Speaker Job Title,
Durham County Council
Highlighting the ambition DCC has for:
There are five objectives which will help County Durham to close the gap with the national economy, driven by more and better jobs
The ambition for County Durham is to build a successful and sustainable future in which all of our residents have the opportunity to access good housing and employment in an environment which delivers a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle.
Science & Innovation
The vision is that Aykley Heads will become a highly attractive location for innovative and knowledge rich businesses. It will drive a step change in economic growth across County Durham, providing high quality jobs in growth sectors.
Aykley Heads covers 56 hectares and is set in mature parkland, providing an opportunity to create a totally distinctive business park for the North East.
The site is a short walk from the city centre and is adjacent to the main line train station, offering high-quality office space for Durham
The creation of the business park will provide 38,468 sqm of floorspace and will enable businesses to grow on the site.
The development of the whole site will support up to 4,000 new jobs boosting the economy by £400m
Growing fintech companies: Atom bank, Waterstons, Honcho and Tait Walker all based at Aykley Heads.
Aykley Heads will appeal to the low carbon economy, digital and creative industries.
These sectors are expected to continue to grow particularly as many Durham University students remaining in the region are employed in these industries.
Full permission for Phase 1 was approved December 2020
The newly completed Jade Business Park in Murton, near Seaham offers manufacturing and distribution opportunities on a fully serviced site next to the A19.
Jade tenants include Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe (SEWS-E), innovative modular house builder Corehaus, solar power innovator Power Roll, architectural façade manufacturer ARGLA and RG Distributors Ltd T/A Catering leaving only one 11,195 sq ft unit which is under offer.
Phase one is now 93% let with only unit 4 remaining offering 11,195 sq ft of space
Jade Business Park offers qualifying occupiers a business rates discount which is worth up to £275,000 over a 5-year period of occupation.
At Integra 61, Invest North East England says the development “provides the largest scale logistics and manufacturing development the North East has seen in a generation”.
A £189 million development at Junction 61 of the A1(M), it is the North East’s premier mixed-use logistics and manufacturing park. It is one of few locations in the UK able to deliver such large-scale buildings in addition to roadside and residential opportunities.
Citrus Group, owner and developer of Integra 61 has already attracted the online retailer Amazon, securing more than 1,000 permanent new jobs for the area.
Amazon’s new facility on the site is one of the UK’s largest logistics buildings. Opening its doors in September 2020 it has brought more than 1,000 new permanent jobs to the area.
The £5.5 million works have significantly improved access to the site and addressed longstanding congestion and safety issues. These improvements have been carried out by Durham County Council and jointly funded with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Highways England and Roadchef.
This strategically located development has the added advantages of being close to all main North East ports and also in close proximity to major local employers such as Nissan (NMUK), Hitachi, Caterpillar, NSK and Co-op.
Established in 2005 with over 200 acres of land owned by Durham County Council set aside for science and technology businesses with a primary focus on applications in the medical / pharmaceutical, defence, space and communications sectors. £5m of infrastructure works have been put in place
NETPark is the only UK science park to house two UK Catapult Centres
– North East Satellite Applications Catapult
– High Value Manufacturing Catapult managed by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)
Three national innovation centres on site, all managed by Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)
All providing state of the art development facilities to enable companies to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.
Durham University’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI) is based in the NETPark Research Institute.
CfAI is one of the major research groups in University’s Physics Department with an international reputation for the development, design and construction of state-of-the art instruments for optical and infrared astronomy.
The new Orbit Centre will house space for around 15 businesses. Businesses located at Orbit will have access to the University’s research expertise, support and learning, test facilities and collaborative working opportunities.
Acres of development land
additional Future jobs
Phase three offers high growth, innovative science, engineering and technology companies the opportunity to design and build their bespoke premises to grow at one of the UKs premier science parks.
With 26 acres of serviced development land available for businesses ready to commercialise and scale up their operations.
We are offering those located outside the area the opportunity to take advantage of the collaborative environment developed at NETPark, which includes our strategic partners Durham University and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).
