Privacy policy

This website is owned by Middlesbrough Council. Any information which you send to us through this website, is managed as follows:

1. We will keep information no longer than we reasonably believe is necessary

We will keep your data only for as long as is required. Business information submitted will be available via this website until a time that it is no longer useful to residents of Middlesbrough. Regular checks for accuracy of business information will be made by Middlesbrough Council. Businesses can contact us at any time to request a change to the information available.

2. We will use information only for the purpose for which you sent it

Business information will be added to this website and will not be shared with partners or external companies in any way other than via this website.

If your details are collected as part of an enquiry, we will use them only to respond to your enquiry.

We will not pass on your email address or any of your personal details to other organisations unless explicitly stated.

3. We may use information for statistical analysis but in such a way that your identity will not be involved

To improve the user experience of this website we track your activity via a product called Google Analytics. This statistical data is gathered in a way that ensures information is completely anonymised.

4. Use of cookies

A number of cookies are present on this website. The purpose of these cookies is to enable the website to function correctly and improve your experience. There are no sales or advert cookies used.

By using this website you are giving permission for cookies to be used to track your activity. The different cookies used on this site are explained below:

Cookie namePurpose of cookieCookie expires
_gaGoogle Analytics to monitor your activity on our website2 years
_gatGoogle Analytics to monitor your activity on our website1 day
_gidGoogle Analytics to monitor your activity on our website1 day
Buyl_search-termsSpeed up the use of the website search1 year
Moove_gdpr_popupManage your response relating to use of cookies1 year


You can opt out of these cookies being used at any point by choosing the ‘Reject cookies’ button that is presented when you visit this website. You can also change your preference at any time by clicking on the cog icon.

5. How we will contact you

If your details are collected as part of an enquiry, we will contact you via email in the first instance. We will contact you by phone if you have given a phone number and not an email address.

6. Right to be forgotten

We will only keep data relating to you for as long as is required. At any point you have the right to request to be forgotten, this means that if requested we will where possible delete our records of contact with yourself. To request the right to be forgotten please contact the Information Governance Team at Middlesbrough Council, contact details are available on the data protection page of the Middlesbrough Council website.

For further information on the General Data Protection Regulation and Middlesbrough Council’s responsibilities under it please consult the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

7. Copyright

Material on this site is protected by copyright. The Copyright owner is Middlesbrough Borough Council.

All intellectual property rights are reserved. Trademarks, brand names, company names, and logos are the property of Middlesbrough Council, or of their respective owners. Reproduction, alteration, modification, distribution, or re-publication in any format, without prior written permission from the property owner, is forbidden.

Permission is granted to copy text from the Buy Boro website solely for your personal use, to file or to print. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being re-used or published in any format. This permission does not extend to any material identified as being the copyright of another entity.

The council’s copyright and other intellectual property rights are protected by UK laws and by international treaties.