Rondean machinery relocates to Drum Industrial Estate

Rondean Machinery
We were delighted to welcome Rondean Machinery to the Drum Industrial Estate at the beginning of 2017.

Rondean have supplied used and new machinery and tooling since 1984 to engineering, fabrication and woodworking industries.

Here is a selection of their latest stock arrivals. As always they have sourced some superb machines and with many others waiting to go through to their workshop.

For more information, call 0191 410 5886 or email

New Contract Hire Specialists on Drum

Anglo Scottish Finance
Anglo Scottish Asset Finance based on the Drum Industrial Estate has just launched a new finance product to its portfolio.

The finance company now offers Contract Hire option and deals on all makes and models so you can drive a new vehicle without having to make a significant financial outlay, spreading the cost over a set period of time. With fixed monthly payments budgeting becomes simple. At the end of the agreement, you simply hand back the vehicle.

Find out more about contract hire options and deals by contacting one of the new team members, Richard Alex or Rob, who have brought over 50 years combined experience of contract hire to Anglo Scottish Asset Finance. They’re always happy to have a coffee and a chat!

Please contact them on 0191 411 3364.

Fantastic first aid response by Coop employee

Karen Ayre
Karen Ayre, a backshift Transport Support Assistant at The Coop Depot in Drum Lane industrial Estate, came across a road traffic accident on the evening of Monday 5 June 2017 at the bypass near the Stoney Heap Harelaw Junction.

Both cars had sustained serious damage and Karen could see that a young girl in one of the vehicles was trying to get out. Quick-thinking Karen explained that it was best she stayed in her car until help arrived. Karen then went to help the gentleman in the other vehicle who was very disorientated and finding it difficult to walk. She guided him to her car where she made him comfortable while awaiting the ambulance.

Karen, who waited at the scene of the accident for over two hours, said: “As I had recently attended a First Aid at work course, I felt it was my duty to help and support in any way I could.”

Well done Karen and we’re pleased to see the Coop has since presented her with a Reward and Recognition at work. Above is a photo of Stuart Walker, Dayshift Transport Shift Manager, with Karen.

Be a know it all!

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Durham Constabulary is committed to involving the community, including businesses, in the policing of County Durham and Darlington and know that improving the flow of information will help us make a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Find out what’s happening in the area and register to receive regular crime updates, information on road closures and learn about what your local neighbourhood policing team is doing. Keep In The Know is a free messaging service brought to you by Durham Constabulary where you decide when and how you are kept informed about the issues that matter to you.

Get new ideas, talent and enthusiasm

Durham Works
Getting enthusiastic young people working for your company couldn’t be easier thanks to DurhamWorks.

Access up to £5,000 of funding towards the cost of taking on a young person and get an assigned  Business Advisor to guide you through the process.

The scheme has already helped secure 10 apprenticeships across four businesses on the Park. This includes Steelcraft Ltd, who hired their second fabrication and welding apprentice. The apprentices support the firm’s skilled fabricators, improving the business’ overall productivity whilst the individuals learn all of the practical skills on the way to becoming fully-fledged fabricators themselves.

Powered by play from World of Rides

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World of Rides, the manufacturers and distributors of children’s amusement rides, based on the Drum Industrial Park have relaunched their new generation of ‘Parent & Child’ battery operated BMW Mini Driving School Cars.

The company, which has been operating for nearly five decades aims to let both Leisure and Local Authority operators to influence the world of children’s road safety education and provide a new attraction for venues both indoors and out.

The twin seat cars feature everything you’d expect including a full dashboard, ignition key, fully-operational seat belts, lights and indicators, accelerator, brake, and a reverse gear.

Operators can organise pre-driving classroom based Highway Code learning sessions, a hands-on driving lesson, and children who complete their lesson successfully are given their very own special driving license! The cars can either be coin-operated or supervisor-operated by remote control.

Please contact either David or Andrew Robinson on 0191 4920999 if you’d like to find out more.

Bigger and better for One Sports Warehouse!

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One Sports Warehouse who joined the Drum Industrial Estate in the summer of 2016 has relocated to double its capacity.

The company moved from Unit 1F to Unit 4B on the Drum Industrial Estate.

Run by Simon Lee and Lynne Dobison, One Sports Warehouse provide both advice to new hockey players as well as insight into equipment purchases.

Simon said: “Our new unit on the Estate is 1500 square feet and means we’ll double our capacity; we’re going online in April and have seen the business exceed our wildest potential. “We both are very happy to be part of the Drum and feel part of a great community!”

