A PR agency is the latest to sign a pledge to support young people across the Tees Valley.

Harvey and Hugo, based in Darlington, has signed up with the High Tide Foundation to offer work placements and industry insights to young people.

Charlotte Nichols, owner and managing director of the PR agency said: “I’m really passionate about developing and retaining talent here in the North-East. We have an exceptional range of industries and it’s important that young people get a taste of the opportunities available before they commit to long term studies and qualifications.

“The Tees Valley is well known for its port, manufacturing and engineering but there is so much more here, too. The Pack and I are excited to join the fantastic member businesses in offering an insight into just how much there is.”

As members, the firm will also support the charity through fundraising activities and raising awareness with its varied customer base.

Lauren Bywater, general manager at High Tide Foundation, said: “Six years ago, we started off with only the local port users and it’s great to now see just how much we have grown to have members from many different industries including the creative media and digital sector.

“I feel so proud to be part of Tees Valley with our fantastic young people we support and also the great businesses that are so keen to help out."

The agency will be working with the Foundation on strategy development and to provide PR and content marketing support, and to help the charity continue developing awareness of its work.