First tenant of Jade Business Park meets local Durham businesses

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems (SEWS-E), the first tenant to sign up for a unit at Durham’s new Jade Business Park, met with potential suppliers at local ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at The Durham Centre this month.

Hosted by the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and sponsored by Business Durham, the event gave over 50 guests a chance to hear about the automotive supply chain opportunities with SEWS-E, as well as have one-to-one meetings with Mike Hall, DC Manager at SEWS-E.

SEWS-E is part of the Sumitomo family of companies which was founded in Japan over 400 years ago and now operates in 65 countries. It distributes automotive wiring harnesses, fuse boxes, connectors, and cables throughout Europe.

The business is expanding to locate at Jade Business Park - a new 55 acre employment site just moments from the A19 and Dalton Park on the outskirts of Murton. Jade Business Park will be managed by Business Durham, the economic development arm of the council and is being delivered in partnership with Highbridge Developments, the company behind the UK’s largest office park, Cobalt, in North Tyneside.

Mike Hall, DC Manager at SEWS-E, said: “We’re looking forward to getting into our new site at Jade Business Park in Durham this year. “The site’s location and offer was perfect for us. It is just six miles away from our current facility which we have outgrown, close to the motorway and to our major customers.

“Our new building will be purpose built, enabling us to grow and also accommodate a number of exciting new projects that are in the pipeline.

“We’re keen to talk to local companies who could supply data cabling, power supply, and removals as well as general contractors. The Meet the Buyer event gave us a fantastic opportunity to make some new connections.”

Paul Butler, CEO from NEAA said: “We are delighted to be able to bring a new series of meet the buyer events to our members in the automotive supply chain and it was great to work with Business Durham and SEWS-E on the first one.

“These events are designed to offer access to buyers and decision makers from across the UK automotive sector whilst giving companies targeted networking opportunities and increased sector knowledge.”

Sarah Slaven, Managing Director from Business Durham said: “We are pleased to have sponsored the Meet the Buyer event and to see our first tenant at Jade Business Park connect with local suppliers.

“It’s a very exciting year for Jade Business Park and we look forward to welcoming SEWS-E to Durham.”