Congratulations and good luck to One Sports Warehouse!

Funding secured for Drum Estate business


Anglo Scottish Finance has secured funding for a container storage business based on The Drum Industrial Estate.

Anglo Scottish, which provides a range of financial services including business finance, personal finance and vendor or dealer finance, supported the new start business and arranged finance after establishing the banks could not help.

This is a fabulous demonstration of how businesses here on the Drum Industrial Estate work together!

New addition for Steelcraft team

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Steelcraft Ltd has hired its second fabrication and welding apprentice with the support of DurhamWorks and Derwentside College. The apprentices support the firm’s skilled fabricators, improving the business’ overall productivity whilst the individuals learn all of the practical skills on the way to becoming fully-fledged fabricators themselves. 19-year-old Mark Hodgson joined the company in February after a period of voluntary work experience in January.

Matthew Rodgers, Managing Director, said: “There is a severe lack of skilled labour in our sector and, as employers, we have to accept that training from within is the best solution for such specialist roles. After the great success achieved with Samuel Read, an apprentice who joined us in summer last year, we decided that a second apprentice would further strengthen our long-term labour pool.

Collaborations on the Drum Park

Natural Nutrients have donated a selection of goodies to the North East Autism Society as a prize for one of the Great North Run participants.

The charity is aiming to build its biggest and best Great North Run team yet and smash the whopping £11,500 raised last year.

Both Natural Nutrients and the Autism Society are based on the Drum Business Park.

To register your interest to run for Team NEAS 2017 call 0191 410 9974.

Elite award for ITPS

Tech experts ITPS have received an elite award for their work helping organisations to use the internet to streamline and integrate their communications tools and get a better return on their IT and telecoms budget.

ITPS is one of only five businesses across the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to achieve the Circle of Excellence award from global telecoms organisation ShoreTel. The award is presented to ShoreTel’s top global reseller partners, and each year less than one-half of one percent of all partners earn this distinction.

ITPS is the North East’s biggest independently-owned IT specialist, with a 112-strong team specialising in IT consultancy, implementation, data centre provision and unified communications, as well as support services and workspace and disaster recovery.

The Circle of Excellence award recognises ITPS for exceptional achievement in helping clients to reap the cost and efficiency benefits involved in integrating their telephone systems with the rest of their IT platform, and is based on areas including customer satisfaction, revenue growth and proficiency with advanced applications of communication.

Gary Ross, account director of ITPS’s unified communications team, said: “It is an honour to win Circle of Excellence status from ShoreTel, particularly as it requires a high level of customer interaction. The Circle of Excellence is the highest recognition given by ShoreTel to its partners and this achievement puts us in an exclusive group.

“It is a testament to the expertise of our unified communications team, and to our work in designing and delivering communications solutions that make communications between staff, customers, suppliers and partners more smooth and effective, which in turn improves customer care for everyone in the chain.

“With the appointment of another account manager to our unified communications team to cope with customer demand, we are confident that 2017 will see us help many more clients to achieve a better return on their investment in IT and telecoms solutions.”

Drum Business Park Group meeting

Our next meeting is on 2 February at the Co-Operative Food Distribution Centre on the Drum Business Park.

Drum Business Park Group is an expanding group of businesses from the 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 park.

The agenda for this meeting will take place 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.

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

Autism employment service

The North East Autism Society has launched a new employment scheme with the ambition to get adults with autism using their skills and talents to enrich businesses across the region.

The service is designed to support both the individual with autism and the employer through its package of support services that include coaching, assessments and training.

For more information call 0191 410 9974 or email

Employment Seminar – “the tweeting maverick”

On Thursday 29th September 2016, the employment law team at Hay & Kilner are proudly presenting…

 “The tweeting maverick”

This employment seminar, by way of role play, will focus on steps employers of all sizes can take to protect their business when employees:

  • Use social media to the detriment of their employer;
  • Disclose personal data; and
  • Misuse confidential information.

We will also show you how to conduct a disciplinary hearing.

  • Key learning points:
  • How to protect your business;
  • Guidance on the appropriate policies;
  • How to tackle misconduct; and
  • How to avoid costly employment tribunal claims, lost management time and ‘sleepless nights’

Venue: Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham DH1 1TD

Date: Thursday 29th September 2016

Time: 8:30am – 10:30am

To reserve your free place at this seminar, please contact Helen Ward

Call: 0191 232 8345


Drum Business Park Group Meeting

Thursday 18th August 2016

PLEASE NOTE: We currently have NO venue for this meeting.  If you would like to host the next meeting, please contact Andrea McGuigan via email

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 park.

