A NEW business centre is offering free space for a year to the winner of a competition to mark its opening. Enterprise agency East Durham Business Service (EDBS), which runs the Novus Seaham Centre, wants entrants to put together a Dragons’ Den-style pitch for a panel of four judges.
They will be asked to explain why they would benefit from the prize. The business’s potential to support the area economically will also be taken into account when deciding on a winner.
Peter Chapman, chief executive of EDBS, said: “We’re really excited to be launching this competition and offer the opportunity to win one year’s office free from rent at Novus Seaham.
“The competition is open to all businesses that would benefit from a presence at our brand new purpose-built Business Centre, and we’re really looking forward to finding out more about the fantastic businesses we have in our region.”
EDBS has opened the contest up to businesses from across the UK, with the aim of attracting companies or start-ups from outside the North East which would consider relocating to Seaham, bringing with them new jobs to economically benefit the area.
Mr Chapman said: “I’m really glad that EDBS are able to offer a prize such as this, as now more than ever it is important to encourage businesses to flourish in the region.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all entrants the best of luck, and we’re looking forward to working with them in the future.”
The centre is also inviting interested businesses to get in touch for a tour of the Novus Seaham Centre.
Interested businesses have until Wednesday, February 13, to enter the competition and the judges will make their shortlist and organise the pitch to the panel event shortly after.
The winner of the competition will be announced at the Novus Seaham launch event at the end of February with the tenancy beginning at the start of April.
Entry details are available at www.edbs.co.uk or by calling 0191 586 3366 for more information.
EDBS, which is based in the Peterlee Novus Centre, provides advice for established and start-up firms, plus can help businesses looking for grants to take on apprentices.
In addition to its own two centres, EDBS is able to help growing firms find suitable locations for their businesses across the East Durham area.