Dozens of companies showed their support for the new Seaham Business Park group, which was officially launched on October 18, 2016.

Over 50 people from the Seaham and Peterlee business communities attended the event, at Seaham Hall Hotel, to hear more about the group and how it will benefit them.

The network is an extension of the hugely successful Peterlee Business Park Group which was launched by Business Durham four years ago to showcase the area to potential inward investors and help employers to grow.

Mark Ellison, of Andrew James UK, is one of three Seaham businessmen who have agreed to join the existing steering group, which is chaired by Steve Metcalfe from NSK.

He said: “We will shortly be moving into the area so I’m delighted to be part of this new group which will encourage businesses to work together and give the community a stronger voice.

“We are keen to forge new relationships with potential new suppliers and this is the perfect way to do that. We’ve attended a few of the Peterlee events and have found them very worthwhile and I think the extension of the group into Seaham will really help businesses in both areas.”

Businesses who attended the launch heard from Leanne English, steering group member and managing director of LEC Consultancy, which produces all communications on behalf of the groups.

Leanne said: “The Peterlee group has not only put the spotlight on our area for all the right reasons but has helped our businesses to grow.

“The challenge now is to replicate what we’ve achieved in Peterlee and support the Seaham business community to grow. From the positive response we’ve had to the launch, and the number of businesses who attended it, the suggestions are we can really make this group a success.”

Paul Wellstead, who developed Spectrum Business Park, Gordon MacPherson Jnr, from Seaham Safety Services, and Donna Rowlands, of training and recruitment specialist Aspen Wolf, have also agreed to join the steering group, alongside other existing members Joanne Urquhart-Arnold from Business Durham and Kareen James-Rawson from Mecaplast.