Digital business centre plan revealed to create 33 jobs

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Plans for a digital business centre which it is hoped will create more than 30 jobs have been unveiled.

Stockton Council is planning to spend £1m revamping the 200-year-old former Quaker Friends' Meeting House in Dovecot Street.

It is hoped the development will attract digital and new media businesses to the town.

The council is spending £20m regenerating the town over the next few years.

It is putting up £500,000 for the digital media business centre and the rest of the money is being provided by the European Regional Development Fund.

Mike Smith, the council's cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: "This development is part of our ambitious £20m strategy to regenerate the whole town centre, with vibrant new businesses, outstanding events, markets and interesting places to shop and eat.

"We believe there will be massive benefit for these predominately young companies being based close together so they can swap ideas, business advice and create a strong digital network both in Stockton and across the Tees Valley."

Work on the the empty, detached, two-storey building refurbishment will take six months and it is hoped it will be completed before Christmas.

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