Business Durham interim managing director Sarah Slaven provided the guest foreword for the 44th issue of the new-look Aycliffe Business magazine…
I am delighted to be asked to write this preface for the relaunch of Aycliffe Business.
While it may now have a slightly different name – and a distinctly different look – this printed and online publication is a very important and now long-established part of Newton Aycliffe life, providing informative content for the people in and around the business park and town.
For Business Durham, Aycliffe Business and its associated website, Aycliffe Today, offers the chance to reach out to local businesses to tell them about the services we have to offer, like our Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP) offering tailored help and support, or the County Durham Growth Fund which provides capital grants, both programmes designed to assist County Durham’s small and medium sized businesses.
Business Durham was established by Durham County Council as its economic development arm, to enable growth, create jobs and improve lives in County Durham.
We are proud to work with businesses in Aycliffe and across the county to understand the challenges they face and help to identify solutions to support their long-term growth and success, either through our services or with our partner organisations.
Aycliffe Business Park has an exciting future with major construction underway at the Forrest Park and Merchant Park developments, it is now on target to become the biggest business park in the region.
There is a real sense of collaboration, best exemplified by the Aycliffe Business Park Community, which will help attract new businesses to the developments and make them feel welcome.
Aycliffe Business complements these developments and provides a vital communication tool to support the vibrant community on the business park, so it’s great to be involved with this relaunch issue.
Of course, it is an important source of information for Business Durham, too, and it should be commended for championing Aycliffe businesses in the way it does.
I wish the publication and the team at Aycliffe Business the best possible success for the future.
Click here to read the latest issue of Aycliffe Business.
Interim managing director, Business Durham