Peterlee companies involved in most successful EMCON yet

Dozens of businesses have pledged to return to EMCON 2020 as they pursue leads to new business made at last week’s expo. Social media has been buzzing with positivity since the event with hundreds of comments on the show and how successful it had been. Over 100...

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HR BLOG: How to manage staff whose health impacts on the job

How to help employees manage when life gets in the way of work “It’s just one of those days” is a phrase we often hear when a friend or associate is experiencing an off day. Maybe you have even said it yourself. It’s understandable. Maintaining a good work-life...

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Peterlee man Neil in the driving seat to business success

A man who was made redundant from the former Walkers crisps factory in Peterlee has turned setback into opportunity by launching his own business. Neil Harrison found himself unemployed when he lost his job after 32 years of employment. The 52-year-old father-of-two...

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Peterlee’s ZF confirmed as an EMCON VIP company

ZF, the Peterlee-based leader in the production of specialist safety camera equipment for vehicles, has been confirmed as a ‘VIP company’ at this year’s EMCON. The company is the one of several regional big hitters to be announced, all of which will be taken around to...

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Growth for Peterlee-based print and packaging company

A leading North East supplier of print and packaging solutions is celebrating a significant boost to its team with the announcement of eight new appointments to drive forward plans for future growth. The Encore Group is strengthening the teams across its divisions at...

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HR BLOG: What to do when an employee goes AWOL to protest

When an employee goes AWOL to attend a protest… Are you so passionate about climate change that you would be willing to let employees take time off to protest? Earlier in the year, the teen activist Greta Thunberg inspired schoolchildren to bunk off school – sorry,...

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Peterlee battery manufacturer acquired

County Durham battery manufacturer Alexander Technologies Europe Ltd (ATEL) has been acquired by its incumbent management team in a transaction part-funded under a £9.2m senior secured unitranche facility provided by Shard Credit Partners. The transaction, which has...

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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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