(L-R) Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council and Mike Hall, DC Manager at SEWS-E
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County Durham business park sees first tenant move in

The first tenant has moved into a new Country Durham business park.

Jade Business Park, near Seaham, has seen Japanese corporation, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Europe (SEWS-E) move in.

The site, which is next to the A19, close to Dalton Park, is set to provide over 1 million sq ft of new employment space and over 2,500 jobs.

The park is owned by Durham County Council, managed by Business Durham, the economic development arm of the council and developed by Highbridge Properties PLC.

The company’s unit is part of the first phase of Jade Business Park, which will be completed this summer, delivering a total of seven new industrial units, equivalent to 155,000 sq ft of new space for distribution, technology, and advanced manufacturing businesses.

Mike Hall, DC Manager at SEWS-E, commented: “We’re looking forward to getting into our new site at Jade Business Park in Durham.

“The site’s location and offer is perfect for us. It is just six miles away from our previous facility which we have outgrown, close to the motorway and to our major customers.

“Our new building is purpose built, enabling us to grow and also accommodate a number of exciting new projects that have in the pipeline.”

Sarah Slaven, interim managing director at Business Durham, said: “It’s a very exciting year for Jade Business Park as we welcome our first tenant SEWS-E, bringing new jobs and economic growth to the area.

“The park is a prime location for businesses to establish themselves in Durham or for relocation and expansion, thanks to its high-quality industrial units and excellent transport links.

“As the economy moves into the recovery phase we continue to support businesses to grow and create jobs and hope to welcome further businesses to this premier development in the near future.”

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