Tag: CountyDurham

Drive your business forward with digital technology

Are you a small business based in County Durham? Access fully funded business support, digital health checks and grants of up to 40 percent towards digital projects with Digital Drive. It is a fully funded programme of business support, which includes advice and workshops, and the grant funding is available for digital projects including consultancy,… Read more »

Could you be paying the price for incorrect payroll?

How does it make you feel when you get a reminder for payroll? If you have someone in place to manage PAYE for your business, you might dismiss it without a second thought. But, if you’re managing payroll yourself, it could be an unwelcome interruption to your day. Holiday calculations, tax codes, leavers and changing… Read more »

Jury service – the process for employers

You’ve set your sights on an exciting new project, got your people in place and are ready to hit the ground running. Then it happens. A key member of staff informs you that they have been selected for jury service. “You’re joking!” is quite possibly the reaction you want to give. Until they hand you… Read more »

Would a four-day working week solve our problem with productivity?

Monday mornings. You may be ready to jump straight into the week ahead, but you’ll likely encounter at least one person who wants to know how your weekend was or tell you about theirs. Even up until mid-week, it can still be a distraction. Employees will swap stories about what they got up to and… Read more »

What employment law changes will affect Durham businesses in 2020?

A new year means new employment laws, and there are one or two changes which could catch businesses out. Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept Durham shares a rundown of the employment law changes which are going to affect local businesses in 2020. Alison explained: “As part of the last government’s Good Work Plan, we’ll… Read more »

Santander Internship funding with Northumbria University

The Santander Internship funding with Northumbria University aims to help students and graduates gain work experience within a small or medium enterprise through its paid internship programme. It gives students access to the industries and organisations that they want experience in and there’s also a possibility of extending the internship, or moving to a permanent contract,… Read more »

Why should employers be aware of the season of separation?

Many people returning to work after the holiday season are ready to swap stories with colleagues about comical family moments over the Christmas break.  While a good time is usually had and merry mishaps forgiven by New Year’s Eve, there are some family situations that don’t see the year ending on a high. In fact,… Read more »

Protecting your business in the current climate

Today’s business environment is characterised by rapid, unpredictable change and it’s vital to be responsive and resilient to maintain a strong competitive advantage no matter the risks; protect the bottom line and ensure you can continue to operate as usual in the face of potential disruption. Durham-based community interest company, Climate Acton North, is developing… Read more »

Prestigious award for Autism Society worker

A supporter worker has won a prestigious award for her pioneering work in using golf to enhance the lives of autistic people in the North East. Sharon Cotterell, who works for the North East Autism Society based on the Drum Industrial Estate, was named the winner of the Sir Bobby Robson Leading Light Award at… Read more »

Powered by People campaign to promote County Durham

A movement that puts people at the forefront of promoting County Durham is gathering momentum. The Powered by People initiative showcases the county’s strengths and has had input from businesses including Steelcraft, Hitachi and Dyer Engineering. The campaign has come at a time of new developments around Durham City, with major construction projects on either… Read more »

Durham students team up with businesses to tackle climate crisis

School children across County Durham are teaming up with businesses on a challenge to come up with business ideas that will protect the planet. Over 120 students from 17 secondary schools will take part in Future Business Magnates, an initiative now in its 15th year, which sees students and businesses working together to develop, create and… Read more »

£63m investment set to ‘transform’ Durham leisure services

Multi-million pound plans have been proposed by Durham County Council in a bid to ‘transform’ the county’s leisure provisions. The council has unveiled plans for three new leisure centres as part of the £63m investment, in addition to revitalising existing facilities across County Durham. Under the proposed plans, Chester-le-Street, Seaham and Bishop Auckland are set to… Read more »

Movie stars and motors combine for a prestigious clothing contract

A fashion designer based in County Durham has won a prestigious clothing contract with the makers of the world’s most exclusive cars. Sally Smallwood, from Lanchester, dreamed of owning a Mustang since she was a child, but she never imagined that her clothing range would be accepted by Shelby, the makers of the exclusive brand…. Read more »

New industrial scheme gets go-ahead at County Durham development

Plans for a new industrial scheme are set to take shape on the last parcel of land on the Drum Industrial Estate. Real estate specialists Argon Properties and Buccleuch Properties are set to team up in a joint venture to deliver Panther Court, which will comprise two new 45,000 sq ft and 80,000 sq ft units… Read more »

String of achievements marks further growth for Durham IT professionals

Following a string of achievements and rising demand for its services, a Durham-based IT service provider is preparing for further growth. After experiencing 25 per cent turnover increase during the last 12 months, Concept IT, which is based in Tanfield Lea Business Centre, is preparing to welcome new staff to the team following an office… Read more »

Job loss is driving force for new start up

Being made redundant proved the catalyst for a transport and warehouse manager to start his own business. Paul Barker was given notice by one of the world’s largest Freight Forwarders he was working for, so he decided to go it alone after working in the business for over three decades. Paul said: “Being made redundant… Read more »

Sports retailer smash growth goals 

One Sports Warehouse, based on the Drum Industrial Estate in Chester-le-Street, is exceeding its ambitions plans for growth with a raft of exciting measures. The specialist sports goods retailer is forging ahead with its rapid growth plans with the launch of a new ecommerce website, a mobile store that travels the UK and has also… Read more »

Roaring £100k success for Steelcraft

Durham-based metalwork and fabrication company secures contract with Miller Homes for redevelopment of historic Lambton Park. Metalwork and fabrication company Steelcraft Ltd on the Drum Industrial Estate, Chester-le-Street, has secured a contract with Miller Homes to supply metalwork products for a new housing estate as part of the redevelopment at the historic Lambton Estate. The… Read more »

Expansion plans afoot for animal rehab centre

The North East Hydrotherapy Animal Rehabilitation centre expands treatment and staff An animal rehabilitation centre on the Drum Industrial Estate, Chester-le-Street, has invested £90,000 in equipment to introduce a raft of new treatments for injured animals and has expanded its specialist in-house team. Initially called Biscuit and Bailey, its popularity grew rapidly since it started… Read more »

Fat Hippo confirmed as EMCON caterer

Fat Hippo, the North East-founded burger chain, has been announced as the catering provider for this year’s EMCON. The food group, which has three restaurants and outlets in the North East and a recently opened food kiosk in Sheffield, will offer up a range of meat and vegetarian offerings to exhibitors and visitors to the… Read more »

Rondean expands Drum Industrial Estate presence

Machinery supplier Rondean has expanded into a second unit on the Drum Industrial Estate after enjoying continued success. The company has acquired a second unit of 3,000 square feet on the estate, which will accommodate a forthcoming recruitment drive. Up to 12 new members of staff are expected to be recruited this year, with Rondean… Read more »

How to manage strong personalities in your business

The first thing to remember is, there is no right or wrong personality type. And that employees with strong personalities have an important role to play in any successful business. As do those who tend to be more reserved. But without good management in place, dominant employees can disrupt the balance of your workforce. Every… Read more »