Aycliffe Business Park is the biggest single employment area in County Durham and one of the largest business parks in the UK.
Some of the park’s biggest employers include high-profile businesses – Gestamp Tallent, Hitachi Rail Europe, 3M, Inovyn, Husqvarna and PWS.
While engineering and manufacturing remain at the core of Aycliffe Business Park, a number of new developments in recent years have brought dozens more SMEs from the services and leisure sectors to the park, creating a vibrant, busy employment hub and a wide variety of industries.
Located just off the A1 (M), Aycliffe Business Park is located at the heart of the North East with key road, rail, air and sea links on its doorstep.
Darlington train station is located just six miles away, providing direct and speedy rail links to London, Edinburgh and the rest of the UK.
Aycliffe Business Park is also just 11 miles from Teesside Airport, 18 miles from Teesport and 39 miles from Newcastle Airport.
‘An emerging cluster for FinTech firms’ the Kalifa Review
Our strategy is to
Our exciting plans to develop the County’s Digital and FinTech sector further building on our experience of supporting amazing organisations like Atom Bank to grow.
The new Aykley Heads Digital Business Park, providing a strong DigiTech hub – supporting scaling businesses, encouraging collaboration and with the University
Creation of a FinTech Accelerator and dedicated DigiTech incubation office space
A programme of mentoring and coaching to support the scale up of senior management
Collaboration with the FCA to create tailor-made FinTech regulatory support for the North, based in Durham.
Access to digitally focused city centre space at our exciting new Milburngate development.
Developing a business network, supporting connections and further collaboration with Dynamo, FinTech North, Innovate Finance formulating a FinTech cluster stakeholder steering group
Creating a digital hub business directory and marketing support for businesses in the sector, along with an events programme designed to showcase our businesses strongly
Since 2014, the region has seen 1,742 technology start-ups creating 7,000 jobs in the digital sector. The region was the most represented region outside of London in the 2019 Tech Nation Fintech Programme with 13% of the cohort being North East based firms
Teaching provision in computer science, mathematics, finance and accounting
Home to Durham University FinTech society and the Institute of Advanced Research Computing
A new £42 million Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building with state-of-the-art learning, teaching and study spaces. With plans for both to more than double their undergraduate and postgraduate student numbers by 2026/27
The digital bank, financial services provider and future unicorn chose Durham for its operations enhancing the North East FinTech offer for digital banking services
Access to technically skilled graduates from Durham and Newcastle University has been a really important factor in fulfilling their workforce requirements
Recently announced loans of £1bn to SMEs and is now recruiting for more talent to add to the team
Home to the £30m National Innovation Centre for Data, co-funded by the Government and Newcastle University – addressing skills availability issues
fDi markets data shows County Durham, with Tyne and Wear are the top North East destinations for FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) by financial services projects and for UK domestic projects across financial and professional business services according to data from Wavteq’s UK Investment Flow database
The Region’s sector comprises an estimated 58 firms, of which 31% are established FinTech companies, and there are an estimated 3,100 FinTech related roles contributing £171m to GVA in the North East
The North East has the only dedicated FinTech Cluster in the North of England, operated by Dynamo North East, a volunteer led NFP organisation aimed at growing the region’s IT economy
Why choose County Durham for your advanced manufacturing business
County Durham and surrounding areas
Over the past thirty years the North East has established itself as a centre of excellence for automotive manufacturing, producing:
The area offers
Major aerospace employers in the region include BAE and Rolls Royce
Sector generates £224 million in gross value added per annum in the area
Hitachi, the first Japanese train manufacturer to enter the UK market employing around 1,200 staff
Building Azuma fleet and Lumo for East Coast Trains
Hitachi Rail are developing battery packs to offer emission-free power for battery trains in the UK
Vivarail based in Seaham refurbish London Underground network rolling stock adding green power trains.
The company’s upcycled D-Trains retain the bodyshell and bogies of the original vehicles, fitted with modern engines and cutting-edge technology to create eco-friendly trains that have lower fuel consumption and low emissions
(Image courtesy of LNER)
County Durham has so much to offer:
We and our partners are investing more to make it even better
£700 million masterplan expanding student numbers and creating 750 new jobs.
