Driving the growth and development of a vibrant digital economy throughout Tees Valley


We want the Tees Valley to be known for its leading digital business cluster and the superior digital capability of its businesses.

Digital defines the way we do business today. For traditional industries, the extent to which they adapt to digital change is a major factor in deciding whether they succeed, stall or fail in the future. At the same time, digital is now the driving force powering the growth of new businesses and new sectors.

Through DigitalCity, we connect businesses with the knowledge, skills, and expertise they need to thrive in a digital future. We’re here to support digital start-ups, help small- and medium-sized businesses who want to use digital to grow and work with bigger companies to help put digital at the heart of their business.

Since DigitalCity’s creation it has:

had a direct impact on the creation of 286 businesses and 700 jobs
supported over 650 core digital and creative businesses and over 100 in the wider SME market
We have a clear plan of action for supporting economic growth and inward investment which builds on the recommendations in Lord Heseltine’s Tees Valley: Opportunity Unlimited report to secure a “strong and sustainable economic future for the Tees Valley”.

Specifically, we are focusing on five key areas as a catalyst for growth within the Tees Valley:

Creating a new generation of digital businesses
We nurture digital start-ups and provide hubs where they can grow.
Supporting the growth of businesses through digital
We unlock the growth potential of traditional businesses through digital innovation.
Transforming sectors with digital knowledge
We provide businesses with research and expertise to improve their competitiveness.
Preparing businesses for Industry 4.0
We help businesses get ready for the influence of automation and digital supply chains.
Growing digital skills and talent
We give people and businesses the digital know-how they need for the future



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