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Industrial parks group wants businesses to get involved
BUSINESSES are being invited to help shape the future of their industrial landscape by joining a business park group celebrating its first anniversary.
Peterlee Business Park Group was established by Business Durham to encourage companies across Peterlee's four industrial estates and two business parks to share ideas, best practice and identify future opportunities, which will strengthen the area's offering regionally, nationally and internationally.
As it enters its second year, the group aims to turn its attention to supporting business growth and increasing membership so more companies across the area benefit.
Dr Simon Goon, managing director of Business Durham, will be speaking at the meeting to highlight the group's achievements in its first 12 months and outline the aims and challenges for the next chapter.
He said: "When it launched a year ago, Peterlee Business Park Group's members expressed their desire to focus on the housekeeping of the area - addressing those things which they felt were letting the image of the area down.
"We are now asking them to think about the next chapter because we want the group to become the voice for all businesses in the area; we want those involved to share opportunities, where possible outsource work to other members of the group and overall, create a more joined up approach to the way the area is marketed.
"Peterlee is home to dozens of successful companies, from the well known multi-nationals like Caterpillar and NSK to the smaller firms which have their roots firmly in the area. By working together, and with our support, they can really put Peterlee on the national and international map, encouraging businesses elsewhere to give real consideration to expanding into the area. We know success breeds success and by having a united voice, this area will benefit massively."
Businesses who attend the next meeting will be given the chance to network over breakfast and find out more about the County Durham Plan and the vision for East Durham between now and 2030.
Richard Egginton is Business Systems Manager at manufacturing firm Sotech Ltd, which has been a member of Peterlee Business Park Group since its launch in 2012. He said: "It was quite clear from an early stage that local businesses had a number of issues they felt needed to be addressed, but independently could not do a great deal about them. However, by joining together and with support from Durham County Council we've been able to resolve them which makes for a better, more successful business environment."
Bill Marley, Chief Executive of The Employability Trust in Peterlee which is hosting the next meeting of the Peterlee Business Group, said: "I really believe passionately in businesses working together for the good of the area and that's something we need to do better; too many companies are guilty of being insular in their approach which is a mindset this group wants to change. Peterlee has massive potential and if some of the big hitters and the smaller, home grown companies which are thriving can be joined up in their approach, we can go a long way to raising this area's profile and highlighting to other businesses just what Peterlee has to offer."
The group's next meeting is on Thursday, October 24, from 8.30am to 10.30am at The Employability Trust on the South West Industrial Estate and businesses who have yet to register are being invited to sign up.
If you wish to attend email Liam Goodfellow email@example.com or call 03000 261176.
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