Tag: CountyDurham

Has coronavirus widened the gender wage gap in your business?

The coronavirus job retention scheme has provided an immense level of support and a much-needed lifeline to UK businesses. It has undoubtedly helped to keep many people employed throughout the pandemic. But of the 8.4 million people currently on furlough leave, how many of them will be returning to work? Alison Schreiber from the HR… Read more »

What’s next for people planning in your business?

It has become clear from the government’s briefings that we are not ‘out of the woods’ when it comes to the devastating impact of coronavirus. Strict rules on social distancing will need to remain in place until specific criteria are met. Whilst this news may be hard to hear, it’s important to remember how quickly… Read more »

Getting your business open again

Is the time right for you to start trading again, assuming lockdown rules currently permit you to? Or do you wish to develop procedures so that you are good to go as soon as lockdown measures are relaxed? Alison Schreiber from the HR Dept in Durham explains the health and safety measures which all businesses… Read more »

Bringing employees back from furlough

It’s vital to start thinking about your ‘beyond lockdown’ people management now. This is because you may find that getting employees back to work as soon as you get the government’s go ahead is not as straightforward as you might imagine. Some planning and preparation will be required. Alison Schreiber from the HR Dept in… Read more »

Business Durham secures additional £4 million for capital grant scheme

The County Durham Growth Fund has been awarded an additional £4,000,000 of funding to continue supporting businesses across the county until June 2023. Established in April 2019, the fund was initially a £4.9m capital grant scheme providing grants to small and medium enterprises in County Durham to accelerate their growth. The additional funding means that… Read more »

NEL Fund Managers doubles investment value to help firms in Covid-19 crisis

The maximum amount available to regional SMEs from the £9 million investment fund has been doubled. North East fund managers have doubled the maximum amount they can invest in regional SMEs in a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Newcastle firm NEL Fund Managers is responsible for investing the £9 million North East Small Loan… Read more »

Steelcraft unveils protective sneeze screen line

Metalwork and fabrication company Steelcraft Ltd on the Drum Industrial Estate, Chester-le-Street, has turned its hand to manufacturing protective screens to help businesses return to work safely after the coronavirus crisis. The family-run company, which specialises in supplying architectural metalwork, is planning to design and produce sneeze screens suitable for desks, counters and walkways to… Read more »

North East charity adapts to new environment

County Durham charity Finchale is continuing to focus on its ethos of ‘It’s All Positive’ during these times of uncertainty. Finchale has shown its flexibility in order to ensure that the “Finchale Family” it supports, continues to thrive and grow to adapt quickly to shift delivery from face to face provision to online platforms ensuring… Read more »

Plans unveiled for new £5m County Durham farm experience destination

Plans for a new farm experience centre and lodge park in County Durham have been submitted for approval. Planning specialist Hedley Planning Services has submitted proposals on behalf of Woodlands Park Farm in Knitsley near Consett. The plans, which could lead to a £5m investment in the site, include the construction of a new barn… Read more »

County Durham cleaning company caring for care homes

County Durham-based Orca Cleaning Services Ltd is making its own major contribution to the fight against Coronavirus, by offering free fogging services for communal areas in care homes across the area. The fogging process takes effect within 10 minutes of application and remains active for up to 28 days – even in frequently touched areas…. Read more »

Business Durham to lead North East space and satellite innovation

  Business Durham has been appointed to lead the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence until March 2022, having successfully delivered support to the sector since 2014. The Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK Space Agency, which funds the centre, today confirmed that Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council, will… Read more »

Haulage entrepreneur takes to the roads

A County Durham haulage and freight businessman has turned his hand to delivering medical supplies and food products during the Covid-19 pandemic. Paul Barker has joined forces with local logistic companies as an LGV driver delivering food and medical supplies to distribution centres throughout the UK. His company, Transport & Warehouse Solutions (NE) Ltd based… Read more »

Business Durham connects companies to solve COVID-19 challenges

Business Durham is linking up companies across County Durham to help them find solutions for their current business challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. While many businesses have had to shut down during the crisis, others are adapting to new ways of working and producing new products to support the efforts to tackle COVID-19. By matching… Read more »

County Durham volunteering unit launches

A new volunteering unit has been set up in County Durham to provide more support to local organisations and charities during the coronavirus pandemic. The unit builds on the work of County Durham Together, the community hub operated by Durham County Council to support people and families who are vulnerable and in need during these… Read more »

Council encourages businesses to apply for support as 7,500 given £83m in grants

Businesses in County Durham are being encouraged to seek financial support after nearly 7,500 grants were paid out totalling almost £83m. Durham County Council is inviting local companies to apply for Business Support Grants to ease the financial burden they may be facing during the coronavirus pandemic, where they meet the government’s eligibility criteria. The… Read more »

Milestone anniversary for County Durham IT firm

A County Durham IT service provider is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year after supporting more than 400 North East businesses. Concept IT, which is based in Tanfield Lea Business Centre, was set up in 2005 by Kevin Embleton, and has since grown from three members of staff to 12. Kevin said: “I created Concept… Read more »

Durham sportswear platform secures £1.625m investment

A proce comparison website for football merchandise and sportswear has secured a £1.625m round of investment that will allow the company to roll out the first stage of its expansion strategy and global growth plans. Based in Durham and backed by North-East venture capital firm Northstar Ventures, FOOTY.COM will use the funding injection to increase… Read more »

More than £76 million paid to County Durham businesses to date

More than 7,000 grants have been paid to County Durham businesses to help them deal with the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. To date, Durham County Council has now paid more than £76 million, which is 85 percent of the overall sum that was originally expected to be paid. Last week, updated government guidance extended… Read more »

More resources committed to support farmers through coronavirus

County Durham land agents and chartered surveyors Vickers & Barrass is stepping up the support and expertise available to agricultural businesses across the North of England during the coronavirus pandemic. Farms have been identified as essential businesses during the current crisis, expected to deliver the food needed to feed the nation. However, in doing so,… Read more »

Founder of Durham tech firm launches app to boost home working productivity

The entrepreneur behind a Durham-based tech startup has launched a new app designed to boost productivity for remote workers. Durham University graduate Liam Gill, founder of Fumarii Technologies, has launched Swiff in order to support those working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown. The app, which allows users to create a to-do list every morning… Read more »

Chester-le-Street café helps struggling County Durham families

REfUSE is a pay as you feel community cafe in Chester-le-Street that uses tonnes of good food that has been labelled worthless, whether it is due to best-before-dates, damaged packaging, or cancelled orders. Based on Front Street, the cafe was forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak. But the closure has not stopped its… Read more »

Lanchester Wines launches enhanced service to support independents

The wine supplier for the trade has created a portfolio of products to help indie businesses continue running during covid-19. The ‘enhanced service’ will see Lanchester deliver direct and contact-free to its trade customers across the UK and Ireland in a bid to make sure that they continue to deliver products that their customers expect…. Read more »

County Durham printer supports parents and the NHS during lockdown

A North East printing firm has innovated in order to deal with two issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. PBL Print, which is based in Chester-Le-Street, has designed and produced educational materials for parents home-schooling children during the coronavirus disruption. The company created a 30-day ‘stay at home’ colouring book and activity planner designed to… Read more »