Tag: Durham business support

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 »

Launch of UK’s first Autism and Neurodiversity Academy

A new training organisation has been launched by the North East Autism Society (NEAS), who are based on the Drum Industrial Estate, offering specialist training for employers to support staff with autism or other neuro-diverse conditions. It will also support and advise businesses of all sizes which aspire to widen their customer base to embrace people… Read more »

Stamp out bullying in the workplace

Workplace bullying can have a devastating effect on individuals and an equally horrible and pervasive impact on the culture, happiness and wellbeing of the wider workplace. It has no place in our businesses and business owners must work hard to ensure the right standards and conditions are set so that any bullying is called out… Read more »

Wheels to work!

Do you or your employees need help getting to work or training? The Wheels to Work County Durham transport scheme has been running in parts of the County Durham area for just over a year. The moped-loan scheme aims to help people access employment, training or education that would otherwise be inaccessible due to poor… Read more »

December Drum meeting

The next event for the Drum Business Group to get together is on 7 December 2017 so please make a note and register for it now. It will take place from 8.30am to 10.30am at the Co-Operative Food Distribution on the Drum Industrial Estate

Go>Grow with NBSL

The NBSL £10 million Go>Grow programme delivers fully-funded training to North East based businesses who want to develop their workforce to strengthen and grow their businesses. It is supported by the European Social Fund and delivered through a partnership of colleges, training providers and specialists in business support. The training opportunities range from business skills including… Read more »

The new exciting way to do team building in County Durham

County Durham Sport have launched a new way to do team-building in County Durham. Tech-Know Trail has taken the traditional treasure hunt concept and combined it with innovative technology and inspired content to create fun, engaging, interactive challenges designed to get workplaces moving. Played on tablets or smartphones, each of the challenges includes a variety… Read more »

Affordable loans and saving schemes

The Prince Bishops Community Bank work to tackle financial exclusion and high cost credit by proving affordable loans and saving schemes. They’re happy to visit your workplace to explain the scheme fully and see how they can help with any issues you or your employees may be facing.

Health and safety training

A range of training courses are available at Aspen Wolf in Seaham are available. Discounts can be applied for block bookings and training can also be delivered on site exclusively for your staff. The courses include: Emergency First Aid at Work (appointed person); Level 3 First Aid at Work Re-Qualification; and Level 3 Award in… Read more »