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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...

HR Blog: Does your business need a culture reset?

HR Blog: Does your business need a culture reset?

Questionable leadership, drinking in the workplace and an alleged disregard for the rules. Such staff issues aren’t usually heard coming from Downing Street, but a very public ongoing investigation has put the culture at No.10 firmly under a spotlight. It goes to show...

EDBN announces date of next networking event at Seaham Hall Hotel

EDBN announces date of next networking event at Seaham Hall Hotel

East Durham Business Network has confirmed its next event will be on Wednesday, March 30, at Seaham Hall Hotel. As well as the usual opportunity to network, there will also be a chance for attendees to have their say on the County Durham Economic Strategy. Durham...

Sarah Slaven appointed permanent MD at Business Durham

Sarah Slaven appointed permanent MD at Business Durham

Sarah Slaven has been appointed as the permanent Managing Director of Business Durham, Durham County Council’s business support service, following a recruitment process. Sarah previously held the post of Operations Director at Business Durham before taking on the...

HR Blog: What does it mean to be an employer of choice?

HR Blog: What does it mean to be an employer of choice?

Employee satisfaction What contributes to employee satisfaction? Do the goal posts move or are they fixed? Whilst it may be achievable for some, 100% employee satisfaction is a tough target for employers to reach, and even then, may not be an easy metric to maintain....

Discovering Durham gives County Durham producers a route to market

Discovering Durham gives County Durham producers a route to market

An organisation which champions local food, drink and arts and crafts producers is giving dozens of micro-brands a route to market, as it prepares to mark its second birthday. Discovering Durham, which is run by passionate entrepreneurs Liza Johnson of The Tea...

Better Health at Work award for TMD Friction

Better Health at Work award for TMD Friction

Automotive manufacturer TMD Friction has been recognised for its investment into staff health and wellbeing. The Hartlepool-based company has been awarded the Better Health at Work Bronze status. TMD Friction, which makes brake pads for 95 per cent of the range for...

Over 100 engineer and driver jobs up for grabs at Go North East

Over 100 engineer and driver jobs up for grabs at Go North East

Go North East is looking for new bus drivers and engineers to fill over 100 positions within its award-winning company. Anyone who might like to try their hand at driving a bus or fancies a career switch to mechanics, can pop along to the company’s forthcoming...

HR Blog: Financial well-being: Supporting employees and your business

HR Blog: Financial well-being: Supporting employees and your business

January is synonymous with goal setting. The pandemic is, hopefully, finally subsiding and employers are no doubt keen to kick off the year with a positive start. For others though, and perhaps a few employees, January can be a slow start. There is Dry January...

Businesses asked to back County Durham’s City of Culture 2025 bid

Businesses asked to back County Durham’s City of Culture 2025 bid

Businesses across East Durham are being asked to back County Durham's City of Culture bid. County Durham is one of eight locations around the country that are on the shortlist for the 2025 status. With announcements due in the coming days, businesses and organisations...

Networking event hailed a success as over 50 people attend

Networking event hailed a success as over 50 people attend

Over 50 people attended yesterday's East Durham Business Network event at East Durham College in Peterlee. Representatives from businesses and organisations including Clear Climate, SMS, Digital Drive County Durham, County Durham Community Foundation, Orca, Harbro...