As we launch the latest issue of Wear Business magazine, we present some of the leading names in our pages from businesses across Wearside and County Durham.

From the foreword to exclusive interviews to features on the region’s leading hotels, restaurants and companies, Wear Business has business covered.

An online version of Wear Business can now be read online by clicking here.

Here are some of the highlights:

Graeme Anderson, co-editor, Wear Business

“As the most newly-launched publishing product in the North-East, Wear Business has had no time to build a loyal audience.

“So, as a management team, we discussed the idea of mothballing the magazine until some sort of semblance of normality returned – maybe the end of 2020 or the start of 2021. We could pause all work on the title.

“But the idea of shelving Wear Business was, itself, quickly shelved.”

Jonathan Graham, operations director, Tavistock

“It is my privilege to have been invited to write the guest foreword of a magazine which I think has set a great example to businesses in the Wear region in the way that it has refused to be crushed by Covid-19.

“Having only been launched in December, it would have been easy to make the decision to shelve the project.

“Instead, the Wear Business team has spent the last six months developing its online offering before making a welcome return to the print format.

“I have enjoyed contributing myself to the Wear Words questions on the website – but you can’t beat a hard, printed copy!”

Sarah Slaven, interim managing director, Business Durham

“It’s a very exciting year for Jade Business Park as we welcome our first tenant Sumitomo, bringing new jobs and economic growth to the area.

“The park is a prime location for businesses to establish themselves in Durham for relocation and expansion, thanks to its high-quality industrial units and excellent transport links.

“As the economy moves into the recovery we continue to support businesses to grow and create more and better jobs, we hope to welcome more businesses to one of the region’s premier developments in the near future.”

John Adamson, owner, Ramside Estates

“Across the portfolio, every venue offers something different, and we have worked hard to adapt to make sure our guests are comfortable.

“It has been a challenging year for all of us so far but I think we have enjoyed the challenges here and adapting to the kind of changes none of us could have envisaged at the start of 2020.”

Brad Groves, Great Annual Savings

“Our new headquarters in Spectrum 7 will be one of the finest office facilities outside of London and Manchester.

“We are committing a multi-million pound investment to create an innovative building focused on employee experience and wellbeing.”

Paul Callaghan, Leighton Group

“When you look back at the Spanish Flu of 1918, which was also a horrendous pandemic, after the first and second waves, people were incredibly cautious about how they conducted themselves in their daily lives over the next couple of years.

“But after that period, culturally, came the Roaring 20s with prosperity and partying.

“And if there’s to be a Roaring 20s again, I want Sunderland and the Cultural Quarter, in particular, to be perfectly positioned for it.”

Pierre Bertolotti, general manager, The Impeccable Pig, Sedgefield

“We didn’t have time to close properly. It was Mother’s Day that weekend and we had 250 people booked in. We lost most of the stock.

“We are at the heart of the village and very much part of the social circle. “We want to get the local economy going and people to come out and enjoy themselves again.”

Peter McIntyre, executive director of city development, Sunderland Council

“We are absolutely determined to create the healthy, dynamic and vibrant city our residents deserve and want to see, and we will keep building on each success, to transform Sunderland and create a place people can be proud to live, work and do business.

“There’s a sea-change in Sunderland, and Riverside Sunderland is at the forefront of it.”

Dan Makaveli, Savvy Media

“If there’s one phrase that’s resonated with businesses during Covid-19 it’s the need to ‘build back better’ and I’m hoping that, as far as Wearside businesses goes, that involves looking at their model for corporate social responsibility.

“Yes, they can give to charity, but we’d also like them to consider commissioning social enterprises for work – it’s a great way for them to support a community while at the same time getting something worthwhile and valuable back from it.”

Colin Young, co-editor, Wear Business

“We wouldn’t be much of a voice for Wear Business if we opened as a magazine and them immediately closed!

“If we’re there for Wear businesses all the way through Covid-19, then hopefully businesses will remember that in years to come.

“It will help them have faith in us and back what we’re trying to achieve.”