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Advanced manufacturing

The Tees Valley is home to a large, successful cluster of advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses operating across all industries, from aerospace and automotive to renewable energy and chemicals.


The Tees Valley is a hotbed for digital tech innovation, with a super cluster emerging in Middlesbrough. It was profiled as a digital cluster in the Tech Nation 2017 report, with 6,970 digital tech economy jobs and an average digital GVA of £211 million between 2013 and 2015.


Middlesbrough has a booming hospitality sector that creates a powerful draw for all ages right throughout the week. The major streets throughout the town centre already have an abundance of restaurants, bars, and clubs, with further exciting new choices on the horizon.


The town centre has a thriving independent retail sector in addition to major high street brands, both of which continue to be nurtured through a variety of initiatives. Retail in Middlesbrough caters to all tastes and budgets, from exclusive brands available at Psyche and Flannels to affordable fashion at Topshop and New Look.