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Premium Peterlee company wins top accreditation

Premium Peterlee company wins top accreditation

A Peterlee recruitment specialist has been awarded a top international accreditation for the investment it makes in its workforce. GEM Premium People, based on the North West Industrial Estate, has secured the Investors in People award. The award was given to GEM for...

Martial arts club invests with grant

Martial arts club invests with grant

A growing martial arts club has invested in new equipment after receiving a grant from a local councillor. Horden Martial Arts Club was awarded a cheque for £150 from Cllr June Clark, County Councillor for Horden under the Members’ Initiative Scheme. The money was...

Healthy work ethic wins award for Durham Cathedral

Healthy work ethic wins award for Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has been recognised for its work to promote healthy living among employees by the North East Better Health at Work Award. The Cathedral was awarded a Silver Award for the work it is doing to promote not only a healthy workplace but also offering...

Energy auction driving down prices

Energy auction driving down prices

Bidex Energy Auction, the Peterlee based business energy auction specialists, continue their rapid growth as more and more companies make enquiries about using their innovative energy auction system. Established in 2015, the company has a high tech approach that uses...

New appointment to spearhead GAS’ push for recruitment target

New appointment to spearhead GAS’ push for recruitment target

A Seaham-based cost management specialist has strengthened its management team with the appointment of an experienced recruitment specialist. Victoria Walton has joined Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) as head of resource and talent after spending almost 20 years...

TACS celebrates 10 years in EDBS

TACS celebrates 10 years in EDBS

A TRAINING company which has helped to upskill hundreds of employees has celebrated its 10th birthday. TACS Ltd (Training, Assessment and Consultancy Services) was one of the first firms to take up tenancy in Novus Business Centre, which is managed by East Durham...

Springboard Celebrate Ofsted result

Springboard Celebrate Ofsted result

North East training provider Springboard, who has a centre in Peterlee, is celebrating after being rated ‘Good’ in every area in their recent OFSTED Inspection. Katie Bulmer Cooke, patron of Springboard, is pictured celebrating with Springboard learners. Katie said...

GAS makes donation to Wearside boxing club

GAS makes donation to Wearside boxing club

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has teamed up with a local sporting club to develop the next generation of boxing talent. The Seaham-based cost management specialist has made a cash donation to Houghton and District Fitness and Youth Boxing Club, which is open to...

Apollo student set for apprenticeship with local engineering company

Apollo student set for apprenticeship with local engineering company

As the academic year enters its last term, the Apollo Studio Academy in Peterlee has seen its innovative approach to learning coming out on top. As pass rates climb, the first groups of Year 13 students to complete their studies at the new school are now being made...

Apprentice Jamie has the driving force

Apprentice Jamie has the driving force

A Teenager is proving he has the drive to succeed as a mechanic after winning an apprenticeship at an established garage. Student Jamie Fisher started a work placement at Peterlee Business Park’s Automotive Solutions, in Pease Road, as part of his college course. And...

Brighter future thanks to funding for youth employment

Brighter future thanks to funding for youth employment

Up to 6,000 young people are to benefit after Durham County Council secured £17m to help them on their pathway to employment. In June 2015, the authority submitted a bid for £17.04m funding through the European Council’s Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). And now the...

Trust gets £60k cash windfall from musical cast

Trust gets £60k cash windfall from musical cast

The community which inspired the classical tale of Billy Elliot has been handed a cash windfall of almost £60,000. Audiences in London's West End have raised the enormous cash sum for The East Durham Trust. Newcastle writer Lee Hall, who wrote the film and...

Four former SSI apprentices are welcomed to NSK

Four former SSI apprentices are welcomed to NSK

Four young men have been thrown an employment lifeline by NSK Peterlee after losing their previous placements in the closure of SSI. Shaun O’Leary, 19, James Fish, 19, Ryan Hartshorn, 20, and Callum Gaines, 19, were four out of 50 apprentices to lose their...

