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Looking to access finance to grow your business?

Pitch Perfect - Access to Finance. 

Provisional Dates: 30 Nov-01 Dec 2022

Join the fully funded Pitch Perfect programme and secure the finance needed to grow your business.


Expert coaching and advice, uniquely delivered for Tees Valley based businesses

The Tees Pitch Perfect - Access to Finance programme is delivered by a team of experienced investment professionals, helping businesses and the people behind them grow faster and further than they imagined possible.

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This programme will help you prepare to access finance through a series of workshops, along with one on one coaching.
To round the programme off you will be invited to pitch to a panel of investors where they will give you valuable advice before having an opportunity to pitch at the Pitching for Investment event where you will pitch your business to an audience of investors including angel, venture capital and corporate investors. 

Understand the investment options available to you

Perfect your presentation skills

and pitch like a pro!

Gain access to investors and grow your business

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What do you gain from joining Pitch Perfect?

  • Gain valuable insights from experienced entrepreneurs and investors on the process of raising finance

  • Hands-on informative and engaging support from experienced investment professionals


  • Develop an understanding of the overall finance and investment landscape

  • Master your pitch

  • Opportunity to develop your own personal skills, to enable you to build and deliver a compelling pitch.

  • Introductions to wider networks and investors

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The Grow Tees Valley project is receiving up to £3.238m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The session with Craig was absolutely fantastic, the ideas and inspiration he gave me to deliver my pitch has allowed me to secure an exclusive agreement with a key supplier for my business.’’

- Tom McGee,
Director of X-Heat

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Clear Validation of your Business Model and Opportunity

Work with a team of experts who will work to validate and prepare your overall business model of investment.

Gain knowledge of what investors look for when reviewing your business.

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Preparing for Investment

Gain expertise from professionals on the investment process and top tips for a successful pitch.

Strengthen your confidence in presenting with tailored coaching.

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Perfecting your Pitch

Master the knowledge of a well-structured deck.

Feedback to fine-tune your deck and support you in securing investment.

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Introduction to Investment Groups and Professionals

Access to a large network of investors and professionals to gain valuable advice.

Opens opportunities to gain investment.

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Who is this programme for?

To be eligible for the Pitch Perfect - Access to Finance programme, your business must be within the Tees Valley area and under one of the following local authorities:

  • Middlesbrough

  • Stockton on Tees

  • Hartlepool

  • Redcar and Cleveland

  • Darlington

Companies should be located within the following sectors:

  • Innovative Manufacturing

  • Digital and Creative 

  • Health and Life Sciences

  • Financial and Professional

  • Food and Drink

  • Low Carbon and Environmental

  • Other

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Valuable insights from experts


Ammar Mirza CBE
Serial Entrepreneur


Andy Preston
Mayor of Middlesbrough

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Col Peter Winton
101st Regiment Royal Artillery


Jordan Dargue
Business Growth Consultant


Mags Bradshaw 
Managing Director -My Marketing Button

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Mauricio Armellini
Bank of England Agent for the North East


Julie Gilhespie
CEO - Tees Valley Combined Authority


Craig Conway 
World-renowned Actor


Nigel Mills CBE
CEO - The Lakes Distillery Co.


Mel Ellyard
British Business Bank

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The Pitch Perfect - Access to Finance programme is best suited to companies who have high growth potential and will be looking to raise investment in the next 12 to 18 months.

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The Programme is fully-funded by the European Regional Department Fund (ERDF) and therefore FREE for eligible Tees Valley based SMEs

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