The number of businesses in the County increased by 160 (1.1%) between 2021 and 2022 and currently stands at 14,725 A hotbed of innovation, the county has seen its hi-tech sector go from strength-to-strength, along with growth in the up-and-coming UK space sector. With a top 100 university on the doorstep, and four others in the region, it has one of the largest pools of talent anywhere in the UK.
County Durham is also building a reputation in the growing low–carbon and renewables sector – earlier this year, the world’s first flexible solar manufacturing facility to use micro-groove technology opened in County Durham.
The vision for Aykley Heads is to create ‘A Development for a Different World’ – in recognition of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the way people work. It will offer a new and unique business location for the region that maximises economic growth in County Durham and delivers jobs in new and growing sectors. It is one of five designated strategic employment sites across the county and part of the council’s ambitious mission to provide more and better jobs, bridging the gap in economic performance with other parts of the UK.
Ex-Labour leader Tony Blair moved to Durham when he was just five years old after his father accepted a job at the university – and so started a long association between the politician-to-be and the city he lived in for many years. Blair went on to credit John Burton, his mentor, with providing him with the anchor in working class opinion and thought that he, the Fettes educated Hackney lawyer, struggled to access.
UKBM are able to offer another opinion from a different angle, which the business owner might not currently see or even have thought of.
Paul has significant experience having held senior positions for over 25 years. He is recognised as an excellent coach, mentor and speaker. He has clients all around Manchester, Cheshire & Lancashire.
From time to time, we may refer you to a mentor in one of County Durham's neighbouring counties such as Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, or North Yorkshire if your local mentors are at full capacity or if we feel an alternative mentor would provide a stronger match for your specific needs, or if it works better for you logistically. You can learn more about each of the local mentors for those regions by selecting the relevant county below:
We become their ‘unreasonable friend’, which means we will ask the question or maybe say the thing that business owners may not want to hear but know that it’s done for their benefit. To learn more, download our client brochure by clicking the link down below.