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Durham is a thriving, diversified economy, and it’s open for business.
The county has long been the location of choice for businesses looking to invest and capitalise on new opportunities, from NSK Bearings setting up in 1976 right through to Hitachi Rail Europe opening its £82M European HQ for high-speed trains in 2015.
If you take advantage of the investment opportunities in Durham, you’ll be adding to a long heritage of innovation and industry. We have a broad business base, with significant strengths in technology, engineering and manufacturing, which makes up 20% of our economy (compared with the UK as a whole at 16% of GVA).
Expanding (or completely relocating) to a new area is a big decision. Whatever your business needs, our experienced and successful team can help make your journey smoother by de-risking your investment opportunity.
Our bespoke support includes:
• Research, economic intelligence and ideas to support your business case
• Facilitated connections to professional, legal and financial advice, including access to funding and incentives
• Access to centres of excellence, networks and clusters
• Help to find the right property – from science labs and clean rooms to office space and industrial units
• Help with recruitment and training
We also promise to be sensitive to your commercial information and straightforward with you. If we can’t help you, we can connect you with people who can, even if it’s in another location.
As the economic development arm of Durham County Council, Business Durham encourages overseas companies to establish and settle into a long term base through its soft landing scheme.
And we have a team of people to help you look after your business as it grows and thrives in County Durham.
See what makes Durham a great place to live for you and your employees.
Team Manager - Inward Investment and Opportunities
County Durham has a wide range of housing options to suit most people and you get a great deal for your money.
Several international businesses have adopted County Durham while homegrown success stories continue to grow and thrive here. The area boasts a broad business base with growing technology, finance and business service sectors.
The County’s air, rail and road infrastructure ensure excellent access across the region, providing links to the rest of the UK, Europe and the USA.
County Durham has a working age population of 637,550, which is above regional and national average. We have five regional universities on our doorstep including a world top 100 university in Durham University, plus five colleges providing a healthy pipeline of talent across a wide cross section of sectors.
County Durham is a dynamic place to do business, we have welcomed overseas investors for decades including Hitachi Rail Europe who expanded to their global operations to the UK in 2012 with the construction a new £82m rail vehicle manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe.
Powered by People is an initiative that brings the business people and communities of Durham together to support economic growth across the county.
How We've Helped
Ben Gilhespy, Operations Director
The businesses that we work with are quite diverse. Working with the larger businesses they frequently have needs to increase their own supply chain and a lot of them now are looking for more local suppliers.