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30th anniversary environment awards 2019

The County Durham Environment Awards 2019 are now open for entries. The objective of the award scheme is to reward great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit in County Durham. 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Awards and an extremely successful year is anticipated. More information about the twelve categories can be found online. The… Read more »

Remondis invests for the future

Picture: L to R: Steve Patterson Managing Director, Remondis Waste Solutions Ltd, Andrea McGuigan, Business Durham, Cllr Simon Henig, Leader, Durham County Council, Werner Hols, REMONDIS International, Managing Director and Dr Dave Hodgson Dr David Hodgson, Department for International Trade. Remondis have opened their state-of-the-art C&D recycling plant in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. The site was… Read more »

Get saving

The Durham Savers Project works closely with County Durham businesses to help improve the financial wellbeing of staff. The aim of the project is to help businesses implement savings schemes in the workplace where staff can save directly from their wages. Thirty County Durham businesses have already signed up to Durham Savers, including the local… Read more »

ITPS to expand team

Managed IT solutions and services experts ITPS is further strengthening its team by recruiting a 1st Line Helpdesk Engineer. The Drum Estate company, which recently completed an expansion project to add 3,000 square foot of data hall space to its high specification data centre, has released details of the job role. Their 1st Line engineers… Read more »

Fishermen tackle riverside rubbish in Chester-le-Street

Fifteen members of Chester-le-Street and District Angling Club (CDAC) teamed together to tidy 40 bags of litter from long stretches of the banks of the River Wear in Chester-le-Street. They were inspired by the County Durham and Darlington Big Spring Clean campaign, which calls on local residents, community groups, schools and businesses to organise litter… Read more »

Chester-le-Street charity receives much-needed financial boost

Waldridge Millennium Green Trust, based in Chester-le-Street, is one of six North-East charities that has received a financial boost following nominations from the public. Funded from the Movement For Good awards, which was set up by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, each nominated charity received £1,000. The chosen charities join more than 500 other charities across the… Read more »

Money to brighten up the Drum Estate

Public art funding that has remained in council coffers for a decade could now be used to brighten up the Drum Industrial Estate. Chester-le-Street District Council allocated £6,000 in 2008, but Durham County Council took over the following year, when the smaller authority was abolished, and the money has remained untouched. Councillor Craig Martin, who represents… Read more »

Plans for major waste recycling plant win approval

Plans for a major waste recycling plant based on the Drum Industrial Estate have been approved. The new plant, owned by H.W Martin Waste Ltd and Premier Waste Recycling Ltd, will manage waste and recyclable materials for households and businesses and is expected to secure up to 64 full-time jobs. The site was previously occupied… Read more »

Businesses urged to tap into money saving energy scheme

Businesses in County Durham could save thousands of pounds on their energy bills each year by taking advantage of an energy saving advice scheme. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the county have until the beginning of September this year to apply for fully-funded, impartial guidance on making savings to their energy use via the… Read more »

Durham businesses urged to tap into manufacturing growth programme

Growing businesses from County Durham’s manufacturing and engineering sectors are being urged not to miss out on tapping into support from a unique exhibition programme. The Incubator Zone is a support strand of Business Durham’s Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), created to help new and growing micro and SMEs within the engineering and manufacturing sectors… Read more »

Apprentices wanted at Durham County Council

The region’s largest council is looking to recruit 66 apprentices to a wide range of posts, from entry to degree level. Durham County Council is advertising the vacancies to coincide with the launch of its Apprenticeship Strategy for 2019 to 2022. Representatives from the council and the GMB and Unison trade unions were joined by… Read more »

Finance Durham Fund celebrates two-year anniversary

Finance Durham, managed by Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active finance providers, has, since its launch, invested £3.4 million in 10 dynamic growth businesses across County Durham, driving economic prosperity and supporting the creation and safeguarding of over 250 jobs. Appointed by Durham County Council in May 2017, Maven manages the £20… Read more »

Entrepreneurs celebrate success with Durham City Incubator support

A business incubator is looking for its next cohort of ambitious entrepreneurs after helping its first eight small businesses achieve national recognition and investment funding. Durham City Incubator, which is based at Salvus House, at Aykley Heads, Durham, offers intensive support for businesses which have been trading under 12 months as they go for the… Read more »

Engineering network appoints new support manager

The region’s largest engineering and manufacturing network has appointed a network support manager to work with the team on its continued growth. Kaye Collins has joined the Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN) to enhance the support currently offered to companies across County Durham and the North East. The network, led by a board of industry… Read more »

Biffa boosts investment in new North East recycling centre to £27.5m

Waste management firm Biffa has announced it is almost doubling its investment at its planned County Durham recycling centre. The firm was given the green light in February for a £15 million plastics recycling plant at Foxcover Distribution Park, in Dawdon, Seaham, a move which would create around 70 jobs. Biffa said was making use… Read more »

£4.9m growth fund launched for County Durham businesses

Over 300 new jobs could be created with the launch of a £4.9 million fund to help County Durham’s small and medium-sized businesses to expand and grow. The three-year County Durham Growth Fund has been launched by Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council, to help stimulate and enable businesses to grow… Read more »

Jo Farrell confirmed as Durham Constabulary’s new Chief Constable

The appointment of Jo Farrell as Durham Constabulary’s new Chief Constable has been confirmed. The announcement follows a Confirmation Hearing, a statutory process where members of the independent Police and Crime Panel have the opportunity to question the preferred candidate, and to endorse the appointment. Jo first became a police officer in 1991 and joined… Read more »

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 »