Wear Business editor Graeme Anderson introduces the latest print issue, which is available to read online…

The winter issue of Wear Business magazine – the voice of business in the Wear region – has just been published and will be dropping onto doormats of business centres, offices and boardroom and MD’s inboxes over the coming weeks.

If you want to receive a copy in the post – either to your home or business address – please send your name and address by email to info@wear.business.

In the meantime, it’s available to read online by clicking here.

The edition went to print almost a year to the day in 2019 that travel tycoon John Hays gave us an exclusive interview in order to help boost the launch issue of what is a unique publication.

As a proud Wearsider, John saw the value of a business publication which would not only amplify the voices of Durham and Sunderland – two cities united by the one river – but also the satellite business communities of Seaham and Washington, of Hetton and Houghton, of Peterlee and Chester-le-Street and surrounds.

We live in a part of the country that is on the up in so many ways but it is important that Wearside does not get left behind, as it has quite often in the past, when it comes to being among voices most heard in the region.

As everyone knows, the remarkable John Hays, who turned a single travel shop in Seaham into a billion-pound turnover business, died unexpectedly in November and we pay our own personal tribute to him in our packed winter edition.

Our cover story sees an in-depth interview of Dr Michelle Cooper, who was made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to charity.

Michelle talks of her work at the County Durham Community Foundation and (as a former businesswoman herself) analyses ‘the business of charity’ because, regardless of its philanthropic intent, charity remains a business which has a bottom line and books to be balanced.

While many of the Wear region’s charities are under threat because of the pandemic, the same is true of many of our long-established businesses.

This issue features an honest appraisal by North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive James Ramsbotham of the economic slings and arrows firing across the region as Covid-19 and Brexit potentially coalesce into a perfect storm.

But it is far from doom to gloom as success story after success story shows in the 52-page glossy magazine.

We cover all the big stories – the Riverside regeneration in Sunderland, the IAMP at Washington, Milburngate in Durham, the announcement the new Qasqai will be built at Nissan.

But we also cover the everyday stories which make up the warp and weft of business life in the Wear region.

So if you want to catch up with the latest promotions and appointments on Wearside, or discover where the new contracts have been gained and the apprentices trained, where the renovations and innovations have taken place and the new roads and buildings taken shape, Wear Business magazine will bring you up to date.

Enjoy the read.

We hope it helps you take stock of 2020 and inspires you to do the business in 2021.

Graeme Anderson
Editor, Wear Business
And the Wear Business team