Tag: Durham business support

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Digital Drive County Durham workshops

The £4 million programme designed to help small businesses in County Durham to thrive in a digital world by gaining a competitive edge and maximising their growth has set a host of workshops from now until January. The workshop subjects all focus on making better use of digital technology and subjects include: Websites at Hypespeed… Read more »

Managing sickness at work

How to manage the employee who keeps calling in sick, and the one that won’t go home! An employee keeps calling in sick. Not again! From being too hungover to work, to calling in “dead” only to return the following week as though nothing had happened, employee absences can be a pain for employers. Especially… Read more »

Drum networking with a difference!

The next Drum Business Park Group meeting will take place on Thursday 20 September. As part of the session, we’ll be holding a litter pick led by Durham-based not-for-profit company Climate Action North East. Climate Action offer practical support and advice for businesses and communities. This includes activities from working with businesses to help them… Read more »

Opportunity to support metro futures project

  Nexus is currently seeking to procure three contracts worth around £500m as part of the Nexus’ Fleet Replacement Programme on the Tyne and Wear Metro. The contract opportunities are in construction, manufacture and maintenance. Nexus are holding an event on Monday 8 October to give businesses the opportunity to meet the bidders and find… Read more »

Food and drink exports soar in value

Latest HMRC figures show that exports of North East food and drink increased to £250m in the year to March 2018, an increase of 5.5 per cent compared to the previous 12 months. The most popular products from the region overseas were coffee, tea, cocoa and spices (£80m) and cereals (£33m). The products that showed… Read more »

Six steps to prepare for an intern

If you’ve never had an intern before, you could be forgiven for thinking you hire one to pass on your wealth of business knowledge, so your legacy lives on after you retire. That, and to have some extra hands on deck to order your lunch when the going gets tough. Here, The HR Dept, Durham, provides… Read more »

Identifying and protecting IP to maximise value in your business

The creation and protection of intellectual property (IP) is critical to growing a successful business and maintaining a competitive advantage. Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Project has invited IP lawyer and trade mark attorney from Keystone Law, Will Sander, to provide his expert view on how to help you identify, protect and commoditise your IP. During his… Read more »

All my employees are leaving! How to spot it and stop it

It starts with one, then two, three, maybe even four or more. Your employees are jumping ship and you’re questioning everything from pay brackets to office décor. Was it something you said? Alison Schreiber, Director at The HR Dept, Durham, looks at how to tackle the issue. Although a wave of leavers can be a… Read more »

Brexit, business and trade

Do you have questions about how businesses will operate in a post Brexit UK? Join the Europe Direct team, your regional Member of the European parliament and Sally Jones, International Trade Policy Director at Deloitte for a discussion and question and answer session on 30 October. The breakfast event is free to attend and is… Read more »

North East entrepreneurs urged to join accelerator programme

Budding entrepreneurs from the North East are being invited to apply for a new programme to develop their business as Ignite, which ran Newcastle’s first accelerator programme returns. Working alongside Northstar Ventures and the North East Innovation Fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Ignite will deliver a full-time pre-accelerator programme from October to… 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 »