Villages include Boosbeck, Carlin How, Charltons, Dunsdale, Easington, Lingdale, Liverton Mines, Loftus, Margrove Park, New Skelton and Skinningrove.

East Cleveland Villages Big Local funding currently has five priorities, improving access to employment and services, encouraging enterprise, further business development in the area, promote tourism and bring communities together so they live healthier lifestyles and ensure all families and individuals have support for their needs within their local community. However, these are subject to change following the report as a result of each of the #BigLocalConversations.

At the heart of The National Lottery’s Big Local is to empower local people, help them to become more resilient and dynamic where people and communities flourish by making decisions on what is best for them and the area in which they live.

For further information on East Cleveland Villages Big Local visit or Social Enterprise Acumen visit

Big Local Conversations will take place on the following dates, times and locations across East Cleveland.

If you have missed your date don’t worry Kate and the team would love to hear from you and you can still be involved using the contacts above.

• Liverton                Wed 22 Jan, 3-6pm                       Liverton Village Hall
• New Skelton        Thurs 23 Jan, 3-6pm                     Hollybush Activity Centre
• Charltons              Wed 29 Jan, 3:30pm-6.30pm     Charltons Village Hall
• Boosbeck              Thurs 30 Jan, 3-5:45pm               Boosbeck Village Hall
• Carlin How            Tues 4 Feb, 3-6pm                        Carlin How Village Hall
• Margrove Park     Wed 5 Feb, 3-6pm                         Margrove Village Hall
• Easington              Thurs 6 Feb, 3-6pm                      Easington Community Centre
• Skinningrove        Tues 11 Feb, 3-6pm                        Skinningrove Village Hall
• Lingdale                 Thurs 13 Feb, 4-6:30pm               Lingdale Village Hall
• Dunsdale               Thurs 25 Feb, 3-6pm                    Baby Moon, Dunsdale
• Loftus                     Tues 28 Feb, 3-6pm                      Venue TBC
• Final Event            TBC to take place at the beginning of March 2020