Economic Regeneration

Discussions with the Economic Regeneration Team have led us to develop a section for stronger links between the VCS, our Economic Partnership and Private Sector Businesses. - Feel free to contribute to this section.

Business Durham is the economic development organisation for County Durham, delivering the environment for business and economic growth.

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County Durham retail park set for approval

A mixed-use retail and commercial scheme on the edge of Peterlee town centre looks set to proceed after being recommended for approval.

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Green light for Seaham plastics recycling plant

Waste management company Biffa has received planning approval for a £15m plastics recycling plant near Seaham. Once operational, the plant will support up to 70 full-time jobs.​

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Social Investment Business

Here is the most recent circular from The Social Investment Business and their grant programme

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Business Durham Newsletter January  2019

Happy New Year and welcome  to the January Business Durham monthly newsletter. This month's features include:

Preparing for Brexit
Digital Drive Workshops
Durham Food & Drink Network
Networks and Business Park Forums
Meet The Team

Abandoned Chester-le-Street site to be granted million pound transformation

Multi-million pound plans to redevelop a longstanding vacant site on the edge of Chester-le-Street’s town centre have been revealed.

Developer, Imopro SA is seeking to develop the site at Pelton Fell Road, Chester-le-Street, for retail operator B&M.

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Seaham among four areas to shape report into support given to retail sector

Councillors are going to be looking at the key findings of a report that focuses on the support received by the retail sector when they meet next week.

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Chester-le-Street’s Market Place set for £6m transformation under new flood prevention scheme

Work is due to start on a flood prevention scheme in Chester-le-Street, following confirmation of funding for the £6m project.

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Durham Sparks Community Enterprise Support

Durham Sparks is a brand new initiative, backed and funded by Durham County Council, to connect Community Enterprises with leading business coaches.

Durham Sparks is influenced by top business leaders but driven by the enterprise itself to develop its skills, talent and access expertise, a range of support services and access to a dynamic network of business support and like-minded community enterprises to help fine-tune their journey to provide bigger, better and more effective service to their community.

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Social Enterprise Acumen news

Social Enterprise Acumen has moved offices to The Old Rectory, The Broadway, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 4BB.

This amazing Grade 2* listed building is an asset transfer from Sunderland City Council to the newly formed Acumen Community Buildings which we have set up to develop the building into a regional centre for social enterprise and community business as well as bring an asset back into use for the local community. Social Enterprise Acumen is the anchor tenant and we are looking for more social enterprises to join us in creating a culture of enterprise in the area.

We will shortly be sharing our brochure showcasing the various office, co-working, training and events spaces we have available. Do come to one of our events over the next few months and see what a fantastic place it is.

Views sought on Durham County Council’s proposed new riverside HQ 

Durham County Council is calling on residents, businesses and other groups to have their say on its draft proposals for a new city centre HQ. Earlier this year, the authority’s cabinet agreed on relocating to council-owned land on the riverside to make way for a business park development.

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