Ben Houchen

  • A locally-led revolution

    17 March 2021

    The Teesside Freeport will be Britain’s biggest, and the policy could be the ‘great locally-led revolution of 21st century Britain’, argues mayor of the Tees Valley Ben Houchen.

  • Building for the future

    26 October 2020

    Ben Houchen says that with the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar now the UK’s largest industrial zone, something monumental is now underway – ‘and we can continue to help recover the wider Tees Valley’.

  • The future of British Steel looks ‘very positive’

    13 March 2020

    Securing the former Redcar steelworks site from SSI marks the start of a new era for Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, says Ben Houchen - and the Chancellor’s £22.5m commitment for the Materials Processing Institute was a critical step forward.

  • Shaping careers for the nation

    18 June 2019

    Tees Valley Combined Authority has been awarded a Careers Hub extension after being involved in the Department for Education’s first national pilot to improve careers support for young people. Ben Houchen outlines the region’s winning approach.

  • Tees Valley prepares for take off

    13 March 2019

    Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Ben Houchen says bringing the local airport back into public ownership means the conurbation is ready to compete – not just with other UK city regions, but globally