Seaham is undergoing a major resurgence and is now regarded as one of the most up and coming areas in the North East.

Paul Wellstead, the developer of Spectrum Business Park and chairman of the Seaham and Peterlee business park groups, shares his thoughts on why the town is riding on the crest of a wave.

Paul Wellstead knows only too well just how much Seaham has changed in the past decade.

In the mid to late 2000s, his development, Spectrum Business Park, stood empty and tenants were hard to come by.

Today the park, which sits on the site of the former Dawdon Colliery, is nearing full occupancy with businesses and organisations including Durham County Council, believe housing, ResQ, Northumbrian Water, County Durham Housing Group, UMI and Great Annual Savings Group all occupying space.

The latter in fact has just recently announced plans to recruit a further 300 people, signalling its commitment to Spectrum Business Park, seeing it as the ideal location from which to grow.

Paul said: “The announcement that GAS is to create a further 300 jobs is yet another boost for Spectrum and Seaham.

“The town really is the place to live, work and do business, and that’s very much backed up by the levels of investment and job creation evident throughout the town.

“The marina is a real hotbed for the food and drink sector, while the Tommy sculpture, Dalton Park Shopping Outlet and Seaham Food Festival have become big draws for the town.”

It was also recently announced that the new Jade Business Park, located off the A19 at Murton, has welcomed its first tenant, Japanese corporation, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe.