Teesdale Business Awards 2019 - Winners Announced

The ceremony to annouce the winners of the eighth TBA took place at The Witham on 12th February 2020. The event managed and organised by Entrprise House was a 'sell out', with over 150 nominations, which the 12 sponsors managed to judge, resulting in three finalists in each of the 12 categories.

The winners being:

Category                                       Sponsor                            Winner

Apprentice of the Year                         D.C.C.                                   Chloe Mason

Entrepreneur of the Year                       Newcastle Building Society       Heidi Varley of Pink's Flower Farm

Social Responsibility                            The Greenfields                         The Warm Age Wood Company

Best Community Engagement               TBI Law Firm                          The Castle Players

Best Social Enterprise                           Federation of Businesses           Bright Woods Forest School CIC

Best Customer Focus                            Meikles Solicitors LLP              Serene Spa

Most Innovative Business                     GSK                                          Teesdale Cheese Makers

Best Marketing Iniative                        Digital Drive County Durham   The Roam App by Roam Everywhere

Business Trading Outside Teesdale      Equus Leather                           Claire International Ltd

Growth Business of the Year                Business Durham                       Ellipse Fabrications Ltd

Best New Business                                Raby Estates                              The Milbank Arms

Best Business                                       Jane Ascroft Accountancy Ltd    Ellipse Fabrications Ltd             

Teesdale Business Awards 2019

Nominations are now open for the Teesdale Business Awards 2019 and will close at 12 noon on Monday 11th November 2019.  An opportunity for local businesses, organisations and individuals to showcase and promote their success.

The ceremony will take place at The Witham in Barnard Castle on Wednesday 12th February 2020.


Teesdale Networking Group - 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Teesdale Networking Group which was set up in September 2009 has just celebrated it's 10th Anniversay at Enterprise House.  The group was initially set up 10 years ago to help tackle social isolation often felt by home based businesses in the dale. The group which meet every second Wednesday in the month, had 10 members at the start and has grown from strength to strength over the years, with over 100 members now on the mailing list and is now open to all businesses.




Keynote speech at Pride of Teesdale Awards Ceremony 2018

On 7th November, our chairman, Alastair Dinwiddie, was the keynote speaker at the Pride of Teesdale awards ceremony, organised by the Teesdale Mercury. This is his speech.

“What a pleasure to be asked to speak at this The Mercury’s third Pride of Teesdale Awards Ceremony.

My family and I arrived in Teesdale in 92, quite by chance after a somewhat nomadic life, and I’m still here today some 26 years later.  Still an incomer of course, but having discovered a beautiful place to call home, populated by inspiring proactive people with a great community spirit. 

Thanks to the Mercury we have a chance to recognise some of our ‘stars’ tonight, but first a few words about The Teesdale Development Company, or Enterprise House as it’s better known.  A community asset, which celebrated its 20th year in May.

The aim back in ‘98 was to create a ‘one stop shop’ for ‘catalysing enterprise’ in Teesdale, by providing affordable serviced offices for aspiring businesses, relevant public services and other support organisations targeted at job creation; hence the name, Enterprise House – and we remain committed to the same aim today. 

The project was led by Tony Seaman at the then District Council and enabled by accessing capital funding recently made available by the new Labour Government.  We have invested further through the years with more capital funding to keep the product competitive and adapt to market changes.  In 2004 we converted a vacated workshop into 10 new fully equipped office units and in 2010 installed a lift to improve disabled access.

Over the years we have been home to The Enterprise Agency, Teesdale Training, Bishop Auckland College, Houghall College, The Job Centre, Radio Teesdale and even the Mercury, together with numerous smaller businesses providing everything from accounting, planning and IT services, to physio and acupuncture. We also established our reputation as the first port of call for aspiring businesses seeking support.

The world of public sector funded projects however has changed dramatically over the years and this has required considerable creativity on our part to remain an enterprise hub. Witness the rise and fall of organisations like ONE and Business Link and more locally the District Council, The Vision, The Nest, Teesdale Marketing, The Enterprise Agency and even sadly from a personal perspective, Radio Teesdale. 

