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The Tees Valley is a hotbed for digital tech innovation, with a super cluster emerging in Middlesbrough. The digital tech industry in Middlesbrough accounted for £304 million GVA in 2017, with a business turnover of £188 million.

The established digital sector includes a stream of start-up and spin-out companies delivering cutting edge technology products and services for business. Additionally, the Tech Nation 2018 report highlights Middlesbrough for its internationally recognised gaming and app development companies, which are leading the way in virtual technology.

Boho Zone

Middlesbrough’s Boho Zone is the digital, creative, and business hub of the Tees Valley. Made up of seven buildings located in the centre of Middlesbrough, the zone accommodates start-ups, scale-ups, and multi-million pound turnover stalwarts.

The Boho Next Generation development will see £20 million of investment to grow the digital cluster, bringing fresh high-tech investment and creating 1,000 jobs. The development will provide additional specialist accommodation for digital businesses, to meet the needs of the sector and further unlock its potential.


DigitalCity is an award-winning initiative based on a longstanding private-public partnership led by Teesside University. The programme supports digital and non-digital businesses, providing specialist advice on innovation, growth, funding, and finance.

Find out more about DigitalCity.

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