Business support

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Stockton-on-Tees is a Borough with a diverse economy, with a strong reputation in manufacturing and a well-established service sector.

We have a track record of attracting and developing successful enterprises, from manufacturing to emerging technologies and from micro businesses to large companies. This is because Stockton-on-Tees is a great place to do business.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Economic Development Team is here to help your business with ongoing support and can provide guidance and information to those who want to:

  • Start a new business in Stockton
  • Grow an existing business in Stockton
  • Invest in or relocate a business to Stockton

Professional and confidential, friendly and approachable, the team understands business needs and will assist you to achieve your business goals in the Borough either directly or, where appropriate, we will refer you to our partners.

We can support you in your search for the right premises for your business, whether that is in a managed business centre, in one of the industrial or office premises of varying size available throughout the area, or finding appropriate land on which to build your own premises.

We can help you access and get the advice you need on planning permission, environmental health, licences, business rates and many other services that the Council provides to support your business.

We also have a dedicated Town Centres Development Team that is leading on the transformation of our six town centres and working closely with businesses to deliver the investments that are planned.

In the following pages you can find information on the support services that the Council and its partners offer to help businesses start, grow and thrive in our Borough.


Invest Stockton-on-Tees

Located at the heart of the Tees Valley, Stockton-on-Tees is the powerhouse of the north east economy. Hundreds of companies from a vast range of sectors have established themselves successfully and are continuing to grow.

Invest Stockton-on-Tees can help you to find the perfect location, give planning advice, support you to recruit the right workforce and identify funding opportunities for your business.

To find out more, visit Invest Stockton-on-Tees or contact the team by emailing [email protected] or phone 01642 528384.


Business and IP Centre Tees Valley (BIPC)

Based within Stockton Central Library the Business & IP Centre Tees Valley supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business.  

Offering insights and access to free resources, training and events – both online and in-person – the BIPC can help you imagine, start or develop your business. Whether you’re just setting out, need advice on protecting your intellectual property, or simply have a brilliant idea you want to discuss, the BIPC are here to guide you. Visit the BIPC website to see how they can help you.