Seaward invests to become a company of the future

International test equipment expert Seaward Group is to transform its Peterlee manufacturing base with an investment of £500,000. The work, which has already begun, will significantly improve efficiency, reduce waste, and lead to a 25 per cent increase in...

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Skills and employment boost as EDBS launches new programme

Young people are being offered the chance to equip themselves with the skills needed to fill existing employer vacancies. East Durham Business Service (EDBS) has teamed up with Virgin Money Foundation and DurhamWorks to support unemployed 16-24-year-olds into secure...

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College lecturer wins Chelsea Flower Show accolade

East Durham College are thrilled to announce that floristry lecturer Rebecca Hough has rose to the occasion, beating the countries’ best 16 floral talents to be crowned this year’s RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London....

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Energy reduction project cuts costs for Peterlee business P&P

A County Durham business is set to make significant savings after reducing its energy costs with help from a council-led project. P&P Windows, based in Peterlee, contacted Durham County Council’s Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) to ask for help with its high...

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Closure of HMRC in Peterlee is a threat to the local economy

Easington MP Grahame Morris has met with HMRC workers in Peterlee to discuss the government plans to create centralised regional HMRC Offices. The closure of Peterlee HMRC will affect almost 500 workers who will be forced to commute to Newcastle if they want to keep...

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Seaward leads national appliance testing safety campaign

A group of industry experts have got together to press for changes in the law to help save lives. Led by Seaward and backed by MP Grahame Morris the national campaign urges policy makers to create legislation on appliance testing in rental properties to help avoid...

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GAS takes up major role on business steering group

Seaham Business Park Group is delighted to announce the latest recruit to its steering committee. Judith Bennison from Seaham company Great Annual Savings Group has agreed to be the latest business representative on the committee. She joins Paul Wellstead from...

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Heather Mills buys Walkers Crisps factory in Peterlee

Heather Mills has bought the former Walkers Crisps factory in Peterlee , promising to bring jobs back to the site which closed last year. Around 355 jobs were lost last year when PepsiCo, which owns Walkers, revealed it was closing the factory to make “significant...

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Live hacking shows businesses how easy cyber crime can be

Businesses were taken on an intriguing journey into the murky world of cyber-crime at last month’s cyber-security themed event at Caterpillar’s Learning Centre of Light. Attendees heard from a number of experts, including Jon Hudson, the Regional Cyber Protect Officer...

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HR BLOG: GDPR Top Tips

GDPR is coming – is your SME compliant? Read our HR checklist to see what you have to do between now and 25 May. The General Data Protection Regulation becomes law on 25 May 2018 and if you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to make changes to your business to...

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Businesses showcasing vacancies at East Durham jobs fair

Businesses from the East Durham are being encouraged to support a jobs fair organised by JobCentre Plus. The jobs fair is being held in Peterlee on Wednesday, June 27, and already companies including Robertson Timber from Seaham, Kelly Services, Gem Premium People,...

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East Durham College’s Spring Show this weekend

It’s time for another fun-filled family day out as East Durham College’s Houghall campus, situated in the heart of Durham, once again opens its doors for its highly-popular annual Spring Show. The annual event regularly attracts thousands of people from around the...

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East Durham the perfect location for business growth

Growing companies are being urged to look at East Durham’s thriving business locations as part of their long term plans to prosper. The business parks and industrial estates in Peterlee and Seaham, as well as smaller pockets of activity in places including Castle...

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HR BLOG: HR myth busting!

HR has more than its fair share of myths and misinformation! Could it be the ever-changing legislation and case law, the conflicting pressures that many SME business owners face or simply the fact that we are in the business of people problems? It’s probably down to a...

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GEM helps NSK staff secure advanced training qualification

GEM Training has extended its successful partnership with NSK Bearings Peterlee by developing five staff members through an advanced training qualification. The employees, who are all recognised ‘international trainers’ within their teams at NSK, completed the...

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EMCON secures support from European rail giant

Engineering and manufacturing expo EMCON has secured one of Europe’s biggest rail manufacturers as its first ever headline sponsor. Stadler Rail, which last year was a gold sponsor alongside long term supporter Business Durham, was so impressed with the event that it...

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Businesses asked to support school’s STEM agenda

Businesses across the East Durham area are being asked to get involved in a three-day programme of STEM-related activities at Dene Community School in Peterlee. Each year, the school invites a range of companies with STEM roots to come in and engage with the students...

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