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Small Business Saturday is all about celebrating and supporting independent businesses across the country, so we’re shining a spotlight on some of the small businesses based across Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees . From Insta-worthy cafés, to exhilarating experiences, and quirky events, we’re proud to say the Tees Valley is home to some amazing independent businesses.


Base Camp Middlesbrough

Tucked away in Middlesbrough’s historic quarter, Base Camp is a cool, new venue located just five minutes away from Middlesbrough Train Station.

This small business offers a variety of experiences for all to enjoy, from classic movie screenings, live gigs, social events and more; you’re bound to find the thing you love at Base Camp. Why not make a step towards saving the planet whilst you’re there?

Try some tasty vegan grub, including mouth-watering sweet treats, juicy plant-based burgers and some seriously good light bites.

House of Zana, Darlington 

Fancy making a fashion statement? House of Zana is home to some stunning womenswear, all handmade by local designers.

This small business has a gorgeous concept store in Darlington, filled with womenswear, accessories and a whole host of gorgeous accessories. Don’t forget to make a beeline to their Christmas floor to grab a stocking filler or two during the festive season!

Heading off on your holidays? House of Zana also have store with Rejoy beauty within Teesside International Airport, selling products from a range of local brands.

Wags & Whiskers Canine Cafe, Stockton

Wags and Whiskers is a unique and wonderful pet store and canine café located in the heart of Stockton. Pop in with your canine companion for an experience you’ll both ruff!

Their giftshop is home to the ultimutt selection of toys, treats, accessories and more; whether you’re searching for essentials or looking to spoil your pooch, this small business has it all!

On Water Training, Hartlepool

Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies rejoice! On Water training is a small, family-run Hartlepool-based business offering exhilarating on water experiences.

Feel the sea breeze as you enjoy a powerboat ride, jump aboard a jet ski, or try something a little more laid back with a stand-up paddleboarding session. Why not enjoy a slice of the action with their pizza and paddleboarding sessions, or pick up a gift voucher for the adventure seeker in your life?

Signals Saltburn

Looking for somewhere to blow away the cobwebs after a brisk walk on Saltburn Beach? The queues for a hot chocolate during lockdown alone are a good enough reason to give Signals a shout out, the café is just the perfect pitstop for a hot drink or light bite!

As night falls, this cool café turns into a bustling bar, offering live music, a lovely atmosphere, and even their own range of beer!

Mrs C’s Patisserie, Hartlepool

One small business that has gone big on looks and created the perfect backdrop for your Instagram shots is Mrs C’s Patisserie!

Pretty in Pink comes to mind with Mrs C’s, a Hartlepool-based business offering fluffy pancakes, flamboyant décor, and a fabulous range of sweet breakfast items that taste as good as they look.

That Cake/ That Pantry

Satisfy your sweet tooth and get your artisan foodie fix all in one place at That Cake and That Pantry. This small business serves up a delicious range of cakes, brownies, and seasonal sweet treats that keep customers coming back for more!

After you’ve satisfied that sweet tooth, why not pick up some pantry staples, or grab a gift hamper in time for Christmas?

Once you’re all stocked up, explore the independent bars, shops, and restaurants along Milton Street in Saltburn.

Will you be showing a small business some love this Small Business Saturday?

Show your favourite Tees Valley business some support on social media by using #EnjoyTeesValley.


The Tees Valley is always Insta ready. Follow us at @enjoyteesvalley and tag #EnjoyTeesValley in your own Tees Valley snaps.