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HR Blog: What has and hasn’t changed for the work Christmas party?

HR Blog: What has and hasn’t changed for the work Christmas party?

Are you hosting a staff Christmas party this year? After a compulsory virtual affair in 2020, and almost two years of pandemic related ifs and buts for events, a Christmas get-together could be just what’s needed to reunite your team. If your workforce has been...

Network with your Neighbour: January 26, 2022

Network with your Neighbour: January 26, 2022

East Durham Business Network is delighted to announce the date of its first networking event of 2022. Network with your Neighbour will take place on Wednesday, January 26, at East Durham College. Businesses from around the area are invited to attend. Updates will be...

Taking action against gender-based violence

Taking action against gender-based violence

County Durham residents are being urged to stand together against domestic violence ahead of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Durham County Council, Durham University and Durham Students’ Union are supporting the...

Investment in IT department sees former apprentice Stuart promoted

Investment in IT department sees former apprentice Stuart promoted

A former apprentice is moving up the career ladder at TMD Friction in Hartlepool thanks to investment from the company to strengthen its IT department. Stuart Gallagher joined the global automotive manufacturer four and a half years ago and in that time has completed...

County Durham start-ups eye growth through accelerator programme

County Durham start-ups eye growth through accelerator programme

A group of eight entrepreneurs are set to benefit from an incubator programme designed to accelerate the growth of fledgling businesses in County Durham. Durham City Incubator (DCI) was launched in 2018 as a joint programme between Durham University, New College...

HR Blog: What to do when an employee keeps forgetting things

HR Blog: What to do when an employee keeps forgetting things

Forgetfulness. It happens to all of us at one point or another. From forgetting to call someone back to defrosting the food you had planned for dinner or even missing an important anniversary. Causes of forgetfulness are varied, and there are different ways in which...

Peterlee’s ZF gives 21 agency workers permanent contracts

Peterlee’s ZF gives 21 agency workers permanent contracts

Global automotive technology leader ZF has rewarded 21 temporary workers with permanent contracts, starting as of November 1. The staff, who were initially brought in to meet a demand in orders, were appointed through the Peterlee company’s recruitment partner,...

Bellway opens two new show homes at Wellfield Rise development

Bellway opens two new show homes at Wellfield Rise development

Bellway Durham has welcomed visitors to Wellfield Rise for the launch of its two new showhomes. The Scrivener and Sawyer showhomes were unveiled to the public on Saturday 23 October, providing buyers with the first opportunity to visit the Wingate development. Bellway...

Seaham company helps manufacturing firm save £65,000 on energy bills

Seaham company helps manufacturing firm save £65,000 on energy bills

Thanks to the collaborative culture that runs throughout the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), member company, ElringKlinger, has achieved £65,000 of savings on its energy costs. Through a long established relationship, Seaham-based, Great Annual Savings Group...

New eatery opens at Dalton Park creating 11 new jobs

New eatery opens at Dalton Park creating 11 new jobs

A brand new eatery has opened its doors at Dalton Park and is already welcoming guests in with a tempting range of hot and cold drinks, a delicious brunch menu, tasty artisan cakes and authentic Italian Gelato. Etto Caffé is part of the Massarella Catering Group, a...

Family run East Durham Funeral Service celebrates 50 years in business

Family run East Durham Funeral Service celebrates 50 years in business

A Durham-based family-run funeral service are this month celebrating 50 successful years in business. East Durham Funeral Service, headed up by owner Philip Maddison intend to mark the occasion by giving their clients some special deals on pre-payment funeral plans in...

EDBS announces 2022 line up of business support workshops

EDBS announces 2022 line up of business support workshops

East Durham Business Service is holding a series of workshops in 2022 which are designed to help people make the move into self-employment and grow their business when they do. The workshops are being delivered by Hina Joshi. Subject and dates below: Finance Workshops...

HR Blog: Can I ask an employee to come to work on their day off?

HR Blog: Can I ask an employee to come to work on their day off?

Ensuring that you have adequate staffing for your business to operate day-to-day takes some planning. However, if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that things don’t always go to plan. Finding yourself short-staffed, whether due to sickness absences or an...

Key County Durham figures meet to sign climate pledge during COP26

Key County Durham figures meet to sign climate pledge during COP26

As world leaders gather in Glasgow over the next two weeks for the crucial COP26 summit, key figures in County Durham got together to pledge their own efforts to tackle climate change. More than 70 attendees, including representatives from Durham County Council,...

Have your say on future mental health services in County Durham

Have your say on future mental health services in County Durham

One in four adults reported feeling lonely during the COVID-19 restrictions, signalling a review of community needs. An NHS and leading charity partnership is appealing for individuals and organisations to share their views on future befriending and peer support...

Automotive manufacturer launches global academy to support growth

Automotive manufacturer launches global academy to support growth

Automotive manufacturer TMD Friction is bringing together employees from facilities around the world, including its Hartlepool plant, after launching a global learning and development academy. The International Training Network has been created to support the...

Dozens of affordable homes coming to East Durham

Dozens of affordable homes coming to East Durham

Almost 200 high-quality, affordable homes are set to be delivered across County Durham. Durham County Council has teamed up with housing providers to meet demand, with the building of properties all over the local authority area now close to completion. The council...

