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Darlington has a long history of creativity and ingenuity and the vibrancy of our digital sector demonstrates that these two characteristics are still alive and kicking today.

With a growing number of software, gaming and information technology companies establishing themselves in Darlington, such as Webworks Internet, one of the UK's leading internet/web design companies with a multi-million pound annual turnover, Darlington is establishing a reputation as a cost competitive location that can provide a real alternative for growing or setting up your digital business.

Lingfield Point, with it's vibrant cluster of digital and creative businesses and Business Central, with its state of the art facilities provide a fantastic environment for business, and our superb transport connectivity by road, rail and air bring the UK and Europe to your doorstep.

And, if all that is not enough, Darlington also benefits from access to an incredible talent pool through its close proximity to Teesside University, which is ranked as one of the top 20 places in the world to study animation as well as being a leading University for digital and media technology.



economic contribution by the sector in 2014


employed in the Digital Sector in 2014

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National Horizons Centre

Further opportunities for digital businesses within Darlington are quite literally "on the horizon with" with the establishment of the National Horizons Centre (NHZ) on Central Park in 2018.  The NHZ will harness Teesside University's leading edge expertise in digital technologies - working with Digital City and the Digital Catapult, manufacturing companies and their supply chains, digital businesses and academics to develop creative digital solutions to industry challenges.

Providing the the full range of skills for bio-industry nationally and internationally, it will also specialise in applying digital technologies for improved performance and productivity in bio-industry and the wider advanced manufacturing sector.

Provision will include graduate skills in big data, virtual reality and visualisation technologies; manufacturing efficiency, product quality and training services using ICT solutions.  The Centre will host an open innovation space for collaborative project development using data analytics, modelling and simulation, visualisation, process improvement and control.  

Knowledge, Expertise & Networks

Digital City Business - business driver for the Tees Valley and fast becoming one of the UK's most vibrant digital hubs.

Dynamo - an industry led initiative focussing on growing the tech sector in the North East.

Animex - Teesside University, one of the leading universities in animation and computer gaming, hosts the annual international Animex conference each year.  Consisting of a unique blend of talks, workshops, networking events, exhibitions and screenings, Animex promotes an ethos of collaboration and sharing, bringing the world of computer games and animation to audiences of any level of expertise.