Category: Latest News

Data centre expansion for Drum Estate ITPS

Managed IT solutions and services experts ITPS have completed an expansion project to add 3,000 square foot of data hall space to its high specification data centre on the Drum Estate in County Durham. The move has been driven by increased demand for ITPS’s services, after it received the seal of approval from NHS Digital… Read more »

Dyslexia in the workplace

With dyslexia affecting around 10% of the population, it’s likely that at some point you’ll encounter it within your workforce. But while most people have heard of dyslexia, if it doesn’t affect you or someone you know, you may not understand exactly what it means – or how to talk about it. Alison Schreiber, Director… Read more »

Growth capital and small loan funds open for business

Durham-based businesses are invited to apply for investments from two new funds worth a total of £27m that could help expand their operations and create new jobs. NEL Fund Managers is the only fund management firm to be awarded two of the five funds that make up the new £120m North East Fund Supported by… Read more »

Access finance and funding event

County Durham-based businesses are being urged to attend a free event to access funding and finance packages they need to grow. Business Durham and Drum Business Park Group are hosting the morning event on Thursday 24 May, which will bring together key funding and business support organisations including RTC North, Digital Drive County Durham, BEEP,… Read more »

Tackling mental ill health in the workplace

Every organisation has an opportunity to support and develop a mentally healthy workforce and it doesn’t need to be complicated thanks to a new toolkit designed to help employers –understand and act, step by step. Business in the Community has partnered with Public Health England to produce the free, online toolkit to help every organisation… Read more »

Women in the workplace still getting a raw deal

As a huge spotlight continues to shine on sexual harassment in the workplace, Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept Durham, urges companies to take action to tackle inequality. Despite the Equal Pay Act in 1970 and the Equality Act 2010, women still earn less than men in Britain today. Equal pay is the right for… Read more »

Why opt for business equipment leasing?

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance look at why companies turn to business equipment leasing and share their top tips. Business equipment leasing can help in business expansion, fulfil a major new contract or business opportunity or simply to replace existing equipment that has become obsolete or inefficient. This method of business equipment financing has grown because… Read more »

New look for Natural Nutrients

Drum Industrial Estate-based nutrition brand Natural Nutrients has been given a fresh new look. Managing director, Liam Sheriff, said: “The business has grown significantly during 2017 and that success told us it was time to really push on with the development of our brand and products.” Brand and design company, Wonderstuff, was tasked with rebadging… Read more »

GDPR advice

We were pleased to Welcome Lorraine McGill (pictured) to a recent Drum Estate meeting to explain about the impending GDPR European regulation which comes in to force on 25 May 2018. Despite our intention to leave the EU, this regulation will be adopted into UK law and will continue to be in force after we… Read more »

Drum neighbourhood watch

Neighbourhood wardens work to improve the quality of life for Drum Industrial Estate tenants by reducing the level of anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime. Wardens have the powers to issue fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes, where appropriate, for a range of issues including: litter; flytipping and failing to clear waste dumped on… Read more »

Jobs success for ITPS apprentices

Two young apprentices have secured full time jobs with Drum Estate-based ITPS, as Sam Laws and Luke Garbutt (pictured) celebrate their recent new appointments as Junior Data Centre Service Engineers. The company’s longstanding commitment to training young people goes back to the day ITPS was founded in 2000. Since then its in-house scheme has helped… Read more »

Rondean locates to Drum Estate

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of high quality used machinery for sheet metal fabrication, engineering and woodworking has relocated to the Drum Industrial Estate. Rondean Ltd, who are committed to the refurbishment, re-cycle, and re-supply of a wide and varied range of the best quality, British-made machine tools, has moved to the Drum Industrial… Read more »

Get pest controlled

Are you worried pests could damage your business operations or reputation? If so, you can access a free survey to protect and safeguard your business from possible pest issues. The Durham County Council Pest Control team can identify how to stop pests, such as rats, mice, wasps, flies, cockroaches, getting into your premises and will… Read more »

Steelcraft celebrate milestones with key staff

An impressive 45 years of combined service is being celebrated by Drum Estate-based Steelcraft as it honours two of its long-serving employees. Steelcraft, which was established in 1989, is a family-run company specialising in architectural metalwork, has recognised the unique contribution that two of its staff have brought to the company. Martin Armstrong, Operations Director,… Read more »

Do you want to progress or develop a member of your team?

You can complete a work based development programme with HIT Training and use this to improve your own career prospects, motivate your team, and develop new skills and increase efficiency and profits for your business! HIT Training understand the positive impact of work-based apprenticeships for employers, employees and the wider economy. This investment in your… Read more »

Calling all County Durham based Community Enterprises

Durham Sparks is a new initiative, backed and funded by Durham County Council, to connect Community Enterprises with business coaches. It is influenced by top business leaders but driven by the enterprise itself to develop its skills, talent and access expertise, a range of support services and access to a dynamic network of business support… Read more »

Whittle Jones celebrate 25 years

Congratulations to Whittle Jones who are celebrating their silver anniversary in business! Whittle Jones perform an asset management function for commercial portfolios totalling around 8 million square feet, consisting of industrial/trade and office accommodation in over 4,000 units. Unit sizes range from as little as 285 square feet to 50,000 square feet and office suites… Read more »

Trade and commercial waste collection for Drum Estate businesses

REMONDIS JBT, operate a modern large fleet of specialised waste collection vehicles to businesses of all sizes throughout the North East of England, and are offering businesses located on the Drum Industrial Estate a free audit and preferential service rates for containers to suit their individual requirements. The company’s service is built on the understanding… Read more »

Drum Business Park Group Meeting

Drum Business Park Meeting on 24th May 2018 The next meeting will take place on 24th May as follows: 08.30am – Breakfast refreshments and Networking opportunity 09.00 – News and Updates 09.30 – General Discussion 10.30 – Close If you would like to know more about why you should become involved please contact Andrea McGuigan at Business Durham on… Read more »

Grand support required for the MRI Scanners Appeal

The County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has launched its Grand Partner scheme to appeal to businesses across the county to pledge £1000 for the MRI Scanner Appeal. By pledging to be a ‘Grand Partner’ to the charity you will be supporting the fundraising efforts to purchase two new scanners for Darlington Memorial Hospital… Read more »

Drum unit to let

Unit 27, Third Avenue on Drum Industrial Estate has become available to let. The property comprises a midterraced industrial / workshop unit with dedicated parking to the front. It is constructed of steel portal frame design with brick infill walls to elevations and asbestos sheet cladding to front elevation and roof above. To the front… Read more »

Dragons Den duo have an appetite for growth

Drum Industrial Estate entrepreneurs Liam Sherriff and Craig Newbigin (pictured above), who last year secured investment offers of £100,000 during an appearance on BBC2’s ‘Dragons Den’, have launched a Crowdcube campaign that should see them raise a further £250,000. Natural Nutrients Managing Director Liam Sherriff said: “Crowdcube is one of the simplest and most respected… Read more »

Women In The Workplace Still Getting A Raw Deal

In the month of International Women’s Day, in the year of the centenary of women winning the right to vote and as a huge spotlight shines on sexual harassment in the workplace, Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept Durham urges SMEs to take action in their businesses to tackle inequality. Unequal pay still rampant and… Read more »