Why locate your business in South Tyneside?

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1. Skilled, friendly, loyal people

Locating your business here you have access to 1.2 million people of working age who live within a 30 minute drive.

In South Tyneside we work with industry to ensure there is a pipeline of talent for the future. Whatever sector your business operates in, we will work together with you and our local schools to raise awareness of job opportunities and careers. This enables us to feed into local and regional curriculum, ensuring the skills and subjects taught are as relevant as can be for the workforce of future years.

Find out more about Demographics and Workforce Statistics.


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2. Affordable and bespoke business premises

In South Tyneside, premises costs are up to 30% lower than other UK cities.

We understand that finding the right property is key to the success of many start-up, relocation and expansion project. Here, you can choose from a wide range of commercial property options, at competitive lease and purchase prices.

From premises with excellent road links on the edge of the borough to Riverside locations close to South Shields town centre; small offices to get you started to large floor plan office and industrial units, our Business Parks and Business Centres can meet your requirements.

The International Advanced Manufacturing Park offers bespoke advanced manufacturing units in a prime North East location on the A19 economic corridor.

Find out more about Business Premises here.


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3. Established transport links

Whether your business involves transporting goods, or requires staff to travel – it can all be done with ease from South Tyneside. Located in the heart of North East England, you can quickly access the A19 trunk road and the A1 which connects the area to Yorkshire, the Midlands, the South of England and Scotland to the North.

By train, you can be in London in less than 3 hours and Edinburgh in one and a half. Flights are available to over 80 destinations from the region’s International Airport, including London, Dubai, Amsterdam and New York.

The Port of Tyne, based in South Tyneside offer a full logistics service including import and export globally by sea.

South Tyneside is on the Tyne and Wear Metro network, which delivers over 40 million passengers to their destination each year including many commuters. Using public transport is an easy option for reaching South Tyneside, attracting a wide availability of workforce for businesses based here.


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4. Significant investment in the local area

Innovation and regeneration is a high priority in South Tyneside, we have an ambitious approach to driving economic growth.

South Shields Town Centre is subject to ongoing regeneration, with the development of The Word, improvements to South Shields Market Place and a new Transport Interchange recently completed. A programme of promenade improvements totalling over £9m is ongoing.

The mixed-use development of Holborn continues to transform former industrial land and is already home to award-winning schemes such as Harton Quays Park, One Trinity Green business centre and Trinity South residential development.

The Council has a clear vision for Hebburn, which includes quality new homes and shopping facilities set within a vibrant Town Centre. Jarrow’s most recent regeneration project took the form of a brand-new leisure facility. Jarrow is also leading the way in renewable energy schemes.


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5. Connectivity

A huge 98.6% of homes and businesses in the borough can access superfast broadband speeds, which is the highest coverage across the North East. With work ongoing to hit 100%, South Tyneside continues to be one of the best connected places to locate your business.

South Tyneside Council’s Digital Infrastructure Strategy sets out a vision and core priorities to achieve:

  • future-proofed, gigabit-capable digital connectivity throughout South Tyneside
  • resilient mobile connectivity, and
  • a digital Borough where smart solutions can be piloted and embedded

Businesses in South Tyneside wishing to enhance connectivity further can currently access a Gigabit Broadband Voucher, contact us directly for more information.


6. An outstanding place to live

The culture and leisure offer in South Tyneside supports and involves the business community, creating a vibrant, local feel to the year-round events programme.

With family-orientated facilities such as The WordHebburn Central and Haven Point plus the outdoor South Tyneside Festival during the summer and Christmas Wonderland there is always entertainment for residents and visiting families.

To find out what’s going on in the area, go to Visit South Tyneside.

Setting up or resettling in South Tyneside for business will give access to some of the most competitive housing prices in the UK, making the cost of living more affordable and a work / life balance more achievable.

Being on the outskirts of three big cities – Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland and Durham – South Tyneside is ideally located within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of city life but with the serenity of wide open spaces and award-winning beaches.

The local villages of Cleadon, Whitburn and Boldon offer an appealing quaint atmosphere not found in built up cities. The beach life that South Shields provides enables workers and families to enjoy the sand or surf minutes after leaving the office or school playground.

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7. Support from a dedicated team

Your business can benefit from practical support from a dedicated team.

Contact us for an informal discussion about support available for your business. Whether you are thinking about relocating, planning to expand your business or just starting out.

Our team are here to walk you through identifying properties to meet your needs, assess finance and funding options, or planning for recruitment. We will also help you to connect with sector organisations and cluster groups to develop local relationships.