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Pollinating business parks in the North

A project to support the survival of struggling pollinating insect populations, such as butterflies and bees, has been launched by County Durham-based Climate Action North. Pollinator Parks, brings volunteers together to plant British native ‘pollinator-friendly’ wildflowers on business land that may otherwise go unused. The first site is a meadow lawn area and in two… Read more »

Going for Gold!

As the region’s leading provider of services and support for children, young people and adults with autism or other examples of neurodiversity, part of The North East Autism Society’s role is shaping the narrative on how people view and understand autism. Rather than the language of deficits or disability, the Society wants autism and neurodiversity… Read more »

In the spotlight with World of Rides

Drum roll please for… David Robinson, Founder of World Of Rides World of Rides was started by David (pictured above) in 1969 as the manufacturing arm to supply his retail, operating and promotion businesses. He operated from a rented unit on the then new Stella Gill Industrial Estate in Chester-le-Street until 1990, when they needed… Read more »

Investment helps Steelcraft shape growth plans

A Drum estate-based engineering firm, which specialises in fashioning ornate and unusual steelwork, is aiming to take its turnover past the £2million mark with the help of a new investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. Steelcraft designs, manufactures and installs a comprehensive range of architectural metalwork,… Read more »

A helping paw for animals

The North East Hydrotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, based on the Drum Industrial Estate, now offers a professional CPD accredited small animal first aid training course. Managing director, Michael Leonard, said: “Having always had dogs of various breeds, I’ve always strived to ensure the wellbeing and health of families most loved pets at all times. I… Read more »

Co-op becomes official Red Box Project drop off point

The Drum Estate-based Co-op depot is supporting the Red Box Project. The scheme is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people whose families may not be able to afford sanitary products. They provide red boxes filled with sanitary items to schools. The Co-op is proud to be supporting the Red Box Project… Read more »

Top marks for North East Autism Society’s care services

The North East Autism Society, whose head office is based on the Drum Estate, has scooped an outstanding score by Ofsted. Its care home Acorn House, which is situated within the grounds of the North East Centre for Autism in Newton Aycliffe, was awarded the top mark – the third within the Society ‘s care… Read more »

ITPS bags donations for St Oswald’s Hospice

Drum-Estate based Technology firm IT Professional Services (ITPS) launched a “Bag It” appeal in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice. Although donations were supposed to be delivered to St Oswald’s a few weeks ago, staff had so many old clothing items to bag up that the firm decided to extend the deadline. MD Garry Sheriff and… Read more »

North East storage company locates to Drum Estate

MyLockup.com, which also has branches in Thirsk, Northallerton and Scarborough with branches opening soon in Catterick, Darlington and Knaresborough, has opened its new operation at Drum Industrial Estate in County Durham.The expansion follows a five-figure investment. Managing director, Kevin Doyle, said: “The Drum Industrial Estate provides an excellent base for us which is close to… Read more »

Date announced for EMCON 2019

EMCON, the region’s biggest engineering and manufacturing expo, will return in 2019 on a new date. Historically the networking exhibition has been held on the third Thursday in October, however in response to exhibitor and delegate feedback the event will be now held on Thursday, 10 October. Organisers of the event are hoping the move… Read more »

FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019

The hunt is on for the best small business in the North East. From exporters to start-ups, from innovators to green businesses, and from family businesses to the best young entrepreneurs, small firms are being encouraged to enter FSB’s 2019 Celebrating Small Business awards. Winning a FSB Celebrating Small Business Award is a great way… Read more »

In the spotlight. Modex Security Services Ltd

In the spotlight. Drum roll please for….Paul Bell of Modex Security Services Ltd. How would you describe your business in one word? Reliable…Our business is built on reliability and trust, after all, we install our equipment at times without a contract, just a phone call is enough. We protect millions of pounds worth of equipment… Read more »

Rebrand for County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network

A network which supports businesses within the engineering and manufacturing sectors has rebranded to reflect its growth regionally. The County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network will now be known as The Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN). The name change is to reflect the organisation’s position within the North East, and its ever-increasing network of North… Read more »

Snowdrop the hedgehog inspires £8,400 donation

A little white hedgehog called Snowdrop has helped raise thousands of pounds for Drum Estate-based North East Autism Society. The society was chosen as one of four charities to benefit from the 30th and final Durham Shopping Extravaganza after organisers met author Peter Barron and illustrator Jonathan Raiseborough at last year’s event. Peter and Jonathan… Read more »

New network to support food producers

A support programme for food and drink producers in County Durham who need help getting their products to market has been launched. The Durham Food and Drink Network, which is an initial 12-month programme, offers a minimum of 12 hours of business support for food producers based in the county. It is the fifth key… Read more »

In the Spotlight. Electron and Tritec

In the spotlight. Drum roll for…. Gary Haines, managing director of Electron and Tritec. Tell us about your businesses Electron Systems Ltd was established in 1999. It’s part of the Tritec Group manufacturing and installs electrical control panels and all electrical services to the manufacturing sector including many blue-chip companies. How would you describe your… Read more »

New workshop for Drum framing company

Bespoke picture framing company has moved into new premises on the Drum Industrial Estate. Framing Unlimited, which has taken a three-year lease at Unit 1A Drum Industrial Estate, has grown since the proprietor, David Worsfold, bought the business in 2014. The new workshop, located just two doors from the original unit, is open to the… Read more »

How to host a good work party

Work events such as the annual Christmas or summer party can be a great way to boost morale. They bring everyone together in a relaxed and social environment. It also gives you the opportunity to take a break and get to know your employees better. Sounds fun right? What could go wrong? Well, quite a… Read more »

Don’t fall victim to the seven deadly sins of the Christmas party

Christmas parties are a wonderful opportunity to bond and reward staff for their hard work. But wrath, pride, lust, greed, envy, sloth and gluttony can all strike! And employers can be held liable for the actions of their staff. Businesses can be, and are, held vicariously liable for the wrong-doings of people at Christmas parties…. Read more »

Steelcraft expands into Europe

Drum Estate-based metalwork firm sets out ambitious plans to expand with a new online brand. Family-run company, Steelcraft Ltd, specialises in supplying architectural metalwork with a portfolio including balconies, railings, gates, handrails, stairs, ramps and secondary steelwork. Through the launch of its new online brand, Forjj, the company will offer ready-made products, manufactured in its… Read more »

Help! My employee doesn’t want to work their notice period!

Whether or not you saw it coming, an employee leaving can present a problem for your business. Even more so if they declare that they are leaving quite suddenly and do not intend on working their contractual or statutory notice period. Your initial reaction is quite possibly going to involve pointing out a clause in… Read more »

Drum kebab manufacturer gains SALSA

Family-run Istanbul Meats Ltd, one of the nation’s leading doner kebab manufacturers and based on the Drum Industrial Estate, has achieved certification of the SALSA food safety standard at the first time of asking. Founding partner, Nuran Adiguzel, said: “The kebab industry has suffered from a terrible reputation over the years with horror stories about… Read more »

One Sports Warehouse celebrates second birthday

Specialist sports retailer, One Sports Warehouse, based on the Drum Industrial Estate in Chester-le-Street, marked its second year of trading this summer. The retailer, which specialises in hockey and sports equipment, recently announced its expansion plans, including a deal with ASICS Group to feature its sporting footwear range in their store. The company celebrated its… Read more »