Karen Overbury

Karen Overbury

Karen Overbury is Deputy Head of our Business & Commercial Unit, which writes and produces the daily Journal Business pages plus business and commercial supplements. Karen is also editor of The Journal homemaker with a special interest in residential and commercial property.

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Cllr Mel Speding of Sunderland City Council and John Orr of Variety

Sunderland e-commerce business move to larger premises to cope with demand

Variety.co.uk, which sells a huge range of items from home and garden furnishings to sports and games equipment, is moving from its current offices at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) in Sunderland to a larger unit on the same site

Cobalt Business Park has announced three new lettings

Triple lettings cheer at Cobalt Business Park

Three  new lettings have been announced by Highbridge at Cobalt Business Park. Secure outsourcing group G4S has taken an additional 10,000 sq ft within Cobalt 8 where they already occupy 30,000 sq ft

Sunderland Enterprise Park

Interflex 20-year commitment at Sunderland Enterprise Park

Interflex, the market leader in speciality flexible packaging for the fresh food, packaged food, confectionary, pet product and industrial product markets, has taken a new 20-year lease on unit E1, West Quay Road, Sunderland Enterprise Park

An M&S store

Marks & Spencer trebles Silverlink store size

Marks & Spencer will unveil the modernisation of its Silverlink store to customers on April 17, which will see the store increase in size by 20,000 sq ft to 60,000 sq ft, just in time for Easter

Keith Stewart and Gavin Cordwell-Smith

Elm Park sign of improving market

Elm Park, being developed by Hellens Group, will be the first speculative industrial development to be built in North Tyneside since 2006. The £2.6m project will provide 17 units ranging 1,500-5,500 sq ft on at West Chirton Industrial Estate

George Osborne

North East commercial property agents call for reform of rates regime

Commercial property agents are calling for action on business rates in today's budget, but admit that they expect to be disappointed

Earls House on Team Valley Trading Estate, now available to let

Northumberland Estates appoint letting agent

Bradley Hall has been tasked with marketing Earls House to prospective tenants. Located on the Team Valley Trading Estate, the property includes several small office units

North East commercial property sector is 'bouncing back'

Another strong indicator signalling the recovery of the commercial property sector across the North East has emerged, according to Newcastle-based property consultants Dunlop Heywood

Coun Harry Trueman with Arun Mistry

Washington Business Centre ready to welcome tenants

The purpose-built £6m Washington Business Centre has been handed over to Sunderland City Council by developers and is ready to open its doors to the first tenants at the start of April

An aerial view of Team Valley

Continuing interest in Team Valley industrial units

The uplift in interest in taking industrial space, as seen in the final quarter of last year, is continuing with Gateshead’s Team Valley being a focus of post-Christmas activity says Mark Proudlock, industrial partner, Knight Frank

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