Wearside and Durham businesses urged to make the most of post-Ashes boost

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BUSINESSES are being urged to be on the ball and take advantage of a rise in trade on the back of the Ashes success.

Durham County Council has said firms should make the most of the opportunities possible following the games held at Durham County Cricket Club in Chester-le-Street.

The cricket matches were the latest in a line of major events in the county, joining the on-going Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition and the upcoming Lumiere festival, which are expected to generate over £25 million for the local economy.

Dr Simon Goon, the new managing director of Business Durham, Durham County Council’s business gateway, is calling on local businesses to strike now on lucrative export markets.

He said: “The test match was not only important for culture and the visitor economy but also for businesses small and large.”

Across the county, Business Durham has been lending its support to firms, helping them to secure vital funding, creating and safeguarding jobs.

Companies such as Seaward Electronics, Tinsley Special Products and NSK in Peterlee have all benefitted from schemes such as the Regional Growth Fund, helping to secure over 400 existing jobs and bringing around 250 more jobs to County Durham.

Businesses can find out how Business Durham can help them cash in on the global opportunities and take advantage of their dedicated help to support growth and investment by contacting Business Durham on 03000 261 261 or via enquiries@businessdurham.gov.uk.

More information is available via its website: http://www.businessdurham.co.uk.