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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New opportunities for social entrepreneurs this month

Welcome to the July newsletter which includes new courses, networking events, mentoring opportunities and more.
In June, we continued our work on building the social enterprise ecosystem. Our CEO Kate Welch hosted a panel on growth at the annual Social Enterprise Mark conference. In addition, our Connect partner VONNE ran social enterprise growth workshops across the region which helped develop a greater understanding of challenges and opportunities you are facing in relation to growth and accessing social investment.

In July, we will continue our journey to helping social enterprises grow. If you are looking for social enterprise support, or have any relevant opportunities you think we would benefit from, give us a shout!

Workshop - so you want to be a social entrepreneur

I am running a workshop ‘so you want to be a social entrepreneur’ at the BIC on the morning of Weds July 3rd  - the link is

If you know anyone who may be interested and may want to attend the workshop, then pass them the link above and so they can get registered. It is introducing people to social enterprise, it is accessible and interactive, and will be attended by some leading Sunderland social entrepreneurs.

So get promoting

Kevin Marquis Social Enterprise Manager

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North East Business & Innovation Centre (BIC) Wearfield Enterprise Park East  Sunderland SR5 2TA

Final stage of County Durham Plan before Cabinet

The final stage of a plan that sets out how much development and where it is needed in County Durham will go before councillors next week.   

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Business Advisor Drop in Session

Thursday 30 May

FREE business opportunities and advice is available for local firms in Station Town, East Durham. A quartet of experienced dedicated business advisors from Business Durham (Guy Bashford), North East Loans (Andrew Gibson), Department of International Trade (Paul Sparks) and Digital Drive Programme (Stephen Fenwick) to over businesses free and impartial advice to help businesses grow.

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Tanfield Lea Business Centre

It’s easy to see why the Tanfield Lea Business Centre has proved popular with tenants since it first opened its doors ten years ago.

The contemporary business centre, which is managed by Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham, on behalf of Durham County Council, is currently home to 25 businesses ranging from marketing and IT consultancies to companies offering financial services through to dog accessories.

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KickStart -  a Bootcamp for pre-start and new businesses

Mon 3rd, 10th, and 17th June 2019 FREE for DH9 Residents and residing businesses

We haven’t had a great take up to date for the new and pre-start business Bootcamp that is to be held over three consecutive Monday’s in June 2019 in The Louisa Centre (full details attached).

Please share the attached and below with your contacts and networks to help get the message out and publicise this FREE training course.

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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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