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Power Roll partners with Filia to democratise solar power

Power Roll partners with Filia to democratise solar power

Rollable solar film promises affordable, power-generating photovoltaic blackout window blinds for millions of people living in apartments Power Roll and Filia Solar have signed an Application Development Partner Agreement to explore the use of Power Roll’s solar film...

East Durham Business Service welcomes four new tenants

East Durham Business Service welcomes four new tenants

Support organisation East Durham Business Service has welcomed four new tenants to Novus Business Centre. Team Evolve, Claire McPhail Counselling, Galaxy Letts and East Durham Counselling have all moved into the Peterlee facility, which provides office space to new...

Cabinet to be asked to agree near £50m investment in growth of NETPark

Cabinet to be asked to agree near £50m investment in growth of NETPark

The North East’s premier science and technology park looks set to expand, with councillors being asked to support a near £50m investment in its growth. NETPark at Sedgefield will be extended with a new third phase, should Durham County Council’s Cabinet agree to...

Issue six of East Durham Business magazine out next month

Issue six of East Durham Business magazine out next month

The next issue of the area's flagship publication, East Durham Business magazine, is due out in a couple of weeks. This issue will features interviews with the likes of Central Doorset Manufacturing, East Durham Business Service, the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing...

Jobs on offer at Seaham company Mission Foods

Jobs on offer at Seaham company Mission Foods

Seaham company Mission Foods is recruiting for several positions within its business. Based at Seaham Grange Industrial Estate, the company is part of the Mexican multi-national Gruma, a global leader in the manufacture of corn flour, flatbread and tortilla products,...

Manufacturing group with Peterlee site releases financial results

Manufacturing group with Peterlee site releases financial results

Multi-site bespoke envelope and packaging manufacturer the Encore Group has released its results for the past financial year. The company, which comprises packaging and envelope divisions in Washington, Peterlee and Dewsbury, posted its results for the year ending 30...

Forty new jobs for Auxillis following two lockdown business wins

Forty new jobs for Auxillis following two lockdown business wins

Peterlee employer Auxillis is creating 40 new jobs after two major business wins during lockdown. The first, a brand new partner and the second, a significant extension of services with an existing insurance partner. This growth means that Auxillis is already looking...

Production of first modular homes at Jade Business Park factory underway

Production of first modular homes at Jade Business Park factory underway

Production of the first steel-framed modular homes is now underway at a County Durham factory. The milestone – along with the announcement of significant initial contracts – has been marked by CoreHaus with an official opening of its 20,000 sq ft unit on Jade Business...

Traders get ready for Seaham Food Festival

Traders get ready for Seaham Food Festival

Traders across County Durham and beyond are counting down to the return of next month’s Seaham Food Festival. The free Durham County Council event, which is taking place on Saturday 7 and Sunday, 8 August, marks a welcome return of festivals and events following the...

Region’s space sector takes off, bringing jobs to the North East

Region’s space sector takes off, bringing jobs to the North East

A new report by the UK Space Agency has highlighted that the North East’s thriving space sector has led to a jobs boost in the region. The recent ‘Size and Health of the UK Space Industry’ report revealed the number of people employed in the space sector in the North...

Third site for ResQ as Seaham facility reaches full capacity

Third site for ResQ as Seaham facility reaches full capacity

ResQ, the leading outsourced contact centre specialist, has opened a new office in the iconic Hammonds of Hull building, which has been part of a major refurbishment programme for the past two years. This will be ResQ’s third site, with the business retaining its...

Issue 5 of East Durham Business magazine distributed across East Durham

Issue 5 of East Durham Business magazine distributed across East Durham

Issue 5 of of the area’s flagship magazine, East Durham Business, is out now and has been distributed across East Durham's thriving business community. The magazine, which was launched by the team at LEC Communications and Design in 2019, includes features, news and...

Business Q&A: Alistair Cummins-MacLeod from East Durham College

Business Q&A: Alistair Cummins-MacLeod from East Durham College

Alistair Cummins-MacLeod is the Marketing Director at East Durham College, which has two sites in Peterlee and Houghall on the outskirts of Durham. In an interview for East Durham Business magazine, Alistair tells us more about his diverse marketing and communications...

