Category: News

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 »

Bad weather has a bad effect on business

Most of the UK has been blanketed in snow with several severe weather warnings issued. Undoubtedly businesses everywhere will be feeling the impacts and worrying about what their obligations are and what it is going to cost them. Alison Schreiber, Director at The HR Dept, Durham & Darlington, looks at the issue and how it… Read more »

Nelson Wolfe move for charity

Pension scheme administrators Nelson Wolfe have raised over £300 for Movember by completing 400 miles worth of activities. John Adamson, company director, and Jordan Linfoot, business administrator, (pictured above) completed the challenge over the course of November for the Movember Foundation. The charity addresses some of the biggest health issues faced by men including prostate… Read more »

More room for World of Rides!

World of Rides has begun extending its business property to make room for its business growth plan. As part of its three-year plan, the extension is self-funded and is expected to support the company’s growth and exporting strategy. The company has been based on Drum Industrial Estate since 1990 and, for over 46 years, has… Read more »

Premier kebab manufacturer goes for growth 

Istanbul Meats, one of the country’s premier doner kebab meat manufacturers, has relocated its premises and is exporting to Poland as part of its plans to expand the business. The family-run business has taken over their neighbouring unit on First Avenue, Drum Industrial Estate, to make room for the growing demand for their kebab meat…. Read more »

Three years of success for Tulip Tyre and Test Centre

Tulip Tyre and Test Centre have been established on the Drum Industrial Estate for three years now. The company has gone from strength to strength over this duration, which has seen owners Angela and Simon Tulip refurbish the building and achieve an award of excellence from the AA. Angela said: “We’re ever so proud of our… Read more »

How to handle diabetes in the workplace

How to handle diabetes in the workplace (after security guard wins tribunal). With 3.8 million people now diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, businesses are increasingly likely to have to face the challenge of managing employees with the condition. Alison Schreiber, Director at The HR Dept, Durham & Darlington, explains the facts and offers advice on… Read more »

Sexual harassment in the workplace. A warning.

With more and more allegations of sexual harassment coming to light, County Durham businesses are warned they could face potentially damaging tribunal payouts and reputational damage should a claim be made against their company. Alison Schreiber, Director at The HR Dept, Durham & Darlington, looks at the issue and how it can be managed. After coverage… Read more »

Launch of UK’s first Autism and Neurodiversity Academy

A new training organisation has been launched by the North East Autism Society (NEAS), who are based on the Drum Industrial Estate, offering specialist training for employers to support staff with autism or other neuro-diverse conditions. It will also support and advise businesses of all sizes which aspire to widen their customer base to embrace people… Read more »