Category: News

Fat Hippo confirmed as EMCON caterer

Fat Hippo, the North East-founded burger chain, has been announced as the catering provider for this year’s EMCON. The food group, which has three restaurants and outlets in the North East and a recently opened food kiosk in Sheffield, will offer up a range of meat and vegetarian offerings to exhibitors and visitors to the… Read more »

Rondean expands Drum Industrial Estate presence

Machinery supplier Rondean has expanded into a second unit on the Drum Industrial Estate after enjoying continued success. The company has acquired a second unit of 3,000 square feet on the estate, which will accommodate a forthcoming recruitment drive. Up to 12 new members of staff are expected to be recruited this year, with Rondean… Read more »

How to manage strong personalities in your business

The first thing to remember is, there is no right or wrong personality type. And that employees with strong personalities have an important role to play in any successful business. As do those who tend to be more reserved. But without good management in place, dominant employees can disrupt the balance of your workforce. Every… Read more »

Octopus Revenue celebrates five years success

A Durham-based firm that helps hotels across the country increase their revenue and profits is celebrating its fifth year. Sarah Thompson (pictured above) decided to set up Octopus Revenue Ltd in 2014 when she was made redundant, having spent over 20 years of working in the hospitality sector with major hotel chains and independent groups… Read more »

Powered by People

The Powered by People initiative aims to promote County Durham as one of the country’s best places in which to live and work. It highlights all that Durham has to offer including businesses, transport links, with the east coast mainline and easy access to the A1 and A19, global Top 100 university and lifestyle factors… Read more »

Collaboration sees traffic solutions for Drum Estate

Discussions and collaboration with businesses on the Drum Industrial Estate, Durham Police and Durham County Council will see new traffic solutions put in place. Following ongoing parking and traffic issues on the Estate the group, facilitated by Business Durham, a plan of proposed locations for parking restrictions is now being progressed. Andrea McGuigan, business development… Read more »

The region’s Innovation Awards are back!

Entries are now open for the North East Innovation Awards. Celebrating the ground-breaking ideas, processes and products impacting on business, industry and society, businesses at the forefront of innovation are encouraged to apply. There are seven awards categories with nominations being accepted for five, these are: Innovation Champion – in partnership with CPI; Manufacturing Innovation… Read more »

ITPS run for Percy Hedley

Congratulations to Managed IT solutions and services experts ITPS who took part in this year’s Great North Run in aid of the Percy Hedley Foundation, a great charity supporting children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Among the team, which is based on the Drum Industrial Estate, was Managing Director, Garry… Read more »

Brexit-proof your business

Uncertainty is one of the biggest hurdles you have to manage as a business-owner and it doesn’t get much more uncertain, or drawn-out, than Brexit. With tariffs, taxes and immigration all yet to be decided upon while the government finalises the negotiations to exit the EU, it’s a time of complex ambiguity and uncertainly affecting… Read more »

Animal rehab centre cuts electric bills thanks to BEEP advice

The North East Hydrotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, based on the Drum Industrial Estate, has drastically reduced its energy bills after it acted on advice from the County Durham Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP). The centre, which is uniquely built for the rehabilitation of injured small animals, have changed some lighting to LED and have replaced… Read more »

ITPS continues drive to recruit talent

Managed IT solutions and services experts ITPS is further strengthening its team by recruiting a number of positions. The Drum Estate company, which recently completed an expansion project to add 3,000 square foot of data hall space to its high specification data centre, has released details of job roles including: Installations Engineer; New Business Sales,… Read more »

Gardening course reaps rewards for autism charity

Green-fingered enthusiasts are encouraged to sign up to study for qualifications in horticulture and support a Drum Estate-based North-East charity at the same time. Following a successful launch at the end of last year, the North East Autism Society (NEAS) is continuing with Levels Two and Three of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society gardening course…. Read more »

How to stop meeting for meetings’ sake

Have you ever stopped to ask, “Why are we having this meeting?”. If the only answer presented to you is “We always meet at this time every week.”, it’s time to put meetings under the microscope. If you’re looking at ways to improve productivity you’re not alone. Reports tell us that UK workers typically lose… Read more »

Why flexible learning matters to your business

Did you know that British businesses lose around £22 billion a year due to unproductive employees? Additionally, the absence of training, on matters such as Health and Safety, leaves a business wide open to risk and can lead to enormous fines. So, whilst a training and development plan may have seemed like an unnecessary expense,… Read more »

Reasons to outsource health and safety

Every day the Health and Safety Executive brings new prosecution cases for serious breaches of safety in the workplace. Most businesses require at least a few processes and functions to run smoothly from day to day. And ensuring they are each carried out accurately and on time can be a worry. Not only do things… Read more »

In the spotlight with PACCOR

Drum roll please for Paul Mordue, Project Manager at PACCOR UK. PACCOR supplies the food industry with sustainable plastic packaging solutions. They manufacture PET plastic products which are made from post-consumer waste and its own internal plastic waste stream making their products 100 percent recycled content and 100 percent recyclable. The UK site is one… Read more »

Pop-up initiative for Durham food and drink producers launched

A pop-up programme to give food and drink producers from across County Durham the chance to showcase their products and explore potential routes to market has launched. The idea is that each week during the three-month scheme, select groups of producers of food and drink goods from County Durham will come together at a converted… Read more »

Heather Mills to speak at this year’s EMCON event

Businesswoman Heather Mills, who has expanded her international award-winning plant based vegan company VBites by opening two sites in the North East, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at EMCON, the flagship event for EMN. She will share an insight into her entrepreneurial journey by outlining her plans for the area, why she chose… Read more »

Businesses urged not to miss out as manufacturing programme nears full occupancy

Businesses are urged to book their place at the final Incubator Zone programme at this year’s EMCON event, with only a few stands remaining. The programme, one of five strands of the Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), is aimed at companies within County Durham that have never exhibited at the annual engineering and manufacturing expo…. Read more »

Be part of this year’s spectacular Lumiere as a Festival Maker

Festival fanatics are being reminded to take the opportunity to be part of the UK’s largest light festival. Lumiere returns to Durham from 14 to 17 November with its 10th anniversary spectacular. Featuring highlights from past editions of the festival, alongside new, unique installations, Lumiere 2019 is set to turn Durham into a shining city… Read more »

EU experts praise energy efficiency project

A project designed to help County Durham businesses to make financial savings through energy efficiency has been praised by European experts. The Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) received recognition from the Interreg Europe programme for the excellent support it provides to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). BEEP raises awareness of energy efficiency measures with local… Read more »

County Durham firms to benefit from £1.5m funding pot

Businesses from across County Durham are set to benefit from a £1.5m funding pot designed to help reduce their carbon footprint. The region has been accepted as part of Interreg Europe’s SME Power initiative; a European Union-funded project that helps small and medium sized enterprises change their energy behaviour, reduce operational costs and cut carbon… Read more »

Durham’s Riverside sewer network set for £2m upgrade

Northumbrian Water is investing £2m to upgrade its sewer network in Durham’s Elvet Riverside area to reduce flood risk. New sewers are to be built in Elvet Waterside, Old Elvet and Whinney Hill, with work being coordinated with that being carried out in the area by Durham County Council and Durham University. This is set… Read more »