As one of the first Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the country to gain approval from the Government, Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) has a growing reputation as a leading and forward thinking partnership striving to deliver jobs and growth for the Tees Valley.

Driven by a private sector-led Leadership Board which builds on more than a decade of successful public/private partnership working, TVU is uniquely placed to take advantage of its collective partnership strengths.

Our Statement of Ambition sets out our 15 year economic strategy including our 2 ambitions;

Ambition 1 – Drive the transition to a high value, low carbon economy
Ambition 2 – Create a more diversified and inclusive economy

Our robust Business Plan sets out the objectives and actions we are taking to achieve these ambitions and is monitored and updated regularly. TVU Steps to Success Report

Objective 1 – Develop infrastructure and place to enable economic development
Objective 2 – Support sector development and enterprise (Focusing on keys sectors Advanced Manufacturing, Digital, Healthcare and Logistics)
Objective 3 – Develop the workforce within the Tees Valley
Objective 4 – Promote the Tees Valley economy
Objective 5 – Secure investment to meet the economic development needs of Tees Valley


Tees Valley is situated in the North East of England encompassing the five local authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees; covers 304 square miles and has a population of over 660,000.

Tees Valley has significant strengths in the digital, logistics, advanced manufacturing, chemical and renewable energy sectors including low carbon.

Board & Governance

The success of the partnership depends on the engagement of partners, strong governance, transparency and accountability in operation.

Our governance model is based on existing strong partnership working arrangements and has been revised to align with TVU priorities. These groups support our ultimate aim to ‘Drive Forward Economic Growth’ and are led by the Leadership Board. Each is responsible for driving specific priority elements of the TVU Business Plan. TVU Governance Structure

Leadership Board Chair: Paul Booth OBE

Tees Valley Enterprise Zone

Encompassing 12 individual sites, the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone includes a wide range of location including existing units in both new and established business and enterprise parks, plus large cleared industrial sites with access to utilities, port services and logistics.

Sectors identified as being key to the future growth of the Tees Valley are the focus of the sites and companies in these sectors will be able to take advantage of the incentives on offer. These sectors have been identified as advanced manufacturing and engineering, chemical, renewable energy and digital.

Key Contact Details

Andrew Lewis, Managing Director, Tees Valley Combined Authority