It is not just that there is less funding available today, but that, whilst funds for capital investment can still be found, revenue funding to cover operational costs is very limited and will rarely do more than help with start-up costs or a specific defined time limited project.  In the case of Radio Teesdale we were required by OFCOM to raise 50% of our income through grants, supposedly to protect commercial radio stations from unfair competition, but whilst it only amounted to £30k a year it proved impossible to find year after year. 

In this day and age, more than ever, successful long-term community projects have to be fundamentally self-sufficient to survive, and Enterprise House is, I believe, a fine example.

Our competitively priced offering of personally managed offices and conference facilities, utilising the latest in digital technology, in a good location with excellent parking and accessibility, is second to none. Furthermore, we continue to champion enterprise throughout the Dale providing access to business support and finance, managing the Business Awards and holding the monthly Business Networking Meeting.  This, of course, all helps to make us visible and a good choice for potential tenants, as well as providing a key community service.

I only hope we can continue to provide Teesdale with this ‘uniquely enterprising asset’ for many years to come.  Please contact Lynn or Jacquie if you would like to know more!”

Photo: Alastair Dinwiddie and customer services manager, Lynn Todhunter celebrate the 20-year anniversary at Enterprise House

Enterprise House recognises Dale community champions

Readers of the Teesdale Mercury will be choosing their winner of the nine categories in the annual Pride of Teesdale Awards.

Enterprise House is the sponsor of the Community Project category that will recognise the invaluable contribution made by unsung heroes and organisations in Teesdale.

The shortlist for Enterprise House’ sponsored category is:

Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team


Startforth Community Centre

Chairman, Alastair Dinwiddie, will present the award to the winner that will be announced at a special presentation ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, 7th November at The Witham in Barnard Castle.  

Successful Year

Enterprise House has just celebrated another successful year as reported at their recent Annual General Meeting.

Chairman Alastair Dinwiddie said "I believe our competitively priced offering of personally managed offices and conference facilities, utilising the latest digital technology, in a good location with excellent parking, is second to none. Furthermore, we continue to champion enterprise throughout the Dale providing access to business support, managing the Teesdale Business Awards and holding a monthly Business Networking Group.  This, of course, all helps to make us a visible and a good choice for potential tenants, as well as providing what is now increasingly a unique community service."

Customer Services Manager Lynn Todhunter quoted "In this our 20th year, which we celebrated in May 2018, we hope we can continue to provide Teesdale with a 'uniquely enterprising asset' for many years to come."

Enterprise House is the home to 14 businesses and offers office space in varying sizes from 82 sq ft to 650 sq ft.

(front l to r: Customer services team Lynn Todhunter and Jacquie Warner

back l to r: Director, David McKnight and Chairman, Alastair Dinwiddie)

Meet Enterprise House at business expo on Wed 19 September

Enterprise House will be attending and exhibiting at Darlington and District’s biggest business expo at Mowden Park RFC, Northern Echo Arena on Wednesday, 19 September 2018.

Customer Services Manager, Lynn Todhunter and Director, Peter Dixon will be on hand at the DL Business Expo 2018 for visitors to the stand to learn more about managed office space here.

Being at the Expo will enable potential clients from throughout Teesdale that may be looking to rent office space, or hire one of the many meeting rooms, to meet Lynn and Peter who can tell them what offices are available and all the inclusive benefits for tenants, such as high-speed broadband, free parking outside the door, all utilities and 24/7 access. And they can explain the many uses for the meeting rooms, such as interviewing, training, counselling, networking meetings and more.

Come and meet Lynn and Peter at the Enterprise House stand from 9.30 am. Hope to see you there.

Tenant moves offices in Enterprise House

One of our tenants, Jane Ascroft Accountancy Ltd, has moved to another office in Enterprise House.  This means we now have a first-floor office available to rent.  It is fully furnished, has natural light, 138 sq.foot large and is only £250.70 plus VAT per month.  Easy access from throughout Teesdale.  Free parking just outside the door. High speed broadband, 24/7 access and lots of other benefits.

