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The future looks sweet for Murton mum Amy

The future looks sweet for Murton mum Amy

A mum of two has taken her first steps into entrepreneurship to launch her own party business during the months of lockdown. Amy Speckman, 28, from Murton in County Durham has set up Sweetie Treats, which offers services to make your wedding, birthday party or...

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine available to read online

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine available to read online

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine is available to read online, with a new website for the publication due to launch in the next few weeks. Themed around ‘bouncing back from COVID-19’ the magazine features businesses from across the area, which are dealing...

COVID-hit businesses encouraged to apply for £5m council fund

COVID-hit businesses encouraged to apply for £5m council fund

Businesses are set to benefit from a new £5 million grant funded by Durham County Council to help them implement recovery plans to overcome the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on the economy and recovery is likely...

New East Durham business park announces latest tenant

New East Durham business park announces latest tenant

Innovative modular housebuilder, CoreHaus, is opening its first UK manufacturing site at a County Durham business park as part of its scale-up plans. CoreHaus has secured its new 20,000 sq ft unit at Jade Business Park, in Murton near Seaham, and recruited a highly...

Read Issue Four of East Durham Business magazine online

Read Issue Four of East Durham Business magazine online

The fourth issue of the area's flagship magazine, East Durham Business, is available to read in full online. Themed around ‘bouncing back from COVID-19’ the magazine features businesses from across the area, which are dealing with the challenging climate in many...

Over £1m awarded to businesses in County Durham to support growth

Over £1m awarded to businesses in County Durham to support growth

The Finance Durham Fund has invested over £1 million in five businesses to grow in or move to County Durham over the last twelve months. Established by Durham County Council in 2017, Finance Durham is a £20m investment fund overseen by Business Durham and managed by...

East Durham Business magazine feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

East Durham Business magazine feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

John Delanoy and Julie Stout are passionate about the funeral industry and giving people the send-off they want – their best final farewell. East Durham Business magazine Editor Leanne Fawcett finds out more. Two things are immediately evident when I down with John...

Seven new jobs created as Peterlee restaurant becomes a hit with diners

Seven new jobs created as Peterlee restaurant becomes a hit with diners

An experienced publican and restaurateur launched a new food place with a difference earlier this year – despite the obvious Covid challenges. But now their Mediterranean dishes are proving hugely popular at their newly-refurbished outlet near Peterlee – creating...

Businesses urged to properly manage staff annual leave this Christmas

Businesses urged to properly manage staff annual leave this Christmas

HR expert Alison Schreiber, who works with many businesses in the East Durham area, offers some useful advice to employers who are preparing for a busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas. The HR Dept Durham representative is urging businesses to properly manage...

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine out now

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine out now

Issue four of the area’s flagship publication, East Durham Business magazine, is out now. Themed around ‘bouncing back from COVID-19’ the magazine features businesses from across the area, which are dealing with the challenging climate in many different ways. Featured...

Peterlee business centre secures string of new tenants during lockdown

Peterlee business centre secures string of new tenants during lockdown

A business centre for new and growing SMEs has welcomed a string of new tenants despite the tough economic conditions. Novus Business Centre in Peterlee, which is managed by East Durham Business Service, offers flexible office space for sole traders and expanding...

Seaham company Redu announced latest business acquisition

Seaham company Redu announced latest business acquisition

A specialist retail marketing company has completed the seven-figure acquisition of a fellow North East business who are experts in retail gift cards and loyalty schemes. Seaham-based Redu Group, which has developed a range of tech-savvy operations that offer  money...

Issue Four of East Durham Business magazine out this week

Issue Four of East Durham Business magazine out this week

Issue four of the area's flagship publication, East Durham Business magazine, is due out this week. Themed around ‘bouncing back from COVID-19’ the magazine will feature businesses from across the area, which are dealing with the challenging climate in many different...

Durham County Council receives national apprenticeship recognition

Durham County Council receives national apprenticeship recognition

A North East council has been acknowledged as one of the top employers in the country for its apprenticeship opportunities. Durham County Council was awarded a place in the government’s Top 100 Apprenticeships Employers list announced last week, joining ten other...

Ambitious strategy to create a more successful County Durham endorsed

Ambitious strategy to create a more successful County Durham endorsed

A strategy which envisages more than 30,000 jobs and 25,000 new homes has been endorsed by the North East’s largest council. Durham County Council has today agreed to adopt the County Durham Plan, through which it seeks to ensure the county is a successful place to...

Peterlee entrepreneur launches financial planning firm

Peterlee entrepreneur launches financial planning firm

An independent financial adviser with more than six years’ industry experience has launched her own company. Aimee Watson has set up Aimee Financial, which provides bespoke financial planning and pension advice to clients. Although specialising in retirement planning,...

