Tag: CountyDurham

Pollinating business parks in the North

A project to support the survival of struggling pollinating insect populations, such as butterflies and bees, has been launched by County Durham-based Climate Action North. Pollinator Parks, brings volunteers together to plant British native ‘pollinator-friendly’ wildflowers on business land that may otherwise go unused. The first site is a meadow lawn area and in two… Read more »

Is a change to the disclosure of criminal convictions in job applications coming to Durham?

Minor historic offences can blight entire careers and inhibit rehabilitation. In January, the Supreme Court ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was, in places, disproportionate. Changing attitudes towards certain historic convictions could benefit Durham businesses by providing a wider talent pool. As things stand, anyone with more than one conviction to their name can… Read more »

Why Durham businesses need to be vigilant against age discrimination

An 88-year-old NHS secretary has become the oldest ever person to win an age discrimination case. With no default retirement age in the UK and more of the population working into their later years, the risk of Durham businesses facing an age discrimination case is on the rise. Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept Durham… Read more »

In the spotlight with World of Rides

Drum roll please for… David Robinson, Founder of World Of Rides World of Rides was started by David (pictured above) in 1969 as the manufacturing arm to supply his retail, operating and promotion businesses. He operated from a rented unit on the then new Stella Gill Industrial Estate in Chester-le-Street until 1990, when they needed… Read more »

Investment helps Steelcraft shape growth plans

A Drum estate-based engineering firm, which specialises in fashioning ornate and unusual steelwork, is aiming to take its turnover past the £2million mark with the help of a new investment from the North East Small Loan Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund. Steelcraft designs, manufactures and installs a comprehensive range of architectural metalwork,… Read more »

What to do about an employee with a side hustle

Having a side hustle, as the practice is more commonly known, is catching on. It has been reported* that as many as 25 per cent of all UK adults now have some kind of side hustle alongside their regular employment. So even if only one employee has declared their passion for another project, it’s fair… Read more »

Do you know the latest tax rules regarding termination payments?

There have been significant changes to the tax treatment of termination payments in the last 12 months. And the government have not finished yet, but the goal posts keep moving. To help raise awareness among local businesses, Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept, Durham shares a rundown of what’s happened and what’s still to come…. Read more »

The A-Z of recruitment

Recruitment can be a complex minefield. Here, the HR Dept, has prepared an A-Z of recruitment. Attracting applicants Attracting the right applicants requires an all-round approach. Some steps to consider are: Review your online presence, revisit your “work for us” content and be seen where your ideal candidates are looking. Brexit It is true that… Read more »

Better Broadband 

The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme is a UK-wide government subsidy scheme to provide a basic broadband installation to homes and businesses that are unable to access a service with a download speed of at least 2 Mbps and who won’t benefit from the superfast broadband roll out within the next 12 months. Since its launch… Read more »

A helping paw for animals

The North East Hydrotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre, based on the Drum Industrial Estate, now offers a professional CPD accredited small animal first aid training course. Managing director, Michael Leonard, said: “Having always had dogs of various breeds, I’ve always strived to ensure the wellbeing and health of families most loved pets at all times. I… Read more »

Co-op becomes official Red Box Project drop off point

The Drum Estate-based Co-op depot is supporting the Red Box Project. The scheme is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people whose families may not be able to afford sanitary products. They provide red boxes filled with sanitary items to schools. The Co-op is proud to be supporting the Red Box Project… Read more »

Lumiere to light up Durham

A lights festival which attracts hundreds of thousands of people to Durham promises to have a lasting impact on communities throughout thanks to a substantial grant. Artichoke, producers of Lumiere Durham, have announced that the Garfield Weston Foundation have once again pledged support for the 2019 edition of the light festival. Lumiere Durham showcases the… Read more »

Top marks for North East Autism Society’s care services

The North East Autism Society, whose head office is based on the Drum Estate, has scooped an outstanding score by Ofsted. Its care home Acorn House, which is situated within the grounds of the North East Centre for Autism in Newton Aycliffe, was awarded the top mark – the third within the Society ‘s care… Read more »

Banging the Drum for Durham businesses!

Businesses in County Durham are being urged to share their stories about working in the area as part of a new campaign aimed at attracting people to the region. Durham County Council has been working with businesses on the new campaign, involving a series of short films, to showcase the area. The Powered by People… Read more »

Businesses urged to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life

Businesses in the North East are being encouraged to get the year off to a great start by making a date to join Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Businesses are being encouraged to enter teams, or to encourage individual employees to take part in this year’s Race for Life. There are events for people… Read more »

Chester-le-Street Market Place set for £6m transformation

Work is due to start on a flood prevention scheme in Chester-le-Street, following confirmation of funding for the £6m project. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government approved £2.79m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the works, with Durham County Council having already committed up to £1.5m. The remainder of the cash,… Read more »

Abandoned Chester-le-Street site to be granted million pound transformation

Multi-million pound plans to redevelop a longstanding vacant site on the edge of Chester-le-Street’s town centre have been revealed. Developer, Imopro SA is seeking to develop the site at Pelton Fell Road, Chester-le-Street, for retail operator B&M. The development, to be located to the west of the existing Tesco supermarket and the railway viaduct, would… Read more »

Stanley firm to create 100 jobs after securing £1.95m investment

A Stanley-based firm has secured a total of £1.95m of investment, with the majority of the cash coming from funds managed by Maven Capital Partners. The North East Development Fund has invested £1m in Dyer Enginnering, based in Stanley, while £750,000 was secured from Durham County Council’s Finance Durham Fund. A further £200,000 was raised… Read more »

Routes to contract success – free support for County Durham businesses

Are you a business based in Durham looking to win new contracts? These half-day workshops will help you set a winning focus, equipping you with the right approach and insights to successfully win contracts and grow your business. It will cover: How to get a clear understanding of your market and how it works How… Read more »

Date announced for EMCON 2019

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… Read more »

In the spotlight. Modex Security Services Ltd

In the spotlight. Drum roll please for….Paul Bell of Modex Security Services Ltd. How would you describe your business in one word? Reliable…Our business is built on reliability and trust, after all, we install our equipment at times without a contract, just a phone call is enough. We protect millions of pounds worth of equipment… Read more »

Supply Chain North East launches to help firms diversify and find new clients

A new multimillion-pound programme aimed at businesses wishing to diversify and grow their customer base has been set in motion in the North East. Supply Chain North East plans to work with more than 800 businesses over the next three years. It will work with individual business leaders and their teams, to help build on… Read more »

Rebrand for County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network

A network which supports businesses within the engineering and manufacturing sectors has rebranded to reflect its growth regionally. The County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network will now be known as The Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN). The name change is to reflect the organisation’s position within the North East, and its ever-increasing network of North… Read more »