Tees Valley

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Tees Valley
City region
Location of Tees Valley
Coordinates: 54°36′18″N 1°15′25″W / 54.605°N 1.257°W / 54.605; -1.257Coordinates: 54°36′18″N 1°15′25″W / 54.605°N 1.257°W / 54.605; -1.257
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country England
Region North East England
Status City region
Comprises Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees
 • Total 306.93 sq mi (794.95 km2)
 • Total 700,000
 • Density 2,300/sq mi (880/km2)

The Tees Valley is an urbanised city region in the North East of England nestled between North Yorkshire and County Durham and consisting of the following five unitary authorities: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees, the latter four previously formed the administrative county of Cleveland between 1974 and 1996.

The Tees Valley area covers the lower, flatter (and much more urban) area of the valley of the River Tees. Tees Valley Enterprise Zone is an enterprise zone which encourages industrial development in 12 sites around the region, with a thirteenth site planned.

The five councils have recently announced plans to establish a Tees Valley Combined Authority after a majority of the public voted for the move. Sixty five per cent of more than 1,900 responses received during a seven-week long public consultation were in favour of a combined authority.


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Tees Valley at current basic prices published (pp.240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Agriculture[1] Industry[2] Services[3] Regional gross value added[4]
1995 26 2,746 3,574 6,347
2000 23 2,716 4,622 7,362
2003 22 2,568 5,478 8,069
  1. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  2. ^ includes energy and construction
  3. ^ includes Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured
  4. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Enterprise zone[edit]

Tees Valley Enterprise Zone was initiated by the local enterprise partnership Tees Valley Unlimited and its creation was announced by the government in 2011. At its launch, the zone contained 12 sites. Four of these sites offer enhanced capital allowances, aimed at large manufacturers. These sites are Wilton International and South Bank Wharf, both in Redcar and Cleveland, Port Estates in Hartlepool and New Energy and Technology Park in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees. The remaining sites offer reduced business rates.[1] In March 2015 the government announced that a thirteenth site is to be added, South Bank Wharf Prairie, aimed at oil and gas decommissioning business.[2]

Local government[edit]

Map of North East England, with the Tees Valley in the bottom right-hand corner.

The official region consists of the following unitary authorities:

Unitary Authority No. on Map Population Area (sq mi) Population Density (per km²)
Darlington 4 105,367 76.3 535
Hartlepool 5 92,590 36.1 985
Stockton-on-Tees 6 194,119 79.2 952
Redcar and Cleveland 7 135,042 94.5 551
Middlesbrough 8 174,700 20.8 3242


  1. ^ "Teesside celebrates as enterprise zone approved". The Journal. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Price, Kelley (18 March 2015). "Potential for 'many hundreds' of jobs at new Teesside enterprise zone". The Gazette. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 

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