Middlesbrough is located in the north east of England, and is a key urban centre in the Tees Valley region. A large, bustling town with industrial roots, today Middlesbrough is the digital and creative hub of the Tees Valley. Striking modern buildings rub shoulders with those from the town’s Victorian past, and the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire is just a few miles away.
Middlesbrough sits within a 90 minute drive of cities including Newcastle, York and Leeds. There are numerous daily direct rail connections to Newcastle, York, Leeds and Manchester, with Virgin Trains East Coast having made a commitment to invest in Middlesbrough by creating a new direct rail link to London by 2020.
From Durham Tees Valley Airport, travellers can reach Amsterdam in less than 90 minutes, and from there connect to 200+ international destinations, including USA, China, and UAE. Further connections to national and international destinations are available from nearby airports, Newcastle (80+ destinations) and Leeds Bradford (120+ destinations).
Teesport is located 3 miles east of Middlesbrough, and handles over 5,000 vessels and around 40 million tonnes of cargo each year. Steel, petrochemical, manufacturing, engineering, and high street commerce operations, as well as a burgeoning renewable energy sector, are all supported through Teesport.
In October 2015, the five Tees Valley local authorities and the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership signed a devolution deal with the government. The deal agreed the transfer of specific powers and responsibilities on economic growth to the Tees Valley.
A 30 year agreement worth over £450 million, plus a further £500m to invest in local projects over the next 5 years, has been allocated by the government. This allows the new Tees Valley Combined Authority to have greater control over the Tees Valley’s future destiny, and provides an important opportunity to make a difference to the area for local people and local businesses.