Four businesses have moved into a thriving Peterlee business centre.

Support organisation East Durham Business Service has welcomed Team Evolve, Claire McPhail Counselling, Galaxy Letts and East Durham Counselling to Novus Business Centre, which provides office space to new and growing businesses.

Although the organisation has faced a tough 18 months brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Novus Business Centre is currently home to more tenants than it has been since 2018 and is targeting full occupancy in the coming months.

Stuart Allan, project director at property development consultancy Team Evolve, said: “Our business is growing across the region, and we felt Novus Business Centre was ideally located for us to service our vast portfolio of clients. We know there’s also the option of moving into bigger space when the time is right.”

Claire McPhail, 44, relocated her business from home to her first office space just last month.

She said: “I branched out into private practice this year and as my client base quickly grew I needed the flexibility of my own space where I could conduct the sessions.

“I had a look around the area and the space at Novus Business Centre was perfect for what I needed. The building is light and bright and has the relaxed feel I know my clients want.”

Natalie Holmes, from East Durham Counselling, added: “The facilities provided at Novus are ideal for counselling – professional, private and easy to access. It’s a great atmosphere to work in. My business is going from strength to strength. It’s wonderful to be able to support people through these difficult times.”

As well as the business facilities offers at Novus, East Durham Business Service also provides support to budding entrepreneurs who have ambitions to move into self-employment and works with growing SMEs which are looking to develop their business.

The new-start support offered by East Durham Business Service is through the Enterprise Support in the North-East programme through the European Regional Development Fund.

• Pictured above (left to right): Stuart Allan and Victoria Probert from Team Evolve, Natalie Holmes from East Durham Counselling, Sandra Wardle from EDBS, Gill Welsh from Galaxy Letts and Claire McPhail from Claire McPhail Counselling.