Tag: Durham business support

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 »

County Durham business leaders challenged to sleep out for charity

Business leaders are being challenged to sleep out for a night when Darlington holds its first ever CEO Sleepout to raise funds in the fight against local homelessness and poverty. North East-based charity CEO Sleepout is looking for leaders from County Durham’s most compassionate businesses who are willing to get sponsored to give up the… Read more »

Creative duo shows starting a business doesn’t have to be lonely

Two creative entrepreneurs are offering others like them a cuppa and a chinwag about growing their businesses. Ian Proctor and Graham Marsh, co-founders of Pixel Media based at Aycliffe Business Park, want to share the warts and all experiences of their first year in business. The pair were helped by Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP),… Read more »

Young people reap apprenticeship scheme benefits

Apprentices have been speaking about the valuable skills and experiences they have gained since joining Durham County Council’s workforce. The Local Authority offers apprenticeship opportunities across a range of areas, including civil engineering, business administration, accounting and catering. In September 2018, 44 new apprentices will join the ranks, following in the footsteps of young people like… 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 »

Are you benefitting from asset finance?

Businesses are increasingly turning to asset finance to meet their goals, according to latest industry figures show. New data shows that more British firms are using their existing assets to help cash flow or increase working capital at competitive rates than ever before; a trend that is partly supported by the growing number of small… Read more »

Dyslexia in the workplace

With dyslexia affecting around 10% of the population, it’s likely that at some point you’ll encounter it within your workforce. But while most people have heard of dyslexia, if it doesn’t affect you or someone you know, you may not understand exactly what it means – or how to talk about it. Alison Schreiber, Director… Read more »

Growth capital and small loan funds open for business

Durham-based businesses are invited to apply for investments from two new funds worth a total of £27m that could help expand their operations and create new jobs. NEL Fund Managers is the only fund management firm to be awarded two of the five funds that make up the new £120m North East Fund Supported by… Read more »

Access finance and funding event

County Durham-based businesses are being urged to attend a free event to access funding and finance packages they need to grow. Business Durham and Drum Business Park Group are hosting the morning event on Thursday 24 May, which will bring together key funding and business support organisations including RTC North, Digital Drive County Durham, BEEP,… Read more »

Tackling mental ill health in the workplace

Every organisation has an opportunity to support and develop a mentally healthy workforce and it doesn’t need to be complicated thanks to a new toolkit designed to help employers –understand and act, step by step. Business in the Community has partnered with Public Health England to produce the free, online toolkit to help every organisation… Read more »

Women in the workplace still getting a raw deal

As a huge spotlight continues to shine on sexual harassment in the workplace, Alison Schreiber from The HR Dept Durham, urges companies to take action to tackle inequality. Despite the Equal Pay Act in 1970 and the Equality Act 2010, women still earn less than men in Britain today. Equal pay is the right for… Read more »

Why opt for business equipment leasing?

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance look at why companies turn to business equipment leasing and share their top tips. Business equipment leasing can help in business expansion, fulfil a major new contract or business opportunity or simply to replace existing equipment that has become obsolete or inefficient. This method of business equipment financing has grown because… Read more »