The next meeting will take place as follows:
08.30am – Breakfast refreshments and Networking opportunity
09.00 – News and Updates
09.30 – General Discussion
10.30 – Close

To register please click here or email

You must be a business located on Drum Industrial Estate in order to attend this meeting

Free Check4Life Health Checks for employees!

Why not hold a Check4Life Health at Work Day within your organisation?

This is a free NHS service, unique to County Durham, which may be beneficial to your workplace.

A Check4Life Health Check assesses an individual’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and Type 2 diabetes. This is available to anyone over the age of 25 and consists of a 30 minute appointment. The appointment involves the measurement, evaluation and a personalised report of:

  • Height, Weight and BMI
  • Blood Pressure and Pulse
  • Waist Measurement
  • Diabetes Risk Score
  • Cholesterol (if eligible)
  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score and Heart Age (if eligible)

All staff attending will be offered personalised advice on simple lifestyle changes that can make a huge difference, such as diet and exercise, drinking within recommended guidelines and quitting smoking.

Inviting the Check4Life team into your workplace is an excellent way to engage with and contribute to the health and wellbeing of your staff. Employees working for organisations that promote health and wellbeing in the workplace are more likely to be engaged, and think positively of their employers.

Workplaces who invest in their employees’ health and wellbeing can also expect to see increased productivity and reduced absenteeism as well as many other benefits.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Check4Life on 0191 569 2860 or email

Business Growth Skills Academy

On 19th July Derwentside Business Network (DBN) launched its first skills and business mentoring project aimed at helping 12 local businesses grow.

The project has been funded by the Derwent Valley Partnership and is aimed at established businesses in the Derwent Valley area that have reached a stage where they are ready to grow their business and would benefit from extra coaching and mentoring to support their business growth.

Starting in September, the project will deliver a series of workshops aimed at helping businesses to improve their financial, sales and marketing skills and followed by 1-1 mentoring and support from business growth specialists.

If you would like to participate, please contact Gary Scott at for more information.

The package of support is available countywide and provides a complementary grant to the national AGE 16-24 Incentive Scheme as well as other local initiatives.

For more information on the financial support available, please call the Employability Team on 03000 267 932 or email

Employees Seeking Work

Today 32 staff from Actem in Horden have been made redundant and are immediately available for work. They have a range of skills including welders and fabricators, team leaders, cnc machine operatives, laser platers and more.

 If you have vacancies could you please e-mail details to Caroline Taukulis at Business Durham,


Moves to reduce crime on the business park

At the end of last year there were a number of incidents on the business park which were investigated by the police.  As a result, Durham Constabulary will be carrying out a full mapping exercise of security on the business park from January 2016.  This will include visiting each business unit, assessing security measures including CCTV equipment (if it is installed) and advising companies on ways they can improve their security.

This exercise will not only help the police when dealing with any future incidents but also give businesses the opportunity to find out how vulnerable their unit may be and how they can make their premises more secure.


Innovation Supply Chain event

Is your business ready to supply growing businesses in the region? Come to the NETPark conference to find out more about supplying dynamic high tech SMEs.

Innovation Supply Chain Conference

Date: Thursday 10 March 2016

Venue: CPI, NETPark

The conference will highlight what matters to high tech industries and present what opportunities innovation may hold for the supply chain, the risks and challenges associated with these and how they can be overcome. Keynote speaker: Ruth McKernan, CEO Innovate UK.

For more information and to book a place go to

Export Hub Roadshow: Could Your Business Access The World?

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 from 09:00 to 14:00 (GMT)


This interactive workshop has the aim of de-mystifying exporting. We will show how companies can identify international opportunities and soon start achieving positive results.

Date:  Wednesday 3 February 2016

Venue:  Xcel Centre
Long Tens Way
Aycliffe Business Park

During the workshop we will address the 6 key export questions:

• What is export?
• Why Internationalise?
• Which barriers concern you?
• When should you start?
• How much – costs/prices?
• Where in the world should you go?

Delegates will learn about the all the relevant areas of exporting and will be reassured about what they need to know and the aspects that can be delivered and facilitated by banks, freight forwarders, translation companies, and other export service providers.

Delegates will come away from the workshop more confident about developing their overseas business and the support that is available through UKTI and our partner organisations

Whether you have already decided to export or simply wish to step back and consider your strategic options – we can help you to consolidate your thoughts and processes.

For more information and to register to attend click here