To find out more, call either Lynn or Jacquie and arrange to view on 01833 696750

Digital Drive County Durham adviser at Enterprise House each Friday from 21st September  

Do more with digital technology

Make an appointment with Lynn or Jacquie on 01833 696750 to meet Stephen Fenwick, a digital adviser to learn all about the fully funded business support available, events and access to grant funding for eligible businesses across County Durham.

Eligibility means County Durham SMEs only and the business must be looking to do more with digital technology and to grow the business.

Stephen will be available to talk to you about the Digital Drive programme and how you can do more with digital technology to drive your business forward. For example, you may want access to digital consultancy, more equipment/software, a new website (or some new functionality or e-commerce).

Come and have a chat to Stephen, ask questions and get some advice and learn about the key elements of the programme and what support is available from Digital Drive County Durham.







Investing in technology

Enterprise House continues to invest in technology.  We now have a brand-new phone system.  No wires, all cloud-based.  New phones for all our tenants.

Office for lease now available

Just available at the beginning of June 2018, one of our ground floor smaller offices. 138 sq ft fully furnished with natural light. Only £250 plus VAT per month. Lots included, such as high speed broadband and all utilities. 24 hour access for our tenants.Free parking for you and visitors outside door. More enquiries and to view call Lynn or Jacquie on 01833 696750.

20 years' of supporting enterprise in Teesdale

We welcomed past and present directors and tenants, plus some guests that have supported Enterprise House and its aims over 20 years to a celebration in May.  As well as a special cake, baked in the shape of the building, guests also enjoyed a glass of fizz at the reception beforehand and a buffet lunch in our Dales conference and meeting room.

20th Anniversary celebration





Enterprise House celebrates 20th anniversary

In 2018 Enterprise House celebrates 20 years of helping small and medium businesses prosper and develop.

In these two decades, we are proud that many tenants have successfully developed and grown their businesses with the help of Enterprise House.  Some, of course, move on, but this innovation hub continues to boast a variety of companies from start-ups to more established organisations, many of them ‘niche’ in their field.  

With offices designed for companies of all sizes, as well as meeting rooms with state-of-the-art AV equipment, business support and more, Enterprise House is ideally placed to offer a complete service to both existing, virtual and new tenants, and also visitors.  Check us out at our next monthly Business Networking Meeting!

Teesdale Business Awards 2017 - winners announced

The ceremony at The Witham to announce the winners of the seventh annual Teesdale Business Awards for 2017 was held on Thursday 15 February.

Managed and organised by Enterprise House there were several hundred nominations for the annual celebration that showcases the best of Teesdale – businesses, social enterprises and individuals. The awards focused on business in Teesdale from new and emerging businesses to established businesses, businesses which are expanding, those trading beyond the Teesdale area, entrepreneurs and the apprentices that will no doubt go on to great success in their future careers.

The winners in each category were announced from three finalists at the ceremony.

Celebrating the talent of the future, the Apprentice of the Year, was Josh Barker of YMCA Teesdale. The judges recognised his journey from volunteer to youth worker.

The Barnard Castle Christmas Lights won the Best Community Engagement Project demonstrating how it engaged the whole community and brought the town to life over the festive period.

And reflecting film awards at the Oscars, Equus Leather scooped four winning trophies, including Best Business.  They also won the Most Innovative Business, Digital Impact and Best Business Trading Outside Teesdale.  This is the first time in the history of the awards any organisation has been so successful in the final.  The category judges commented that they showed dynamic growth and a strong vision for the future, not least in its investment in the next generation via apprentices.

