Middlesbrough has a thriving retail sector encompassing independent traders and major high street and luxury brands. Retailers have the potential to attract circa 800,000 people, and the sector currently turns over more than £257 million per annum.
There are four large shopping centres encompassing 1.15m square metres, a fully pedestrianised retail core, and specialised shopping streets like Baker Street and Bedford Street, which are focused on Middlesbrough’s celebrated independent scene. All are centrally located and easily accessible by car and public transport, providing the highest quality shopping experience between York and Durham.
Middlesbrough’s consumer sector is one of the best performing in the UK, ahead of nearby cities and those up and down the UK. In the 2018 UK Consumer Powerhouse report (Irwin Mitchell and Centre for Economics and Business Research), using a series of measures comparing the fortunes of more than 40 cities, Middlesbrough’s vibrant and diverse city centre economy stands out as one of the star performers. Read the full Consumer Powerhouse story.
City Centre Strategy
The City Centre Strategy for Middlesbrough is focused on enabling the growth of a balanced, sustainable and vibrant economy. Retail plays a critical role in the function and appeal of the city centre, along with a diverse range of experiences to enhance vibrancy, and a well-considered offer to drive additional footfall by day and by night. Read the full City Centre Strategy.