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Learning Curve Group CEO appointed Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham

Learning Curve Group CEO appointed Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham

Brenda McLeish OBE DL, CEO of Learning Curve Group (LCG), is appointed Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham for her dedication and contribution to education and skills in the region. As CEO of one of the country’s largest training providers, headquartered in County...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

East Durham Business Network Event March 2022

East Durham Business Network Event March 2022

Dozens of businesses attended our most recent networking event, held at the picturesque Seaham Hall Hotel. The event also saw Glenn Martin from Durham County Council give a presentation about the County Durham Economic Strategy, asking people to get involved in the...

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...

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...

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...

BEEP’s Caroline Hearne dispels the myths around electric vehicles

BEEP’s Caroline Hearne dispels the myths around electric vehicles

East Durham Business editor Leanne Fawcett chats to Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) Managing Caroline Hearne, who aims to dispel the myths around electric vehicles and tells us why investing in these greener modes of transport could be right for you… EDB. Is...

HR Blog: Are your employees living with Long COVID?

HR Blog: Are your employees living with Long COVID?

The UK government has announced its plan for living with COVID, detailing how and when remaining COVID restrictions and laws are to be lifted. This plan is relevant for businesses in England, whilst the devolved administrations are working at their own pace. Although...

Top apprenticeship award for Peterlee company Seaward

Top apprenticeship award for Peterlee company Seaward

An electrical test and measurement company has been named one of North East England’s best providers of adult apprenticeship training. Seaward, based in Peterlee, has been crowned ‘Employer of the Year’ by MTC Training, which is a commercial unit of Sunderland...

Seaham company SMS aims to double turnover and recruit

Seaham company SMS aims to double turnover and recruit

A company which provides quality and recruitment services to automotive, aerospace and rail manufacturers, utilising technology, has announced ambitious plans to double its turnover. Smart Manufacturing Solutions, SMS Ltd, started with just three people when it...

HR Blog: Recruiting and retaining disabled employees

HR Blog: Recruiting and retaining disabled employees

The disability employment rate, which shows the number of disabled people in employment, has sat somewhere around 52% for the last three years. Whilst it’s slowly increasing, it still shows that almost half of people with disabilities are unemployed. Many disabled...

Young engineers working towards careers with Peterlee employer

Young engineers working towards careers with Peterlee employer

A group of young engineers have been given a fantastic opportunity to start their careers thanks to a partnership between East Durham College and local employer Alexander Battery Technologies, based in Peterlee. Alexander Battery Technologies have been working...