Encouraging entrepreneurs

Encouraging entrepreneurs

Dozens of businesses are taking advantage of incubation facilities created to support the North East’s growing entrepreneurial culture.

The Novus Centre in Seaham was opened last year as part of plans by support organisation East Durham Business Service, to encourage a more entrepreneurial culture in the area.

The 15,500sq ft facility, at Spectrum Business Park, is now home to 14 businesses including an accountancy firm, a training provider, a recruitment consultant and a renewable heating contractor which between them employ 30 people.

Denise Fielding said: “Novus Seaham is the perfect environment for businesses to realise their ambitions, whether they’re a new start looking for their first leased offices or a growing company keen to take additional space to help implement their expansion plans. What it can also offer is quality conference facilities and meeting rooms which are available on an as and when needed basis so there’s something here to accommodate every requirement.

“Since opening in January last year occupancy levels have steadily increased but, of course, the aim is to have the Novus Centre fully occupied. So we’re keen to hear from businesses who are looking to move into rented space and those who, whilst maybe not thinking about it right now, are open to a move a bit further down the line.”

The Novus Centre, which also offers tenants support from East Durham Business Service’s business advisors, was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Durham County Council.

One of the businesses based at the Novus Centre is Gradvert, a graduate recruitment
and web design company which was launched in September 2012 by Lisa Bean and Michaela Reaney and now employs six people.

Lisa said: “Since moving into the Novus Centre in March last year, our business has really grown and we will shortly be moving into larger office space to reflect that growth.”