A CONSTRUCTION company is following the Government’s lead and is establishing its North-East division in the Tees Valley.

As part of its ongoing strategic growth plans, GMI Construction Group PLC is investing in the North-East by expanding its operations and creating employment opportunities.

News of the Government’s decision to relocate the Treasury’s Northern campus in Darlington, to award Teesport freeport status, and to invest £20m in new wind port in Teesside, has provided impetus to secure office space in the area.

The company, which has an office in Chester-le-Street, has already established a strong team in the region and will further invest in the local economy with the creation of additional employment opportunities once it secures office space in the Tees Valley.

Lee Powell, divisional managing director for GMI Construction, said: “The Tees Valley emerged as one of the big winners from this year’s Budget, being chosen to host the Treasury’s Northern campus in Darlington and with Teesside gaining freeport status.

"Add to that the announcement that the Tees will become a vast UK offshore wind hub, it’s clear to see why we’re investing in the North-East and want to establish a presence in the Tees Valley."