Over 50 businesses from around the region have been given an insight into the support available to help them grow.

Peterlee Business Park Group working alongside Business Durham and LEC Communications and Design organised the ‘funding and business support’ event yesterday.

Some 27 businesses and organisations which provide support to facilitate growth were on hand to offer advice to attendees.

Among them were the University of Sunderland, NEPIC, East Durham College and the Technical Academy, Santander UK, Barclays, East Durham Business Service and County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network.

Also exhibiting was Durham County Council, RTC North, the North East Automotive Alliance, DurhamWorks, BEEP, Harbro Electrical, the LEADER programme and Get Active at Work.

Hina Joshi, business adviser at East Durham Business Service, was promoting the Boost your Business residential courses. She said: “We met lots of interesting people from businesses around the region, many of whom expressed an interest in attending our business courses. It was a really good event to be involved with.”

Steve Metcalfe from NSK in Peterlee is Chairman of the Peterlee Business Park steering group. He said: “There was a great turnout and feedback from attendees was that the event was incredibly useful in showcasing the various funding pots and support programmes to help them grow.”