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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...

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...

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...

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...

Clear Ambition For Peterlee Company

Clear Ambition For Peterlee Company

Clear Climate are just five years into their business journey yet are already targeting turnover in excess of £10m. Not only that, but in a relatively short space of time they have already established themselves as the region’s leading provider of renewable energy...

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...

Seaham firm engineers a positive future during pandemic

Seaham firm engineers a positive future during pandemic

At the start of 2020, Nala Engineers was looking ahead to a positive 12 months, continuing to grow its client portfolio of regional and national clients, and strengthening its workforce to support ambitious plans for expansion. But then the ‘C’ word happened, and...

Funeral services but not as we know it

Funeral services but not as we know it

John Delanoy and Julie Stout are passionate about the funeral industry and giving people the send-off they want – their best final farewell. Editor Leanne Fawcett finds out more. Two things are immediately evident when I down with John Delanoy and Julie Stout to talk...