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Seaham’s Lickety Split recognised at environmental awards

Seaham’s Lickety Split recognised at environmental awards

County Durham’s green-minded residents and community groups have been celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony. The annual County Durham Environment Awards, which are run by Durham County Council on behalf of the County Durham Environment and Climate Change...

Climate Action North maps out North East BIC’s Net Zero path

Climate Action North maps out North East BIC’s Net Zero path

Climate Action North, an award-winning social enterprise, has secured a contract to drive forward decarbonisation plans at the North East BIC in Sunderland and set them firmly on the road to achieving Net Zero. Work is currently underway to provide options and plans...

Queen’s Baton Relay to visit County Durham including a stop in Seaham

Queen’s Baton Relay to visit County Durham including a stop in Seaham

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit County Durham during its final journey through England ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates...

UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel spend in day in County Durham

UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel spend in day in County Durham

Ambitious plans to drive growth, spark creativity and celebrate the extraordinary people and places of County Durham have showcased to the UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel. An exciting and immersive timetable of activities was arranged for the judges’ eagerly...

eCommerce specialist moves to Seaham office to support growth

eCommerce specialist moves to Seaham office to support growth

North East eCommerce Consultancy Rogers & Rogers have expanded their business by relocating from Peterlee to a newly opened office in Seaham. The move comes after the company, which delivers expert eCommerce and marketing advice, felt that Seaham would be a more...

HR Blog: Understanding hidden disabilities in the workplace

HR Blog: Understanding hidden disabilities in the workplace

If you bank with HSBC, you may have noticed the roll-out of “Quiet Hour” in branches at the end of last year. For those who bank elsewhere or haven’t seen the posters, Quiet Hour is a dedicated time for customers with invisible or hidden disabilities to receive...

The Fat Hippo Group announces ambitious plans to grow across the UK

The Fat Hippo Group announces ambitious plans to grow across the UK

A successful independent North East restaurant group has revealed plans to more than double the number of restaurants it runs across the UK and create more than 200 jobs by the end of next year. The Fat Hippo Group is aiming to open up to nine new burger restaurants...

Local lad Lewis helps get work started on new homes in Peterlee

Local lad Lewis helps get work started on new homes in Peterlee

Work to regenerate disused land on the edge of a County Durham town with almost 60 new affordable homes is underway. Housing association believe housing is working with Partner Construction to deliver 59 high-quality homes in Peterlee, an area where it sees some of...

Free swimming sessions to promote water safety

Free swimming sessions to promote water safety

Families in County Durham can enjoy free pool fun as part of a campaign to encourage safer swimming. Durham County Council is offering free pool-based activities for children and young people aged 18 and under who live in the county, in support of national Be Water...

Believe Housing pledge to plant almost 600 trees around the region

Believe Housing pledge to plant almost 600 trees around the region

Almost 600 trees are being planted in North East England, as part of a housing association’s environmental pledge. This Earth Day (Friday, April 22, 2022), believe housing is paying for a native tree to be planted on behalf of each of its 568 employees. The trees will...

Peterlee company Auxillis to hold recruitment open day

Peterlee company Auxillis to hold recruitment open day

Peterlee based accident management operation, Auxillis, has announced it is holding a recruitment open day on Thursday, April 28, at its Bracken Hill Business Park contact centre. Following a significant new business win and further growth with new partners set for...

Lifesaving mother and community advocate receive prestigious award

Lifesaving mother and community advocate receive prestigious award

A young mum whose quick thinking and first-aid skills saved a man’s life, and an activist dedicated to improving his community, have been honoured for their actions. Megan James and David Kinch accepted the Chairman’s Medal, the highest accolade that Durham County...

Council and university partnership going from strength to strength

Council and university partnership going from strength to strength

Two of County Durham’s most influential institutions have committed to strengthening their already successful partnership, by making their joint working agreement even more ambitious for the county’s economy and communities. Durham County Council and Durham University...

Dalton Park welcomes new Centre Manager

Dalton Park welcomes new Centre Manager

It’s all change at Dalton Park, as the North East’s largest outlet shopping destination bids a fond farewell to Centre Manager Jerry Hatch after 16 years at the helm. New centre manager Richard Kaye is excited to take over the role. Having spent over 5 years managing...

100 apprenticeships on offer at Durham County Council

100 apprenticeships on offer at Durham County Council

Almost 100 new apprenticeships are on offer with the North East’s largest council. Durham County Council is recruiting apprentices across a wide range of occupations from entry to degree level, offering people the chance to earn as they learn. The scheme is the...

