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Tees Valley Combined Authority

The Tees Valley Combined Authority was created in April 2016 to drive economic growth and job creation in the Tees Valley. It is a partnership of five authorities; Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees, and works closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership, wider business community and other partners to make local decisions to support the growth of the Tees Valley’s economy.

When the Combined Authority was established in 2016, it came together with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as one public-private organisation, with a shared purpose and brand.

Under the devolution deal with Government, the Combined Authority takes on responsibilities previously held by Westminster and Whitehall; for transport, infrastructure, skills, business investment, housing and culture and tourism. 

The Tees Valley Mayor chairs the Combined Authority and on the 6th May 2021, the people of the Tees Valley re-elected Ben Houchen to serve a second term as Tees Valley Mayor.

To find out more about the work of TVCA and key strategies to support the growth of the Tees Valley please see below.

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Priorities & Plans

The Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan sets out the Combined Authority’s priorities to improve, diversify and accelerate growth in the local economy to benefit businesses and residents. The ambition is to create 25,000 jobs and add £2.8bn to the economy by 2026.

The 10-year Investment Plan for 2019-2029 sets out the focus for the Combined Authority’s investments to create new jobs, grow the skills base and improve the Tees Valley’s infrastructure.

The Combined Authority is investing £256.7million into transport projects in the period 2019-2029 with a clear vision; “To provide a high quality, quick, affordable, reliable, low carbon and safe transport network for people and freight to move within, to and from Tees Valley” The Strategic Transport Plan will help to direct this investment.

The ‘Inspiring Our Future’ Skills Strategy for 2018-21 sets out the Combined Authority’s plan to build the skills the Tees Valley needs for a modern economy by investing in Education, Employment and Skills to raise educational attainment and skill levels

Tees Valley Business

Tees Valley Business is the local growth hub for the Tees Valley, established by the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Tees Valley Mayor. It helps ambitious SME businesses realise their growth potential by offering access to a range of practical services, from local business information, assessing growth options through to unlocking finance and funding streams.

The team can help with anything from developing a skilled workforce, accessing finance and grants, developing a growth strategy, finding the right location, product development, sales and marketing and starting up a new business.

Key Sectors

Key sectors for the Tees Valley 

These include:-

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals and Process
  • Digital
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Logistics
  • Low Carbon
  • Oil and Gas
  • Professional Business Services