NECTA & CCS on the hunt for the North East’s next future chef

NECTA & CCS on the hunt for the North East’s next future chef

The North East Culinary Trade Association (NECTA) and Continental Chef Supplies are inviting students from colleges around the region to take part in NECTA Future Chef of the Year 2016. Additionally, for the first time in NECTA Future Chef history and following an...

Peterlee based entrepreneur makes The Journal’s 35 under 35

Peterlee based entrepreneur makes The Journal’s 35 under 35

A Peterlee businesswoman has been named one of the North East’s top young entrepreneurs in a list compiled by a regional newspaper. Bethany Ainsley, founder and CEO of Nouveau Dance and Fitness based at Novus Business Centre on Peterlee Business Park, made The...

Peterlee charity helps over 70 people into paid work

Peterlee charity helps over 70 people into paid work

Since its launch three-and-a-half years ago, The Employability Trust, has given paid employment to 71 people. The trust itself employs eight full time staff including two warehousing apprentices. Melissa Hammond was the trust’s first candidate and has just taken on a...

Probio signs deal to export 100,000 tonnes of waste product

Probio signs deal to export 100,000 tonnes of waste product

An alternative fuel provider has sealed a green deal to export 100,000 tonnes of UK waste to Scandinavia as part of a three-year deal. PROBIO Energy, based in Hartlepool, has struck the landfill-diverting contract with a company called Newport Paper, with bales of...

Seaward helps academy student break into the world of work

Seaward helps academy student break into the world of work

A Peterlee electronics manufacturer has become one of the first companies to support a new local education model by giving a local youngster his first step into the world of work. 18 year old Dan Salmon of Peterlee is starting out on his working career with Seaward...

County’s manufacturing and engineering strengths under spotlight

County’s manufacturing and engineering strengths under spotlight

Challenges and opportunities within County Durham’s engineering and manufacturing industries will be the themes at a support organisation’s inaugural economic forum this week. The County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) has been created to support...

Former Joinery Student Returns To Motivate Next Generation

Former Joinery Student Returns To Motivate Next Generation

A former East Durham College joinery student has returned to the college to share his success story with students. Phillip Breeze, 33, from Haswell, studied carpentry and joinery at the college in 2010. Once leaving the college he spent a year in the trade gaining...

Encore ticks the box for Rust-Oleum

Encore ticks the box for Rust-Oleum

North East-based Encore Packaging Solutions has been helping national paint brand Rust-Oleum to ensure deliveries of its product samples are boxing clever. The packaging firm based in Peterlee was appointed by Rust-Oleum to produce a series of eye-catching branded...

Full Circle North East gives first place to Fishmonger

Full Circle North East gives first place to Fishmonger

Business start-up Full Circle North East which was launched earlier this year by cousins Leanne Knight and Kirsty Campbell has provided business support to entrepreneur fishmonger Joel Dodds in his quest to open up a fishmonger shop in County Durham. J Dodds Fresh...

Bill helps take the strain from East Durham businesses

Bill helps take the strain from East Durham businesses

A Peterlee-based charity boss has launched a new business that aims to take the strain away from other local businesses. UK.Solutions, the commercial arm of The Employability Trust, will provide on-demand resourcing including manufacturing, warehousing and fulfillment...

Albany Assistance announces official charity

Albany Assistance announces official charity

Having completed a search for a nominated local charity for 2016, Peterlee based Albany Assistance has announced its decision. The firm will raise money throughout the year for Hartlepool and District Hospice. To mark the announcement, and coinciding with Hartlepool...

Ginger Ninjas will be taste bud tingling  at Food Festival

Ginger Ninjas will be taste bud tingling at Food Festival

A Teesdale foodie who is a self-declared ‘slave to gingerbread’ will be showcasing her ‘Gingers of the North’ and ‘Ginger Ninjas’ at this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival (BAFF) next month. Carol Cowie who bakes at her farm near Hamsterley admits to cooking from...

County Durham employers at risk over childcare vouchers!

County Durham employers at risk over childcare vouchers!

Maternity discrimination is one of the big ones to avoid for UK employers. It can lead to huge pay outs in tribunals, cause upset and stress and lead to reputational damage. Whilst many instances of such discrimination are fairly obvious, the issue of childcare...

