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A fond farewell

A fond farewell

In 2020, John Delanoy and Julie Stout launched Delanoy Funeral Services, which pledged to change the way funerals are conducted, giving people the send over they want and deserve. In that time they have managed dozens of funerals and have recently invested in a new...

Ask The Expert: Roger O’Brien

Ask The Expert: Roger O’Brien

Roger O’Brien is the Research and Technical Lead for the £10.9 million Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) Project. The SAM Project was set up to support the implementation of product and process development and the introduction of technology for SME...

LEC scores double sponsorship deal

LEC scores double sponsorship deal

Peterlee company and East Durham Business Network founding member LEC has agreed two annual sponsorship deals with grass-roots football teams. Communications and design firm, LEC, which is based at Novus Business Centre in Peterlee, has been confirmed as the new kit...

A twenty-year journey for twin brothers

A twenty-year journey for twin brothers

Stuart and James Parkin started working at engineering firm Hiatco as 17-year-old apprentices in 2001. Two decades on and they’re celebrating as directors. In May 2001, Stuart Parkin started a new apprenticeship at Aluminium Welding & Fabrication company, Hiatco....

Welcome back… spa days

Welcome back… spa days

Nearly two years after my last visit to the wonderful Seaham Hall Hotel – a real gem in the North East’s crown - because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was with open arms and ready-to-be-pampered muscles that I returned for a much needed spa day. Anyone who knows me...

New venture is no scary business

New venture is no scary business

EDB designer Alan Sawyers talks about his new ecommerce project and turning leisure into business. People have been turning personal interests into businesses for a long time. It’s nothing new. But for East Durham Business’s resident magazine designer, it’s becoming a...

Physiotherapist Targets Growth

Physiotherapist Targets Growth

A physiotherapist is going for growth within East Durham’s business community as he looks to make the transition from part to full time self-employment. With over 15 years’ experience within the health and wellbeing sector, Andy Atkinson launched his business,...

Seaham’s Best Start In Life

Seaham’s Best Start In Life

Finding the right nursery for your child can be one of the most difficult decisions to make as a parent. Seaham House Nursery, located on North Terrace, just a three-minute drive from Spectrum Business Park, offers unrivalled views of the beach and docks, creating a...

What’s Trending Now: Quaysar Rafique

What’s Trending Now: Quaysar Rafique

Quaysar Rafique became a regular face at the East Durham Business Networks’ Zoom networking sessions during lockdown. He dropped by Novus Business Centre in Peterlee to chat to editor Leanne Fawcett about his company, The Will Guys. In this issue’s What’s Trending Now...

My Working Day: Hina Joshi

My Working Day: Hina Joshi

Hina Joshi is an adviser from East Durham Business Service, based at Novus Business Centre on Peterlee Business Park. In this issue’s My Working Day feature, we chat to East Durham Business Service adviser Hina Joshi, who has been with the Peterlee-based organisation...

My Down Time: Keith Gill

My Down Time: Keith Gill

Keith Gill is one of the founders of Phileas Fogg, the Consett company that pioneered tortilla chips in the UK. In this issue’s My Down Time feature, we chat to Phileas Fogg snack brand founder and first-time novelist Keith Gill, who currently runs The Old Post Office...

Early Doors for Central Doorset Manufacturing

Early Doors for Central Doorset Manufacturing

Earlier this year Central Doorset Manufacturing relocated its fast-growing business into the former Dewhirst building on the North West Industrial Estate in Peterlee. Just seven months on, the company now employs 25 people and has smashed initial targets, putting it...

My Down Time: Paul Wellstead

My Down Time: Paul Wellstead

Paul Wellstead is the commercial property developer behind Seaham’s Spectrum Business Park. In this issue’s My Down Time, we chat to the man behind Spectrum Business Park in Seaham, Paul Wellstead, to learn about how he unwinds away from work, who would play him in...

My Working Day: Alistair Cummins Macleod

My Working Day: Alistair Cummins Macleod

Alistair Cummins-MacLeod is the Marketing Director at East Durham College, which has two sites in Peterlee and Houghall on the outskirts of Durham. In this issue’s My Working Day, Alistair tells us more about his diverse marketing and communications role, including...

Seaham firm engineers a positive future during pandemic

Seaham firm engineers a positive future during pandemic

At the start of 2020, Nala Engineers was looking ahead to a positive 12 months, continuing to grow its client portfolio of regional and national clients, and strengthening its workforce to support ambitious plans for expansion. But then the ‘C’ word happened, and...

At Your Leisure: A Treat During Lockdown

At Your Leisure: A Treat During Lockdown

Gateshead-based family business Beckleberry’s has diversified its business in response to the challenges it faced during lockdown. Prior to the pandemic, Beckleberry’s was quite literally a high-flying ice cream, sorbet, flan, tart, and patisserie provider - an...

At Your Leisure: Things We’ve Missed

At Your Leisure: Things We’ve Missed

As life begins to return to normal, it means at long last we’re finally able to see our friends and families, dine out at our favourite pubs and restaurants and have a haircut (if we have hair to cut). Usually, this feature is dedicated to places we’ve been since the...

