Middlesbrough is fast becoming one of the most vibrant digital hubs in the UK with a successful digital media and technology super cluster emerging. The town was profiled as a digital cluster for the first time in the Tech Nation 2017 report, with 6,970 digital tech economy jobs and an average digital GVA between 2013-2015 of £211 million.
Middlesbrough’s Boho Zone is the digital, creative and business hub of the Tees Valley. It provides business space for new digital and creative companies to grow, network, and do business. Situated in the heart of Middlesbrough, it is gaining a worldwide reputation for innovative and imaginative solutions to digitise the business community as well as producing leading technology across the gaming and creative industries.
The Boho Zone is the digital media, digital technology, and creative industry quarter in the heart of Middlesbrough, which boasts a radical, beautiful combination of refurbished Victorian buildings and stunning award-winning contemporary offices. It’s a genuine creative hub where new businesses, established successful companies, and support agencies work together. The continued development and regeneration of this area ensures that the infrastructure and facilities continue to expand and support the cutting-edge, world-renowned digital city businesses.
There are seven Boho buildings located across the Boho Zone with the flagship Boho One at the heart. The buildings offer a range of contemporary office and work spaces, as well as the innovative flexible live/work space Bohouse.
DigitalCity brings together all of the digital knowledge and support in the Tees Valley. Based within Teesside University, Digital City has been instrumental in developing the successful super cluster. The programme supports digital and non-digital business, providing specialist advice on innovation, growth, funding, and finance.
The Boho Zone is part of Middlesbrough’s Historic Quarter Enterprise Zone. The Historic Quarter centres around Middlesbrough’s Grade II listed railway station and links directly into the town’s retail and commercial centre.
The eclectic mix of Victorian buildings of architectural and cultural importance will be undergoing significant investment to bring them back to life to complement the contemporary office and educational buildings now located in the area.
Eligible companies in target sectors locating to Middlesbrough’s Historic Quarter EZ may qualify for rate relief and simplified planning regulations.
According to the Enterprise Research Centre, Tees Valley is the best performing of the Northern local economic areas for innovation, and at seventh in the overall rankings, is outperforming areas including London, Liverpool and Greater Manchester. Middlesbrough also has the highest business start-up rate in the Tees Valley, at 17.5%.
With DigitalCity and the Boho Zone blazing a trail, Middlesbrough is the centre of the Tees Valley’s digital and creative industry, with companies working for prestigious national and international clients. As well as providing high-specification business premises including Boho One and Boho Five, Middlesbrough Council is committed to improving access to faster broadband for its businesses and residents. The Council is working to ensure at least 98% of Middlesbrough’s premises will have access to superfast broadband by the end of 2017.
From shoes (Charles Clinkard – £3 million invested – creating additional 20 jobs), to bread (On A Roll sandwich company – £3.6 million invested – creating 96 jobs), to steel (AV Dawson – £12.5 million invested – 60 new jobs), vastly different companies have successfully chosen to establish themselves in Middlesbrough.