Financial support for mobile and home-based businesses extended

Financial support for mobile and home-based businesses extended

Mobile and home-based businesses in County Durham are being given longer to apply for financial support designed to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year limited fixed funding was made available by the Government through the Additional...

Peterlee company saves money on energy bills thanks to BEEP programme

Peterlee company saves money on energy bills thanks to BEEP programme

Logistic solutions business, NFS 360 Connect, have made significant savings on their yearly bills and reduced their carbon emissions by 75 tonnes. That’s thanks to the support of the BEEP team, who have been working NFS 360 Connect, a logistics solutions business...

New owners of Peterlee company target triple growth after buyout

New owners of Peterlee company target triple growth after buyout

New owners of a training and apprenticeship provider have announced ambitious plans to triple the number of learners it supports into careers. TACS, based at Novus Business Centre in Peterlee, was recently bought out by business owner Neil Armstrong and son-in-law...

Issue 5 of East Durham Business magazine out soon

Issue 5 of East Durham Business magazine out soon

Issue 5 of of the area's flagship magazine, East Durham Business, will be out early next month. The magazine, which was launched by the team at LEC Communications and Design in 2019, includes features, news and reviews from businesses around the area. In this issue...

Training initiative open to small business owners from East Durham

Training initiative open to small business owners from East Durham

People who live in East Durham can tap into a new training initiative delivered by MINT Business Club and ITEC North East. The training is aimed at small business owners or employees who live the area, however they don’t need to work in, or have businesses located in...

Peterlee-based Shred Direct targets growth after Covid-hit 2020

Peterlee-based Shred Direct targets growth after Covid-hit 2020

A shredding company owned by a former professional footballer is bouncing back with plans to grow regionally and recruit further personnel after a Covid-hit year. Shred Direct, owned by Graeme Carter, who was once on the books at Newcastle United, was looking ahead to...

Senior appointment for fast-growing Seaham firm Redu

Senior appointment for fast-growing Seaham firm Redu

Redu Group, a leading provider of employee benefit and retail marketing solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Hobbs as Head of Retail Partnerships, a new role for the organisation. In his new role, Adam will be responsible for building...

County Durham start-ups to benefit from accelerator programme

County Durham start-ups to benefit from accelerator programme

Eleven entrepreneurs are set for success by taking part in the six-month Durham City Incubator programme to develop their businesses. The County Durham start-ups hope to follow in the footsteps of Plastech Innovation, Heartwood Skills CIC and ChatPro who have all...

Peterlee space company receives UK Space Agency innovation funding

Peterlee space company receives UK Space Agency innovation funding

ISOCOM Limited, a County Durham optoelectronic component manufacturer, is working with Northumbria University to develop the world’s first commercially available laser-based satellite communication system via the National Space Innovation Programme. Peterlee-based...

East Durham Business website launches

East Durham Business website launches

A website for the flagship East Durham Business magazine is now live. eastdurhambusiness.co.uk features the latest interviews and news, as well as all four issues of the magazine which you can read in full. The site, and the magazine, are run by LEC. The team is...

Seaham company Nala targets growth after coronavirus-hit 2020

Seaham company Nala targets growth after coronavirus-hit 2020

A family run electrical contractor is looking to a year of growth after bouncing back from the challenges it faced during 2020, brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Like many businesses, Seaham-based Nala Engineers was forced to furlough staff as the country was...

New era for Peterlee’s Encore as owner hands over the reins

New era for Peterlee’s Encore as owner hands over the reins

A Northern packaging and print firm is entering a new era following its owner’s decision to hand over the reins. Russell Croisdale has been Managing Director of The Encore Group, which comprises print, packaging and envelope divisions in Washington, Peterlee and...

Peterlee company Seaward announces new ehief Executive appointment

Peterlee company Seaward announces new ehief Executive appointment

County Durham-based Seaward Electronic Ltd. is setting its sights on further market growth with the appointment of a new chief executive. North East born Chris Callan takes up the new role after building a successful career in the electronics industry working with...

