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At Your Leisure: Seaham Hall Hotel

At Your Leisure: Seaham Hall Hotel

EDB editor Leanne Fawcett popped along to Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa for her first solo spa experience, giving her the chance to recharge the batteries after having a baby boy seven months ago. Here’s what she thought… I LOVE spa days. They’re the perfect way...

My Down Time: Graeme Carter

My Down Time: Graeme Carter

Graeme Carter is Managing Director of Peterlee-based Shred Direct, which he founded in 2013 The former professional footballer (Graeme was on the books at Newcastle United) talks to us about his life away from work, his family life with wife Kay, his three daughters...

Sponsor Feature: Clearwater Utilities

Sponsor Feature: Clearwater Utilities

Rick Maughan and Mark Price on the newly launched Clearwater Utilities, which is based at Spectrum Business Park in Seaham. EDB editor Leanne Fawcett caught up with the businessman to find out more about Clearwater Utilities, why the company was launched and its plans...

Sponsor Feature: Sarah Slaven

Sponsor Feature: Sarah Slaven

Sarah Slaven from Business Durham on the economic landscape in County Durham, the new Durham Business Growth programme and her priorities for 2024. EDB editor Leanne Fawcett sat down with Business Durham Managing Director Sarah Slaven to find out more about County...

My Working Day: Courtney Lynn

My Working Day: Courtney Lynn

Courtney Lynn from Mullen Stoker on a typical working day with the accountancy firm. In this issue’s My Working Day feature, we chat to Courtney Lynn, who has recently been appointed office co-ordinator at Belmont-based chartered accountancy and IT firm Mullen Stoker....

Interview Feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

Interview Feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

As another year draws to a close, we chat to John Delanoy and Julie Stout about everything they’ve achieved since launching Delanoy Funeral Services in 2020, including recent investment in a new fleet of vehicles which is the icing on the cake for the business...

Ask The Expert: Alison Stephenson / AAA Caring Caretaker

Ask The Expert: Alison Stephenson / AAA Caring Caretaker

Alison Stephenson, MD of AAA Caring Caretaker, on her company’s equality and diversity ethos and their drive to employ people with disabilities. In this issue’s Ask the Expert Q&A, we chat to Alison Stephenson, Managing Director at AAA Caring Caretaker, on her...

CLEANING up!

CLEANING up!

Steven and Hollie Holmes, founders of Orca Cleaning Group, chat about their company’s growth from one man band to a team of 11 delivering contracts across the country. It’s nearly eight years since husband and wife duo Steven and Hollie Holmes founded their industrial...

Interview Feature: Nathan & Josh Cockburn

Interview Feature: Nathan & Josh Cockburn

Nathan and Josh Cockburn were featured in EDB a year ago, as they were just starting out in new jobs. We caught up with the brothers to see what the past twelve months had taught them. We last chatted to the pair on 1st August 2022, the day Nathan had started his...

What’s Trending Now? Rob Woolley

What’s Trending Now? Rob Woolley

FI Real Estate’s Rob Woolley on his firm’s new development project in East Durham. In this issue’s What’s Trending Now, we chat to Rob Woolley, Asset Manager at FI Real Estate Management, about their latest development at Gemini Point on Bracken Hill Business Park…...

Interview Feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

Interview Feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

It’s three years since John Delanoy and Julie Stout launched their partnership, Delanoy Funeral Services. Driven by a desire to make a difference to the way funerals are conducted, the duo have not only won praise from families across the region for their compassion...

News Feature: Help To Grow Programme

News Feature: Help To Grow Programme

A director from a growing business in County Durham has signed up Teesside Uni’s Help to Grow programme. Michael Monkman, Commercial Director at Belmont-based Orca Cleaning Services, was introduced to Lucie Burton, who runs the programme, at East Durham Business...

Putting Seaham On The Map

Putting Seaham On The Map

Ranjeet Gill and Gursh Kahlon are on a journey to play their part in the ongoing regeneration of their hometown of Seaham which they helped start. Today, their investment in commercial and residential property can be seen in all corners of the town and they have no...

News Feature: BoxWay Packaging Group

News Feature: BoxWay Packaging Group

BoxWay Packaging Group in Peterlee has enlisted Cramlington company Reproflex3 to support its transformation into a premier player in the corrugated packaging industry. The partnership includes the adoption of Vortex, Reproflex3’s multi award-winning corrugated...

My Working Day: Ellie Walton

My Working Day: Ellie Walton

Ellie Walton is HR Assistant and former apprentice at Peterlee-based global automotive technology leader ZF. Ellie, 24, tells us more about her role with the company, what it’s like working for a large multi-national and what she likes most about the job… EDB: You...

Interview Feature: Leanne Fawcett

Interview Feature: Leanne Fawcett

East Durham Business editor Leanne Fawcett has welcomed her first (and third) child, Ellis. Here she chats about juggling newborn parenthood with running a business, the challenges it brings and what she loves most about ‘workternity leave’… When I tell people I run...

