County Durham is a dynamic place to do business at the heart of the North East economy and it has been welcoming overseas investors for decades: NSK Bearings set up the first Japanese manufacturing plant in the North East in 1976 and has been joined by many other big names including Hitachi Rail Europe, Caterpillar, Walkers, 3M … And high tech companies, such as Bristol Laboratories, Atom Bank, Kromek, PragmatIC and PolyPhotonix have also seen Durham as the place to grow their businesses.
As the economic development company for County Durham, Business Durham encourages overseas companies to establish
and settle into a long term base through its soft landing scheme.
We understand that your needs are individual and what is useful for one investor may not be for another. Our offer is tailored to you and may include:
|A single point of contact so that you have a person who understands your needs|
|Mapping of needs and appropriate Action Plan so that you can be sure that your needs are understood and supported. These include legal and regulatory, finance and accounting, funding, marketing, innovation and R&D, export, local supply chain, workforce profile and any other specialist needs|
|Research, intelligence and statistics so that you make the best case possible for project approval|
|Tour of the area so that you see and understand the economic and social infrastructure|
|Help to find residential accommodation for your key, relocating staff to reduce the uncertainty of them and their family.|
|Introductions to companies, networks and influencers so that you quickly become part of the local business environment.|
|Free virtual office address and use of meeting rooms for three months at NETPark during the set up and transition to permanent accommodation.|
|Free first year’s membership of a trade body, networking organisation or other of your choice (to a maximum of £1500) e.g. Chamber, EEF, NOF, NDI, Service Network, Common Purpose, to make you feel part of a community and interact with potential suppliers, customers and influencers.|
If your business needs are not covered in this list, please do discuss with us – our inward investors will
testify to our flexibility and commitment in supporting them.