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Living And Working In Middlesbrough

The town of Middlesbrough in the Tees Valley next to the mouth of the River Tees and is situated in north east England adjacent to the Durham border. It is considered to be a fairly small town and is approximately 260 miles from London.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
March 6, 2024

The town of Middlesbrough in the Tees Valley next to the mouth of the River Tees and  is situated in north east England adjacent to the Durham border. It is considered to be a fairly small town and is approximately 260 miles from London. It can boast excellent motorway links and regular, fast and efficient rail services direct from London to Edinburgh via nearby mainline stations such as Darlington and Durham. The nearest airport is Teesside International Airport, winner of the UK and Ireland Airport of the Year, which is less than ten miles away from the town.

It is interesting to note that Middlesbrough, once just a small farmstead, did not really expand until the early nineteenth century, due to the innovative Quaker and local man, Joseph Pease who effectively bought Middlesbrough and from then on, the town flourished. Many skilled trades people were attracted to the area and set up home here.

Once best known for coal, ship building and iron and steel then bridge constructions and chemicals, Middlesbrough has been ranked in sixth best small city by the Financial Times’ European Cities and Regions Of the Future report, proving it to be one of the best places to invest within Europe. There has already been huge investments within the Tees Valley region, notably Middlesbrough, which has become a successful digital and creative hub.  The town has been recognised as a European hotspot for business investment potential, keeping its place in the 2024/2025 above mentioned report. Tens of millions of pounds are being invested in the town in the next few years to facilitate the delivery of several initiatives. The ONS has published that employment in the town has increased recently compared with the previous year and key sectors include advanced manufacturing, digital, maritime and logistics, healthcare, retail, leisure and hospitality.

The importance of the River Tees can not be overlooked as it has always played an integral part in regards to the economy. Teesport, a deep sea complex, handles millions of tonnes of imports and exports each year and the Port of Middlesbrough which is based from Riverside Park on the banks of the Tees, provides freight logistics to many divisions.

Middlesbrough is dynamic and forward thinking and has many enviable major developments. Just a few of these include TeesAMP which is a successful and desirable multi million advanced manufacturing park which houses some of the most globally prestigious names and is only a mile from Middlesbrough’s centre. The Boho Zone is home to the ever expanding digital and creative hub - Middlesbrough has seen significant growth in this area and is home to many outstanding digital tech companies.

Teesside University, which has been named among the Universities of the Year is a popular and highly successful University in the heart of the town. It has received outstanding praise for its commitment to students and achieved gold in all areas in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2023. Offering a wide range of courses, it is known for its strong emphasis on employability, research and innovation.

Do not be mistaken in thinking that Middlesbrough has lost its rich heritage due to its commitment to innovation and its dynamic flair for success. On the contrary, Middlesbrough’s Historic Quarter is a designated Conservation Area and the town has preserved many reminders of its history. There are some really magnificent buildings in Middlesbrough which have splendid examples of intricate and historic architecture.

Middlesbrough is less than five miles from the coastline, the nearest being Redcar which has been used as the setting for a major film when it was transformed into a very impressive replication of Dunkirk. More recently, the beach was used for filming of a BBC thriller series! As well as the several unique and impressive beaches within easy reach of the town, some of the top attractions include Roseberry Topping from which the views are quite spectacular, the historic Ormesby Hall and Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum.

Middlesbrough certainly has much to be proud of. In addition to a fantastic standard of living and  substantially low property prices, fantastic employment prospects, close proximity to the North Yorkshire Moors and a range of stunning coastlines, you will also find the locals to be extremely friendly, witty and welcoming.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on March 13th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is the wonderful Riverside Stadium, a n extremely spacious world class venue which is home to Middlesbrough F.C.

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