Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Advice for Life and So Much More

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Advice for Life and So Much More

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ABUSINESS development service is helping to put East Durham at the heart of North East commerce. Centrally located amid the major urban centres of Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Durham, East Durham is fast becoming a hub for enterprise.

Much of this enterprise success can be attributed to the efforts of East Durham Business Service (EDBS), the enterprise agency for East Durham.

EDBS has specialist business advisers covering retail, marketing, business growth, premises, apprenticeships and business start-ups through the Be Enterprising Programme. The agency also works to promote East Durham as a business location, attracting companies to the area.

Since 2003 EDBS has assisted nearly 700 businesses to start, many of these going on to achieve real success.

Businesses in East Durham can use EDBS services for the lifetime of their business, working with advisers to support its growth and development, whether a one man band or the area's largest manufacturer.

The EDBS retail improvement programme has also helped to give East Durham's high streets a facelift.

The programme partially funds the improvement of building facades as well as refurbishing interiors.

Specialist retail adviser Graham Tinkler has many years' experience managing large retail chains. He has used the knowledge gained from this to help new and established businesses in the area to make a success of their retail enterprises.

The retail improvement programme works both to improve areas aesthetically but also to attract businesses that provide vital services in the varied rural and urban areas of East Durham.

Apprenticeships East Durham is another successful project. The programme matches local people seeking apprenticeships to businesses keen to take on local talent.

This supplies businesses with a recruitment service without charge, saving them both time and money while enhancing the local skills base. Apprenticeships have transformed into a highly practical way of gaining experience and skills while earning and are becoming increasingly popular as a means of entering the labour market. …

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