Category: News

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 »

Do you want to progress or develop a member of your team?

You can complete a work based development programme with HIT Training and use this to improve your own career prospects, motivate your team, and develop new skills and increase efficiency and profits for your business! HIT Training understand the positive impact of work-based apprenticeships for employers, employees and the wider economy. This investment in your… Read more »

Calling all County Durham based Community Enterprises

Durham Sparks is a new initiative, backed and funded by Durham County Council, to connect Community Enterprises with business coaches. It is influenced by top business leaders but driven by the enterprise itself to develop its skills, talent and access expertise, a range of support services and access to a dynamic network of business support… Read more »

Whittle Jones celebrate 25 years

Congratulations to Whittle Jones who are celebrating their silver anniversary in business! Whittle Jones perform an asset management function for commercial portfolios totalling around 8 million square feet, consisting of industrial/trade and office accommodation in over 4,000 units. Unit sizes range from as little as 285 square feet to 50,000 square feet and office suites… Read more »

Trade and commercial waste collection for Drum Estate businesses

REMONDIS JBT, operate a modern large fleet of specialised waste collection vehicles to businesses of all sizes throughout the North East of England, and are offering businesses located on the Drum Industrial Estate a free audit and preferential service rates for containers to suit their individual requirements. The company’s service is built on the understanding… Read more »

Drum Business Park Group Meeting

Drum Business Park Meeting on 24th May 2018 The next meeting will take place on 24th May as follows: 08.30am – Breakfast refreshments and Networking opportunity 09.00 – News and Updates 09.30 – General Discussion 10.30 – Close If you would like to know more about why you should become involved please contact Andrea McGuigan at Business Durham on… Read more »

Grand support required for the MRI Scanners Appeal

The County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has launched its Grand Partner scheme to appeal to businesses across the county to pledge £1000 for the MRI Scanner Appeal. By pledging to be a ‘Grand Partner’ to the charity you will be supporting the fundraising efforts to purchase two new scanners for Darlington Memorial Hospital… Read more »

Drum unit to let

Unit 27, Third Avenue on Drum Industrial Estate has become available to let. The property comprises a midterraced industrial / workshop unit with dedicated parking to the front. It is constructed of steel portal frame design with brick infill walls to elevations and asbestos sheet cladding to front elevation and roof above. To the front… Read more »

Dragons Den duo have an appetite for growth

Drum Industrial Estate entrepreneurs Liam Sherriff and Craig Newbigin (pictured above), who last year secured investment offers of £100,000 during an appearance on BBC2’s ‘Dragons Den’, have launched a Crowdcube campaign that should see them raise a further £250,000. Natural Nutrients Managing Director Liam Sherriff said: “Crowdcube is one of the simplest and most respected… Read more »

Women In The Workplace Still Getting A Raw Deal

In the month of International Women’s Day, in the year of the centenary of women winning the right to vote and as a huge spotlight shines on sexual harassment in the workplace, Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept Durham urges SMEs to take action in their businesses to tackle inequality. Unequal pay still rampant and… Read more »

The art of tending your HR garden.

To be a good people manager you really need to be a good gardener. The first part of planting a good herbaceous border is selecting strong and healthy plants that are suitable for the soil you are going to grow them in. Not much different to recruitment is it? For those plants to survive they… Read more »

Drum Business Park Group Meeting

Drum Business Park Meeting on 29th November 2018 The next meeting will take place on 29th November as follows: 08.30am – Breakfast refreshments and Networking opportunity 09.00 – News and Updates 09.30 – General Discussion 10.30 – Close If you would like to know more about why you should become involved please contact Andrea McGuigan at Business Durham… Read more »

Drum Business Park Group Meeting

Drum Business Park Meeting on 27th September 2018 Drum Business Park Group is an expanding group of businesses from the Drum Industrial Estate who meet on a regular basis to share best practice, discuss problems and create one voice to solve common issues.  There is an opportunity to inter trade and understand neighbouring businesses on the… Read more »

Drum Business Park Group Meeting

Drum Business Park Meeting on 26th July 2018 Drum Business Park Group is an expanding group of businesses from the Drum Industrial Estate who meet on a regular basis to share best practice, discuss problems and create one voice to solve common issues.  There is an opportunity to inter trade and understand neighbouring businesses on the… Read more »

Drum Business Park Group Meeting

Drum Business Park Meeting on 22nd March 2018 The next meeting will take place on 22nd March, 2018 at Co-op Distribution Centre from 08.30-10.30am The format is as follows: 08.30am – Breakfast refreshments and Networking opportunity 09.00 – News and Updates 09.30 – General Discussion 10.30 – Close If you would like to know more about why… Read more »

How should you deal with a workplace romance?

Only 12% of company managers have been provided with training on managing workplace romances; 43% of HR staff have encountered a workplace romance; and 99% of policies on workplace romances state that romantic relationships between supervisors and their staff are not allowed. Employees falling for each other isn’t rare. Naturally, close relationships will form between… Read more »