Micro and small businesses in East Durham enjoyed significant growth in 2018.

That’s the verdict of the area’s enterprise agency, East Durham Business Service.

The Peterlee-based organisation offers support to new starts and growing SMEs, either through its flexible office space or business advice service.

Denise Fielding is Operations Director. She said: “East Durham’s business community is thriving, with companies of all sizes, from sole traders right through to some of the area’s biggest employers, reporting growth.

“Here at East Durham Business Service we’ve certainly seen evidence of that, with many of our tenants winning new contracts, adding to their workforce or moving to bigger office space.

“Recently SSK Recruitment was in the regional media, announcing plans to open two new offices at Bishop Auckland and Stockton.

“The geographical expansion is linked to the company’s growth, winning several contracts in the six months since it launched.”

Other EDBS tenants which have undergone growth in 2018 are Shred Direct and LEC Communications and Design have been undergone growth.

Graeme Carter, Shred Direct’s owner, has taken on an apprentice and drivers to enable his continued growth providing shredding services to businesses across the region.

And LEC, which has been a Novus tenant since 2014, has won several new contracts in 2018, adding to its already impressive portfolio of regional and national clients.

Denise added: “Another of our tenants reporting success is QuickRebates, which has doubled in size with further plans to expand.

“The company’s growth led to them taking on a tax agent, Ashleigh Williams, and apprentice Adam Turner, who is working as the company’s tax junior.

“There’s a general feeling of positivity in the area and seeing our area go from strength to strength is fantastic.

“And for those companies at the smaller end of the scale, or perhaps budding entrepreneurs thinking about starting their own business, our offices are the perfect environment from which to grow, while our business advisors are available to our advice and assistance on your entrepreneurial journey.”