News Feature: New Chairmen For East Durham Business Network

News Feature: New Chairmen For East Durham Business Network

East Durham Business Network is delighted to announce the appointment of new co-chairmen. Ranjeet Gill and Gursh Kahlon, who founded commercial property company Clearwater Developments, replace outgoing chairman Paul Wellstead, who has relocated to the Lake District...

News Feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

News Feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

In two and a half very short years, Delanoy Funeral Services has cemented its place in the heart of East Durham’s community, changing the way funerals are conducted and giving people the send-off they want and deserve. Their passion and commitment to families across...

What’s Trending Now? Leanne Fawcett

What’s Trending Now? Leanne Fawcett

East Durham Business editor and owner of LEC, Leanne Fawcett on maternity, paternity and being a working parent. In this issue’s What’s Trending Now feature, EDB designer Alan Sawyers chats to EDB editor and MD of communications, digital and publishing company LEC,...

News Feature: County Durham Growth Fund

News Feature: County Durham Growth Fund

Since launching four years ago, the County Durham Growth Fund has supported the creation of hundreds of jobs and helped dozens of businesses expand. And recently the fund has helped two East Durham companies to move to new premises and invest in state-of-the-art...

A decade of success for The Employability Trust

A decade of success for The Employability Trust

How one man’s passion to make a difference has changed the lives of almost 400 people from East Durham. It’s just over 10 years since businessman Bill Marley founded charitable organisation The Employability Trust – created to help disadvantaged people gain the skills...

News Feature: Lindsey Wood

News Feature: Lindsey Wood

Lindsey Wood from East Durham Trust dispels the myth that community support charities are only there only help people who are out of work or on benefits. A charity which provides vital support to individuals and families is urging employees from businesses across the...

Interview Feature: AAA Caring Caretaker

Interview Feature: AAA Caring Caretaker

After nearly eight years in Newton Aycliffe, the firm is about to complete it’s move to flagship premises in Bowburn as it embarks on an ambitious growth journey. AAA is also under new leadership, as MD Alison Stephenson takes over from dad Richard H Tucker MBE who is...

My Working Day: Rebecca White

My Working Day: Rebecca White

Rebecca White is the new co-director of The Royal George pub and restaurant in Old Shotton and here tells us more about her move from restaurant manager to boss. It’s just three months since Rebecca White became co-director of highly popular pub and restaurant, The...

My Working Day: Nathan Cockburn

My Working Day: Nathan Cockburn

Nathan Cockburn is one of the region’s success stories to come from the Government’s recent Kickstart programme. In this issue’s My Working Day feature, we chat to our youngest interviewee, Nathan Cockburn, who works for AS Design North East - run by East Durham...

Interview Feature: A Vision For Clear Growth

Interview Feature: A Vision For Clear Growth

It’s only three months since Peterlee-based Clear Climate featured on the cover of EDB issue 8. But in that short space of time, so many positive things have happened that we knew we had to catch up with them again to find out more. East Durham Business editor Leanne...

Interview Feature: Boxing Clever

Interview Feature: Boxing Clever

Burnside E-Commerce and Fulfilment may be a relatively new kid on the Tees Valley business block, but it is by no means a small one. Occupying a 100,000 sq. ft building which stands proudly off the A66 in Middlesbrough, the business is certainly making its mark on the...

Interview Feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

Interview Feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

It’s just over two years since John Delanoy and Julie Stout launched their partnership, Delanoy Funeral Services and opened in Peterlee. Their mission was to change the way funerals are conducted, to give people the send off they want and deserve. EDB editor Leanne...

At Your Leisure: The Festive Gift That Keeps On Giving

At Your Leisure: The Festive Gift That Keeps On Giving

A story written more than twenty-five years ago has been given new life by a regional gifts retailer. On New Year’s Eve 1994, author Christopher Goulding told a story to his friend’s children. That story was Tinseltoon - about the fairy from the clock on Newcastle’s...

At Your Leisure: Inn You Come

At Your Leisure: Inn You Come

'Inn' You Come The Seaton Lane Inn has long been a firm favourite on the East Durham food scene, with it’s modern, zen-like interior and luxury rooms which make it a popular choice for national and international visitors to the North East. Keen to keep up with the...

What’s Trending Now? Lindsey Wood

What’s Trending Now? Lindsey Wood

Rising costs of everyday items like milk, bread and cheese, alongside the surge in energy and fuel bills, are having a major impact on families across the country. In East Durham, the picture is a bleak one, with many people struggling to feed themselves and their...

A smart move for company launched during lockdown

A smart move for company launched during lockdown

Smart Manufacturing Solutions was founded by directors Pete Williams, Craig Wood, and Adam Smith at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Many people called them crazy for even trying to launch a business during such challenging times. But the trio backed themselves...

