Category: News

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 »

ITPS bags donations for St Oswald’s Hospice

Drum-Estate based Technology firm IT Professional Services (ITPS) launched a “Bag It” appeal in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice. Although donations were supposed to be delivered to St Oswald’s a few weeks ago, staff had so many old clothing items to bag up that the firm decided to extend the deadline. MD Garry Sheriff and… Read more »

Banging the Drum for Durham businesses!

Businesses in County Durham are being urged to share their stories about working in the area as part of a new campaign aimed at attracting people to the region. Durham County Council has been working with businesses on the new campaign, involving a series of short films, to showcase the area. The Powered by People… Read more »

£10k funds available for County Durham businesses

Entrepreneurs who are part of an incubator designed to help companies grow and thrive in County Durham will now be able to access up to £10,000 of funding each. Durham City Incubator (DCI) is open to businesses that have been trading for under 12 months and are based in County Durham. It is a unique… Read more »

North East storage company locates to Drum Estate

MyLockup.com, which also has branches in Thirsk, Northallerton and Scarborough with branches opening soon in Catterick, Darlington and Knaresborough, has opened its new operation at Drum Industrial Estate in County Durham.The expansion follows a five-figure investment. Managing director, Kevin Doyle, said: “The Drum Industrial Estate provides an excellent base for us which is close to… Read more »

Businesses urged to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life

Businesses in the North East are being encouraged to get the year off to a great start by making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Businesses are being encouraged to enter teams, or to encourage individual employees to take part in this year’s Race for Life. There are events for people… Read more »

Chester-le-Street Market Place set for £6m transformation

Work is due to start on a flood prevention scheme in Chester-le-Street, following confirmation of funding for the £6m project. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government approved £2.79m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the works, with Durham County Council having already committed up to £1.5m. The remainder of the cash,… Read more »

Abandoned Chester-le-Street site to be granted million pound transformation

Multi-million pound plans to redevelop a longstanding vacant site on the edge of Chester-le-Street’s town centre have been revealed. Developer, Imopro SA is seeking to develop the site at Pelton Fell Road, Chester-le-Street, for retail operator B&M. The development, to be located to the west of the existing Tesco supermarket and the railway viaduct, would… Read more »

New investment fund offers £15,000 to businesses looking to grow

Innovative businesses can access up to £15k of investment with the launch of new business support programme, Innovate:Grow. Conceived by Generator and Auxin OKR, the latest funding programme, Innovate:Grow, has investment from the North East Innovation Fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund. It’s managed by Northstar Ventures. It will run two funding cohorts… Read more »

Stanley firm to create 100 jobs after securing £1.95m investment

A Stanley-based firm has secured a total of £1.95m of investment, with the majority of the cash coming from funds managed by Maven Capital Partners. The North East Development Fund has invested £1m in Dyer Enginnering, based in Stanley, while £750,000 was secured from Durham County Council’s Finance Durham Fund. A further £200,000 was raised… Read more »