East Durham College barbering students win national medals

East Durham College barbering students win national medals

East Durham College’s hair and beauty department have returned from the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) Awards 2016 in Blackpool with three top places. Level 3 barbering student Lewis Coils, 20, from Wingate picked up first place in the Men’s Creative...

Seaham firm to launch six new service divisions

Seaham firm to launch six new service divisions

A cost management specialist has announced the launch of six new services as it embarks on its next phase of growth. Seaham-based Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) currently helps businesses reduce their variable costs and save money in a range of areas including...

Pledge from Durham County Council chief executive

Pledge from Durham County Council chief executive

Over 80 members of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) heard Durham County Council’s newly-appointed Chief Executive pledge to do his best to award contracts to County Durham businesses whenever possible. Terry Collins was addressing the NECC’s County Durham AGM...

Profound expands into construction industry

Profound expands into construction industry

Hundreds of young people are getting the chance of well-paid apprenticeships and jobs in the construction industry as a company founder expands his training arm in Teesside and County Durham with help from UK Steel Enterprise. Steve Willis, who started Brickwork...

Apprentice Lewis joins growing plastics firm

Apprentice Lewis joins growing plastics firm

A plastics firm which has ambitions to export to Australia has recruited its first apprentice to support its growing business. Lewis Scarr has started his career at Primex Plastics, at Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, by taking a Commercial...

Durham Students to learn how the ‘dotcom’ bubble burst

Durham Students to learn how the ‘dotcom’ bubble burst

The wild rise and crazy fall of the 'dotcom' dream will be one of the subjects of a talk given by an award-winning author and journalist when he visits Durham later this month. Andrew Smith will be speaking to pupils at Framwellgate School, in Durham, about the rise...

KF Training creates jobs in Yorkshire expansion

KF Training creates jobs in Yorkshire expansion

A training company is creating jobs as it expands into Yorkshire. KF Training, based in Peterlee, east Durham, has secured a number of deals in the county. The business, founded by Kelly Lee in 2011, employs more than 50 people and provides training across areas such...

Megan snaps up third place in National Photography Competition

Megan snaps up third place in National Photography Competition

A talented student studying for her A-levels at East Durham College’s Sixth Form (ED6) has just won a highly credible third place in a national photography competition. Megan Ogden, 16, from Shotton Colliery, who is studying photography, fine art and psychology at ED6...

East Durham entrepreneur expands business

East Durham entrepreneur expands business

An East Durham entrepreneur is delighted to have expanded his business further – with the opening of a new showroom and plans to boost turnover to £1.5m next year. Phil Mordey, from Thornley, is the managing director of The Bathroom Cladding Centre which already has a...

Student does the big question for BBC 1

Student does the big question for BBC 1

One very lucky East Durham College student has just had the amazing opportunity to work on BBC1’s The Big Questions when it was recently filmed in the North East. Level 2 Media Diploma student Conner Walker, 17, from Peterlee, got to work alongside production...

Skills boost to trigger growth for Paragon

Skills boost to trigger growth for Paragon

A prototype specialist is embarking on the next phase of its expansion by putting its entire workforce through an extensive training programme. Paragon Rapid Technologies recently completed a two-year growth plan which saw turnover rise from £2.8m to £4.1m and staff...

Recycling specialist expands overseas

Recycling specialist expands overseas

A leading North East metal recycling specialist is committing significant investment as it continues to diversify and expand into overseas markets. J Denham Metals Ltd - which has sites based in both Wingate, East Durham, and Bishop Auckland - is already cementing...

Mailing staff on the road to a healthier future

Mailing staff on the road to a healthier future

A leading mailing house has held its first ever health roadshow for its workforce. Metromail held the Health and Wellbeing Roadshow at its premises off Admirality Way, in Seaham, as part of the North East Better Health at Work Award. A string of health-related...