Ask The Expert: Claire Walton

Ask The Expert: Claire Walton

Claire Walton is an entrepreneur and high performance leadership coach who believes Leaders Are MAD (Making A Difference). In this issue’s Ask the Expert feature, Claire tells us more about her job, how she inspires current and future leaders and why everyone in a...

East Durham Business Network Event March 2022

East Durham Business Network Event March 2022

Dozens of businesses attended our most recent networking event, held at the picturesque Seaham Hall Hotel. The event also saw Glenn Martin from Durham County Council give a presentation about the County Durham Economic Strategy, asking people to get involved in the...

At Your Leisure: By Royal Invitation at the Royal George

At Your Leisure: By Royal Invitation at the Royal George

The Royal George at Old Shotton has long been a firm favourite among the East Durham food scene so when we were given the chance the visit the popular eatery to sample a two-course lunch, we were more than happy to accept. EDB editor Leanne Fawcett shares her...

A fond farewell

A fond farewell

In 2020, John Delanoy and Julie Stout launched Delanoy Funeral Services, which pledged to change the way funerals are conducted, giving people the send over they want and deserve. In that time they have managed dozens of funerals and have recently invested in a new...

Ask The Expert: Roger O’Brien

Ask The Expert: Roger O’Brien

Roger O’Brien is the Research and Technical Lead for the £10.9 million Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) Project. The SAM Project was set up to support the implementation of product and process development and the introduction of technology for SME...

LEC scores double sponsorship deal

LEC scores double sponsorship deal

Peterlee company and East Durham Business Network founding member LEC has agreed two annual sponsorship deals with grass-roots football teams. Communications and design firm, LEC, which is based at Novus Business Centre in Peterlee, has been confirmed as the new kit...

A twenty-year journey for twin brothers

A twenty-year journey for twin brothers

Stuart and James Parkin started working at engineering firm Hiatco as 17-year-old apprentices in 2001. Two decades on and they’re celebrating as directors. In May 2001, Stuart Parkin started a new apprenticeship at Aluminium Welding & Fabrication company, Hiatco....

Welcome back… spa days

Welcome back… spa days

Nearly two years after my last visit to the wonderful Seaham Hall Hotel – a real gem in the North East’s crown - because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was with open arms and ready-to-be-pampered muscles that I returned for a much needed spa day. Anyone who knows me...

New venture is no scary business

New venture is no scary business

EDB designer Alan Sawyers talks about his new ecommerce project and turning leisure into business. People have been turning personal interests into businesses for a long time. It’s nothing new. But for East Durham Business’s resident magazine designer, it’s becoming a...

Physiotherapist Targets Growth

Physiotherapist Targets Growth

A physiotherapist is going for growth within East Durham’s business community as he looks to make the transition from part to full time self-employment. With over 15 years’ experience within the health and wellbeing sector, Andy Atkinson launched his business,...

Seaham’s Best Start In Life

Seaham’s Best Start In Life

Finding the right nursery for your child can be one of the most difficult decisions to make as a parent. Seaham House Nursery, located on North Terrace, just a three-minute drive from Spectrum Business Park, offers unrivalled views of the beach and docks, creating a...

What’s Trending Now? Quaysar Rafique

What’s Trending Now? Quaysar Rafique

Quaysar Rafique became a regular face at the East Durham Business Networks’ Zoom networking sessions during lockdown. He dropped by Novus Business Centre in Peterlee to chat to editor Leanne Fawcett about his company, The Will Guys. In this issue’s What’s Trending Now...

My Working Day: Hina Joshi

My Working Day: Hina Joshi

Hina Joshi is an adviser from East Durham Business Service, based at Novus Business Centre on Peterlee Business Park. In this issue’s My Working Day feature, we chat to East Durham Business Service adviser Hina Joshi, who has been with the Peterlee-based organisation...

My Down Time: Keith Gill

My Down Time: Keith Gill

Keith Gill is one of the founders of Phileas Fogg, the Consett company that pioneered tortilla chips in the UK. In this issue’s My Down Time feature, we chat to Phileas Fogg snack brand founder and first-time novelist Keith Gill, who currently runs The Old Post Office...

Early Doors for Central Doorset Manufacturing

Early Doors for Central Doorset Manufacturing

Earlier this year Central Doorset Manufacturing relocated its fast-growing business into the former Dewhirst building on the North West Industrial Estate in Peterlee. Just seven months on, the company now employs 25 people and has smashed initial targets, putting it...

Peterlee company Auxillis to create 40 new jobs

Peterlee company Auxillis to create 40 new jobs

Peterlee employer Auxillis is creating 40 new jobs after two major business wins during lockdown. The first, a brand new partner and the second, a significant extension of services with an existing insurance partner. This growth means that Auxillis is already looking...

My Down Time: Paul Wellstead

My Down Time: Paul Wellstead

Paul Wellstead is the commercial property developer behind Seaham’s Spectrum Business Park. In this issue’s My Down Time, we chat to the man behind Spectrum Business Park in Seaham, Paul Wellstead, to learn about how he unwinds away from work, who would play him in...