Tag: Durham business support

30th anniversary environment awards 2019

The County Durham Environment Awards 2019 are now open for entries. The objective of the award scheme is to reward great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit in County Durham. 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Awards and an extremely successful year is anticipated. More information about the twelve categories can be found online. The… Read more »

Get saving

The Durham Savers Project works closely with County Durham businesses to help improve the financial wellbeing of staff. The aim of the project is to help businesses implement savings schemes in the workplace where staff can save directly from their wages. Thirty County Durham businesses have already signed up to Durham Savers, including the local… Read more »

Chester-le-Street charity receives much-needed financial boost

Waldridge Millennium Green Trust, based in Chester-le-Street, is one of six North-East charities that has received a financial boost following nominations from the public. Funded from the Movement For Good awards, which was set up by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, each nominated charity received £1,000. The chosen charities join more than 500 other charities across the… Read more »

Money to brighten up the Drum Estate

Public art funding that has remained in council coffers for a decade could now be used to brighten up the Drum Industrial Estate. Chester-le-Street District Council allocated £6,000 in 2008, but Durham County Council took over the following year, when the smaller authority was abolished, and the money has remained untouched. Councillor Craig Martin, who represents… Read more »

Businesses urged to tap into money saving energy scheme

Businesses in County Durham could save thousands of pounds on their energy bills each year by taking advantage of an energy saving advice scheme. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the county have until the beginning of September this year to apply for fully-funded, impartial guidance on making savings to their energy use via the… Read more »

Durham businesses urged to tap into manufacturing growth programme

Growing businesses from County Durham’s manufacturing and engineering sectors are being urged not to miss out on tapping into support from a unique exhibition programme. The Incubator Zone is a support strand of Business Durham’s Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), created to help new and growing micro and SMEs within the engineering and manufacturing sectors… Read more »

Apprentices wanted at Durham County Council

The region’s largest council is looking to recruit 66 apprentices to a wide range of posts, from entry to degree level. Durham County Council is advertising the vacancies to coincide with the launch of its Apprenticeship Strategy for 2019 to 2022. Representatives from the council and the GMB and Unison trade unions were joined by… Read more »

Finance Durham Fund celebrates two-year anniversary

Finance Durham, managed by Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active finance providers, has, since its launch, invested £3.4 million in 10 dynamic growth businesses across County Durham, driving economic prosperity and supporting the creation and safeguarding of over 250 jobs. Appointed by Durham County Council in May 2017, Maven manages the £20… Read more »

Entrepreneurs celebrate success with Durham City Incubator support

A business incubator is looking for its next cohort of ambitious entrepreneurs after helping its first eight small businesses achieve national recognition and investment funding. Durham City Incubator, which is based at Salvus House, at Aykley Heads, Durham, offers intensive support for businesses which have been trading under 12 months as they go for the… Read more »

Engineering network appoints new support manager

The region’s largest engineering and manufacturing network has appointed a network support manager to work with the team on its continued growth. Kaye Collins has joined the Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN) to enhance the support currently offered to companies across County Durham and the North East. The network, led by a board of industry… Read more »

£4.9m growth fund launched for County Durham businesses

Over 300 new jobs could be created with the launch of a £4.9 million fund to help County Durham’s small and medium-sized businesses to expand and grow. The three-year County Durham Growth Fund has been launched by Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council, to help stimulate and enable businesses to grow… Read more »

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 »

Going for Gold!

As the region’s leading provider of services and support for children, young people and adults with autism or other examples of neurodiversity, part of The North East Autism Society’s role is shaping the narrative on how people view and understand autism. Rather than the language of deficits or disability, the Society wants autism and neurodiversity… 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 »

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 »

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 »

£10k funds available for County Durham businesses

Entrepreneurs who are part of an incubator designed to help companies grow and thrive in County Durham will now be able to access up to £10,000 of funding each. Durham City Incubator (DCI) is open to businesses that have been trading for under 12 months and are based in County Durham. It is a unique… Read more »

New investment fund offers £15,000 to businesses looking to grow

Innovative businesses can access up to £15k of investment with the launch of new business support programme, Innovate:Grow. Conceived by Generator and Auxin OKR, the latest funding programme, Innovate:Grow, has investment from the North East Innovation Fund supported by the European Regional Development Fund. It’s managed by Northstar Ventures. It will run two funding cohorts… 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 »