HR BLOG: Is this meeting really necessary?

Have you ever stopped to ask, “Why are we having this meeting?”. If the only answer presented to you is “We always meet at this time every week.”, it’s time to put meetings under the microscope. If you’re looking at ways to improve productivity you’re not alone....

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VBites owner Heather Mills to speak to EMCON 2019

The Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN) is delighted to announce that Heather Mills is keynote speaker at this year’s EMCON event. Visionary businesswoman Heather Mills has expanded her international award-winning plant based vegan company VBites by opening...

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Wildflower planting brightens up A19 roundabout in Peterlee

A popular wildflower planting scheme is once again bringing a burst of colour to roadsides across County Durham. Various species of wildflowers and herbaceous plants have been sown on roundabouts and verges around the area as part of the Durham County Council...

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HR BLOG: Does your employee contract template do the job?

Written contracts for employees may seem like burdensome paperwork. Yet another admin step prolonging your recruitment process. That is, until the full extent of their importance becomes clear to you when something goes wrong later on. You may feel that a verbal...

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Company appointed to design and build Horden Railway Station

Story Contracting has been awarded a Network Rail contract to design and build a new railway station in County Durham. Following a bumper start to 2019 for the civil engineering company’s expanding rail division, Story has secured further contract success, being...

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ENVIRO BLOG: Rewilding is going from strength to strength

It’s safe to say that our rewilding conference to mark this year’s World Environment Day was a roaring success. The sold-out event attracted over 140 attendees to hear our panel of experts share their experiences of rewilding and climate change, two subjects that are...

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Work begins on 40 affordable homes in Peterlee

Construction of more than 40 affordable homes on a brownfield site in Peterlee has been officially started. A mix of family houses and bungalows are being developed at Tamar Close and Teign Close, near the heart of Peterlee by believe housing. The County Durham-based...

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EDBS on why entrepreneurial spirit is greater than ever

Denise Fielding is Operations Director of business support organisation East Durham Business Service. The organisation, based at Novus Business Centre in Peterlee, supports budding entrepreneurs to pursue a path into self-employment, and established micro businesses...

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Peterlee care home worker offers colleague lifesaving advice

Emma Hume, Deputy Manager at HC-One’s Grampian Court care home in Peterlee, is being celebrated for her caring and thoughtful concern for her colleague’s health. While demonstrating to the team at Grampian Court how to perform blood pressure and heart rate checks on...

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HR BLOG: How to manage remote working

There are many benefits to employing remote workers for your business, such as reduced overheads and better flexibility. But managing them comes with its own challenges. On-site employees jesting that their homeworker colleagues are “slacking”, and a lack of...

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ZF Peterlee raises over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK

ZF in Peterlee has smashed its £1,000 fundraising target after entering a team into Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event in Sunderland earlier this month. Thirteen staff members took part in the charity event, with the only male who entered, Harry Robson, crossing...

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Senior appointments announced at Seaward

UK electrical safety testing expert Seaward Electronic has made two new appointments to its board of directors. Experienced systems engineer Jonathan Odonde joins the Peterlee based business as chief technology officer, while financial expert Graham Lawrence takes on...

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Protech Group announces PC repair and disposal partnership

A County Durham company has announced a new partnership to simplify the way PCs are refreshed and disposed of. Protech Group and JRA announced a strategic partnership to simplify PC Refresh projects and the associated PC disposal process. Protech delivers IT Asset...

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HR BLOG: What to do when an employee is always late for work

Employee timekeeping can be a major concern to employers. Particularly in businesses which require staff to clock-in. Lateness, absenteeism, even keeping track of sick leave can all act as a distraction to the time-pressed manager. There can be occasions when an...

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Horden residents to shape the future of their community

Horden residents will have the chance to shape the future of their community at a series of events starting next week. Durham County Council is hosting the sessions as part of a consultation on its masterplan for the area in and around the village’s ‘numbered...

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