TEES Valley businesses are helping to increase the profile of the region abroad.

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen has been visiting companies which are working globally, including Hartlepool Marine Supplies and Orangebox Training, which has secured a partnership with a recruitment company who have acquired the Amazon contract for its new Darlington fulfilment centre, to find out about their work.

Mr Houchen said: "I first visited Orangebox Training just over a year ago, and I was impressed with how quickly it had established itself globally.

"In the past year, it has introduced even more training courses and is going further than ever to support people in the Tees Valley and abroad.

“It is also really exciting for it to be able to offer employment opportunities to people in the Tees Valley for such a huge global company such as Amazon.

“Hartlepool Marine Supplies is another brilliant example of our local businesses succeeding and growing.

"It has been operating for decades and it’s still taking every opportunity to diversify."