PEOPLE from across the region came together this morning (Thursday) to share updates about how their business is performing during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Peterlee and Seaham business park groups organised a virtual Network with your Neighbour session, to replace the quarterly event that is usually held at Seaham Hall Hotel.

Chairman of the group Paul Wellstead gave an introduction while fellow steering group members Joanne Urquhart-Arnold, Guy Bashford, both from Business Durham, and Leanne Fawcett from LEC Communications and Design also provided updates on current activity and support which are helping businesses during these challenging times.

Businesses and organisation in attendance were:

  • Think Eleven
  • Label Marketing
  • The DIT
  • Spectrum Business Park
  • NBSL
  • Digital Drive
  • Northumbrian Water
  • East Durham College
  • The Wills Guys
  • Learning Curve Group
  • Seaham Hall Hotel
  • Sylvia Mather
  • Nicola Tempest-Hall
  • Teesside Air Supplies
  • Lucid Technology Solutions
  • BEEP

Paul Wellstead said: “It was great to hear from attendees about how they’re doing during the coronavirus pandemic and, overall, there is a lot of positive news about. The message seems to be that while businesses have been affected and have had to adapt, many are finding their current way of working to be advantageous and presenting them with new opportunities.”

Leanne Fawcett said: “As a small business owner, I was very encouraged to see so many people come together to network and share updates on their current situation. It was also good for me personally to share with the attendees just how fantastic Durham County Council have been in supporting our business community – council staff should be praised for the way they’ve worked tirelessly to help SMEs like LEC.”

If you have good news to share about your business, please email and we will add it to the Peterlee and/or Seaham websites and include it in our fortnightly newsletter, where appropriate.