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Durham Oktoberfest founders reflect on decade of growth

Durham Oktoberfest founders reflect on decade of growth

Engineering companies which have exhibited at Durham Oktoberfest every year since its launch a decade ago have been reflecting on how the event has facilitated their growth.

The annual coming together of the region's engineers and manufacturers has become one of the largest in the North East since its inception, providing a platform for businesses to meet potential customers and suppliers.

Now, three of those which were pivotal in the event's creation and have exhibited each year since, have been looking back on it.

Dyer Engineering and Hiatco, which are based in Stanley, along with Shildon-headquartered Bignall Group, have all enjoyed growth over the past decade.

Richard Bradley, finance director at Dyer Engineering, said: "We helped support the creation of Durham Oktoberfest because we believed the county needed a platform for our employers to promote their services and meet other businesses who they could work with.

"Every year we have exhibited and every year we have come away with new contacts, which in some cases have resulted in us winning new work or awarding contracts to suppliers."

Paul Sun, managing director of Hiatco, added: "Durham Oktoberfest enables us to showcase our capabilities to a new audience of potential clients and the beauty of it is that attendees are from the industries we supply to.

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