Durham County Council names new Director of Corporate Resources

Durham County Council names new Director of Corporate Resources

A new Corporate Director of Resources has been appointed at the region’s largest council. Paul Darby, who has been interim Corporate Director of Resources at Durham County Council since December, has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis following a...

Redu Group’s Reward Me Now app acquired by Latus Health

Redu Group’s Reward Me Now app acquired by Latus Health

Latus Health is targeting several business acquisitions as part of its three-year strategy to become the UK’s first fully remote occupational health services provider. The first acquisition made by the Hull-based business is the Reward Me Now employee health and...

Sunderland to lead low-carbon production with Nissan solar expansion

Sunderland to lead low-carbon production with Nissan solar expansion

Ambitious plans to install a further 37,000 solar panels at Nissan’s Sunderland plant have moved a step closer as Engenera Renewables Group,  the company delivering the project, formally submitted the planning application to Sunderland City Council. If approved, it...

HR Blog: Excuses, excuses: Are you challenging them in your business?

HR Blog: Excuses, excuses: Are you challenging them in your business?

“I’m running late because my pet snake has escaped, and I need to find it.” “I accidentally got on a plane.” “A fortune teller told me I shouldn’t leave the house through fear of a brain haemorrhage.” Believe it or not, these have all been genuine excuses from...

Dalton Park unveils new interactive wishing well to support GNAAS

Dalton Park unveils new interactive wishing well to support GNAAS

The North East’s largest outlet centre Dalton Park has officially unveiled a new interactive wishing well, a modern way to raise funds for the shopping destination’s chosen charity. Long-time Dalton Park visitors may remember a wishing well from a few years back where...

Barber Shane’s new salon goes from strength to strength

Barber Shane’s new salon goes from strength to strength

An experienced barber who followed his dream of opening his own business is proving he’s a cut above as his salon continues to grow. Shane Brown has worked in the industry for six years and after spells with a number of salons across the region, he decided to go it...

Seaham-based technology firm launches international partnership

Seaham-based technology firm launches international partnership

CyberWhite, a North East cybersecurity specialist with offices in Sunderland and Middlesbrough, has brought onboard a new vendor, RiskXchange. RiskXchange helps companies of all sizes defend against cyber threats by providing risk ratings for any company across the...

HR Blog: Beware the banter in your business

HR Blog: Beware the banter in your business

Banter is defined as an exchange of light, playful teasing, and is also often accompanied by a declaration of “only joking”. However, as harmless as it sounds, it runs the risk of causing actual damage to a business and the people within it. Banter is often used as a...

Plans for £8m affordable housing development in Peterlee unveiled

Plans for £8m affordable housing development in Peterlee unveiled

Plans for a new £8 million affordable housing development in a County Durham town have been submitted for approval. The move will see proposals for 59 new two, three and four bedroomed homes and bungalows in Peterlee considered by Durham County Council planning...

Plans for 440 high quality homes in Durham recommended for approval

Plans for 440 high quality homes in Durham recommended for approval

Plans for a new high-quality residential development to the east of Durham City have been recommended for approval by Durham County Council’s expert planning officers. County Durham-headquartered Banks Property originally submitted an outline planning application for...

HR Blog: What can employers learn from Strictly Come Dancing?

HR Blog: What can employers learn from Strictly Come Dancing?

Glitz, glamour, dancing, and a side of drama can only mean one thing, Strictly Come Dancing is back. Grabbing front page storylines since it started last month, this season is sure to provide some entertaining viewing as autumn and winter draw in. Even those not...

Shopping centre raises over £3,000 for cancer charity

Shopping centre raises over £3,000 for cancer charity

Prince Bishops Place’s ever popular umbrella street has been a huge success this year, raising over £3,000 for Team Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust. Customers were encouraged to purchase a wooden tag supplied by retailer, Elvet and Bailey, for a £5 minimum...

Durham moves a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025

Durham moves a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025

News County Durham is a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025 has been met with joy and resolve by the partnership driving forward the bid. Today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced its longlist of eight locations that...

Thousands of people flock to County Durham food festival

Thousands of people flock to County Durham food festival

People across County Durham and beyond came to Bishop Auckland to celebrate all things food, when a popular festival returned at the weekend with extra flavour. Thousands of people attended this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival, laid on by Durham County Council,...

Tackling anti-social behaviour at the heart of new Horden partnership

Tackling anti-social behaviour at the heart of new Horden partnership

Tackling neighbourhood nuisances and improving quality of life in a County Durham village are at the heart of a new partnership. Horden Together will see a range of organisations working closely with residents to address the issues and concerns that matter most to...

Get your copy of Issue 6 of East Durham Business magazine now

Get your copy of Issue 6 of East Durham Business magazine now

The latest issue of the area’s flagship business magazine, East Durham Business, is out now. Issue six features news and updates from companies across the region, including Peterlee firm Central Doorset Manufacturing, Delanoy Funeral Services, East Durham Business...

HR Blog: Could term-time working benefit your business and staff?

HR Blog: Could term-time working benefit your business and staff?

Did you know that term-time only working isn’t just for educational establishments? Term-time only working is a type of flexible working that, if suitable for a business, can widen its prospective pool of talent. As the name suggests, an employee on a term-time only...