Socially distanced meeting space available at Peterlee business centre

Socially distanced meeting space available at Peterlee business centre

A business support organisation is encouraging firms in the area to take advantage of its meeting space as social distancing remains in place. East Durham Business Service, which manages Novus Busines Centre in Peterlee, has several rooms available for external hire....

Dowen Estate Agents acquired in management buy-out

Dowen Estate Agents acquired in management buy-out

Dowen Estate Agents, which has a head office in Hartlepool and seven additional branches along with a bespoke Auction Department across the North East, has been acquired in a management buy-out funded by HSBC. The full-service estate agency offers a wide range of...

Peterlee mum uses lockdown to launch her own dreadlocks business

Peterlee mum uses lockdown to launch her own dreadlocks business

A mum of two has used the months of lockdown to launch her own dreadlock business. Aiysha Homer, 40, from Peterlee was working as a lunchtime supervisor at a local school, a job she loved, but money was so tight she wanted to put her creativity to something that could...

East Durham businesses invited to attend virtual networking event

East Durham businesses invited to attend virtual networking event

Businesses from across East Durham are invited to attend a virtual networking event next week. The Peterlee and Seaham business park groups have organised the event to give businesses the chance to updates and learn more about the support available to help them during...

Profits up and workforce growth for Seaham cyber security firm

Profits up and workforce growth for Seaham cyber security firm

CyberWhite, a Seaham-based cyber security firm, has delivered strong results for the financial year 2019-2020. Highlights of the year-end report include: An increase in the total turnover of 286 per cent Gross profit increased by £196,000 New clients increased grew by...

Financial planning firm grows its workforce after successful rebrand

Financial planning firm grows its workforce after successful rebrand

A national financial planning firm has increased its workforce as business continues to boom following a rebrand. Former Independent financial advisor (IFA) Tony Slimmings started offering freelance paraplanning services in early 2017, before scaling up and launching...

Seaham company announces £3m investment and job creation plans

Seaham company announces £3m investment and job creation plans

A North East company has made a multimillion-pound investment to quadruple its office space and create hundreds of new jobs. Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has agreed a lease on a new building on Spectrum Business Park, Seaham, taking its total office space to...

Fish and chip shop agree sponsorship of Easington youth football team

Fish and chip shop agree sponsorship of Easington youth football team

A football team in Easington has been able to invest in new kits for its players after securing a new sponsor. Easington Under-15s, which plays in the Russell Foster Tyne and Wear Youth Leagues, has announced Harry’s Fish and Chip Shop has become its new sponsor. The...

Seaham housing development site manager wins prestigious national award

Seaham housing development site manager wins prestigious national award

A site manager, who is building new homes in Seaham, has won a prestigious national award for his work at a local housing development. Site manager at Bellway’s Byron Heights, Geoff Ward, has been named as the winner of a National House-Building Council (NHBC) Pride...

Jade Business Park near Murton officially welcomes first tenant

Jade Business Park near Murton officially welcomes first tenant

Japanese corporation, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe, is gearing up for growth after becoming the first tenant at a new County Durham business park. Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe (SEWS-E), is expanding and relocating its workforce from its base at...

East Durham businesses invited to attend virtual networking event

East Durham businesses invited to attend virtual networking event

The Peterlee and Seaham business park groups are hosting the next virtual Network with your Neighbour event tomorrow (Thursday, June 18) from 11am. Via Zoom, the event is the second of its kind, and replaces the usual quarterly events organised by the group which are...

East Durham businesses urged to have their say on COVID-19 impact

East Durham businesses urged to have their say on COVID-19 impact

Businesses across East Durham are being asked to complete a survey on the impact COVID-19 has had on their company. The Durham & Darlington Covid-19 Business Impact Survey aims to gather data which can be used to help the economic recovery in the coming weeks and...

Peterlee envelope manufacturer helps clients stand out from the crowd

Peterlee envelope manufacturer helps clients stand out from the crowd

An innovative envelope manufacturer has become the only company in the UK to offer the latest technology to help its clients stand out from the crowd. Encore Envelopes, which has its headquarters in Washington and a site in Dewsbury, has invested in a state-of-the-art...

Seaham tech company launches benefits app to reward frontline workers

Seaham tech company launches benefits app to reward frontline workers

North East firm Redu has launched a new benefits app to reward brave front line workers with small acts of kindness from the public. The Seaham-based tech company created Front Line Rewards as a gesture of thanks to the selfless heroes caring for us in our time of...