A mixture of retail, leisure and student accommodation.
Delivering 25,992 new high-quality homes by 2035 that meet the needs and aspirations of our residents.
Horden Railway Station
Crucial repairs and maintenance to New Elvet Bridge in Durham City, an important link between the east and west sides of Durham carrying on average 17,000 vehicles a day.
Repairs and maintenance to protect this vital crossing point include:
£6m investment secured from Department for Transport and Durham County Council
A mixed used development which will include office, retail, leisure, residential and hotel space.
Milburngate is being delivered by the Arlington Richardson Development Partnership who have successfully delivered a number of strategically important regeneration projects across the region.
Data from the 2019 STEAM report.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the visitor economy was sizeable.
A truly stunning location, the Heritage Coast is recognised internationally for its rare plants and wildlife, having previously won a UK Landscape Award. Incorporating 14km of coastal path from Seaham to Crimdon.
The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), incorporates much of the Durham Dales, and is a stunning landscape of open heather moors, dramatic dales, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, close-knit communities, glorious waterfalls, fantastic birds, colourful hay meadows, stone-built villages, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive plants and much, much more.
As well as being an AONB the North Pennines is also a UNESCO Global Geopark – an accolade awarded to areas across the world with outstanding geology.
£78 million is to be invested in improving the county’s leisure facilities with refurbishments, new services and rebuilding of leisure centres in Chester-le-Street, Bishop Auckland and Seaham.
Durham County Council leisure facilities have members across sites in all the County offering a wide range of leisure activities including gyms, swimming pools, sports pitches and group exercise classes.
2020/21 figures for the 39 libraries across County Durham include:
Active borrowers – 22,330
Number of books issued – 178,897
Number of digital loans – 317,761
Pick & Collect data for Nov 2020 to Jan 2021: 38,107
Customers registered for eBooks and eAudiobooks – 9,717
Doorstep Book Deliveries -1,991
All Data correct as of 31 March 2021
Theatres and cinemas in County Durham include: Gala Theatre Durham, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Empire Theatre and Cinema.
Community arts aims to provide very person living in County Durham with the opportunity to participate in the arts. We engage large numbers of people in community arts activities, promoting the benefits for improved health, life long skills and confidence, as well as the enjoyment of taking part.
3 theatres (Gala, Durham, Empire, Consett & Bishop Auckland Town Hall) offering an annual programme of cinema and live productions.
Each venue attracts the following visitors annually for ticketed cinema and theatre shows:
Durham Town Hall
8,210 visitors in 2019/202
11,076 visitors in 2019/2020
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We have secured a £33.2 investment for Bishop Auckland as part of the Stronger Towns Fund, allowing us to progress with ambitious plans to regenerate the town and invest for generations to come. As part of the bid, we set out a vision for the town to become a world-class heritage visitor destination of UK national importance, a service centre for the whole of South West Durham and a gateway to the Durham Dales.
£300k investment – provides two strands of support to retail and hospitality aimed at growth
Making retail and hospitality businesses more resilient.
Strand 1 – improving resilience, broadening sales, training and support opportunities
Focused on customer service, emergency first aid and food safety in catering
Strand 2 – focussed on supporting new business formation and supported growth
Supporting development of shared retail space, temporary retail offerings and ‘meanwhile uses’ of existing town centre property
Digital High Street Programme
£775k investment to 2024 (£107,250 in 2020/21)
Already installed in Bishop Auckland, Stanley and Seaham
Coming soon to Chester-le-Street, Barnard Castle, and Durham City
£2,750,000 investment by 2024
• £73,597 in 2019/20
• £201,403 in 2020/21
1st phase to identify opportunities for potential improvements and links to wider investment.
2nd phase to deliver physical improvements to support retailers and businesses to ensure community resilience within our centres.
• E.g. Sacriston workshop conversion (improve units and support local development opportunities, £200k investment)
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