SUNDERLAND’S North East Business and Innovation Centre (Bic) is branching out.
Bic is working with Darlington Borough Council to create Business Central, a new business hub on the 30-hectare Central Park Tees Valley Enterprise Zone.
Construction is well under way and due to be completed next spring.
It is expected to create more than 350 new jobs and become home to more 200 businesses over the next 15 years.
Bic director of operations David Howell said: “I am delighted we can share and take our two decades of success and experience to Darlington.
“We pride ourselves that, to date, Bic has helped to create more than 7,000 jobs, and its Sunderland site is home to more than 140 businesses.”
The £6.6million project has been supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fun and the Homes and Communities Agency.
Darlington council leader Coun Bill Dixon said: “Central Park is all about bringing investment and jobs to Darlington, and Business Central is an important part of this plan.”