Tag: CountyDurham

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 »

Snowdrop the hedgehog inspires £8,400 donation

A little white hedgehog called Snowdrop has helped raise thousands of pounds for Drum Estate-based North East Autism Society. The society was chosen as one of four charities to benefit from the 30th and final Durham Shopping Extravaganza after organisers met author Peter Barron and illustrator Jonathan Raiseborough at last year’s event. Peter and Jonathan… Read more »

New network to support food producers

A support programme for food and drink producers in County Durham who need help getting their products to market has been launched. The Durham Food and Drink Network, which is an initial 12-month programme, offers a minimum of 12 hours of business support for food producers based in the county. It is the fifth key… Read more »

Tap into armed forces skill sets

Finchale Group is a charity that works to help former service personnel, ex-offenders and other disadvantaged groups tackle money and mental health problems, drug and alcohol misuse and housing issues. Newly located at Belmont Business Park, the charity has recently renewed its pledges to support the Armed Forces Community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant…. Read more »

In the Spotlight. Electron and Tritec

In the spotlight. Drum roll for…. Gary Haines, managing director of Electron and Tritec. Tell us about your businesses Electron Systems Ltd was established in 1999. It’s part of the Tritec Group manufacturing and installs electrical control panels and all electrical services to the manufacturing sector including many blue-chip companies. How would you describe your… Read more »

Get skilled staff

Local employers are using an innovative approach to recruiting apprentices and staff aged 16 to 23 where benefits can include: up to £5,000 toward salary and other costs; free training to help the new employee be valuable immediately; and a work placement of 100 hours with no salary to pay. Working closely with the Skills… Read more »

New workshop for Drum framing company

Bespoke picture framing company has moved into new premises on the Drum Industrial Estate. Framing Unlimited, which has taken a three-year lease at Unit 1A Drum Industrial Estate, has grown since the proprietor, David Worsfold, bought the business in 2014. The new workshop, located just two doors from the original unit, is open to the… Read more »

Reboot your tech

County Durham based registered charities and social enterprises can access low-cost computer equipment through the Digital Durham Reboot scheme. Durham County Council has partnered with Protech City to offer computer equipment that starts at just £75 for a desktop and £105 for a laptop. A quarter of Durham County Council owned desktops and laptops are… Read more »

Are you ready for Gigabit?

Full fibre broadband offers the fastest and most reliable speeds available; and as part of its vision to see a full fibre Britain, the government launched a £67million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Through the scheme, registered businesses can claim up to £2,500 towards the installation of a full fibre broadband connection, providing download speeds of… Read more »

How to host a good work party

Work events such as the annual Christmas or summer party can be a great way to boost morale. They bring everyone together in a relaxed and social environment. It also gives you the opportunity to take a break and get to know your employees better. Sounds fun right? What could go wrong? Well, quite a… Read more »

Don’t fall victim to the seven deadly sins of the Christmas party

Christmas parties are a wonderful opportunity to bond and reward staff for their hard work. But wrath, pride, lust, greed, envy, sloth and gluttony can all strike! And employers can be held liable for the actions of their staff. Businesses can be, and are, held vicariously liable for the wrong-doings of people at Christmas parties…. Read more »

How to spot and stop workplace bullying

It is sad but true that bullying is still a significant issue in many organisations. The TUC reported in 2015 that nearly one third of people are bullied at work, with women being more at risk than men. If left unaddressed, workplace bullying can manifest and have a devastating effect on victims, teams and businesses…. Read more »

Top tips for recruiting seasonal temps

As the merry folk in your workplace get caught up in the Christmas countdown and ask all sorts of burning questions such as “When are the decorations going up?”, you are quite possibly focused on another countdown. It could be counting down to the biggest and busiest period for your business. Or the big red… Read more »

Steelcraft expands into Europe

Drum Estate-based metalwork firm sets out ambitious plans to expand with a new online brand. Family-run company, Steelcraft Ltd, specialises in supplying architectural metalwork with a portfolio including balconies, railings, gates, handrails, stairs, ramps and secondary steelwork. Through the launch of its new online brand, Forjj, the company will offer ready-made products, manufactured in its… Read more »

Help! My employee doesn’t want to work their notice period!

Whether or not you saw it coming, an employee leaving can present a problem for your business. Even more so if they declare that they are leaving quite suddenly and do not intend on working their contractual or statutory notice period. Your initial reaction is quite possibly going to involve pointing out a clause in… Read more »

‘Plastic roads’ trialled in County Durham

Durham County Council is the first local authority in the North East to try out a new technology as part of recently completed work to resurface a section of the A689 with hot rolled asphalt. John Reed, our head of technical services, said: “We have a continuous programme of resurfacing to maintain the condition of… Read more »

Durham sees record growth in tourism with an £867m boost to the economy in 2017

Tourism is now worth £867m to Durham’s economy, which exceeds county’s targets three years ahead of schedule, according to newly published research. Commissioned by Visit County Durham, the STEAM economic impact model came to this figure after assessing data from attractions, accommodation, events, transport and visitor expenditure. The record growth reflects a 15% increase from… Read more »

One Sports Warehouse enjoys continued growth

Specialist sports retailer has expanded its range of goods as part of its strategic focus to grow the business. One Sports Warehouse, based on the Drum Industrial Estate in Chester-le-Street, has announced it has struck a deal with ASICS Group to feature its sporting footwear range in their store. The retailer, which specialises in hockey… Read more »

Durham Employment Skills

A five-year initiative to help match those unemployed, disabled or facing other health issues has been launched by Durham County Council. Durham Employment Skills’ Working Health programme aims to help and support both businesses seeking new staff and those looking for employment. It’s particularly aimed at those that are have been out of work for… Read more »

How to handle World Cup distractions in your workforce

Major sporting events such as the World Cup are internationally trending topics. So it’s quite possible that world cup conversation could trickle down into your workplace and grab the attention of your employees. Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept Durham shares tips on how to deal with major sporting events at work. Communicate your game… Read more »

Masterplan for Chester-le-Street

Durham County Council is calling on views on its plans for Chester-le-Street town centre. The local authority is seeking feedback on a draft document that outlines how the town should develop over the next seven years. The masterplan sets out the ways in which the council, by working with its partners, will aim to create… Read more »