Date announced for EMCON 2019

2019-01-29 12:51:39 jenrobson

EMCON, the region’s biggest engineering and manufacturing expo, will return in 2019 on a new date.
Historically the networking exhibition has been held on the third Thursday in October, however in response to exhibitor and delegate feedback the event will be now held on Thursday, 10 October.
Organisers of the event are hoping the move will help attract even more national interest, as the popularity of EMCON continues to grow each year.

David Land, Chairman of the Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN) which organises the event, said: “Each year we speak to our exhibitors, attendees and sponsors to find out their thoughts about EMCON, and if there are things we can change to make it an even better showcase for companies within the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

“Feedback last year suggested moving the date forward a week to avoid clashing with a national event would enable even more companies to get involved and, given each year we’re attracting more and more companies from outside of the North East, it’s a move that makes sense. So, we’re now looking ahead to our 2019 event and the planning team is already working on the itinerary for the day to ensure this year’s EMCON is our most successful yet.”

Find out more.

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Digital Drive County Durham workshops

2018-09-14 09:00:40 jenrobson

The £4 million programme designed to help small businesses in County Durham to thrive in a digital world by gaining a competitive edge and maximising their growth has set a host of workshops from now until January.

The workshop subjects all focus on making better use of digital technology and subjects include:

Websites at Hypespeed

One day digital breakthrough: website design

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Customer service in a digital age

Amazon optimisation

The Big Social Media Show

Build your own website

Generating leads with LinkedIn

DIY video marketing

Google Analytics

Getting Started with Google Ads

Tackling Twitter

10 free things you should be doing on your social media channels

Your 2019 digital marketing strategy

Download the details here or visit the website.

Digital Drive County Durham, the first of its kind in the county, also helps companies become more resilient and improve their productivity by providing funding and practical support.

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Drum networking with a difference!

2018-09-05 13:28:28 jenrobson

The next Drum Business Park Group meeting will take place on Thursday 20 September. As part of the session, we’ll be holding a litter pick led by Durham-based not-for-profit company Climate Action North East.

Climate Action offer practical support and advice for businesses and communities. This includes activities from working with businesses to help them reduce their impact on the environment while minimising their risks to the changing climate, to organising litter picking sessions like this.

Come along and find out more, network with a difference and help improve the environment on your business doorstep! We’ll also be taking lots of photos and will write up an article about the event. This is a great opportunity for us to tackle an issue that is raised at every meeting we hold. Please support us!

Coveris have kindly offered to provide a room for us to start our session and breakfast will be provided from 8.30am.  After breakfast and a quick catch up, Climate Action will lead us in the litter pick.  Equipment will be provided – wear comfortable clothing!

Register here!


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Opportunity to support metro futures project

2018-08-22 08:29:33 jenrobson


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 out more about the opportunities available.

If you’re interested in attending this event, register your interest.

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Identifying and protecting IP to maximise value in your business

2018-08-22 08:00:47 jenrobson

The creation and protection of intellectual property (IP) is critical to growing a successful business and maintaining a competitive advantage.

Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Project has invited IP lawyer and trade mark attorney from Keystone Law, Will Sander, to provide his expert view on how to help you identify, protect and commoditise your IP.

During his career, he has helped a wide range of entrepreneurial individuals and organisations maximise value in their creative endeavours. This is a must for anyone who wishes to do likewise!

Attendees are required to be an SME manufacturer within the NE LEP area.

It will take place on 20 September 2018 from 8.30am to 10.30am at the Industry Centre in Sunderland.

To register, email Sam Project.

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Drum Business Park Group Meeting

The next meeting will take place on May 24th, 2018 at Co-op Distribution Centre from 08.30-10.30am.  The meeting aims to allow us 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 park.

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 you should become involved please contact Andrea McGuigan at Business Durham on 03000 261255.

All businesses and employees based on Drum Industrial Estate/Business Park are welcome to attend.

Please note: You must be a business resident on Drum Industrial Estates/Business Park in order to attend this event.

By registering for this event you agree to your contact details being stored on a database to receive information on forthcoming events and updates from the Drum Business Park Group.  You also agree to your email address being shared with our nominated PR company for them to contact you for news and case studies to be included in our newsletter. If you do not wish for your details to be held or shared please send an email to stating that you wish to be excluded from such databases.