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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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Food producers showcase their goods at North East trade fair

Food producers showcase their goods at North East trade fair

A County Durham collective of producers is making it simple for businesses to buy and source local to help boost the region’s economy. Discovering Durham brought together the best local producers from across the North East to its trade fair on Tuesday 21st September...

Redu Retail confirms partnership renewal with Greggs

Redu Retail confirms partnership renewal with Greggs

Greggs has reappointed retail marketing and branded payments provider Redu Retail to lead its Corporate Gift Card provision. The agreement marks the continuation of a collaborative partnership intended to facilitate further growth for the UK’s leading bakery food...

HR Blog: Is the four-day working week closer than we think?

HR Blog: Is the four-day working week closer than we think?

At a time when many business owners are focused on bringing employees back to work, and with some also dealing with a severe shortage of staff, proposals for a four-day working week have once again hit the headlines. Except this time, it’s a little closer to home....

East Durham Business Service welcomes four new tenants to Novus

East Durham Business Service welcomes four new tenants to Novus

Support organisation East Durham Business Service has welcomed four new tenants to Novus Business Centre. Team Evolve, Claire McPhail Counselling, Galaxy Letts and East Durham Counselling have all moved into the Peterlee facility, which provides office space to new...

NETPark earmarked for expansion with £50m of investment

NETPark earmarked for expansion with £50m of investment

The North East’s premier science and technology park looks set to expand, with councillors being asked to support a near £50m investment in its growth. NETPark at Sedgefield will be extended with a new third phase, should Durham County Council’s Cabinet agree to...

Apprentices on the right track for careers at TMD Friction

Apprentices on the right track for careers at TMD Friction

Three young apprentices are working towards potential careers with TMD Friction after being given the opportunity to learn while they earn. The global automotive manufacturer, which has its only UK production facility in Hartlepool, has been making parts for the...

Production underway at Corehaus at Jade Business Park

Production underway at Corehaus at Jade Business Park

Production of the first steel-framed modular homes is now underway at a County Durham factory. The milestone – along with the announcement of significant initial contracts – has been marked by CoreHaus with an official opening of its 20,000 sq ft unit on Jade Business...

Peterlee company Auxillis to create 40 new jobs

Peterlee company Auxillis to create 40 new jobs

Peterlee employer Auxillis is creating 40 new jobs after two major business wins during lockdown. The first, a brand new partner and the second, a significant extension of services with an existing insurance partner. This growth means that Auxillis is already looking...

Third site for ResQ to support continued growth

Third site for ResQ to support continued growth

ResQ, the leading outsourced contact centre specialist, has opened a new office in the iconic Hammonds of Hull building, which has been part of a major refurbishment programme for the past two years. This will be ResQ’s third site, with the business retaining its...