Seaham based Redu launches new app based employee health rewards scheme

Seaham based Redu launches new app based employee health rewards scheme

A North East retail rewards specialist has launched a new scheme to help UK employers encourage their workforces to lead healthier lifestyles. Reward Me Now, already in use with large employers such as Eddie Stobart and Hays Travel, is launching their Health Package,...

New programme launched to drive innovation in County Durham

New programme launched to drive innovation in County Durham

Companies are being invited to find out more about a new programme that has been launched to support innovation in the construction, health and electech sectors across County Durham. Set up by Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council, the...

IT division growth for County Durham chartered accountancy firm

IT division growth for County Durham chartered accountancy firm

North East Chartered Accountancy firm Mullen Stoker has seen demand for its IT services rapidly increase as more and more people are required to work from home. Whilst many companies have been operating a flexible working policy since the coronavirus outbreak first...

The future looks sweet for Murton mum Amy

The future looks sweet for Murton mum Amy

A mum of two has taken her first steps into entrepreneurship to launch her own party business during the months of lockdown. Amy Speckman, 28, from Murton in County Durham has set up Sweetie Treats, which offers services to make your wedding, birthday party or...

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine available to read online

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine available to read online

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine is available to read online, with a new website for the publication due to launch in the next few weeks. Themed around ‘bouncing back from COVID-19’ the magazine features businesses from across the area, which are dealing...

COVID-hit businesses encouraged to apply for £5m council fund

COVID-hit businesses encouraged to apply for £5m council fund

Businesses are set to benefit from a new £5 million grant funded by Durham County Council to help them implement recovery plans to overcome the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on the economy and recovery is likely...

New East Durham business park announces latest tenant

New East Durham business park announces latest tenant

Innovative modular housebuilder, CoreHaus, is opening its first UK manufacturing site at a County Durham business park as part of its scale-up plans. CoreHaus has secured its new 20,000 sq ft unit at Jade Business Park, in Murton near Seaham, and recruited a highly...

Read Issue Four of East Durham Business magazine online

Read Issue Four of East Durham Business magazine online

The fourth issue of the area's flagship magazine, East Durham Business, is available to read in full online. Themed around ‘bouncing back from COVID-19’ the magazine features businesses from across the area, which are dealing with the challenging climate in many...

Over £1m awarded to businesses in County Durham to support growth

Over £1m awarded to businesses in County Durham to support growth

The Finance Durham Fund has invested over £1 million in five businesses to grow in or move to County Durham over the last twelve months. Established by Durham County Council in 2017, Finance Durham is a £20m investment fund overseen by Business Durham and managed by...

East Durham Business magazine feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

East Durham Business magazine feature: Delanoy Funeral Services

John Delanoy and Julie Stout are passionate about the funeral industry and giving people the send-off they want – their best final farewell. East Durham Business magazine Editor Leanne Fawcett finds out more. Two things are immediately evident when I down with John...

Seven new jobs created as Peterlee restaurant becomes a hit with diners

Seven new jobs created as Peterlee restaurant becomes a hit with diners

An experienced publican and restaurateur launched a new food place with a difference earlier this year – despite the obvious Covid challenges. But now their Mediterranean dishes are proving hugely popular at their newly-refurbished outlet near Peterlee – creating...

Businesses urged to properly manage staff annual leave this Christmas

Businesses urged to properly manage staff annual leave this Christmas

HR expert Alison Schreiber, who works with many businesses in the East Durham area, offers some useful advice to employers who are preparing for a busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas. The HR Dept Durham representative is urging businesses to properly manage...

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine out now

Issue four of East Durham Business magazine out now

Issue four of the area’s flagship publication, East Durham Business magazine, is out now. Themed around ‘bouncing back from COVID-19’ the magazine features businesses from across the area, which are dealing with the challenging climate in many different ways. Featured...

Peterlee business centre secures string of new tenants during lockdown

Peterlee business centre secures string of new tenants during lockdown

A business centre for new and growing SMEs has welcomed a string of new tenants despite the tough economic conditions. Novus Business Centre in Peterlee, which is managed by East Durham Business Service, offers flexible office space for sole traders and expanding...

