EAST Durham Business Service (EDBS) is to open a centre in Seaham in the new year, offering office space for new and established businesses.
The Novus Seaham centre will be based at the Spectrum Business Park just off the A19, and has set itself a target of helping in the creation of up to 28 new businesses and 120 jobs.
EDBS already runs the Novus business centre in Peterlee and will take its mix of in-house support on business, marketing, apprenticeships, finance and retail to its new sister centre.
EDBS chief executive, Peter Chapman, said: “We’re extremely proud to be developing this new centre as now more than ever it is important to support new local businesses and help to establish their growth.
“Seaham will be the ideal location for many of the region’s young businesses looking for office accommodation and, in addition, EDBS will be able to support any business taking tenancy at either of our locations, be it Peterlee or Seaham, with their ongoing business needs.”
The new centre is being part-funded by the European Union’s ERDF Competitiveness Programme, which is investing £300m into the region between 2007 and next year to support enterprise and job creation. Additional funding is coming from Durham County Council.
Peter McDowell, business property manager at the council, said: “Business Durham is committed to making County Durham a top location for business.
“Novus Seaham provides much needed accommodation for new businesses that will go a long way to achieving this aim and we are delighted to be one of the funders.”
The new centre will provide a variety of different accommodation for all types of businesses and is designed to complement the facilities provided at is sister centre in Peterlee.
Sandra Wardle, Novus business centre co-ordinator at Peterlee, said: “Novus Seaham has been designed to house a range of young businesses whether at their start, develop or growth stage. For that reason Novus Seaham will have office space for one to two persons to up to 18 people.
“Novus Peterlee has always been a centre that accommodates the needs of its tenants, so we are able to help find a solution for their business needs be it a relocation or need a larger office to accommodate a sudden upsurge in employees.
“With our easy-in, easy-out terms we can react rapidly to any change in the circumstances.”