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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...

Only 10 days for East Durham businesses to apply for free energy advice

Only 10 days for East Durham businesses to apply for free energy advice

Businesses in County Durham have only ten days left to apply for free energy advice that could save them thousands of pounds on their utility bills each year. Trevor Robson, Secretary of Beamish Park Golf Club, near Stanley, urged small to medium-sized enterprises to...

Business centre for new and growing SMEs to open in Seaham next month

Business centre for new and growing SMEs to open in Seaham next month

A high quality and much needed business centre which puts Seaham at its very heart will open next month. Businessmen Andy Laundon and Lee Bishton are transforming the unused building at Enterprise Court within Seaham Grange Industrial Estate into office space for new...

Peterlee entrepreneur’s business portfolio grows from zero to £115m

Peterlee entrepreneur’s business portfolio grows from zero to £115m

A family-run retirement advice company which helps people invest their wealth for maximum return has seen its portfolio rise to over £115m – having started with just one person. Wealth of Advice is headed up by East Durham entrepreneur Chris Breward, who launched the...

Multi-million pound business park for East Durham given the green light

Multi-million pound business park for East Durham given the green light

Planning consent has been given for a new multi-million pound business park which could see the creation of more than 2,500 jobs in County Durham. As a first phase, Durham County Council is funding the construction of seven speculative units (comprising 155,000 sq ft)...

Second acquisition for Horden care home owner

Second acquisition for Horden care home owner

A North East care professional has completed her second residential care home acquisition six months after her first – and she is already on the lookout for further similar properties to add to her growing business. After acquiring the Langley House Residential Care...

Seaham company announces strategic waste management partnership

Seaham company announces strategic waste management partnership

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has once again expanded its B2B customer offering by teaming up with a fellow County Durham business. Shredding expert Shred Base deals with secure, GDPR-compliant document and product disposal for businesses across the UK. GAS will...

ZF Peterlee raises over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK

ZF Peterlee raises over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK

ZF in Peterlee has smashed its £1,000 fundraising target after entering a team into Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event in Sunderland earlier this month. Thirteen staff members took part in the charity event, with the only male who entered, Harry Robson, crossing...

Employees advised to think about how they use social media

Employees advised to think about how they use social media

Businesses are being encouraged to review their social media policies on the back of the sacking of BBC broadcaster Danny Baker. HR expert Alison Schreiber, who works closely with the Peterlee and Seaham business park groups, is urging businesses to think clearly...

Peterlee company Seaward announces key appointments to support growth

Peterlee company Seaward announces key appointments to support growth

UK electrical safety testing expert Seaward Electronic has made two new appointments to its board of directors. Experienced systems engineer Jonathan Odonde joins the Peterlee based business as chief technology officer, while financial expert Graham Lawrence takes on...

East Durham businesses urged to tap into money saving energy scheme

East Durham businesses urged to tap into money saving energy scheme

Businesses in County Durham could save thousands of pounds on their energy bills each year by taking advantage of an energy saving advice scheme. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the county have until the beginning of September this year to apply...

Peterlee company Protech Group announces new strategic partnership

Peterlee company Protech Group announces new strategic partnership

A Peterlee company has announced a new partnership to simplify the way PCs are refreshed and disposed of. Protech Group and JRA announced a strategic partnership to simplify PC Refresh projects and the associated PC disposal process. Protech, which is based on...

Food Review: Charltons Cafe, Peterlee

Food Review: Charltons Cafe, Peterlee

From horsebox catering to light and airy café as Charltons proves its catering pedigree… Review by Leanne Fawcett, MD of LEC Communications and Design. For several years we at LEC have been firm fans of catering company Charltons. We love our food and when it’s fresh,...

Funding event in Peterlee will showcase investment support available

Funding event in Peterlee will showcase investment support available

Further to the publication of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (NELEP) second annual ‘Our Economy’ report, the £120m regional investment programme, North East Fund, is encouraging SMEs to attend its next funding support event being held in County Durham....

Rail manufacturer creates 30 new jobs in Seaham

Rail manufacturer creates 30 new jobs in Seaham

Vivarail, the manufacturer of eco-friendly passenger trains, has accelerated expansion of its site in County Durham and turned it into its national research and development centre, creating new jobs faster than expected. It opened the new plant at the Spectrum...

Twenty new jobs created from manufacturing support programme

Twenty new jobs created from manufacturing support programme

Twenty new jobs have been created since a support programme to help County Durham engineering and manufacturing companies to grow launched. The Incubator Zone was added to the EMCON line up in 2017 to attract those companies who had never before exhibited at the...

Easington lad Callum secures permanent job with Shred Direct

Easington lad Callum secures permanent job with Shred Direct

A former apprentice has proved his employer’s investment in him was no waste as he begins a permanent job with the company. Callum Summerill has been completing an 18-month business administration apprenticeship with Peterlee-based Shred Direct, after being taken on...

2,500 jobs coming to East Durham with creation of business park

2,500 jobs coming to East Durham with creation of business park

A new multi-million pound business park development on a former colliery could see the creation of more than 2,500 jobs in County Durham, subject to planning permission. As a first phase, Durham County Council is funding the construction of seven units (comprising...

Peterlee shopping centre move for Ramsdens

Peterlee shopping centre move for Ramsdens

Ramsdens has relocated to Castle Dene Shopping Centre in Peterlee. The popular value retailer and financial services brand has moved from a shop at Yoden Way. The new store, which is located in a cornerstone area of the town centre opposite Costa coffee and on the...