Help with taking on the big boys

All systems go ' (front, left to right) Jessica Trotman, Alison Gittins and Christine Yule, of Durham Business Group, cut the ribbon at the launch of Durham Office Services.
All systems go ' (front, left to right) Jessica Trotman, Alison Gittins and Christine Yule, of Durham Business Group, cut the ribbon at the launch of Durham Office Services.
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A NEW service aims to give Durham’s small businesses the professional edge to compete with larger rivals.

Durham Office Services is part of the Durham Business Group, which includes established networking organisation Durham Business Club – which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year – and apprenticeships provider Durham Training.

It has acquired the assets of the former business services provider Office Matters and employs three full-time staff.

Dozens of North East businesses joined staff for the official launch at the service’s offices on the city’s Belmont Business Park.

Durham Office Services is already working with more than 40 clients providing call and mail management, meeting and training room hire, event organisation and administration services.

It aims to double its client base in the coming months as smaller firms and start-ups seek to convey a professional image to establish themselves in an increasingly challenging marketplace.

Manager Jessica Trotman said: “It has been a busy and exciting few months for us and I’m delighted so many of our clients and partners were able to celebrate our launch.”

“The current economic environment means new and smaller businesses can’t necessarily afford to run their own premises or take on staff.

“We provide the perfect solution by allowing businesses to create the right impression from the off and set them on an even footing with their competitors.

“Paperwork and admin can be hard to juggle when you are establishing a business, but we manage those tasks for our clients leaving them free to concentrate on growing their business.

“If they need a meeting room or training space, we can provide that too.”

For more information about Durham Office Services, visit www.durhamofficeservices.co.uk or 375 5700.