Business Link branches out to help community

A north east centre for people with disabilities has benefitted from Business Link County Durham's recent business start up campaign in the Durham area.

A north east centre for people with disabilities has benefitted from Business Link County Durham’s recent business start up campaign in the Durham area.

Business Link County Durham has donated five trees to Pretoria Court which comprises Edmundbyers House Care Home and the Stanhope Diabaled Living Centre that is part of Four Seasons Health Care. They were originally used by the business advice organisation as part of a ‘money tree’ stunt to spark some entrepreneurial thinking in  the area.

The trees will now be enjoyed by residents and staff at Pretoria Court in Consett, County Durham, who will plant the large ‘Eriobotrya Japonica’ trees in their garden court area, where they are expected to grow to over nine feet tall.

Home manager Christine Marr said: “We are delighted with the generosity of Business Link.  The trees will help further enhance the environment around the home, which, of course, is so important to the residents who live here.

“The trees will brighten up the garden and encourage more residents to use the area as a peaceful and tranquil place to relax. We have already had great feedback – both staff and residents think the trees are a beautiful addition to our gardens.”

The trees were originally scattered throughout the County by Business Link County Durham as part of their What’s Yours? campaign.  Following the theme of ‘money trees’, the branches were adorned with cleverly designed flyers in the shape of bank notes, encouraging people to grow their own fortune by starting a business in County Durham.

Edd Smith, enterprise project manager at Business Link County Durham said: “The money trees stunt was used to capture the imagination of people to help inspire them to set up their own businesses.  We are pleased that the trees will continue to be put to good use, and can be enjoyed by a local community project. 

“Now that the What’s Yours? campaign has come to an end, Business Link County Durham staff are looking forward to seeing how many business start ups in the area have come out of the competitions, family days and other profile-raising activities we have organised over the last three months.”

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