Teesdale’s heritage as the birthplace of the railway network takes centre stage at February’s Teesdale Business Group networking meeting at Enterprise House, Harmire Enterprise Park, Barnard Castle DL12 8XT on Wednesday, 13th February from 9.30 am.
The Stockton & Darlington Railway officially opened for business on the 27th September 1825 – this was a world changing event that led to the construction of locomotive powered railways across the world and fuelled the second wave of the industrial revolution. This was the railway that changed the face of the world as other railways and other countries followed suit, new towns were built and engineering innovation shared around the globe.
In 2025 it will be 200 years since that momentous event and plans are afoot for major celebrations to create a world class visitor attraction which will draw people to the area from the rest of the UK and the world. This is a heritage-led economic regeneration project designed to produce economic benefits, create jobs and instil a sense of civic pride in our innovative and pioneering past – and it is underway now.
Caroline Hardie, a Trustee of the charity, the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, will demonstrate how using 19th century enterprise creates 21st century business opportunities.
She will be talking about the exciting opportunities for businesses over the next few years as we approach this 200th anniversary of the start of the modern railway. Whether you make cheese, bangers, beer or clothing, have an engineering business, a tourist attraction, a manufacturing business or provide accommodation, this international celebration focused on our area will provide opportunities for your business and it is certainly worth planning for this now. This is also the inspiration behind a new e-commerce business that Caroline is developing and which may be of interest to some local suppliers and service providers.
Light refreshments will be available and all businesses are welcome, with just a £3 cover charge (payable on the day).
It will help us greatly with the catering order if you let either Lynn Todhunter or Jacquie Warner if you plan to attend by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01833 696750.
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If you would like more information, please email or ring Lynn or Jacquie