Category: News

Supply Chain North East launches to help firms diversify and find new clients

A new multimillion-pound programme aimed at businesses wishing to diversify and grow their customer base has been set in motion in the North East. Supply Chain North East plans to work with more than 800 businesses over the next three years. It will work with individual business leaders and their teams, to help build on… Read more »

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 »

Tap into armed forces skill sets

Finchale Group is a charity that works to help former service personnel, ex-offenders and other disadvantaged groups tackle money and mental health problems, drug and alcohol misuse and housing issues. Newly located at Belmont Business Park, the charity has recently renewed its pledges to support the Armed Forces Community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant…. 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 »

Get skilled staff

Local employers are using an innovative approach to recruiting apprentices and staff aged 16 to 23 where benefits can include: up to £5,000 toward salary and other costs; free training to help the new employee be valuable immediately; and a work placement of 100 hours with no salary to pay. Working closely with the Skills… 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 »

Reboot your tech

County Durham based registered charities and social enterprises can access low-cost computer equipment through the Digital Durham Reboot scheme. Durham County Council has partnered with Protech City to offer computer equipment that starts at just £75 for a desktop and £105 for a laptop. A quarter of Durham County Council owned desktops and laptops are… Read more »

Are you ready for Gigabit?

Full fibre broadband offers the fastest and most reliable speeds available; and as part of its vision to see a full fibre Britain, the government launched a £67million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Through the scheme, registered businesses can claim up to £2,500 towards the installation of a full fibre broadband connection, providing download speeds of… 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 »

How to spot and stop workplace bullying

It is sad but true that bullying is still a significant issue in many organisations. The TUC reported in 2015 that nearly one third of people are bullied at work, with women being more at risk than men. If left unaddressed, workplace bullying can manifest and have a devastating effect on victims, teams and businesses…. Read more »

Top tips for recruiting seasonal temps

As the merry folk in your workplace get caught up in the Christmas countdown and ask all sorts of burning questions such as “When are the decorations going up?”, you are quite possibly focused on another countdown. It could be counting down to the biggest and busiest period for your business. Or the big red… 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 »

Opportunity to support metro futures project

  Nexus is currently seeking to procure three contracts worth around £500m as part of the Nexus’ Fleet Replacement Programme on the Tyne and Wear Metro. The contract opportunities are in construction, manufacture and maintenance. Nexus are holding an event on Monday 8 October to give businesses the opportunity to meet the bidders and find… Read more »

Six steps to prepare for an intern

If you’ve never had an intern before, you could be forgiven for thinking you hire one to pass on your wealth of business knowledge, so your legacy lives on after you retire. That, and to have some extra hands on deck to order your lunch when the going gets tough. Here, The HR Dept, Durham, provides… Read more »

All my employees are leaving! How to spot it and stop it

It starts with one, then two, three, maybe even four or more. Your employees are jumping ship and you’re questioning everything from pay brackets to office décor. Was it something you said? Alison Schreiber, Director at The HR Dept, Durham, looks at how to tackle the issue. Although a wave of leavers can be a… 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 »