Seaham company Redu announced latest business acquisition

Seaham company Redu announced latest business acquisition

A specialist retail marketing company has completed the seven-figure acquisition of a fellow North East business who are experts in retail gift cards and loyalty schemes. Seaham-based Redu Group, which has developed a range of tech-savvy operations that offer  money...

Issue Four of East Durham Business magazine out this week

Issue Four of East Durham Business magazine out this week

Issue four of the area's flagship publication, East Durham Business magazine, is due out this week. Themed around ‘bouncing back from COVID-19’ the magazine will feature businesses from across the area, which are dealing with the challenging climate in many different...

Durham County Council receives national apprenticeship recognition

Durham County Council receives national apprenticeship recognition

A North East council has been acknowledged as one of the top employers in the country for its apprenticeship opportunities. Durham County Council was awarded a place in the government’s Top 100 Apprenticeships Employers list announced last week, joining ten other...

Ambitious strategy to create a more successful County Durham endorsed

Ambitious strategy to create a more successful County Durham endorsed

A strategy which envisages more than 30,000 jobs and 25,000 new homes has been endorsed by the North East’s largest council. Durham County Council has today agreed to adopt the County Durham Plan, through which it seeks to ensure the county is a successful place to...

Peterlee entrepreneur launches financial planning firm

Peterlee entrepreneur launches financial planning firm

An independent financial adviser with more than six years’ industry experience has launched her own company. Aimee Watson has set up Aimee Financial, which provides bespoke financial planning and pension advice to clients. Although specialising in retirement planning,...

Socially distanced meeting space available at Peterlee business centre

Socially distanced meeting space available at Peterlee business centre

A business support organisation is encouraging firms in the area to take advantage of its meeting space as social distancing remains in place. East Durham Business Service, which manages Novus Busines Centre in Peterlee, has several rooms available for external hire....

Dowen Estate Agents acquired in management buy-out

Dowen Estate Agents acquired in management buy-out

Dowen Estate Agents, which has a head office in Hartlepool and seven additional branches along with a bespoke Auction Department across the North East, has been acquired in a management buy-out funded by HSBC. The full-service estate agency offers a wide range of...

Peterlee mum uses lockdown to launch her own dreadlocks business

Peterlee mum uses lockdown to launch her own dreadlocks business

A mum of two has used the months of lockdown to launch her own dreadlock business. Aiysha Homer, 40, from Peterlee was working as a lunchtime supervisor at a local school, a job she loved, but money was so tight she wanted to put her creativity to something that could...

East Durham businesses invited to attend virtual networking event

East Durham businesses invited to attend virtual networking event

Businesses from across East Durham are invited to attend a virtual networking event next week. The Peterlee and Seaham business park groups have organised the event to give businesses the chance to updates and learn more about the support available to help them during...

Profits up and workforce growth for Seaham cyber security firm

Profits up and workforce growth for Seaham cyber security firm

CyberWhite, a Seaham-based cyber security firm, has delivered strong results for the financial year 2019-2020. Highlights of the year-end report include: An increase in the total turnover of 286 per cent Gross profit increased by £196,000 New clients increased grew by...

Financial planning firm grows its workforce after successful rebrand

Financial planning firm grows its workforce after successful rebrand

A national financial planning firm has increased its workforce as business continues to boom following a rebrand. Former Independent financial advisor (IFA) Tony Slimmings started offering freelance paraplanning services in early 2017, before scaling up and launching...

Seaham company announces £3m investment and job creation plans

Seaham company announces £3m investment and job creation plans

A North East company has made a multimillion-pound investment to quadruple its office space and create hundreds of new jobs. Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has agreed a lease on a new building on Spectrum Business Park, Seaham, taking its total office space to...

Fish and chip shop agree sponsorship of Easington youth football team

Fish and chip shop agree sponsorship of Easington youth football team

A football team in Easington has been able to invest in new kits for its players after securing a new sponsor. Easington Under-15s, which plays in the Russell Foster Tyne and Wear Youth Leagues, has announced Harry’s Fish and Chip Shop has become its new sponsor. The...