Category: News

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 »

In the spotlight. Drum roll for ITPS

 In the spotlight. Drum roll for…. Garry Sheriff, Managing Director, ITPS. Tell us a bit about ITPS ITPS provides strategic IT consultancy, implementation, data centre services and unified communications, as well as support services and workspace and disaster recovery. Our 130-strong team services a client base spanning the UK and mainland Europe, and our clients… Read more »

Durham sees record growth in tourism with an £867m boost to the economy in 2017

Tourism is now worth £867m to Durham’s economy, which exceeds county’s targets three years ahead of schedule, according to newly published research. Commissioned by Visit County Durham, the STEAM economic impact model came to this figure after assessing data from attractions, accommodation, events, transport and visitor expenditure. The record growth reflects a 15% increase from… Read more »

County Durham business leaders challenged to sleep out for charity

Business leaders are being challenged to sleep out for a night when Darlington holds its first ever CEO Sleepout to raise funds in the fight against local homelessness and poverty. North East-based charity CEO Sleepout is looking for leaders from County Durham’s most compassionate businesses who are willing to get sponsored to give up the… Read more »

Creative duo shows starting a business doesn’t have to be lonely

Two creative entrepreneurs are offering others like them a cuppa and a chinwag about growing their businesses. Ian Proctor and Graham Marsh, co-founders of Pixel Media based at Aycliffe Business Park, want to share the warts and all experiences of their first year in business. The pair were helped by Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP),… Read more »

Young people reap apprenticeship scheme benefits

Apprentices have been speaking about the valuable skills and experiences they have gained since joining Durham County Council’s workforce. The Local Authority offers apprenticeship opportunities across a range of areas, including civil engineering, business administration, accounting and catering. In September 2018, 44 new apprentices will join the ranks, following in the footsteps of young people like… Read more »

One Sports Warehouse enjoys continued growth

Specialist sports retailer has expanded its range of goods as part of its strategic focus to grow the business. One Sports Warehouse, based on the Drum Industrial Estate in Chester-le-Street, has announced it has struck a deal with ASICS Group to feature its sporting footwear range in their store. The retailer, which specialises in hockey… Read more »

Durham Employment Skills

A five-year initiative to help match those unemployed, disabled or facing other health issues has been launched by Durham County Council. Durham Employment Skills’ Working Health programme aims to help and support both businesses seeking new staff and those looking for employment. It’s particularly aimed at those that are have been out of work for… Read more »

How to handle World Cup distractions in your workforce

Major sporting events such as the World Cup are internationally trending topics. So it’s quite possible that world cup conversation could trickle down into your workplace and grab the attention of your employees. Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept Durham shares tips on how to deal with major sporting events at work. Communicate your game… Read more »

Masterplan for Chester-le-Street

Durham County Council is calling on views on its plans for Chester-le-Street town centre. The local authority is seeking feedback on a draft document that outlines how the town should develop over the next seven years. The masterplan sets out the ways in which the council, by working with its partners, will aim to create… Read more »

World of Rides strike deal with Dinosaur Park

Leading UK manufacturer of children’s leisure rides has secured a deal to supply a dinosaur theme park in Wales. World of Rides, based on the Drum Industrial Estate in Chester-le-Street, is supplying the Dinosaur Park Tenby with coin-operated child-only cars. Andrew Robinson, Managing Director at World of Rides, said: “We originally met Amanda Meyrick from… Read more »

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 »

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 »