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Business Durham Team

Business Space

The team manages a substantial and varied property portfolio across County Durham, providing space for over 300 businesses employing 1,600 people, including offices, factories, the Durham dales centre and the Region's only science park, NETPark.

Business Development

The team's role is to promote enterprise, foster the environment for new businesses to start up, and enable businesses in the County to develop and grow. The team takes the lead on engaging with businesses through an area-based and sectoral approach, and works closely with partners such as the enterprise agencies, County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network, and local, national, and international business networks.

Catherine Johns
Innovation and Business Growth

The team helps companies develop new products, services and processes, winning more investment and more contracts, employing more people, and also attracting more companies, raising the aspirations of the County's people and companies and increasing its wealth. It does this by creating and delivering high profile innovation programmes around societal challenges and embedding innovation opportunity-spotting into business as usual.

Start up in County Durham

Innovation & Business Growth

Team’s central aim is to facilitate value adding activities in innovative and capital intensive investing companies, acting as catalyst and problem solver to raise the aspirations of the County’s people and companies and increase its wealth. The team works closely with partners such as Durham University, the Centre for Process Innovation, UKTI, the United Kingdom Science Park Association and sector specific bodies such as the Institute of Physics to deliver an environment that accelerates business growth.

Catherine Johns

Catherine Johns

Innovation & Business Growth Director
Call 03000 265504
Andrea Stephenson

Andrea Stephenson

Digital Communications Executive
Call 03000 265514
Elaine Scott

Elaine Scott

Innovation Development Manager
Call 03000 265505
Graeme Miller

Graeme Miller

Innovation Development Manager
Call 03000 265503
Jenny Kwok

Jenny Kwok

Innovation Development Manager
Call 03000 265505
Lynsey Stephenson

Lynsey Stephenson

Marketing Executive
Call 03000 265455
Peter Rippingale

Peter Rippingale

Inward Investment Manager
Call 03000 265509

Commercial Property In County Durham

See map below for Business Durham’s commercial properties.