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Jobs and Investment


Mayor Houchen’s plan for Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool is a plan to create good quality, well paid local jobs for local people.

His plan for jobs at the former Redcar steelworks site alone will see almost 400 jobs created and almost £400m worth of investment over the next 12 months.

A host of new contracts which will go out for tender in the coming weeks, and he is urging businesses across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool to bid for the work in order to create good quality local jobs for local people.

Over the next 12 months, 19 separate demolitions will take place and 18 individual contracts will go out for tender, creating 390 jobs, 39 of which will be for apprentices. In total, 775 jobs will be created through these investments, which will total £393 million.

Local businesses and local workers will be able to find out about contracts and job opportunities at Teesworks by visiting


  • More than 1,000 business have engaged with our Business Compass support service this year, with 700 companies electing to receive intensive face-to-face support
  • £6million of direct grant support for capital investment provided to business which will create and safeguard 700 jobs
  • A pipeline of new private sector investment of more than £3.5 billion, with the potential to create and safeguard more than 9,700 jobs
  • £13million of additional funding launched to help Tees Valley’s small and medium sized companies to grow.
  • Invested £2.4 million for superfast broadband
  • More than £32million of private sector capital investment supported
  • A £1million apprenticeship support scheme to fund 100% of the apprentices’ wages in their first six months of employment, and 50% for the remainder of the apprenticeship, up to a maximum of two years to encourage businesses to offer employment to more 16-20-year-olds


  • £183,000 for Central Park infrastructure improvements in Darlington
  • £8.3 million for the new Cleveland College of Art and Design campus in Hartlepool
  • £3.2 million for Salters Lane Ingenium Park in Darlington
  • £17.5 million for the new National Horizons Centre in Darlington
  • £7.6 million for a new dock bridge in Middlehaven, unlocking brownfield land for development
  • £7.6 million for the new Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park in Middlesbrough
  • £370,000 for the Rail Heritage Quarter in Darlington
  • £250,000 for the new Snow Centre in Middlesbrough
  • £6.3 million for the Kirkleatham Catering Academy in Redcar
  • £300,000 for infrastructure improvements between Offshore Structures Britain and Wilton Engineering in Redcar
  • £830,000 for NETA skills centre refurbishment
  • £9.7 million for the CPI Healthcare Futures Centre
  • £4 million for A689 Wynyard improvements
  • £1 million for South Bank Wharf roundabout
  • £2 million for the Kirkleatham walled garden project in Redcar
  • £1 million for the Billingham bio-pharmaceutical campus
  • £3.2 million for Feethams grade A office space in Darlington
  • £3 million for the new open-access technology centre for MPI
  • £100,000 to kick start plans for Boho Next Generation
  • Launched a £8.3 million Sustainable Access to Employment programme
  • Established a £7.5 million Routes to Work programme to support 2,500 disadvantaged people back into employment
  • Launched a £1.3 million Apprenticeship Fund
  • £200million investment deal with the Teesside Pension Fund to support local projects
  • £12.8 million secured from the Housing Infrastructure Fund for two schemes unlocking 3,350 homes in Darlington and Stockton
  • £4.6million for Liberty’s ground-breaking powder metals project, boosting our research credentials while creating good quality jobs
  • £218,000 for district heating project, allowing James Cook University Hospital to save money on energy bills meaning more cash for patient