Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen (left) is shown how to fly the drone by Chris Young of RectrixAS
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen (left) is shown how to fly the drone by Chris Young of RectrixAS
Jamie Hardesty

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Tees Valley Mayor hopes to deliver conditions for digital firms to succeed

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has paid tribute to the region’s ‘incredibly important’ digital companies, following a recent visit to Stockton’s Fusion Hive.

Staking his intent to collaborate and connect further with the region’s growing digital landscape, the Mayor took the opportunity to learn more about what he can do to support the area’s burgeoning digital community.

On a tour of the Fusion Hive premises he met engineering software specialists Datum360, roofing technology specialists Tapered Plus and cloud computing firm Circle Cloud.

And resident drone company Rectrix was on hand to let the Mayor take the controls and fly high above Stockton with one of its drones – normally used for sophisticated surveying for oil and gas, petrochemical and property companies.

Ben said: “Digital commerce is incredibly important to the future of the Tees Valley and its global reach.

“Fusion Hive is home to innovative companies with world-beating products that are helping to put our area on the map, and I want to do all I can to support their growth and the creation of more like them.

“From aerial surveying services to computer games, the Tees Valley is building a strong reputation for cutting edge technology and know-how.”

Gilly Hall, business innovation manager at Teesside University, said: “Fusion Hive companies are contributing to the Tees Valley’s technological prowess, and it’s great they’re recognised by our Mayor.

“With support from Teesside University, a great skills base nearby and good connectivity we want to send the message that Stockton is a great place to base a digital business.

“Fusion Hive is part of a thriving business ecosystem that includes larger established names like Cubic and Visualsoft as well as small businesses such as Renoovo Design and RAW Digital Training, based in the nearby Digital House.”

Digital and creative is one of seven priority sectors in the Mayor’s portfolio – one which is expected to grow by 3,000 people by 2026.

He added: “The Tees Valley is really gathering momentum and with great assets like Teesside University and Fusion Hive we’re in a strong position to deliver even more growth.

“Getting to meet the people behind these businesses helps me understand the conditions they need to grow, and how my role as Mayor can deliver for them.”

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