The full list of winners was:




Apprentice of the Year

Josh Barker, YMCA Teesdale


Entrepreneur of the Year

Tommy Lowther

Claire International Ltd

Social Responsibility

East Briscoe Farm Cottages

The Greenfields

Best Community Engagement Project

Barnard Castle Christmas Lights

S & A Fabrications Ltd

Best Social Enterprise

Music at the Heart of Teesdale

Northstar Ventures

Best Customer Focus

999 Fire and Safety

Teesdale Renewables Ltd

Most Innovative Business

Equus Leather

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm

Digital Impact

Equus Leather

Durham County Council

Best Business Trading Outside Teesdale

Equus Leather

CA Group Ltd

Growth Business of the Year

Bell Access & Engineering Ltd

Business Durham

Best New Business

Ellipse Fabrications Ltd

Teesdale Cheesemakers

Best Business

Equus Leather

Jane Ascroft Accountancy Ltd


One of the event organisers Peter Dixon said, “Perhaps a cliché but all the judges commented on how, with such a set of rich nominations, it was exceptionally hard to shortlist the finalists and choose an overall winner.”


Teesdale Business Awards 2017

Finalists announced

After rigorous judging by the sponsors of the 12 categories, organiser, Enterprise House can now reveal the shortlisted organisations and individuals for the Teesdale Business Awards 2017.

After receiving over 150 nominations for 2017, the judges for each award category have selected their three finalists.

The winners of each of the awards will be announced at a special ceremony on Thursday 15 February 2018 at The Witham in Barnard Castle. Tickets now available to purchase at £12 each online at www.teesdalebusinessawards.co.uk or from the Witham Box Office

The three organisations/individuals shortlisted in each of the 12 categories are:

Best Business sponsored by Jane Ascroft Accountancy Ltd

999 Fire and Safety

Equus Leather

Niche Living

Best New Business sponsored by Teesdale Cheesemakers

Ellipse Fabrications

McColls Brewery

Moorcock Inn

Growth Business of the Year sponsored by Business Durham

Bell Access & Engineering Ltd

Francis Bookkeeping Solutions Ltd

Katie’s Traditional Fish and Chips

Most Innovative Business sponsored by Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm

Ellipse Fabrications

Equus Leather

Reboot Repairs and Design

Best Business Trading outside Teesdale sponsored by CA Group Ltd

Bell Access & Engineering

Coghlans at Barningham

Equus Leather

Best Social Enterprise sponsored by Northstar Ventures

Barnard Castle Farmers Market

Bright Woods Forest School

Music at the Heart of Teesdale

Best Community Engagement Project sponsored by S & A Fabrications Ltd

Barnard Castle Christmas Lights


The Association of Teesdale Day Clubs

Social Responsibility sponsored by The Greenfields

Cross Lanes Organic Farm

Doe Park Caravan Site

East Briscoe Farm Cottages

Best Customer Focus sponsored by Teesdale Renewables Ltd

999 Fire and Safety

Kendall’s Hair 78


Digital Impact sponsored by Durham County Council

999 Fire and Safety

Chocolate Fayre

Equus Leather

Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Claire International Ltd

Andy Beck – Andy Beck Images

Jennifer Cartwright – Reboot Repairs and Design

Tommy Lowther – Sporting Force Ltd

Apprentice of the Year sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Josh Barker – YMCA Teesdale

Adam Holland – Sporting Force Ltd

Laura Lee - GlaxoSmithKline

One of the event organisers Peter Dixon said, “There are many exceptional achievements in Teesdale and we don’t want these ‘hidden under a barrel’. As with previous years, the standard of nominations was extremely high and the judges, after some careful consideration, had a difficult task in selecting their final shortlist.”

Event coordinator, Jacquie Warner, said, “In my first year of organising these awards, it is very clear to me the importance Teesdale commercial businesses, social enterprises and individuals and, of course, the sponsors of each award category, place on the Teesdale Business Awards. I am looking forward to the ceremony itself and urge as many people as possible to buy tickets, as early as possible, for what will be a great evening.”

Award 17 logo

New Customer Services Assistant at Enterprise House

New friendly face on reception

Born in London, Jacquie Warner has recently moved to Barnard Castle, via London, overseas and Cambridge. She joins as assistant to Customer Services Manager, Lynn Todhunter to ensure that all needs and concerns of the tenants there are taken care of, and to provide support in a fully serviced office.

