Three men with tools

Alliance Tools chooses Washington Business Centre as start-up base

An ambitious new start-up company making tools for the engineering sector is the latest tenant to move into the new Washington Business Centre.

Alliance Tools has taken a hybrid unit at Sunderland City Council's purpose-built £6 million centre, which opened in April last year.

Alliance supplies cutting tools for manufacturers and is aiming to win business from a wide variety of North East companies ranging from aerospace, automotive and oil and gas. It currently employs four people and plans to create another position by the end of the year.

Director Graham Curry said: "There are around 120 potential customers on our local database and 250 in the wider area. 
"There isn't a company based in Washington in our line of business so the location is ideal. It is also central to the Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear areas that we want to cover.

"The road access is perfect between the A19 and A1 and on the edge of the A1231 for covering the area, and the facilities at Washington Business Centre are fantastic for what we need. It's a brand new building, it's easy to find and has meeting rooms available for our meetings, training sessions and conferences."

Graham Curry, who is from Washington, started the business with co-director Jim Soulsby after spotting a gap in the market locally. They are both delighted with the support they have received from their suppliers and Sunderland City Council.

The business chose a hybrid unit at Washington Business Centre because it required storage space for its products and offices for its administrative staff. The centre, which was built with support from the European Development Fund (ERDF), also offers separate office and workshop units. Tenants can use its two meeting rooms and there is ample free parking. Once fully occupied, the centre is expected to create or sustain more than 200 jobs.
Councillor Harry Trueman, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "We're pleased to welcome Alliance Tools to Washington Business Centre.

"This is a young company, driven by directors with years of experience in the industry, which will plug a vital hole in the supply of tools for manufacturers in the city. As Graham Curry says, the business centre's location is great for companies that need to transport goods, thanks to its position close to the A1 and the A19.

"We look forward to watching Alliance Tools grow and create jobs at the centre."