Category: News

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 »

Why opt for business equipment leasing?

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance look at why companies turn to business equipment leasing and share their top tips. Business equipment leasing can help in business expansion, fulfil a major new contract or business opportunity or simply to replace existing equipment that has become obsolete or inefficient. This method of business equipment financing has grown because… Read more »

New look for Natural Nutrients

Drum Industrial Estate-based nutrition brand Natural Nutrients has been given a fresh new look. Managing director, Liam Sheriff, said: “The business has grown significantly during 2017 and that success told us it was time to really push on with the development of our brand and products.” Brand and design company, Wonderstuff, was tasked with rebadging… Read more »

GDPR advice

We were pleased to Welcome Lorraine McGill (pictured) to a recent Drum Estate meeting to explain about the impending GDPR European regulation which comes in to force on 25 May 2018. Despite our intention to leave the EU, this regulation will be adopted into UK law and will continue to be in force after we… Read more »

Drum neighbourhood watch

Neighbourhood wardens work to improve the quality of life for Drum Industrial Estate tenants by reducing the level of anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime. Wardens have the powers to issue fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes, where appropriate, for a range of issues including: litter; flytipping and failing to clear waste dumped on… Read more »

Jobs success for ITPS apprentices

Two young apprentices have secured full time jobs with Drum Estate-based ITPS, as Sam Laws and Luke Garbutt (pictured) celebrate their recent new appointments as Junior Data Centre Service Engineers. The company’s longstanding commitment to training young people goes back to the day ITPS was founded in 2000. Since then its in-house scheme has helped… Read more »

Rondean locates to Drum Estate

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of high quality used machinery for sheet metal fabrication, engineering and woodworking has relocated to the Drum Industrial Estate. Rondean Ltd, who are committed to the refurbishment, re-cycle, and re-supply of a wide and varied range of the best quality, British-made machine tools, has moved to the Drum Industrial… Read more »

Get pest controlled

Are you worried pests could damage your business operations or reputation? If so, you can access a free survey to protect and safeguard your business from possible pest issues. The Durham County Council Pest Control team can identify how to stop pests, such as rats, mice, wasps, flies, cockroaches, getting into your premises and will… Read more »

Steelcraft celebrate milestones with key staff

An impressive 45 years of combined service is being celebrated by Drum Estate-based Steelcraft as it honours two of its long-serving employees. Steelcraft, which was established in 1989, is a family-run company specialising in architectural metalwork, has recognised the unique contribution that two of its staff have brought to the company. Martin Armstrong, Operations Director,… Read more »