North East England
North East England is well known for its industrial heritage of over 2000 years and is home to three large conurbations including Teesside. It is one of the nine main regions in England and is ranked as having the 9th largest population in the UK.
The North East is noted for having one of the most beautiful coastlines, the Northumberland National Park and its historic castles. There is such a rich history surrounding the area, holding two World Heritage sites being Durham Cathedral and Hadrian’s Wall.
Many years ago the North East industrial activity was booming, producing a vast amount of minerals including salt and coal. Even today, the Chemical Industry is spread across the region of the North East. Pharmaceuticals are being mainly produced in north of the region, more speciality and fine chemicals in the middle and commodity chemicals in the Teesside area.
Working in Northumberland
Northumberland is mainly recognised for its undeveloped landscape of high moorland making it an area of real natural beauty to live in. Well known as a visitor destination, it makes a great place to create an acceptable work/life balance with its picturesque views. The historical 16thcentury castle on Holy Island is known for its medieval religious heritage, while also having Hadrian’s Wall, makes Northumberland a place of many sites.
The area provides a wide array of opportunities throughout the county. From business, tourism and leisure to retail and health, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Although it is one of the largest counties in England, the A1 and A69 provide a road network to access Scotland, the south and west making it easy to commute to the areas surrounding. The Newcastle International Airport is also within close proximity making travel even easier.
Working in County Durham
County Durham is one of the smaller regions in the North East providing a mix of both farming and mining heritage and the railway industry. It is another area admired for its regeneration and tourism numbers. Durham Cathedral and Castle are both sites of World Heritage, which really draws in the tourists. The rich culture and history make it an extremely interesting place to both live and work. County Durham even holds the third oldest university in the country, The University of Durham.
County Durham has a number of knowledge intensive businesses focused in the area, consisting of architecture, engineering, technology and also measurement science. It is also the home to the Centre for Process Innovation’s Printable Electronics Technology Centre, which provides a selection of electronic companies meaning work is very much available in this area.
Working in Tyne and Wear
Tyne and Wear is one of the more metropolitan areas in the North East of England. It is home to a number of different places of interest including the Angel of the North, the Beamish Museum, the Tanfield Railway and the MetroCentre to name a few. The MetroCentre is the largest shopping centre in Europe, which makes it a great place to access retail and leisure facilities for those considering both living and working in the surrounding area.
The Tyne and Wear Metro provides access across Tyne and Wear, making it an easily commutable place to get to work. With stations in Newcastle and Sunderland City, as well as other towns and suburbs there is easy access to get around the region.
Working in Teesside
Based in Teesside, Teesport is the third largest port in the UK and one of the ten largest in Western Europe. It provides a port for the local steel and chemical industries. The port handles around 56 million tonnes of product per year, focusing on the local petrochemical, chemical and steel industries based in the surrounding areas. Much of these industries have started to be replaced with high technological activity, science development and service sector roles.
The Grand Central Railway is the famous railway that links both Sunderland and Teesside to London, ever since the line was completed in December 2007. From York, it provides a direct train with no stops to London. This delivers good facilities for those looking to work in the local area. Access to other main cities is available. There is also the A66, which connects Teesside with Darlington and County Durham.