“With a background in PR, I am looking forward to attracting still more tenants and to ‘selling’ the rooms we have for half-daily and daily rent.  And with experience in event management, helping to arrange the regular Teesdale networking meetings and the Teesdale Business Awards are particularly exciting for me”, said Jacquie.

Enterprise House organising Teesdale Business Awards 2016

Nominations for the sixth annual Teesdale Business Awards have now been received and are currently being scrutinised by the judging panels.

One of the event organiser Peter Dixon said, “The interest in the awards has never been higher. We have received more nominations this year than ever before. Well over 200 submissions are currently being reviewed by the judging panels. Judging for each category is being led by the sponsoring organisation.  Close to 100 Teesdale businesses or individuals are being considered in the short listing process.”

June Taylor based at Enterprise House in Barnard Castle added, “It is very exciting to see such interest in each and every one of the twelve categories.  The judging panels certainly have their work cut out reviewing the excellent set of nominations. It is so heartening when you read the detail of the amazing activities going on in businesses and social enterprises within our rural community.”

The short listed nominees will be announced in mid December.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate all that is good in Teesdale Businesses and Community Groups. The work of individuals as well as the collective work of organisations in celebrated in this unique event organised by Enterprise House in Barnard Castle.  The twelve award categories are intended to give recognition to any Teesdale businesses or social enterprises, if they have been successful in their own field of activity, as all awards are independent of any particular industry sector.

Tickets for the awards ceremony, which takes place on Wednesday the 15th February at The Witham in Barnard Castle, are on sale now.

Ticket information about the award ceremony and more details about the awards


Award Categories and sponsors/judge leads are:

Best Business

Thermal Compliance Ltd

Best New Business

Addison & Co

Growth Business of the Year

Business Durham

Most Innovative Business

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm

Best Business Trading Outside Teesdale

CA Group Ltd

Best Social Enterprise

Café Fresh Group

Best Community Engagement Project

S & A Fabrications Ltd

Environmental Achievement

The Greenfields

Best Customer Focus

Teesdale Renewables Ltd

Employer of the Year

Spice Island Restaurant

Young Entrepreneur

Durham County Council

Apprentice of the Year


New tenants in Enterprise House - The Teesdale Mercury

We are delighted to welcome them to Enterprise House.  

Teesdale Mercury Ltd publishes the dales local weekly newspaper, together with other associated publications and has a retail presence in the market town of Barnard Castle. All staff involved in the publication side of the business including the editorial and advertising teams, together with other support staff are based at Enterprise House, retail staff work across our shops in the Market Place and Galgate areas of Barnard Castle. Their Editorial and Advertising teams operate an open door policy at Enterprise House, so come and see the staff behind the dale’s best read newspaper and let them have your news.  The Teesdale Mercury newspaper has been the voice of the dale since 1854. It is independent of political parties, private interests and government and reaches over 70 per cent of all households in its catchment area.  The philosophy has remained the same since the newspaper was founded – if it happens in Teesdale, it goes in the Mercury.

http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/  During 2016 they will be introducing an all new website so keep checking on progress.

New Teesdale Business Support Services

FREE advice and support for your business!

Here at Enterprise House a range of advisors offer free support and expertise to help start or grow your business.  If you’re hoping to start up, expand or improve, why not find out more from one of the experienced Teesdale Business Support Service team.

John Parnell of Business Durham (Wednesday morning, fortnightly)   http://www.businessdurham.co.uk/

John Atkinson of NBSL (Friday morning, fortnightly)  https://www.nbsl.org.uk/

Susan Anderson, North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) (Wednesday, monthly)  https://www.necc.co.uk/

Shaun Stuart of Wallworth Associates (Thursday morning, weekly)  http://wallworthassociates.co.uk/

Mark Johnson of TEDCO Business Support (Wednesday afternoon, fortnightly)  http://www.tedco.org/

Ian Coull of South Durham Enterprise Agency (Monday, weekly) http://www.theenterpriseagency.co.uk/

Grahame Latus of enterprise Answers http://www.enterpriseanswers.co.uk/

To make an appointment or for more information please phone Lynn on 01833 696750 or email info@e-house.co.uk (days and times shown above can be varied)

Enterprise House secured funding from Teesdale Action Partnership to provide this support for all aspects of business.

