HR BLOG: Culture clashes at work and how to avoid them

A French employee at a restaurant in Canada filed a complaint with British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal against his former employer. He claimed the dismissal was due to his French culture being perceived as ‘rude and aggressive’. What can we do to embrace and use...

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Protech City achieves major industry standard

An IT refurbishment company from Peterlee has achieved a major industry standard. Protech City, an IT asset retirement and Microsoft-registered refurbishing company based in Peterlee, has recently achieved the ADISA Standard which is a risk assessment of the entire...

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Engineering and manufacturing expo re-brands as EMCON

Engineering and manufacturing expo Durham Oktoberfest is re-branding as EMCON to reflect 10 years of growth. Over 50 invited delegates from the North East’s business community were told the news at a breakfast launch at Ramside Hall Hotel this week. The event, which...

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Entrepreneur launches two new businesses

An award winning entrepreneur who found success by launching a dance and fitness firm 10 years ago is expanding her business empire after setting up two new companies. Bethany Ainsley made her name after founding Nouveau Wellbeing, a dance and fitness company that...

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Volunteers sought for clean up of Wapping Burn

Volunteers are being sought for a clean-up operation to breathe new life into Wapping Burn in Peterlee. The Wear Rivers Trust along with the help of local businesses has been breathing new life into Wapping Burn on Peterlee Business Park following recent landscaping...

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HR BLOG: Paws for thought – should we allow pets at work?

The benefits of allowing staff to bring their pets to work is well documented and proven. As long as no one is allergic to them and the pets (usually dogs, but not always) are safe and well behaved, everyone gains. It could even be a deciding factor in staff retention...

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Peterlee care home to open its doors to the community

HC-One’s Care Homes in County Durham are looking forward to welcoming neighbours and local residents into the home to celebrate the sixth annual Care Home Open Day on Saturday, April 21. Care Home Open Day is a national event that gives local people the opportunity to...

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Profound staff have say on company’s future

A Peterlee company is giving its staff a say in the future growth of the business. Profound Group recently held a Communications Day, where every member of the team worked on projects which have the potential to drive the business forward. When many other companies...

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College launches construction industry partnership

An exciting new partnership between East Durham College and Keepmoat Homes is to be launched, aiming to encourage young people to consider a career in the construction industry. Keepmoat Homes is launching two new home building projects in 2018 in the East Durham area...

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Businesses encouraged to support clean up of Wapping Burn

The Wear Rivers Trust needs your help to breathe new life into the Wapping Burn following recent landscaping works to enhance the previously neglected watercourse. Now spring has arrived we have lots of wetland plants ready to go in the ground and are looking for...

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East Durham businesses sought for Incubator Zone

East Durham businesses that are keen to showcase their products and services to potential new customers are being recruited for the second phase of a support programme. Last year saw the launch of the inaugural Incubator Zone programme at Durham Oktoberfest. And this...

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HR BLOG: How charity in the workplace can boost morale

Encouraging staff to be charitable is a good part of corporate social responsibility. And when done well can be a great team building activity. Studies have shown that doing good deeds improves mood, productivity and morale. For business owners, this has the potential...

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Digital tips are the focus of latest PBP event

Businesses who attended the latest Peterlee and Seaham networking event were given an insight into how digital platform can enhance their growth and profile. Daniel Dixon from the ERDF-funded Digital Drive County Durham programme shared with businesses his top six...

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Hundreds register for business growth programme

Hundreds of business owners have signed up to a business growth programme during its first year. The fully funded Boost Your Business residential course was launched last April by East Durham Business Service (EDBS) and a consortium of other North East enterprise...

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Prestigious national prize for East Durham College student

East Durham College is pleased to announce continued success at the Association of Hair and Therapy (AHT) national competition after student Suzanne Woodward won a third place prize in barbering. Suzanne, 27, from Peterlee, competed against 22 other competitors at the...

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One Awards to join NOCN Group

One Awards is delighted to announce that from August 1, 2018, it is joining the NOCN Group. This move will widen the NOCN Group offer to the FE market to include Access to HE, regulated qualifications, Functional Skills and apprentice end point assessments. As two...

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Peterlee Specsavers staff undergo glaucoma training

Staff at Peterlee and Seaham Specsavers brances are undergoing training to support customers with glaucoma. It’s all part of efforts to raise awareness of World Glaucoma Week (11-18 March). Often symptomless in its early stages, glaucoma is one of the leading causes...

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