Why Stockton-on-Tees for business?

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Our business locations combine excellent access, infrastructure and support services.

We have an excellent infrastructure and transport links helping local businesses with low commuting times and links to Europe and beyond.

The Borough has an excellent track record with improving the skills not only of our residents but also the staff of local businesses through our close ties with Teesside University, the University of Durham and Stockton Riverside College. This provides a strong support network to improve skills, encourage innovation and retain and attract skills and expertise.

Stockton has become world renowned for our annual programme of festivals and sporting events, helping to establish the Borough of Stockton on the cultural world map.

We have a network of people and organisations waiting to support and inspire businesses at every level, from international and global corporations through to new business start-ups.

There are many successful businesses who have chosen the Borough as their place of choice. You can read about some of these success stories in these pages. 


Excellent access and transport links

The Borough is linked by an excellent transport network, and with our partners in Tees Valley Unlimited we continue to improve the transport infrastructure in the area. 



The main motorway routes link to the A19 and A66, both of which run through Stockton. 



Thornaby Station is the Borough's main rail station and is served by regular TransPennine Express services to/from York, Leeds, Manchester and Manchester Airport, and local services to Darlington and Saltburn. Thornaby Station is only a few minutes walk from Stockton town centre and is also served by a shuttle bus service (every 15 minutes, Monday to Friday) and by taxis.

Darlington Railway Station serves as the main connection with regular services from London and Edinburgh, with connecting trains from Darlington linking to Thornaby (for Stockton) and Middlesbrough on a regular basis.

Stockton Station and Billingham Station are served by Northern Rail trains on the Middlesbrough - Hartlepool - Sunderland line.


Durham Tees Valley Airport

Durham Tees Valley Airport is on the doorstep and just 20 minutes drive to the town centre. Newcastle International Airport is 1 hour 15 mins drive on the A1(M). (There is a direct hourly rail service from Manchester Airport to Thornaby). 



Teesport is the UK's third largest port, handling the largest amount of outbound traffic of any port in the UK. Visit the the PD Ports website for more information


Great Skills Base

Teesdale Business Park is home to University of Durham, Queen's Campus and also to Stockton Riverside College. Together with Teesside University in Middlesbrough and Tees Valley's college network, this provides a strong skills base to support business.

University of Durham, Queen's Campus is home to 2,000 students and has plans to expand to 5,000 by 2020.

The Wolfson Research Institute based at Queen's Campus fosters research in medicine, health, social care and wellbeing. Working with the National Health Service and Local Government, its collaborative research and findings are instrumental in contributing to public policy, professional practice and the development of new products.

Teesside University, which was named the 2012 Best New University for Student Experience in the Times Higher Education Survey, is close by in neighbouring Middlesbrough. Education and lifelong learning are at the centre of policy making for Stockton Council. Enhancement and integrated learning opportunities for our young people will produce a skilled workforce for the future.

The Borough is also home to a family of excellent schools, you can find out more about them by following this link to our schools page.