 Broadband is very hot news so what about Enterprise House?

How many Mbps?!

IN THE NEWS : So many businesses, countrywide, struggle with broadband that's not fast enough for them to do business as they want to.

Here at Enterprise House we're proud to offer up to 100 Mbps to our office tenants and visiting users.  A great place to do business.


What's so special about Enterprise House?

Where to start?!

 Did you know there's a receptionist here to welcome your visitors and deal with all your business needs "office hours" every day of the week?  And 24 hour access to your office.


The Teesdale Business Awards 2014 - Ceremony 12 February 2015

For full information about the final results please visit http://www.teesdalebusinessawards.co.uk

Enterprise House was proud to be a joint organser of the awards and what a wonderful night the Awards Ceremony was!  Enterprise House sponsored the "Best Social Engagement" category in which the following were finalists - Durham Dales Enterprise CiC, Teesdale YMCA and Teesdale Dress Agency CiC.  It was very difficult to decide on a winner as the standard was very high.  However the award went to a very worthy winner...

Teesdale Dress Agency CiC - CONGRATULATIONS!!

The Teesdale Business Awards 2014 being jointly managed by Radio Teesdale and Enterprise House

The Shortlists are now posted on the website

For further information please visit http://www.teesdalebusinessawards.co.uk/short-list/



The Teesdale Business Awards 2014 being jointly managed by Radio Teesdale and Enterprise House

Nominations are now open!

For further information please visit http://www.teesdalebusinessawards.co.uk/

Marketing Magic Seminar a great success

Thanks to Pulse Creative Marketing

Paul Finch raised the enthusiasm of all those present at this excellent free seminar provided through Rural Connect www.ruralconnect.biz/.  It gave us plenty of food for thought and has already made a difference to the way Enterprise House approaches the subject of marketing.  Thank you Paul. www.pulsecreativemarketing.co.uk/  It was obviously an appealing topic as our confernece room was full.

FREE Marketing Magic Seminar

6th November 2014 10.00 am to 12.00 pm

The seminars are fun, interactive and packed with marketing hints and tips.  Whether you are an established business or just starting out you'll receive practical marketing advice to apply to your business.  For More information please go to www.ruralconnect.biz/more-information/events/marketing-enterprise-house-barnard-castle

MacMillan Coffee Morning Friday 26 Sept 2014

We raised £217!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Macmillan Coffee Morning here at Enterprise House!  We're delighted to report record funds raised of £217.30.  Katey from Radio Teesdale kindly donated happy eggs from her free-range hens for the cakes, The Moody Baker of Barnard Castle generously donated delicious cheese scones, our virtual tenant Caffia.com donated superb coffee and Lynn made and donated the cakes.

New Business Trend in Teesdale

Hot-desks and virtual offices

As the pressure to find more cost-effective office space increases we at Enterprise House have noticed an upsurge of interest in virtual office facilities and office space let by the hour or hot-desking.

Flexible as always, we are pleased to have been able to fulfill the increase in demand for both and have office space for as little as £5 per hour + vat.

Teesdale Business Awards 'Best New Business' sponsored by us

Teesdale Development Company, sponsors of the Best New Business class of The Teesdale Business Awards, are delighted to report the winners were Mountain Explorers,  as announced at the glittering ceremony at The Witham in Barnard Castle on Friday last (15 Nov).  The judges were impressed by the employment offered to several part-time staff, the interest aroused in outdoor activity within local schools during visits by Mountain Explorers and the business generated in the area because of the influx of visitors to participate in the Wilderness Journeys in County Durham and Yorkshire.  The skills exhibited by Kirsty Brien and her team are an impressive range and their aspirations and plans for the future in order to expand their offer suggests long-term success. For more information please visit www.mountain-explorers.com or phone 07708 580687

Other finalists were Stable Hearth (www.stablehearth.com) who make delicious pizzas in a wood-fired oven at The Cross Keys, Gainford and Fitness with Karen Bell (http://fitnesswithkarenbell.weebly.com/).

