Category: News

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 »

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 »

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 »

Is a change to the disclosure of criminal convictions in job applications coming to Durham?

Minor historic offences can blight entire careers and inhibit rehabilitation. In January, the Supreme Court ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was, in places, disproportionate. Changing attitudes towards certain historic convictions could benefit Durham businesses by providing a wider talent pool. As things stand, anyone with more than one conviction to their name can… Read more »

Why Durham businesses need to be vigilant against age discrimination

An 88-year-old NHS secretary has become the oldest ever person to win an age discrimination case. With no default retirement age in the UK and more of the population working into their later years, the risk of Durham businesses facing an age discrimination case is on the rise. Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept Durham… 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 »

The business of rewilding

Durham-based Climate Action North East has secured Doug Allan (pictured) to speak at its upcoming rewilding conference. The BBC cameraman and award-winning photographer has worked alongside David Attenborough on high-profile programmes like Blue Planet. The topics of rewilding and climate change will be discussed and ways to take action, at a conference on 5 June,… 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 »

What to do about an employee with a side hustle

Having a side hustle, as the practice is more commonly known, is catching on. It has been reported* that as many as 25 per cent of all UK adults now have some kind of side hustle alongside their regular employment. So even if only one employee has declared their passion for another project, it’s fair… Read more »

Do you know the latest tax rules regarding termination payments?

There have been significant changes to the tax treatment of termination payments in the last 12 months. And the government have not finished yet, but the goal posts keep moving. To help raise awareness among local businesses, Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept, Durham shares a rundown of what’s happened and what’s still to come…. Read more »

The A-Z of recruitment

Recruitment can be a complex minefield. Here, the HR Dept, has prepared an A-Z of recruitment. Attracting applicants Attracting the right applicants requires an all-round approach. Some steps to consider are: Review your online presence, revisit your “work for us” content and be seen where your ideal candidates are looking. Brexit It is true that… Read more »

Better Broadband 

The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme is a UK-wide government subsidy scheme to provide a basic broadband installation to homes and businesses that are unable to access a service with a download speed of at least 2 Mbps and who won’t benefit from the superfast broadband roll out within the next 12 months. Since its launch… 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 »

Lumiere to light up Durham

A lights festival which attracts hundreds of thousands of people to Durham promises to have a lasting impact on communities throughout thanks to a substantial grant. Artichoke, producers of Lumiere Durham, have announced that the Garfield Weston Foundation have once again pledged support for the 2019 edition of the light festival. Lumiere Durham showcases the… 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 »