Community groups urged to apply for their share of Believe Housing pot

Community groups urged to apply for their share of Believe Housing pot

Community groups in County Durham can apply for up to £20,000 to support projects which have the power to change lives and communities. Housing association believe housing has £40,000 up for grabs, through its Large Community Capital Grants scheme. Applications for...

Climate Change Committee visits County Durham

Climate Change Committee visits County Durham

Representatives from a committee that advises the government on climate change have visited County Durham. The Chairman and Chief Executive of the independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) found out how Durham County Council is working towards its net zero carbon...

Anticipation builds for reimagined County Durham cultural venue

Anticipation builds for reimagined County Durham cultural venue

A first glimpse of an exciting new cultural venue for County Durham has been revealed. Durham County Council has released a visualisation of what the former DLI Museum and Gallery will look like after it is transformed into a vibrant exhibition centre, gallery and...

Electric vehicles take centre stage in County Durham

Electric vehicles take centre stage in County Durham

Electric vehicles, their many benefits and the importance of introducing more charging points were the focus of a special showcase event in County Durham. Rev Up the North – Electric Vehicle Charging in the North took place at Durham Town Hall and provided an...

HR Blog: Employee grievances and how to manage them in your business

HR Blog: Employee grievances and how to manage them in your business

Although every employer hopes that their staff are all extremely contented and that no one will ever have a complaint, the reality is that all employers need a grievance procedure that meets the Acas code of practice. Once it is written, the first step is to ensure...

County Durham bids for Great British Railways headquarters

County Durham bids for Great British Railways headquarters

County Durham’s illustrious rail heritage, thriving train building industry and pioneering cultural and economic ambitions make it the ideal home for the Great British Railways (GBR) headquarters. That is the message from Durham County Council, which has submitted a...

IPS Flow Systems backs Wapping Burn clean up campaign

IPS Flow Systems backs Wapping Burn clean up campaign

Seaham company IPS Flow Systems has given its support to a campaign to clean up the tributaries that feed into Castle Eden Dene. Rhys Donald and Mark Atkinson from IPS joined the team from the Wear Rivers Trust to help improve the water quality of Wapping Burn, which...

Levelling up funding is crucial for County Durham

Levelling up funding is crucial for County Durham

Council leaders have pledged their absolute commitment to securing more levelling up funding after a previous successful bid was held up as an example of best practice. Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed the second round of the £4.8 billion Levelling...

More than 60 people registered to attend next week’s networking event

More than 60 people registered to attend next week’s networking event

Over 60 people from businesses and organisations around the region have signed up to attend next week’s East Durham Business Network event. The event, at Seaham Hall Hotel, will also include updates about the progression of the County Durham Economic Strategy, which...

Hetton artist hopes to paint a brighter future for Ukraine

Hetton artist hopes to paint a brighter future for Ukraine

A North East artist is helping raise money for the victims of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine through the magic of art. Kelsey Wilson, 29, is selling prints of a painting of Ukraine’s national flower ahead of Mother’s Day, with all proceeds being donated to the...

Two new additions to TMD Friction’s senior management team announced

Two new additions to TMD Friction’s senior management team announced

TMD Friction has announced the appointment of two senior managers, boosting its leadership team as it continues to implement ambitious plans for growth. The Hartlepool-based global automotive manufacturer has appointed Sam Kirtley into the role of UK Finance Director,...

County Durham makes UK City of Culture 2025 shortlist

County Durham makes UK City of Culture 2025 shortlist

County Durham is now a step closer to being named UK City of Culture 2025 and securing the colossal social and economic benefits this would bring. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced the county was one of just four locations from across the...

Housing development of 250 new home in Wingate progressing well

Housing development of 250 new home in Wingate progressing well

Construction work is progressing well at a new Bellway development in Wingate, where more than 30 homes have been built. Wellfield Rise will eventually extend to 250 homes, on land off Wellfield Road in the village. Bellway will create a 20-acre public open space and...

Horden scholar supported on path to career in games design

Horden scholar supported on path to career in games design

A career in computer games design beckons for the first recipients of a new scholarship created by a leading games development studio in partnership with Teesside University. The Creative Assembly Legacy Scholarship has been awarded to Daniel Gething and Rebecca...

Go Green Training Academy opens its doors in Peterlee

Go Green Training Academy opens its doors in Peterlee

A new training academy has opened its doors in Peterlee. The Go Green Training Academy will deliver qualifications in the installation, servicing and maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs), helping trades people in the area take advantage of growing demand for...

HR Blog: Supporting employees through uncertain times

HR Blog: Supporting employees through uncertain times

Russia’s devastating invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing humanitarian crisis have sent shockwaves worldwide. Employees with links to Eastern Europe will need support, whilst those who are not directly affected may also be feeling anxious or helpless during these...