2020 – Year in review

2020 – a year we won’t forget…

2020 will always be a year we’ll never forget. Despite being dominated by the pandemic, we’ve also seen business successes, lots of award wins and amazing community spirit – listed below is a selection of those things – we hope you enjoy reading our review of the year.


  • Plans for the new Regent Cinema unveiled
  • Seabreeze Fish & Chip shop goes vegan!
  • Teessider Amanda Rich takes ‘Redcar Town Clock ‘around the world!
  • Sirius Minerals agrees deal with Anglo-American to secure the company’s future
  • Heritage funding secured for Guisborough Town Hall development project



  • GUY: A new musical comes to Saltburn Community Theatre
  • Kirkleatham Museum opens ‘Nordic by Nature’ exhibition
  • Award winning Scream Factory host ‘My Bloody Valentine’ at Kirkleatham
  • Guisborough Soprano Charlotte Potter appears on ITV’s Endeavour
  • Net Zero project launched in Teesside



  • 5th Annual Redcar & Cleveland ‘Inspiring Women’ Awards take place at Wilton Centre
  • Jingye Group complete the purchase of British Steel in Redcar and Scunthorpe
  • Saltburn Cliff Tramway awarded prestigious ‘Welcome accolade’ by Visit England
  • ‘Briefs’ sitcom starts filming in Redcar



  • We launched ‘Our Positive Response’ to the covid crisis, providing news and guidance for the area
  • Redcar Athletic FC receive a grant to build new clubhouse
  • Houses across Redcar and Cleveland display rainbows and public buildings were lit blue in support for NHS and key workers



  • The Lockdown Late Show starts airing on Zetland FM, before spreading across the UK!
  • Redcar based Absolute Antibody provide antibodies for COVID vaccine research
  • VE Day goes virtual!



  • Teesside Expo virtual event takes place
  • Sugar Noms – a tasty new business opens in Redcar – sweet!
  • Plans were unveiled for a £10M Loftus Future High Streets project
  • Redcar based ‘The Lipsticks’ do an online concert
  • Cygnet Law launch ‘Amazon Challenge’ raising over £1000 for the Alzheimer’s Society



  • Sharon Lane, MD of Tees Components and Frans Calje, CEO of PD Ports included in the 30 most inspiring Tees business leaders
  • Nellie’s Pancake House opens in Guisborough
  • Eston Arts Centre deliver over 100 art activity packs for children in the borough to keep them entertained during lockdown
  • We host our first virtual Ambassador event – ‘Getting back in business
  • Marske beach named as one of the best beaches in the north of Britain by The Times



  • ‘Eat out to Help Out’ scheme implemented by Redcar and Cleveland hospitality businesses
  • PD Ports open £9.2m Teesport Bulk Terminal
  • We introduce our first ever ‘Ambassa-cat’ – Hendrix the Coastal Cat!
  • Saltburn wins Keep Britain Tidy’s Blue Flag status for the second year running



  • Lynne Young opens Redcar’s first traditional milliner’s shop in 70 years
  • Festival of Thrift goes online with #ThriftFestUpcycled
  • Massive pod of dolphins spotted in the sea off Saltburn
  • The Book Corner, Saltburn launches online shop



  • Teesworks reveal new plans for former SSI site
  • New businesses open in Saltburn – Goondocks bar, That Pantry & Audrey Alice Boutique
  • Redcar based Duco Digital win SME News 2020 UK enterprise award
  • Redcar Town Deal proposals unveiled
  • And, we sadly say goodbye to beloved local legend, Julie Donaldson



  • PD Ports announce two projects by Wentworth Clean Power, totalling £650M investment
  • Teesworks announce plans for new £90M quay at South Bank
  • ‘Drew’s Wonderwalls’ paints a special mural for Remembrance Day 2020
  • Sharon Lane is appointed to Government Green task force
  • Youngest director of Guisborough Town Hall project CIC appointed, Holly Tilling
  • Richinda Taylor of Eva’s Women’s Aid wins director of the year in third sector category



  • The Great Doorstep Light Switch on sees Redcar and Cleveland lit up ready for Christmas!
  • Redcar | Cleveland Advent calendar’s windows open – with giveaways galore!
  • ‘Briefs’ sitcom have their online premiere
  • Initial designs of new Redcar hotel revealed


And, on the Ambassador programme, we held two online events, with a fantastic selection of speakers – ‘Getting back in business’ in July and ‘Made in Redcar and Cleveland’ in November . We ended the year by approaching 450 Ambassadors – that’s a fantastic number of people – thank you to every one of you, your support is very much appreciated. Do you want to join us? – you can sign up here

Thanks for reading; here’s to a better 2021!

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