Tributes have been paid to businessman Geoff Ford, who has sadly died.

A spokeswoman for the Peterlee Business Park Group said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff Ford.

“Geoff was an inspirational business figure within the region, someone who was incredibly passionate about the manufacturing sector and a champion of young talent. Above all, he was a true gentlemen who had time for everyone.

“We were privileged enough to welcome Geoff as a guest speaker at the relaunch of the East Durham College Technical Academy and his anecdotal tales of his 50 plus years in the industry really did inspire, enthuse and humour the audience of budding engineers and seasoned professionals.

“Geoff will be a huge miss and on behalf of the Peterlee Business Park community, we extend our condolences to his family and friends.”

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