Business Durham announces Interim Managing Director appointment

Business Durham announces Interim Managing Director appointment

Sarah Slaven has been appointed Interim Managing Director at Business Durham following the departure of Brian Archer. Sarah will hold this position while recruitment for a replacement Managing Director takes place. She was part of the management team that established...

‘Bitesize’ workshops available to help East Durham businesses grow

‘Bitesize’ workshops available to help East Durham businesses grow

Following a successful pilot of the Bitesize Business Sessions, NBSL are now bringing their workshop programme to East Durham. Based in the new Enterprise House at Seaham, a series of short sessions has been developed exclusively for County Durham SME businesses to...

East Durham entrepreneur joins Dragon-backed businessman’s board

East Durham entrepreneur joins Dragon-backed businessman’s board

‘ParkingPerx’ businessman Chris Reed has announced the appointment of a highly experienced Board of Directors for the company, including an entrepreneur from East Durham. The appointments come after the founder of ProxiSmart Ltd secured co-investment from Mercia...

Business group announces engineering expert as its latest recruit

Business group announces engineering expert as its latest recruit

A leading business figure who champions apprenticeships and training for the engineering sectors has been appointed to a group which spearheads East Durham’s business growth. Andy Buckworth, who is centre manager at TTE in Peterlee, which specialises in fabrication,...

Issue two of East Durham Business magazine out now

Issue two of East Durham Business magazine out now

The second issue of a new magazine which celebrates East Durham's thriving business community is out now. East Durham Business features a four-page interview with VBites entrepreneur Heather Mills, plus features with Andy Laundon from Enterprise House Seaham, Graeme...

Training provider and gym announce new partnership

Training provider and gym announce new partnership

National training provider Learning Curve Group - which acquired Peterlee's Profound Group last year - has announced a new partnership with gym chain Xercise4Less. The partnership will offer four exceptional Level 3 qualifications to develop the next generation of...

Seaham company GAS recognised for contribution to local charities

Seaham company GAS recognised for contribution to local charities

Great Annual Savings Group has been presented with two awards for its contribution to local charities. Seaham-based Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has become the first recipient of the Winskill Award, after recently receiving the Payroll Giving Quality Mark highest...

Management Buy Out at Seaham-based Homefair Blinds

Management Buy Out at Seaham-based Homefair Blinds

Homefair Blinds, which has head offices in Seaham and Manchester, has been acquired in a management buy-out led by Steve Ellithorn, Claire Ripley and Shaun Welsh. The trio acquired the company from retiring director, Jonathan Fitton. The County Durham retailer and...

Seaham business centre for new and growing SMEs officially opens

Seaham business centre for new and growing SMEs officially opens

A business centre which provides high quality accommodation for new and growing SMEs has been officially opened. Enterprise House Seaham was opened by the Mayor of Seaham, Councillor Linda Willis, who cut the ribbon to declare the facility ready for business, and...

Peterlee IT company launches charity campaign

Peterlee IT company launches charity campaign

A Peterlee company which refurbishes old computers and laptops for redistribution back into the community has launched a new charity campaign. Protech has started the “Pay it Forward” campaign, which aims to level the IT playing field, helping people with a 'if we...

First tenant announced for East Durham business park

First tenant announced for East Durham business park

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe, part of a global Fortune 500 corporation founded in 1615, is the first tenant to sign up for a new business unit at Jade Business Park in Durham. Jade Business Park, which is now under construction, is a 55 acre employment site...

‘Tommy’ artist Ray to officially open Seaham business centre

‘Tommy’ artist Ray to officially open Seaham business centre

Ray Lonsdale, the man behind the famous ‘Tommy’ sculpture of a soldier from the First World War, which is an iconic attraction within Seaham, will officially open a business centre offering high quality, flexible accommodation for new and growing businesses. Ray’s...

Peterlee technology specialist confirmed as a VIP at manufacturing expo

Peterlee technology specialist confirmed as a VIP at manufacturing expo

ZF, the Peterlee-based leader in the production of specialist safety camera equipment for vehicles, has been confirmed as a ‘VIP company’ at this year’s EMCON. The company is the one of several regional big hitters to be announced, all of which will be taken around to...

Growth for Peterlee based print and packaging company

Growth for Peterlee based print and packaging company

A leading North East supplier of print and packaging solutions is celebrating a significant boost to its team with the announcement of eight new appointments to drive forward plans for future growth. The Encore Group is strengthening the teams across its divisions at...

Peterlee manufacturer acquired by incumbent management team

Peterlee manufacturer acquired by incumbent management team

Battery manufacturer Alexander Technologies Europe Ltd (ATEL) has been acquired by its incumbent management team in a transaction part-funded under a £9.2m senior secured unitranche facility provided by Shard Credit Partners. The transaction, which has been completed...