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ADVERTORIAL Shining a light on Durham Durham County Council is encouraging businesses to consider Durham as a place for investment, as it showcases the county as a thriving area for development and innovation. LEADER of the council, Cllr Simon Henig, said: “We’re proud of our innovative approach to attracting investment – from taking equity shares in Atom Bank as part of a deal which saw the firm relocate to a former council building, or the creation of the £20m Finance Durham initiative to fund businesses – we are looking to secure a bright and prosperous future for the county.” The council also works closely with Business Durham, the county’s economic development company working on behalf of the authority, to ensure businesses get the support they need from starting-up to relocating and expanding in the county. One such business is ResQ, a customer contact company that had reached full capacity at its site in Hull and chose to expand to the Durham seaside town of Seaham. Nic Marshall, CEO of ResQ which relocated to Durham for expansion Chief Executive Officer Nic Marshall said: “If you had to draw the perfect site for a call centre, you’d draw what was available to us at Seaham and the people there had exactly the kind of attitude File: 222279-2-17LBM Durham CC Ad size: A4 1/2L (185mm wide x 130mm high) we were looking for. Attitude is more important to us than skills because, if people have the right attitude, we can give them the skills they need.” A positive workforce and perfect facilities were underpinned by the openness and flexibility of Durham County Council and Business Durham. Mr Marshall said: “The attitude was ‘What can we do to help you?’ It was so refreshing. Of course, there were barriers, but there was always a will to find ways to overcome them.” ResQ is just one example of how the council is looking to establish itself as a business beacon and Cllr Henig said: “We are proud to have been praised for our innovation and can-do attitude and there has never been a more exciting time to be doing business here. As a location to expand in or relocate to – there is no county more beautiful or inspiring than Durham.” i Find out more at www.durhamplaceoflight.com 2L2o2n2d7o9n -B2-u1s7 MLBaMtte Drsu Arhda m18 C5xC1.3in0dmdm .1indd 1 2233//0011//22001177 1112::4125


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