House of Durham showcases North East manufacturing excellence

House of Durham infographic copy  A TRUE picture of how innovative North East manufacturing is touching every aspect of our daily lives will be showcased at Oktoberfest this Thursday
The specially commissioned infographic, House of Durham, will highlight some of the county’s leading manufacturers and reveal for the first time in one image how their products are instrumental in helping us live our lives.

The infographic has been commissioned by Business Durham, the economic development company for County Durham, and is the first in a series designed to highlight manufacturing excellence in the North East. Future infographics will focus on areas such as construction, transport and security.


Simon Goon, Business Durham managing director, said: “Manufacturing in the North East is well and truly leading the way when it comes to creating innovative products which are used in our everyday lives.


“We wanted to showcase the depth and breadth of the innovation which is being developed in County Durham and also being exported around the world – and even into space. It shows just how much is happening here in Durham.”


House of Durham, which will be officially unveiled at the engineering and manufacturing trade show, Oktoberfest, at The Excel Centre, Newton Aycliffe, on Thursday (October 22) follows the launch of the Manufacturing Task Force, created to maximise manufacturing opportunities in County Durham.


Manufacturing is already a vital part of the County Durham economy and employs 15% of Durham’s residents and provides 20% of its GVA. The task force will produce an industrial strategy for County Durham which will inform Durham County Council’s policy in resource allocation to ensure any funding ensures the best economic effect.


It is a public/private sector partnership, with senior business leaders from manufacturing companies in the county ensuring the manufacturing sectors’ needs are met.


Coun Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration and chairman of the task force, said:


“The House of Durham infographic demonstrates how the county’s manufacturing businesses are excelling in what they do and making a difference. It’s a celebration of their work and also a source of pride for the people who work at these outstanding companies. It’s helping us tell the world that Durham is a great place to do business.”


House of Durham will now be sent to government departments and influential organisations to raise the profile of manufacturing excellence in the region with a supportive social media and advertising campaign using #houseofdurham on Twitter.


The Manufacturing Task Force is also keen to hear businesses’ view for a survey, developed in conjunction with senior industrialists, which will help the task force gain an overview of the business competencies, areas for growth and expansion and improvement opportunities. Details on the survey can be found at


If you would like your business to be featured in a future infographic send your story to


The infographic is available for download from






Media: For more information contact Lindsay Parker, Stride PR on 07590 775835 or email


Editor’s Notes:




Business Durham


Business Durham is the economic development company for County Durham, working on behalf of Durham County Council to deliver the environment for business and economic growth.


It is a go-to business support service and connects businesses with the right funding, advice, and networks they need to grow and thrive.


Business Durham works closely with partners to encourage an enterprise culture – from the Future Business Magnates initiative, a highly successful competition for school children, to Durham Creatives, a programme which offers support, workshops and mentorship for creative start-ups.


The company manages a portfolio of business property and excels in finding the right space for businesses to grow – whether its office space, state-of-the-art laboratories or commercial property units.


Business Durham attracts capital and inward investment to the county and provides long-term support to foster sustainable growth in businesses.


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