Tees Valley tells the world ‘come and do business with us’

Carli McNaught, Dave Budd, centre, and Chris Morgan promote the new Live Work Play in Tees Valley campaign.
Carli McNaught, Dave Budd, centre, and Chris Morgan promote the new Live Work Play in Tees Valley campaign.

Prominent business leaders have united in a campaign to promote Tees Valley as a place to do business.

Live Work Play in Tees Valley was launched yesterday at the Tees Valley Business Summit to highlight how Tees Valley is at the forefront of sectors such as constructing offshore wind projects; developing a cluster of biofuel plants; leading on carbon capture technology; delivering world class engineering; and supporting business with technology.

It’s such an exciting time for Tees Valley and we know that people living and working here already are proud of the area. We also know that in the business community will support our campaign to help showcase our area to a wider audience

Dave Budd, chair of the Tees Valley Combined Authority

It comes as a recent survey of more than 330 businesses found 75% rate the Tees Valley as a very positive or positive place to do trade while 82% expect turnover to grow over the next year, and 30% will invest in exporting over the next year.

The campaign is a collaboration between Tees Valley Combined Authority, Tees Valley Unlimited, and the five local authorities in the area including Hartlepool Borough Council.

It has been backed by the North East England Chamber with support from firms such as Mobile Mini and The Olde Young Tea House.

Dave Budd, Chair of Tees Valley Combined Authority, said: “It’s such an exciting time for Tees Valley and we know that people living and working here already are proud of the area.”

Chris Morgan, Managing Director at Mobile Mini, a hirer of site accommodation and storage containers, said: “The people here are really friendly and there is a real sense of community and resilience in business.”

Carli McNaught, owner of The Olde Young Tea House in Middlesbrough, said: “At end the end of the day, it’s about uniting together for the better.”