Business Engagement Officer
Jo Martin is a dedicated and experienced business engagement officer who focuses on rural businesses. She has a deep understanding of rural and community development and brings a wealth of experience to Durham Business Growth.
Jo grew up on a farm in Cheshire and has a background in hotel and catering from college. In 1996, she moved to County Durham and became a partner in a mixed farming business, juggling various roles while raising a family.
Jo has held various roles in events, marketing, business development, culture, tourism and education at organizations including North East Automotive Alliance and Visit County Durham.
She is passionate about supporting rural businesses and created the Rural Business Network, an innovative not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing vital support for rural businesses, while on Teesside University's Launchpad FUEL program.
Jo has first-hand experience of establishing a business and has set up a successful business crafting homemade cakes, supplying farmers' markets, cafes, and a farm shop. Her commitment to fostering youth development saw her take on roles for the Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs including as County Organizer for the County Durham Federation.
Jo has a first-class degree in Marketing and a postgraduate diploma in Tourism & Events. Her strategic vision and diverse experiences make her an invaluable asset to Durham Business Growth, where she continues to dedicate herself to rural business growth.