An eye-catching way to promote new hub

Gill and Michael Brown, owners of Dissington Hall, with Guy Opperman (second from right) and the fire-eaters.
Gill and Michael Brown, owners of Dissington Hall, with Guy Opperman (second from right) and the fire-eaters.

Ponteland’s MP had high praise for Dissington Hall at the official launch of its new Enterprise Hub.

Fire-eater greeters welcomed guests to the event, which was attended by about 100 people – a mixture of existing and potential office tenants, local small businesses and many of the suppliers and contractors who worked on the project.

Five new businesses moved into the hall in November, joining the seven companies already operating at the site.

As well as offering flexible leases and incentives to new firms, the hub has meeting rooms to let and a drop-in co-working space for the working-from-home businesses looking to join a business community. At the event, Guy Opperman, who represents the Hexham constituency, said: “There is no better place to grow a business than Dissington Hall. It’s a great venue, in beautiful countryside and clearly good value for money.

“As the economy grows, I would urge potential SMEs to think about setting up here.

“Full credit to owners Michael and Gill Brown, all the team at the North East Rural Growth Network (RGN) for supporting and growing Dissington Hall as a business hub and Defra for providing the funding for the RGN scheme.”

New start-up businesses based at Dissington Hall include Sullivan Brown, an HR recruitment consultancy, and Clued Up Kids, a new initiative designed to deliver programmes in primary schools to engage children in exploring major issues that affect their health and well-being.

The hub will be hosting regular events, starting with a free marketing magic workshop on Tuesday, March 17. For more details, call Mrs Brown on 01661 886063.