Overview of the Sector in Tees Valley

The digital and creative sector is a central theme for enterprise development across each Tees Valley. This activity is focused on the work of Digital City, based in Middlesbrough, and Teesside University, mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs to accelerate the start up rate of new companies and maximising their high growth potential. Teesside University is one of the leading universities in animation and computer gaming, hosting the annual international Animex conference each year and producing over 400 graduates annually from its School of Computing.

The new Creative Hub in Redcar will also house creative firms, Darlington is home to a number of major players, including Lygo International and Webworks and there is real expertise in the Tees Valley at the likes of Cleveland College of Art and Design and Tees Valley Arts. 

As well as a number of large scale employers, listed below, the area is also home to a vibrant SME base, details of these can be found at FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and NECC (North East Chamber of Commerce)


Large Digital Sector Employers in Tees Valley 


13 Strides

Based at Digital City, 13 Strides are a digital sports agency providing media and web design and have worked for the likes of Channel 4.


Amazing Interactives

Based in Middlesbrough, Amazing Interactives are expert in 3d animation with clients particularly in the health and education sectors.


Fifteen Digital

Online digital marketing support company, which specializes in e-commerce software, web design and digital marketing. Clients include the likes of Costa Coffee, KFC and JVC and they are based at Lingfield Point.


Lygo International

Lygo International Ltd are industry leaders in designing, manufacturing and supplying accessories for all major video gaming platforms. They are Europe's largest private label games company, shipping and stock planning in excess of 5 million units a year. Their Corporate HQ is in Darlington.


Onyx Group

Established in 1994, Onyx Group is one of the UK's leading technology providers, specialising in business continuity, data centres, network services, cloud and managed services. They are based in Stockton.


Webworks Internet  

Darlington-based company that has grown into one of the UK's leading internet/web design companies, now providing websites for over 12,000 SMEs across the world. They employ around 50 people.



Leading rich-media merchandising and marketing platform developers, with clients including Waitrose, Dunhill, Superdry and Opened their Middlesbrough office in 2012 due to the talent pool available in the North East.



Cloud computing firm which moved to Boho in Middlesbrough in 2012. They are an authorized re-seller of Google Apps.


Back 2 Front Animation

The Stockton company is a character design animation specialist and has served clients including Real Radio and Nickelodean.


Double Eleven

Middlesbrough digital firm Double Eleven, based in Boho, has an indefinite exclusive development deal with Sony to work on games for its Playstation platform. It won Small Business of the Year in 2012 North East Business awards.


iMedia Solutions

Redcar firm which specialise in web design and e-commerce, particularly on automotive e-commerce and e-bay store design.



Based in Middlesbrough, iSnapshot is a growing digital firm which produces sales tools for i-phones and has seen considerable growth in demand from South Africa.


Nisai Group

With an office in Thornaby, Nisai Group are developers of virtual learning educational software.


Via Creative

Graphic design, web design and branding specialists based in Redcar.



Web design and e-commerce specialist, Visualsoft, is based in Stockton and employs over 80 people.



Sector Organisations

DigitalCity is creating the most vibrant digital hub in the UK - a successful and self-sustaining digital media, digital technology and creative super cluster developing a worldwide reputation for creativity, imagination and inspirational vision.

Led by the Institute of Digital Innovation at Teesside University and DigitalCity Business in the Boho Zone, a thorough package of all encompassing support is available to turn ideas into business and make Tees Valley the first choice location for the digital industry.

Industry professionals with significant worldwide experience can support the start of a business, the growth of a business and the development of skills needed to shape the digital future.

DigitalCity is home to a number of innovative businesses, including Annimersion, Double Eleven and Poll Me. More details here

 NEWS - £1.9m grant secures work of Teesside's DigitalCity


Sector Skills Councils

Skillset is the Sector Skills Council for : Broadcast, film, video, interactive media, photo imaging, publishing and advertising. Fashion and Textiles (from 1 April 2010).

E-Skills UK is the Sector Skills Council for: Information technology and telecommunications.


For further information on careers in this sector, please click here

Tees Valley

Situated in the North East of England and nestled between North Yorkshire and County Durham, Tees Valley covers an area of 304 square miles with a population of 660,000.

Tees Valley Unlimited

One of the first Local Enterprise Partnerships in the country to gain approval from the Government, TVU has a growing reputation as a leading and forward thinking organisation building on over a decade of successful public and private sector partnership working.

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