 Enterprise House is delighted to be hosting the N E Rural Growth Network Business support programme, each Monday, 9.00 to 17.00 when Mr. John Atkinson will be here to offer "a flexible service with a light touch" to both new and exisiting local businesses.  John says the programme provides a direct route into all the business support available in the North East, from advice/mentoring to grants and loans.  It can assist in a variety of areas that some may find daunting, such as information technology, marketing and finance, and could also put business people in contact with new suppliers and potential markets.  Please phone John Atkinson on 07702 475222 or email john@theenterpriseagency.co.uk for an appointment.   

 This project is being part financed by the European Union's ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13

New Tenants

We're pleased to welcome BlueSky Wireless as new tenants.  They provide middleware solutions to unify communications between equipment and people.

New Tenant

We welcome Perfect Care as our latest new Tenants to take occupancy within Enterprise House.  Perfect Care are a specialist provider of premium, bespoke homecare services.  Providing care at home to people of all ages throughtout County Durham, Darlington and Teesdale.

FREE 'Ready for Business' Seminar

Thinking of starting a Business? Want to know how to get started?

Held at Enterprise House, Barnard Castle from 9.30am prompt to 3.00pm on Tuesday 21st May 2013.

Topics to be discussed include Business planning, sourcing finance, understanding legal and tax, sales and marketing.

Tel: 0191 519 7203 or book online www.startupedge.co.uk

Business's Growing within Enterprise House

We are delighted that only weeks into the New Year two business's within Enterprise House have successfully grown and require additional office space.  We are pleased to be able to offer this affordable office space to our existing tenants and wish Tappers UK Ltd and Governor Technical Solutions Ltd every continued success at Enterprise House for the future.


Plenty of snow, business as usual and still very accessible.


  Enterprise House were proud sponsors of the Teesdale Business Awards 2012 - Best New Business (trading for less than 3 years) category, at the Morritt Country House Hotel on 18th October 2012.  The event recognises and celebrates the achievements of local people and the best of business in Teesdale.  Alastair Dinwiddie presented the Award on behalf of Teesdale Development Co Ltd to this years wll deserved winner 'Cross Lanes Organic Farm'.


3Ms Cleaning Services owned by Marie Heightley a professional cleaning company offering both residential and commercial cleaning services.  For further information please contact Marie on 01833 696750 or email her on 3mscleaning@googlemail.com.


Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on 28 September 2012, here at Enterprise House.  9.30am - 11.30, everyone is welcome, coffee/tea and delicious home-made cakes.


**** NETWORKING GROUP ****    


Further details to follow, for more information please contact Lynn on 01833 696750.  

  We shall be starting the Networking Meetings again on 12 September 2012 at 9.30am, Enterprise House.

Alan Bradley of Zine Design has very kindly agreed to start us off with a talk on Selling and Lead Generation.  

For more details please contact Lynn on 01833 696750.  


Enterprise House is very pleased to welcome  2 new tenants to the building.  


  Please note that the Networking Meetings will not be running during the holiday period of July 2012 and August 2012.

 They will commence 12th September at 9.30am, further details will follow nearer the date.

 For further details please contact Lynn on 01833 696750.   

***** CHANGE OF DATE *******


20th June 2012, is the date of the next Networking Group Meeting at The Old Well, The Bank, Barnard Castle.  From 6pm onward   











We are intending to join forces with The Barney Guild and meeting up for a 'social' networking meeting in the The Old Well, The Bank, Barnard Castle.  From 6pm onwards.  Would all members who will be attending please email or phone Lynn on 01833 696750 or email; info@e-house.co.uk.  An idea of numbers would be useful.

9th May 2012, 9.30am, will be the date of our next Networking Group Meeting.

 This month Abi Harrison from South Durham Enterprise Agency will be speaking about current offers and incentives that are available to business's and give updates on what funding is available.   

