GEM and Peterlee Business Park target growth for networking group

A Peterlee networking group has announced an extended partnership with recruitment firm GEM Premium People.

Peterlee Business Park Group, which provides networking opportunities for businesses on the town’s five industrial estates, has outlined its plans for future expansion.

Peterlee based recruitment specialist, GEM Premium People, which is based on the North West Industrial Estate, has confirmed a financial contribution to the group for a further 12 months, extending its existing sponsorship.

The company has been the exclusive sponsor of the group’s bi-monthly newsletter since 2013.

Rob Dunbar, managing director at GEM, said: “We are fully committed to supporting the growth of the Peterlee Business Park community and helping to showcase everything the area has to offer.

“PBP News is a real celebration of the great things our companies are undertaking, from the creation of jobs for local people and apprenticeships for talented young people, to the expansion of their premises and investment in staff development.

“We’ve sponsored the newsletter for the past two years and I’m delighted we’re extending our partnership with the Peterlee Business Park Group to continue our support of it.”

The eight-page PBP News comes out bi-monthly and features news from across the business parks and industrial estates in Peterlee.

As the group has expanded, the newsletter has also featured updates from companies across East Durham.

Joanne Urquhart-Arnold from Business Durham sits on the Peterlee Business Park steering group.

She said: “GEM Premium People have been a supporter of the efforts to grow our business community from day one so we’re delighted that they’ve committed to a further year of support.

“Sponsorship like this enables the steering group to continue to invest in the area and is vital to our future growth.”

Peterlee Business Park Group aims to encourage further company growth and job creation through a boost of its activities.

Joanne added: “We’re working on a number of projects including a special newsletter for East Durham school-leavers, with the aim of encouraging teenagers to look at what career opportunities that are available on their doorsteps.

“We’re also extending our networking opportunities into Seaham’s three business parks, which we hope will further enable East Durham companies to work together and grow together.”

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