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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 »

Managing sickness at work

How to manage the employee who keeps calling in sick, and the one that won’t go home! An employee keeps calling in sick. Not again! From being too hungover to work, to calling in “dead” only to return the following week as though nothing had happened, employee absences can be a pain for employers. Especially… Read more »

‘Plastic roads’ trialled in County Durham

Durham County Council is the first local authority in the North East to try out a new technology as part of recently completed work to resurface a section of the A689 with hot rolled asphalt. John Reed, our head of technical services, said: “We have a continuous programme of resurfacing to maintain the condition of… Read more »

Food and drink exports soar in value

Latest HMRC figures show that exports of North East food and drink increased to £250m in the year to March 2018, an increase of 5.5 per cent compared to the previous 12 months. The most popular products from the region overseas were coffee, tea, cocoa and spices (£80m) and cereals (£33m). The products that showed… Read more »

North East entrepreneurs urged to join accelerator programme

Budding entrepreneurs from the North East are being invited to apply for a new programme to develop their business as Ignite, which ran Newcastle’s first accelerator programme returns. Working alongside Northstar Ventures and the North East Innovation Fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Ignite will deliver a full-time pre-accelerator programme from October to… Read more »

Natural Nutrients launches into Morrisons nationwide

Progressive sports nutrition brand, Natural Nutrients, has officially been launched into 71 branches of Morrisons nationwide as well as being available online. The Drum-Estate based business have landed their first official supermarket retailer and this is just the beginning of their journey. Their mission is to support, improve and optimise the health of their customers… Read more »

Businesses to take a walk on the Rewilding side

Businesses in the North East are preparing to welcome leading naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham to discuss rewilding at a conference on 18 September. Delegates will hear about the latest thinking in rewilding and nature conservation, the principle of reinstating natural processes and missing species, and explore ways businesses can support this important work… Read more »

In the spotlight. Drum roll for ITPS

 In the spotlight. Drum roll for…. Garry Sheriff, Managing Director, ITPS. Tell us a bit about ITPS ITPS provides strategic IT consultancy, implementation, data centre services and unified communications, as well as support services and workspace and disaster recovery. Our 130-strong team services a client base spanning the UK and mainland Europe, and our clients… Read more »

County Durham business leaders challenged to sleep out for charity

Business leaders are being challenged to sleep out for a night when Darlington holds its first ever CEO Sleepout to raise funds in the fight against local homelessness and poverty. North East-based charity CEO Sleepout is looking for leaders from County Durham’s most compassionate businesses who are willing to get sponsored to give up the… Read more »

Young people reap apprenticeship scheme benefits

Apprentices have been speaking about the valuable skills and experiences they have gained since joining Durham County Council’s workforce. The Local Authority offers apprenticeship opportunities across a range of areas, including civil engineering, business administration, accounting and catering. In September 2018, 44 new apprentices will join the ranks, following in the footsteps of young people like… Read more »

One Sports Warehouse enjoys continued growth

Specialist sports retailer has expanded its range of goods as part of its strategic focus to grow the business. One Sports Warehouse, based on the Drum Industrial Estate in Chester-le-Street, has announced it has struck a deal with ASICS Group to feature its sporting footwear range in their store. The retailer, which specialises in hockey… Read more »

Are you benefitting from asset finance?

Businesses are increasingly turning to asset finance to meet their goals, according to latest industry figures show. New data shows that more British firms are using their existing assets to help cash flow or increase working capital at competitive rates than ever before; a trend that is partly supported by the growing number of small… Read more »

World of Rides strike deal with Dinosaur Park

Leading UK manufacturer of children’s leisure rides has secured a deal to supply a dinosaur theme park in Wales. World of Rides, based on the Drum Industrial Estate in Chester-le-Street, is supplying the Dinosaur Park Tenby with coin-operated child-only cars. Andrew Robinson, Managing Director at World of Rides, said: “We originally met Amanda Meyrick from… Read more »