Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Durham: A Place Where Business Is Done

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Durham: A Place Where Business Is Done

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THERE has never been a better time to do business in County Durham. From the multimillion pound redevelopment plans underway in the historic cathedral city, to the PS12.6 million expansion of the county's flagship science and technology park, Durham county is buzzing with investment and opportunity.

As the economic development organisation, working on behalf of Durham County Council, and largest commercial property landlord in the region, we have links to a wide range of industrial units, office spaces and laboratories to support your growth plans.

"We're a landlord people can trust," said Peter McDowell, business property director with Business Durham.

"There really is the right property for everyone whether they're small start-ups or bigger firms looking to scale up. For us it's all about the business, it's the most important thing. If it's good for the company, it's good for us."

One place offering businesses the chance to shine is the North East Technology Park, (NETPARK), in Sedgefield - home to internationally recognised science and technology companies. It's uniquely placed to offer a dynamic and supportive environment to accelerate growth into global markets. It brings a like-minded community together in an exceptional environment, with links to a ready-made manufacturing supply chain and a talented workforce.

The park is currently enjoying an ambitious PS12.6m expansion programme which will see Explorer units offering bespoke laboratory, clean room/office spaces ranging from 3,500ft to 5,000ft. Completed to client requirements, Explorer units provide grow-on space for graduating incubation companies as well as established businesses which are looking for room to expand. | www.northeasttechnologypark.com/explorer Other commercial sites in County Durham offering scale-up support include the award-winning Salvus House, Durham County Council's flagship 30,000 sq ft office space and business incubator unit at Aykley Heads, which has already attracted several industry-leading businesses to its accommodation. It boasts incubation, office and desk space for lease for one to 90 people and is now home to firms in the finance, accounting, engineering, communications and digital design industries. There are unique larger spaces including the West Wing (3915sq ft) & East Wing (3655 sq ft) both offering fantastic open-plan space with a number of smaller private offices, spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine floor plus access to an outside balcony area.

Food Truck Friday events, which lure tenants with the aroma of Greek kebabs and gourmet burgers, add a sense of community to Salvus House. Meanwhile, prospective small business owners will soon be able to get access to the Durham City Incubator, an intensive programme of support from New College Durham and Durham University due to start in April 2018. …

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