Jan 22 2014

North East Business Facility Celebrates 1st Birthday

A BUSINESS facility that was created to meet the ambitions of new and growing SMEs is nearing 50 per cent capacity as it celebrates its first birthday.

The Novus Centre in Seaham was opened last year as part of plans by support organisation East Durham Business Service to encourage a more entrepreneurial culture in the area.

The 15,500 sq ft facility, at Spectrum Business Park, is now home to 12 businesses including an accountancy firm, a training provider, a recruitment consultant and a renewable heating contractor which between them employ 26 people.

Now East Durham Business Service is launching a fresh drive to occupy the remaining 17 offices and is inviting companies to visit the Novus Centre to see the accommodation available and to learn more about the bespoke terms which can be agreed depending on their individual needs.

Denise Fielding, Director of Operations, said: “The Novus Centre is the perfect environment for businesses to realise their ambitions, whether they’re a new start looking for their first leased offices or a growing company keen to take additional space to help implement their expansion plans. What it can also offer is quality conference facilities and meeting rooms which are available on an as and when needed basis so there’s something here to accommodate every requirement.”

The Novus Centre was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Durham County Council.


Left to right, Alice Allum and Lisa Bean from Gradvert, Denise Fielding from East Durham Business Service, and Michaela Reaney, also from Gradvert.

One of the businesses based at the Novus Centre is Gradvert, a graduate recruitment and web design company which was launched in September 2012 by Lisa Bean and Michaela Reaney and now employs six people.

Lisa said: “Since moving into the Novus Centre in March last year, our business has really grown and we will shortly be moving into larger office space to reflect that growth.”

Michaela added: “The location and facilities are perfect for our business and East Durham Business Service has been so supportive of us, which as a growing SME has been invaluable.”

Denise Fielding added: “During the last year or so East Durham Business Service has undergone a major restructure which has included reviewing all elements of the organisation and we’re now in the process of strengthening our team to ensure we’re in the best possible position to support new and growing businesses.”

To find out more about East Durham Business Service visit