Category: News

Optometrist inventor on the lookout for production partner

Simon Berry

A Durham optometrist turned inventor is looking for a production partner to manufacture a new device to solve the problem of taking accurate eye measurements of children with Down’s Syndrome. Conventional eye testing equipment to measure focusing ability sits close to the face and encourages children to look directly at a target so the optometrist… Read more »

Special ball set to break down theatre walls

Darlington theatre

An open-air performance is set to shatter preconceptions of the theatre as a grand ball comes to Darlington. Breaking down conventional theatre walls, quite literally, on Saturday August 26 at 9.30pm, the market square will be transformed into an extravagant stage and the people of the town are invited to enjoy a unique show –… Read more »


VentureFest Tees Valley

A pioneering engineer from a technology leads business and a celebrated cardiac surgeon are among a line-up of experts who will reveal how Tees Valley businesses can benefit from ideas generated in some surprising places. Organisers of the area’s innovation conference VentureFest Tees Valley today (Thursday 27 July) announced the first of their speakers for… Read more »

Top trainers join the battle of the bulge

Business Central Fitness Studio

A FITNESS expert who helped a North Yorkshire mum realise her dream of becoming Britain’s strongest woman and a former athlete who represented England as a schoolgirl have joined a leading workplace wellbeing and fitness group. Dan Leonard helped train Catterick mum-of-two, Donna Moore, when she began a fitness program which culminated in her lifting… Read more »

Darlington BBQ

Over 100 of our tenants attended the summer barbecue at Business Central last week and we’re delighted to say the event was a huge success. Thank you to Rocket Town for providing the ‘Baravan’ and to ‘From Field to Fork’ for providing a delicious hog roast.

Top 10 tips on recruiting staff

KMS Partners

By Melissa Thompson, managing director of KMS Partners Recruiting the right people is vital to the success of your business. Business Central tenant Melissa Thompson, managing director of recruitment solutions agency KMS Partners, presents her top 10 tips for recruiting… 1. Understand your employer value proposition – why would someone want to work for your… Read more »

Darlington move for care provider

  A care provider which helps people live independently in the comfort of their own home has moved to Business Central Darlington. Fountains Home Care Ltd was established in 2012 by Amanda Jackson, who after moving back to the Darlington area decided to put her 20 plus years of working in the care industry to… Read more »

Team behind durhamlane receives £125k investment to launch new venture


The team behind renowned sales consultancy firm durhamlane has received £125,000 investment to help them grow a software development spin-out company. The funding comes from the Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures. Powerhouse Software Limited was set up to develop new products focussing on the accounting marketplace. Richard… Read more »

Entrepreneurial Trio Launch New Business for Construction Sector


Three local employees from a now defunct North East company have successfully launched a new business to design and manufacture pre-fabricated multi-service modules to the construction industry, using a £75,000 Virgin StartUp business loan. Lee Brennan (48), Darren Tucker (54) and Simon Smith (30) have launched DSG Modular Limited to offer a fully-rounded service in… Read more »

£25k Loan Brings Craft Brewery Business to Life

saints row brewing

A local man is brewing his own successful enterprise with the launch of Saints Row Brewing, following help from the New Enterprise Allowance and TEDCO Business Support. Michal Czubak (34) from Darlington has taken his passion for creating his own ales and turned it into a business producing traditional ales from his rented brewery space… Read more »