Sarah Slaven has been appointed Interim Managing Director at Business Durham following the departure of Brian Archer.

Sarah will hold this position while recruitment for a replacement Managing Director takes place.

She was part of the management team that established Business Durham in 2012 and was previously Operations Director with responsibility for leading Business Durham’s business engagement, inward investment and enterprise activities

She led the implementation of the £20 million Finance Durham Fund with Maven Capital Partners, which has supported 10 dynamic businesses with £4.3m of combined investment, and was responsible for securing over £10 million ERDF funding for projects including the Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), Digital Drive County Durham and the County Durham Growth Fund.

Sarah was also instrumental in setting up the Durham City Incubator, a unique collaboration between Business Durham, Durham University and New College Durham to retain graduate talent and support graduate enterprise in Durham.

Additionally, she has key roles with the Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN), Aycliffe Business Park Ltd, County Durham Economic Partnership and Innovate North East Ltd.

Sarah said: “I’m proud to be given the opportunity to lead and build on the great work that Business Durham is already doing to support business growth, create jobs and attract inward investment to Durham.

“Business Durham is a trusted advisor to hundreds of business owners across the county and we will continue to provide expert knowledge, in-depth advice, and ongoing support for every stage of business growth.

“I’m passionate about the fantastic assets and businesses we have here and I look forward to the opportunities that 2020 will bring.”