Nurturing a Bloss Oming SME Market; Focus on South Tyneside South Tyneside Has Emerged as a Key Location for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises, Illustrated by a Number of Recent Success Stories, Says John Haley of Sanderson Weatherall

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Byline: John Haley

THE office market in South Tyneside has benefited from the local authority and developers nurturing a now flourishing business environment to create a conducive and cost effective commercial district.

The area possesses a number of attributes which have proved particularly attractive to the SMEs that thrive here. Its location is paramount - home to over 150,000 people and more than 3,000 businesses, it also enjoys excellent road links to Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Durham, as well as access overseas through the Port of Tyne and Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle airports.

The region also offers a great deal of geographical and lifestyle variety making it an attractive place to live and work.

In addition to busy city centres, South Tyneside has the added draw of some striking countryside, towns and villages.

Businesses are receiving valued commercial support from the council, with initiatives such as "South Tyneside Means Business" providing advice and assistance to ensure that legal enterprises get off the ground and prosper.

This activity is bolstered by a great deal of inward investment into the area, which has seen the development of a number of quality office premises, retail units and industrial space to meet increased demand.

A number of schemes offering new opportunities for a wide range of commercial outfits have seen new investment into South Tyneside.

Whelan's Bulrushes scheme at Boldon Business Park is an example of this kind of investment, bringing a product to market which perfectly captures the area's status as an excellent business district.

Adding to what is already a highly successful business park, the scheme offers modern and visually impressive units from 2,760 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft in a prime location on the A19.

Each unit has its own front door and offers flexible floor plates and modern facilities which have already attracted the likes of Moneygate and Microcomputing with two further occupiers to sign up imminently. …