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A HOTEL company has said it is looking to launch another business in the North East as part of its expansion plans.

The De Vere Group, which already owns Slaley Hall in Northumberland and De Vere Urban Resort in North Tyneside, is looking to set up a hotel in Durham.

It is part of the firm’s plans to run a further six to eight new properties in the next three years.

De Vere Group’s chief executive, Andrew Coppel, said: “An important element in our medium- term strategy is the growth of the Village Urban Resorts brand in attractive locations across Great Britain.

“We have a strong proven brand which we believe, with further expansion, will create significant value over the medium term.”

Other locations it plans to extend into are Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Plymouth and it is in negotiations on sites in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Milton Keynes.