Floristry course launched to brighten up your home

Floristry course launched to brighten up your home

East Durham College has launched an exciting new short course in floristry, aimed at showing you some great tips and tricks to get the most out of flowers around your home. The Flowers for the Home course runs over three evenings and is designed for anyone interested...

Manufacturer moves to former KP crisps factory

Manufacturer moves to former KP crisps factory

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers and international distributors of bearings, power transmission and motion transfer linkage products is expanding into the North East following a £2.2m investment. Dunlop BTL, which is based in Ashford, Kent, has been awarded a...

Encore packs the right role for new recruit

Encore packs the right role for new recruit

North East-based Encore has strengthened its packaging division with the appointment of a new senior account manager after relocating production to its new 73,000 sq. ft. Peterlee site. Ian Bailey, 44, joins Encore Packaging Solutions’ sales team from Tyne Tees...

Durham leisure venue to save £250k

Durham leisure venue to save £250k

The Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club is set to make a six-figure saving on its energy bills after forging an alliance with a cost management specialist. Nine months ago the prestigious leisure venue entered a three-year contract with Great Annual Savings Group (GAS)...

Businessman eyes further growth after cracking USA

Businessman eyes further growth after cracking USA

A young entrepreneur is setting his sights on further global growth after seeing his business crack the U.S. market. Matt Parks from Peterlee, set up independent travel comparison site 1Plus2Travel, in August 2013 – and now boasts 2.2m users from around the world each...

GAS goes global with move into Ireland

GAS goes global with move into Ireland

A cost reduction specialist has made its first foray into international markets by expanding into the Republic of Ireland. Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) enjoyed twelve months of rapid growth in 2015, moving to bigger premises in Seaham and trebling headcount to...

Cousins go full circle to launch new business

Cousins go full circle to launch new business

A one-stop-shop offering support and advice on everything from benefits to employment has been launched in East Durham. Full Circle North East, based in Novus Business Centre, on Peterlee Business Park, is the brain child of cousins Kirsty Campbell and Leanne Knight....

Encore packs a punch with production facility

Encore packs a punch with production facility

North East-based Encore is packing a punch after relocating its packaging division to a new 73,000 sq. ft. site in Peterlee creating up to 25 new jobs. The unveiling of Encore Packaging Solutions’ new £1.8 million production facility located on Peterlee Business Park...

Barbering Students learn history of the trade from top institution

Barbering Students learn history of the trade from top institution

The East Durham College barbering students have been treated to a talk from the British Barbering Association (BBA) this week. The team from the BBA visited the college to talk to students about the history of the barbering trade and run some demonstrations to show...

Disengaged young people are a step closer to finding work

Disengaged young people are a step closer to finding work

Fourteen disengaged young people are a step closer to finding work after completing an employment programme – with a further eight enrolled to take part. The young men and women – aged 18 to 24 from East Durham – took part in the Talent Match initiative managed by...

Logistics company starts 2016 with growth

Logistics company starts 2016 with growth

A logistics firm which works alongside some of the UK’s biggest companies – including Caterpillar - is targeting continued growth with a recruitment drive to start 2016. Northern Freight Services, based on the North West Industrial Estate, in Peterlee, is looking to...

Niramax signs deal to export 30,000 tonnes of waste

Niramax signs deal to export 30,000 tonnes of waste

Thousands of tonnes of waste which was destined for landfill is being shipped from Hartlepool to Europe as a fuel for cement kilns. Waste management company, Niramax Group Limited, has signed a deal which will initially see the single biggest shipment to leave the...

Mailing house looks sharp after award win

Mailing house looks sharp after award win

A national mailing house based in the North East has joined some of the world’s biggest brands to pick up a top award. MetroMail, in Seaham, won a Sword of Honour as part of a global health and safety commendation from the British Safety Council. The firm – which uses...

Encore packs a punch with new production facility

Encore packs a punch with new production facility

North East-based Encore is packing a punch after relocating its packaging division to a new 73,000 sq. ft. site in Peterlee creating up to 25 new jobs. The unveiling of Encore Packaging Solutions’ new £1.8 million production facility located on Peterlee Business Park...