Tees Valley

The Tees Valley comprises the local authority areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees, with a population of over 660,000 people.

We are an area of significant innovation having invented the safety match, produced one of the first major public steam railways in the world, developed products from Perspex to polyethylene and are now home to the UK’s largest hydrogen plant, the UK’s first biomass power station, a world leading Graphene facility and the national centre for biologics.

Tees Valley contributes £11 billion each year to the national economy, primarily through its major hub status for the process and chemical industries – we are home to one of the largest integrated chemical complexes in the world – and our growing reputation for advanced manufacturing excellence, from oil and gas and automotive to steel and subsea.

Our major industries export products and services across the globe, supported by a skilled workforce, Teesside and Durham Universities, leading colleges and national knowledge centres, such as the Centre for Process Innovation.

Our robust infrastructure includes Teesport, England’s largest exporting port, an international airport (Durham Tees Valley Airport) and direct rail routes to London, Scotland (East Coast Mainline), Leeds and Manchester.

The Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan 2014 sets out our ambition for Tees Valley to become a high-value, low-carbon, diverse and inclusive economy creating 25,000 new private sector jobs by 2024.

Share this with your networks

Sign up to our newsletter