Business Durham is the economic development arm of Durham County Council and a knowledgeable and trusted guide, which connects businesses with the right funding, advice, and networks they need to grow and thrive. They work closely with partners to encourage an enterprise culture, helping entrepreneurs to turn bright ideas into successful reality and students to develop enterprise skills to become our future business leaders. Click here to visit the website.

The organisation manages a portfolio of business property and excels in finding the right space for businesses to grow – commercial office space, modern laboratories and industrial property units.

They attract capital and inward investment to County Durham and develop an innovative economy that enables companies to grow and flourish.

Innovative companies tend to survive longer and grow quicker and Business Durham has a proven track record for helping innovative companies grow and thrive with a practical approach to encouraging companies to innovate, based around real market opportunities and real challenges that require innovative solutions:

1. Day to day business engagement, helping individual businesses to spot opportunities to develop new products and services, and access new markets and export opportunities.

2. Programme management, ensuring that opportunities from large-scale projects such as H2020, CERN and E-ELT are promoted to businesses so they can position themselves to engage appropriately.

3. Building long-term resilience, such as scoping out the opportunities and threats of Industry 4.0 and designing interventions where appropriate.

Our innovation programme will support the scale up of your concept from idea to volume manufacture. We offer a variety of services, all of which are geared around the real needs of real companies. They include advice on entrepreneur funding, help in finding the right premises, expert knowledge, access to specialist equipment, innovation networks and access to a talented supply chain in the North East.

We can help with entrepreneur funding, market opportunities, innovation networks and help you access lab space, offices and clean room facilities at the North East Technology Park (NETPark).