Employees encouraged not to overindulge this Christmas

East Durham businesses are being warned to have fun this Christmas – but to be prepared for the problems which can come from an overly indulgent office party or night. HR expert Alison Schreiber of the HR Dept Durham works with a number of companies in the area to...

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Rare postwar homes given £138m makeover

A number of unusual homes in east Durham have been receiving a makeover as part of believe housing’s £138m improvement programme. Homes built using innovative construction methods straight after World War II have been given a new lease of life. A total of 35 houses...

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Spooktacular cake sale raises money for cancer charity

Spooktacular cupcakes decorated as bats, spiders, ghosts and ghouls have helped raise funds to support those with cancer. The creepy cake sale at University Hospital of Hartlepool was organised by staff from Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, in Peterlee. Dozens...

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Further growth for Peterlee businessman’s company

Financial advice company Wealth of Advice has made another key appointment as it continues to add to its client portfolio. Cristina Duran Alvarez has been appointed to work within the client administration team. The 29-year-old was offered the job just 15 days before...

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Peterlee company plans for growth with six-figure investment

A North East training company is aiming to scale up its operations with the help of a six-figure investment from the North East Growth Capital Fund Supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Positive Futures (NE) works with a range of local authorities and...

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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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