The region is home to one of the UK’s most integrated industrial economies, attracting multi-national businesses as well as world-class industrial developments such as Teesworks and the Teesside Freeport.
The region’s commercial activity is reinforced by a highly skilled workforce with specialisms in manufacturing, engineering, process chemicals and offshore industries.

There are also strong links with nearby universities including Teesside, Durham, Newcastle, Leeds and York. The area’s reputation as an industrial powerhouse means that local authorities and education settings are focused on creating a workforce that meets the needs of the local economy, with a number of colleges delivering technical training as well as industry-led apprenticeships.

Sits in the centre of a cluster of universities
Four leading Russell Group universities within one hour
Between them around 9,000 engineering graduates
Two leading relevant research centres