Built on steel, the Tees Valley is now a hotbed for digital tech innovation. It is home to countless success stories, including Visualsoft, Double11 and Big Bite. These companies are served by world-class facilities, including The Boho Zone which has seven buildings including one live-work space, and Stockton’s Fusion Hive, which provides space for scale-ups.
Meanwhile DigitalCity, born out of Teesside University, has spent the past 13 years supporting the digital tech and creative industries.
In fact, the Teesside University has been critical to the cluster’s success. Its specialist degrees, such as Computer Gaming and Animation, produce the talent that growing businesses need.
Middlesbrough’s gaming sector is also thriving. The UK’s largest festival of animation and computer games, Animex, is hosted here. Founded in 2000, Animex takes place annually and attracts big names like Pixar and Dreamworks.
A collaboration between Google’s Digital Garage, The Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Teesside University recently resulted in the Showcase Digital Conference in Teesside. Meanwhile, the new Innovate Tees Valley Festival is becoming a regular fixture, connecting businesses with the networks they need to innovate and grow.
The Launchpad on the Teesside University campus will continue to shape Middlesbrough’s success by supporting ambitious startups in and around the campus. They have recently announced a new startup programme, Launchpad FUEL, providing graduate entrepreneurs with grants of up to £10,000.
Big Bite is a digital studio for technology-led enterprises. Our global recognition has led the team to become one of 12 WordPress.com VIP partners worldwide.
We are able to serve a global client base from our office in Boho One, the heart of the digital tech community in Middlesbrough. We also help to organise Refresh Teesside, an event bringing together the creative community in Teesside.
Visualsoft helps retailers to build, grow and shape their businesses online, through an integrated offering of online marketing, e-commerce solutions and dedicated support. We have grown in tandem with the industry and now occupy impressive office spaces in Newcastle, London and Manchester.
Basing ourselves in the North East has given us access to an incredible pool of talent and allowed us to build a strong team of digital tech, online marketing, sales and business experts.