Tees Valley Combined Authority

We are delighted to have the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) onboard as a partner for the 2017 Festival of Thrift.

Festival of Thrift and TVCA are both aligned in their work to change the external perceptions of Tees Valley through the arts, cultural and leisure offer, with Tees Valley Unlimited working to create places that attract and retain businesses and business leaders, making the area an attractive place to live, work and visit. The fit with the Festival is perfect.

Additionally, we both want to celebrate and support the low carbon technologies for which the Tees Valley is becoming known, and share a sense of duty to ensuring that the environmental impact of what we do is as low as possible.


The Festival goals are to:

  • Build a unique and distinctive, fun, sustainable national event which draws positive media attention to Redcar & Cleveland, Tees Valley and the North East.
  • Celebrate the heritage and contribute to the future prosperity of the Tees Valley.
  • Ensure wider economic benefit through encouraging extended visitor spend on travel, accommodation, restaurants and businesses.
  • Contribute to community cohesion through targeting communities with less access to culture.
  • Highlight the skills and creativity of the region’s artists and craftspeople. Inspiring all ages to learn old and find new ways to be creative in their everyday lives.


ALL ABOUT: The Tees Valley Combined Authority was created in April 2016. Its purpose is to drive economic growth and job creation in the area. It is a partnership of five authorities; Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton, working closely with the business community and other partners to make local decisions to support the growth of our economy. Under the devolution deal with Government, we are taking on new responsibilities previously held by Westminster and Whitehall; for transport, infrastructure, skills, business investment, housing, culture and tourism. For more information visit their website.


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