Ask The Expert: Duncan Davies

Ask The Expert: Duncan Davies

Duncan Davies is CEO of Notify - the Health & Safety platform revolutionising workplace safety, health and wellbeing. In every issue of East Durham Business, we focus on a particular company or individual to learn more about their area of expertise – the feature...

What’s Trending Now? Mullen Stoker

What’s Trending Now? Mullen Stoker

Chartered accountancy and IT firm Mullen Stoker was launched in 2010 and now services clients across the country, supported by a team of 15 employees. In every issue of East Durham Business we look at issues that are topical, issues that are affecting businesses on a...

Bye bye coronavirus hello business growth

Bye bye coronavirus hello business growth

Editor Leanne Fawcett shares her experiences of keeping LEC going during the toughest health crisis the world has faced for decades… Anyone who has ever run a business knows how tough it is. The highs and lows, the blood, sweat and tears that come with trying to make...

HR expert highlights importance of reporting signs of domestic abuse

HR expert highlights importance of reporting signs of domestic abuse

Alison Schreiber of The HR Dept, Durham, is the Peterlee and Seaham Business Park Groups’ and East Durham Business magazine’s resident HR expert. Before the pandemic, an estimated 2.4 million adults had experienced domestic abuse in the previous 12 months. This crisis...

At Your Leisure: Codrophenia is music to our ears

At Your Leisure: Codrophenia is music to our ears

East Durham Business editor Leanne Fawcett visited Dalton Park’s only independent food outlet, Codrophenia, to see whether the fish and chip shop was worthy of a five-star review – or more Rotten Tomato. Fish and chips are about as quintessentially English as things...

NBSL continues to support Durham businesses

NBSL continues to support Durham businesses

A Newton Aycliffe publisher is among the County Durham businesses to have received support from a £2.26 million funding pot managed by NBSL. Well established Durham publishing house, Riney Publishing Ltd, plans to explore new markets thanks to funding support from the...

Funeral services but not as we know it

Funeral services but not as we know it

John Delanoy and Julie Stout are passionate about the funeral industry and giving people the send-off they want – their best final farewell. Editor Leanne Fawcett finds out more. Two things are immediately evident when I down with John Delanoy and Julie Stout to talk...

Ask The Expert: Alison Schreiber

Ask The Expert: Alison Schreiber

HR expert Alison Schreiber talks to EDB about the challenges employers face in moving forward during the COVID-19 crisis. In every issue of East Durham Business, we focus on a particular company or individual to learn more about their area of expertise – the feature...

My Working Day: Gordon MacPherson

My Working Day: Gordon MacPherson

Gordon MacPherson is a director at Seaham-based tech company Moralbox, which specialises in training development software. In this issue’s ‘My Working Day’ feature Gordon shares with EDB why he loves running his own business and what the future holds as the country...

What’s Trending Now? Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP)

What’s Trending Now? Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP)

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) launched in 2016 to help SMEs across County Durham to save money on their energy overheads. Now, four years on, and into its second project, the scheme is evolving and adapting to the unprecedented climate, ensuring...

How a near-death experience helped Jim re-focus his business

How a near-death experience helped Jim re-focus his business

15 months ago engineer Jim Box was running two successful companies. But a near-fatal hit and run threatened everything he had worked so hard for. Here he chats to editor Leanne Fawcett about the experience, the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had and why he is...

My Down Time: Lindsay Burnham

My Down Time: Lindsay Burnham

Lindsay Burnham is a marketing professional who runs her own consultancy business, Label Marketing. Everyone needs a decent work-life balance, so in each issue we’ll be finding out what relieves that executive stress and helps business owners and managers find that...

At Your Leisure: Luciano Peterlee

At Your Leisure: Luciano Peterlee

The Oaklands was once the ‘go to’ pub in Peterlee. In fact, it wasn’t unusual for people to queue up to get in, such was its popularity. Unfortunately, like many such venues, the pub sadly declined and from its status as a real hub of the community, it quickly became...

My Working Day: Guy Bashford

My Working Day: Guy Bashford

Guy Bashford is part of the Durham Business Opportunities Programme, helping companies in East Durham to access support to help them grow. In this issue’s ‘My Working Day’ feature we sit down with Guy Bashford from Business Durham to find out more about his role...

What’s Trending Now? Alison Schreiber

What’s Trending Now? Alison Schreiber

Alison Schreiber is director of the Durham franchise of national outsourced human resources network, The HR Dept, and a long-time supporter of the Peterlee and Seaham business parks group. East Durham Business chatted to Alison about important upcoming employment law...

Ask The Expert: Paula Snowdon

Ask The Expert: Paula Snowdon

Paula Snowdon is industrial placement co-ordinator at East Durham College. In every issue of East Durham Business, we focus on a particular company or individual to learn more about their area of expertise – the feature is called Ask the Expert. This time around we...