11th April 2012, 9.30am, will be the date of the next Networking Group Meeting   

 John Harrison will be speaking at this meeting, topics covered:   

   "Would you like to send e-new letters to your clients for fre




"Stop monkeying around and make more from your e-mail marketing with mail chimp"


For further details or to book please contact Lynn Todhunter on 01833 696750.


14th March 2012, 9.30am, will be the date of the next Networking Group Meeting.

Ebay expert George Kinghorn will be our guest speaker, explaining how eBay can work for your business.



For further details or to book please contact Lynn Todhunter on 01833 696750.




8th February 2012, 9.30am, will be the date of the next Networking Group Meeting.


Following a very successful and well attended January meeting on social media hosted by Peter Dixon and Katey Wallace.  This meeting will be presented by John Atkinson of Radio Teesdale's Business Programme and the subject will be about the skills of social networking.


For further details or to book please contact Lynn Todhunter on 01833 696750.


11th January 2012 is the date for Networking Group Meeting.

The date for the first networking meeting of 2012 in the 11th January starting at 9.30am.  Exisiting and new members are all welcome, for more information please contact Lynn Todhunter 01833 696750.


November 2011
Enterprise House provides facilities for FREE Business Workshops

Teesdale Business Partnership offers a range of services to help you start, develop or grow your business.  Free Business Workshops are being offered at Enterprise House. Topics covered;


  • Cost Effective Marketing
  • Employing Staff
  • Accounting and Tax Matters for New & Small Business
  • Planning & Reducing Your Business Tax Liability
  • Social Media
  • Search Engine Optimisation

Each workshop will be held every Thursday evening starting 10th November from 5.30pm - 7.00pm.

For more details or to book please contact Sue Sibley on sue@wallworthassociates.co.uk or visit the website: www.teesdalebusiness.co.uk

September 2011


Enterprise House hosts Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

The 'Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support was held at Enterprise House this year, hosted by Lynn Todhunter (above) with tenants Chris Fish of CMF Planning & Design, Rebecca Hesslehurst of NewDay Renewables and Charles Holt of Governor Technical Solutions.  


The event which last year helped to raise more than £8 million, are an essential part of the Macmillan fundraising effort.


In addition to being a great deal of fun, those involved enjoyed some freshly baked homemade cakes.


August 2011
Enterprise House welcomes New Day



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March 2011
Enterprise House features in the Teesdale


A BARNARD Castle hub for business support is beating the recession by filling most of its units.


Enterprise House, in Harmire Industrial Estate, was created in 1998 and has become a "one-stop shop" for business support and training services in Teesdale.
The building is owned and run by Teesdale Development Company. Its 27 units are rented by a range of small businesses and public-sector organisations, with occupancy levels at Enterprise House at 94.5 per cent.

And despite news that South Durham Enterprise Agency is reducing its operations, Teesdale Development Company is confident Enterprise House can remain an important hub for business.
Alastair Dinwiddie, chairman of Teesdale Development Company, said: "I'm sad to say that the Enterprise Agency is downsizing. But our aim at Enterprise House is to create a good mix of businesses and organisations to create a one-stop shop for enterprise.
"I'm confident we will still be able to maintain that mix and endeavour to provide the same service."
Mr Dinwiddie said he was delighted at the number of units occupied at Enterprise House.

"Eighteen months ago, the rate was 82 per cent but now its 94.5 per cent - that's despite the economic environment and despite the fact that we have lost a number of companies," he added.
Front desk customer services, the best broadband speeds in Teesdale and low rents at Enterprise House were attractive to occupants, Mr Dinwiddie said.
Office space costs £20.50 per square foot - a price that includes a range of services.

Mr Dinwiddie also praised the work of Lynn Todhunter, customer services manager.

Tenants of Enterprise House include Jobcentre Plus, Rural Jobs Fund, Britnett Website Services, and Bishop Auckland College.  Radio Teesdale, Farming Wildlife Advisory Group and Tappers UK are also based there.

And in the past six months, the following new tenants have moved in:
- Chris Fish planning
- Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
- Mitchell Grievson accountants
- Harworth Estates
- POD urban design
- Barbara Wright Communications.

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