Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Start Up and Succeed in Sunderland; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Start Up and Succeed in Sunderland; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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START-UP businesses are key to the future, with the Government pinning hopes of a recovery on the private sector and entrepreneurial Britain.

Sunderland has soared to the top of the league measuring the highest number of start-up companies in any UK region, according to Royal Mail''s 2010 survey.

Sunderland City Council''s track record of encouraging and nurturing new business has helped exciting enterprises set up and thrive.

There is abundant evidence of Sunderland''s entrepreneurial spirit, from award-winning retailers in the city centre to cutting-edge technology start-ups based at Evolve and the University of Sunderland''s Hatchery. Sunderland City Council is firmly behind start-up businesses at whatever stage of their lifecycle, from supporting the inaugural uStartup Awards, which aim to recognise companies with less than a year''s trading under their belts, to helping established and expanding businesses find new premises or source funding for growth.

DOVCOR BATHROOMS A company that designs, produces and distributes bathroom products, Dovcor Bathrooms found they had the perfect location in Sunderland.

Managing director Will Ryles began the business in Lancashire but decided to relocate to Sunderland because of family connections.

After searching the region for premises he found an ideal base close to the A19 in Sunderland.

However, continued expansion meant that the premises soon became too small so Dovcor approached Sunderland City Council for help in moving.

Will said: "The council has a massive property database that saved us so much time and legwork. We need a very specific building with height rather than floor space being a priority for us. The council''s Business Investment Team was incredibly proactive in finding the right premises for us."

LYNCH HEALTHCARE Nurturing growing businesses is vital for Sunderland''s economic future and the support of enterprise is one of the key priorities in the city''s 15-year Economic Masterplan.

Lynch Healthcare has experienced that support first-hand. The company, which provides moving, handling and bathing solutions for healthcare professionals, was set up by David Lynch from his home two years ago. Within three months he had moved to an incubator unit at the University of Sunderland''s St Peter''s Gate.

The business has gone from strength to strength, winning several awards in the process. Deciding to diversify into the design and manufacture of their own products rather than simply acting as distributor, Lynch Healthcare moved into new premises in January of this year at West Quay Court on Sunderland Enterprise Park.

Supported by Sunderland City Council, the company has secured a one-year rent subsidy and a grant for equipment and marketing costs to help develop the design and manufacturing side of the business. …

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