Tag: Durham business support

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 »

£20 million funding opportunities

An exciting funding opportunity is available for businesses across County Durham. The £20 million Finance Durham LP fund, announced by Business Durham and managed by Maven Capital Partners, offers funding for companies of all sizes across most sectors. The aim is to contribute to economic development, job creation and innovation within the County. Get more… Read more »

Become an enterprise adviser

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for leaders from North East businesses and employers to volunteer their time to become an Enterprise Adviser and make a difference to a local school or college. It’s a unique way to help inform young people and equip them with the skills they need to find work… Read more »

Financial support to reduce your energy consumption

Access support to increase the use of energy efficient technologies and processes in your business. The independent Durham Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) scheme can provide you with a grant of up to 40% off the cost of installing appropriate energy efficient technology. The project has secured ERDF support and has been endorsed by the… Read more »

Training to achieve greater results

A comprehensive range of training workshops, qualifications and services in leadership and management; health and wellbeing; and employability are on offer for companies based in County Durham. Specialist training provider Amacus, who work directly with employers to support business improvement by offering bespoke training solutions, have recently launched a fully funded training programme called Taking… Read more »

Meet Your International Trade Adviser

John Doolan (pictured above) is one of the Department of International Trade’s most experienced advisers. He can assist your business to enter new markets and maximise your revenues from overseas trade. As a business in County Durham you can access tailored support to help develop an achievable Export Growth Action Plan through the ‘Expanding North… Read more »

Be part of the Durham community

The County Durham Community Foundation provides grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. In the last year, they have awarded over £3.5 million to community projects and individuals in need across County Durham and Darlington. Their charitable funds are donated by local individuals, families, businesses and trusts, building up a… Read more »

Over £1.2million invested into businesses through DurhamWorks

DurhamWorks is a partnership solution to youth unemployment in County Durham led by Durham County Council working with employers to create opportunities for unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds. The project’s Learning Working Earning grant funding helps businesses with salaries and other costs associated with employing staff, up to a maximum of £3,000. Since launching in April… Read more »

Be a know it all!

Durham Constabulary is committed to involving the community, including businesses, in the policing of County Durham and Darlington and know that improving the flow of information will help us make a greater impact in the prevention and detection of crime and anti-social behaviour. Find out what’s happening in the area and register to receive regular… Read more »

Get new ideas, talent and enthusiasm

Getting enthusiastic young people working for your company couldn’t be easier thanks to DurhamWorks. Access up to £5,000 of funding towards the cost of taking on a young person and get an assigned  Business Advisor to guide you through the process. The scheme has already helped secure 10 apprenticeships across four businesses on the Park…. Read more »