Category: Latest News

Premier kebab manufacturer goes for growth 

Istanbul Meats, one of the country’s premier doner kebab meat manufacturers, has relocated its premises and is exporting to Poland as part of its plans to expand the business. The family-run business has taken over their neighbouring unit on First Avenue, Drum Industrial Estate, to make room for the growing demand for their kebab meat…. Read more »

Three years of success for Tulip Tyre and Test Centre

Tulip Tyre and Test Centre have been established on the Drum Industrial Estate for three years now. The company has gone from strength to strength over this duration, which has seen owners Angela and Simon Tulip refurbish the building and achieve an award of excellence from the AA. Angela said: “We’re ever so proud of our… Read more »

Launch of UK’s first Autism and Neurodiversity Academy

A new training organisation has been launched by the North East Autism Society (NEAS), who are based on the Drum Industrial Estate, offering specialist training for employers to support staff with autism or other neuro-diverse conditions. It will also support and advise businesses of all sizes which aspire to widen their customer base to embrace people… Read more »

Pledge to help MRI Scan charity today!

The County Durham & Darlington NHS FT Charity (CDDFT) scan over 1,000 people every day, for many types of cancer, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal or neurological conditions. The new and advanced technological innovation will help their consultants with earlier diagnosis of many life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and places them at the forefront of radiology in the UK…. Read more »

Wheels to work!

Do you or your employees need help getting to work or training? The Wheels to Work County Durham transport scheme has been running in parts of the County Durham area for just over a year. The moped-loan scheme aims to help people access employment, training or education that would otherwise be inaccessible due to poor… Read more »

Go>Grow with NBSL

The NBSL £10 million Go>Grow programme delivers fully-funded training to North East based businesses who want to develop their workforce to strengthen and grow their businesses. It is supported by the European Social Fund and delivered through a partnership of colleges, training providers and specialists in business support. The training opportunities range from business skills including… Read more »

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance funding options comparison guide

Do you need to invest in new business assets, such as IT equipment, plant and machinery or vehicles? Independent provider of finance solutions, Anglo Scottish Asset Finance, who are based on the Drum Industrial Estate, have an asset funding options comparison guide. It aims to help you find the answer to help you compare asset… Read more »

The new exciting way to do team building in County Durham

County Durham Sport have launched a new way to do team-building in County Durham. Tech-Know Trail has taken the traditional treasure hunt concept and combined it with innovative technology and inspired content to create fun, engaging, interactive challenges designed to get workplaces moving. Played on tablets or smartphones, each of the challenges includes a variety… Read more »

Every pound counts! Appeal for MRI scanner

County Durham & Darlington NHS FT Charity (CDDFT) is one of the largest Trusts outside of London and scan over 1000 people every single day. Its consultants help diagnosis many types of cancers, cardio vascular, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, as well as soft tissue injury such as to the liver or brain. The trust is… Read more »

Steadfast deals for Anglo Scottish Asset Finance

Independent provider of finance solutions, Anglo Scottish Asset Finance, who are based on the Drum Industrial Estate, have sealed nearly 20 deals since joining forces with the SteadFast Group four years ago. Self-employed agent, Colin Elrick, carried out the deals which included financing trucks, vans and cars – a number of them that we helped… Read more »

Coveris Rigid UK Ltd scoops people development award

Coveris Rigid UK Ltd, which specialising in high performance packaging, has been recognised at the CIPD North East’s annual awards. The global company, which has bases at Chester-le-Street and Stanley, claimed the prize for Excellence in People Development. With more than 10,000 global employees and 60 facilities, its Chester-Le-Street site has been transformed in recent… Read more »

Co-op clean up Drum community cycle track

Staff from The Co-op Distribution Centre at Drum Industrial Estate took part in a clean-up of the pedestrian and cycle track that runs between the industrial estate and the local housing estate. Following a request from Birtley Parish council, the 10 colleagues not only volunteered their time, but also their gardening equipment. They carried out… Read more »

Natural Nutrients slayed the dragons!

Liam Sherriff and Craig Newbigin of Drum Estate’s Natural Nutrients entered the Dragons’ Den on 27 August and left with an offer of £100,000. Liam, the founder of healthy supplements company Natural Nutrients, along with business development manager Craig, impressed four dragons as they pitched their products in front of millions on the TV show…. Read more »

Affordable loans and saving schemes

The Prince Bishops Community Bank work to tackle financial exclusion and high cost credit by proving affordable loans and saving schemes. They’re happy to visit your workplace to explain the scheme fully and see how they can help with any issues you or your employees may be facing.

Health and safety training

A range of training courses are available at Aspen Wolf in Seaham are available. Discounts can be applied for block bookings and training can also be delivered on site exclusively for your staff. The courses include: Emergency First Aid at Work (appointed person); Level 3 First Aid at Work Re-Qualification; and Level 3 Award in… Read more »

£20 million funding opportunities

An exciting funding opportunity is available for businesses across County Durham. The £20 million Finance Durham LP fund, announced by Business Durham and managed by Maven Capital Partners, offers funding for companies of all sizes across most sectors. The aim is to contribute to economic development, job creation and innovation within the County. Get more… Read more »

Great charity effort by the Co-op

Congratulations to the Co-Operative Food Distribution depot on the Drum Estate for their sterling efforts in supporting charities. So far the company has supported over 23 charities either by donating raffle prizes or raising money direct in the depot by doing various activities. The funds raised to-date total £1200 (£800 for the British Red Cross… Read more »

Lights, camera, action!

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance, the independent provider of finance solutions, based on the Drum Industrial Estate, has helped a local events company procure audio and visual stage and lighting equipment. The decision was made because the customer was regularly hiring equipment which, over time, was costing more than it would to fund the purchase and… Read more »

Team expansion for KEP Services (UK) Ltd

KEP Services (UK) Ltd, based on Third Avenue, have made two key appointments to their team following the retirement of the company’s founder. Matthew Pennels and Les Smith (both pictured above) are welcomed by Bob and Cath Jobson. Matthew joined the team last year as a Storeman and has since progressed to the Sales Team… Read more »

Become an enterprise adviser

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for leaders from North East businesses and employers to volunteer their time to become an Enterprise Adviser and make a difference to a local school or college. It’s a unique way to help inform young people and equip them with the skills they need to find work… Read more »

Financial support to reduce your energy consumption

Access support to increase the use of energy efficient technologies and processes in your business. The independent Durham Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) scheme can provide you with a grant of up to 40% off the cost of installing appropriate energy efficient technology. The project has secured ERDF support and has been endorsed by the… Read more »

Training to achieve greater results

A comprehensive range of training workshops, qualifications and services in leadership and management; health and wellbeing; and employability are on offer for companies based in County Durham. Specialist training provider Amacus, who work directly with employers to support business improvement by offering bespoke training solutions, have recently launched a fully funded training programme called Taking… Read more »

Be part of the Durham community

The County Durham Community Foundation provides grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. In the last year, they have awarded over £3.5 million to community projects and individuals in need across County Durham and Darlington. Their charitable funds are donated by local individuals, families, businesses and trusts, building up a… Read more »