Darlington will become home to a new international trade office, aimed at boosting exports and attracting investment.
It will be one of four trade hubs across the UK, which the government says should share 550 staff by 2025. The other hubs will be in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
The hubs will focus on the Department for International Trade's new export campaigns, which will promote trade opportunities from around the world.
The trade hubs will be home to teams of export and investment specialists, who will aim to help businesses:
maximise their export potential and boost their trade in new markets overseas
better access major trade markets like India, the US and Japan
feed directly into DIT’s free trade agreements programme
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said:
“I’m determined to use UK trade policy to benefit every part of the UK. These Trade and Investment Hubs will help this country to an export and jobs-led recovery.
“They will mean we can channel investment into all corners of the country, and that exporters – whether they’re selling Scotch beef, Welsh Lamb or cars made in the North of England – have access to the expertise they need to sell into the fastest growing markets.”
550 staff are expected to be present in the hubs by 2025, with an ambition to increase this to 750 staff by 2030.