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Creative Hub

The Boho Zone is at the digital, creative and business heart of Tees Valley. It provides business space for new digital companies to grow, network and do business. Situated in the heart of Middlesbrough, it is a genuine creative hub where new and established businesses can collaborate.

Purpose-built facilities

Tees Valley is also home to new purpose-built facilities designed with innovative and ambitious technology companies in mind. Buildings such as Fusion Hive in Stockton, The Palace Hub in Redcar and Business Central in Darlington provide the ideal environment and facilities to accommodate growing tech companies, with unrivalled access to shared expertise and support networks.

National Horizons Centre

Led by Teesside University, the National Horizons Centre in Darlington has been established in response to the convergence between life sciences and industrial sciences, assisted by advances in informatics and IT.  The National Horizons Centre is a purpose built centre designed to address UK technology sector growth through the provision of world class facilities and equipment for hands-on training in the biosciences, biotechnology, health technology and related sectors.  The National Horizons Centre is responding to industry needs by training people with the latest digital skills, across operations and R&D in biologics and other related sectors.

Industrial digitalisation and Industry 4.0

Tees Valley is home to a number of businesses, predominately SMEs, with specialist expertise in delivering digital process improvement and automated solutions. These include system integrators, digital visualisation specialists, oil and gas asset management and animation, augmented reality and virtual reality solution providers. Teesside University is actively preparing businesses for Industry 4.0 through its Digital City programmes, working closely with SMEs to scope and apply appropriate automation and digital solutions. The Materials Processing Institute is creating the ‘Future Steel Factory’ a digital demonstrator of Industry 4.0 technologies for the steel and process industries. In oil and gas, Datum360’s asset data management system is being used by Maersk to manage, measure and report the engineering information for the Tyra gas field.

Animex

Hosted by Teesside University, Animex is a week-long programme that brings together the UK and internationally based games and animation industries’ brightest lights and future stars to share their knowledge and expertise. Consisting of a unique blend of talks, workshops, networking events, exhibitions and screenings, Animex promotes collaboration, diversity, inclusivity and sharing across the animation sector. Animex 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of this key event.

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