Tag: Durham business support

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 »

GDPR advice

We were pleased to Welcome Lorraine McGill (pictured) to a recent Drum Estate meeting to explain about the impending GDPR European regulation which comes in to force on 25 May 2018. Despite our intention to leave the EU, this regulation will be adopted into UK law and will continue to be in force after we… Read more »

Drum neighbourhood watch

Neighbourhood wardens work to improve the quality of life for Drum Industrial Estate tenants by reducing the level of anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime. Wardens have the powers to issue fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes, where appropriate, for a range of issues including: litter; flytipping and failing to clear waste dumped on… Read more »

Get pest controlled

Are you worried pests could damage your business operations or reputation? If so, you can access a free survey to protect and safeguard your business from possible pest issues. The Durham County Council Pest Control team can identify how to stop pests, such as rats, mice, wasps, flies, cockroaches, getting into your premises and will… Read more »

Do you want to progress or develop a member of your team?

You can complete a work based development programme with HIT Training and use this to improve your own career prospects, motivate your team, and develop new skills and increase efficiency and profits for your business! HIT Training understand the positive impact of work-based apprenticeships for employers, employees and the wider economy. This investment in your… Read more »

Calling all County Durham based Community Enterprises

Durham Sparks is a new initiative, backed and funded by Durham County Council, to connect Community Enterprises with business coaches. It is influenced by top business leaders but driven by the enterprise itself to develop its skills, talent and access expertise, a range of support services and access to a dynamic network of business support… Read more »

Trade and commercial waste collection for Drum Estate businesses

REMONDIS JBT, operate a modern large fleet of specialised waste collection vehicles to businesses of all sizes throughout the North East of England, and are offering businesses located on the Drum Industrial Estate a free audit and preferential service rates for containers to suit their individual requirements. The company’s service is built on the understanding… Read more »

Drum unit to let

Unit 27, Third Avenue on Drum Industrial Estate has become available to let. The property comprises a midterraced industrial / workshop unit with dedicated parking to the front. It is constructed of steel portal frame design with brick infill walls to elevations and asbestos sheet cladding to front elevation and roof above. To the front… Read more »

How should you deal with a workplace romance?

Only 12% of company managers have been provided with training on managing workplace romances; 43% of HR staff have encountered a workplace romance; and 99% of policies on workplace romances state that romantic relationships between supervisors and their staff are not allowed. Employees falling for each other isn’t rare. Naturally, close relationships will form between… Read more »

Bad weather has a bad effect on business

Most of the UK has been blanketed in snow with several severe weather warnings issued. Undoubtedly businesses everywhere will be feeling the impacts and worrying about what their obligations are and what it is going to cost them. Alison Schreiber, Director at The HR Dept, Durham & Darlington, looks at the issue and how it… Read more »

How to handle diabetes in the workplace

How to handle diabetes in the workplace (after security guard wins tribunal). With 3.8 million people now diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, businesses are increasingly likely to have to face the challenge of managing employees with the condition. Alison Schreiber, Director at The HR Dept, Durham & Darlington, explains the facts and offers advice on… Read more »

Sexual harassment in the workplace. A warning.

With more and more allegations of sexual harassment coming to light, County Durham businesses are warned they could face potentially damaging tribunal payouts and reputational damage should a claim be made against their company. Alison Schreiber, Director at The HR Dept, Durham & Darlington, looks at the issue and how it can be managed. After coverage… Read more »