NEWS & FEATURES

EU EXPERTS PRAISE ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT

A project designed to help County Durham businesses to make financial savings through energy efficiency has been praised by European experts. Business Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) received recognition from the Interreg Europe programme for the excellent support it...

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MEMBER NEWS: OFFICE MOVE FOR BE SMART SOLUTIONS

Member company Be Smart Solutions has moved to new offices at Novus Business Centre in Peterlee. The move is part of plans by the company to raise its profile to companies in the Peterlee Business Park area. Owner Jim Box said: “There are so many businesses based in...

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COMPANIES BOOK FOR INCUBATOR ZONE

Companies from across County Durham have booked their place at this year’s EMCON Incubator Zone. Those that have already signed up are; Beacon 365 Body Engineering Ashgarth Engineering Gil Devlin Business Coach System 88 NCG Solutions Climate Action North East...

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SPOTLIGHT ON… JACKSON HOGG RECRUITMENT

In our latest Spotlight On feature, we chat to Chris Beevers from member and EMCON delivery partner Jackson Hogg Recruitment about their involvement in the event and some of the trends within the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Why is Jackson Hogg supporting...

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CYBER SECURITY THE TOPIC FOR EEF EVENT

Businesses are being invited to attend a free event to raise awareness of the risks of cyber security breaches. EEF has organised the event which is open to members of CDEMN. The event is on Tuesday, July 17, from 9am to 11.30am at EEF House, Queens Park, Queens Way...

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SPOTLIGHT ON… REPROTEC

In our latest ‘Spotlight On’ feature, Leanne English chats to John Holmes, owner of surface repair and protection specialist Reprotec, about the company’s 30 years in business and its journey to position itself as a national award-winning company, passionate about...

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FUTURE BUSINESS MAGNATES WINNERS ANNOUNCED

A street lighting system which is triggered by passing cars and pedestrians, and a rewards app for people who scan their rubbish before throwing it away, were just two of the top entrepreneurial ideas students taking part in a popular county-wide competition came up...

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NORTH EAST BUSINESS CONFIDENCE CONTINUES TO RISE

Business confidence in the North East has risen seven points since June to 35 per cent, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Companies in the North East report higher economic optimism at 41 per cent, although firms’...

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EDM ZONE WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD

Engineering company EDM Zone has won a prestigious national award. The company, a member of CDEMN, was named winner of the Insider Media Made in the UK ‘Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme’ award. The win came after Newcastle-based EDM Zone won...

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CDEMN SUPPORTING CPI TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

An innovation company is hosting a workshop to help businesses ramp up cutting-edge technology work to strengthen their marketplace standing. The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) will be offering advice on access to funding and networking opportunities for...

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CDEMN MEMBER HYDRAM ENGINEERING ACQUIRED

Dynamic Aerospace and Defence Ltd. confirmed their acquisition of Hydram Engineering Ltd. on June 7th 2018, acquiring the total shareholding in the business. Dynamic (www.dynamicindustrial.com) is a privately-owned business with its main headquarters in Michigan, USA....

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SPOTLIGHT ON… DJM AERIAL SOLUTIONS

In the latest of a new series of member features, we shine the ‘Spotlight On’ Dan Maine, owner of Middlesbrough-based drone inspection and survey company DJM Aerial Solutions, who is aiming to break into new markets with the help of the County Durham Engineering and...

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APPRENTICESHIP AWARD FOR SOUTH WEST DURHAM TRAINING

Engineering training provider South West Durham Training is celebrating after winning an award for its apprenticeship scheme. SWDT was nominated by businesses on Aycliffe Business Park for the Apprenticeship and Training Award, sponsored by Gestamp, for implementing...

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MEMBER NEWS: SHRED DIRECT DITCHES PLASTIC BAGS

A shredding company owned by a former professional footballer is making major changes to its collection processes as it celebrates its fifth birthday. Shred Direct was launched by Newcastle United footballer Graeme Carter in May 2013 and has experienced significant...

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CDEMN ANNOUNCED AS ‘MAKE YOUR MARK’ SPONSOR

Hundreds of people are expected to gather for a fourth annual business awards ceremony later this month. PWS were crowned Company of the Year during the 2016-17 Make Your Mark awards final, which is open to companies on Aycliffe Business Park, in County Durham. Seven...

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EMCON ANNOUNCES STADLER RAIL UK AS HEADLINE SPONSOR

Engineering and manufacturing expo EMCON has secured one of Europe’s biggest rail manufacturers as its first ever headline sponsor. Stadler Rail, which last year was a gold sponsor alongside long term supporter Business Durham, was so impressed with the event that it...

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SPOTLIGHT ON… SYSTEM 88 AND OWNER MATT AKTINSON

Matt Atkinson is owner of growing business solutions company System 88, which recently became a member of CDEMN. The firm, which was only launched in January, has already secured a global contract which has helped smash Matt’s first year turnover targets in its first...

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BUSINESS CONFIDENCE RISES IN THE NORTH EAST

Business confidence in the North East rose 18 points during April to reach 34 per cent, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Companies in the North East report higher confidence in their business prospects at 30 per cent and...

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GALLERY: OFFICIAL EMCON REBRAND LAUNCH

Today, CDEMN was delighted to welcome dozens of people from the North East’s business community for the launch of EMCON. Business leaders, exhibitors, sponsors and stakeholders attended the event at Ramside Hall, which was hosted by Leanne English, MD of LEC...

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SUCCESSION PLANNING KEY TO BUSINESS GROWTH

Businesses are being offered advice and support to put in place plans to help them ensure their long- term growth and success. County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) has teamed up with a number of its affiliate members and partners to deliver an...

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NETPARK SCULPTURE CAN BE SEEN FROM SPACE

A bold sculpture specially designed to be visible on satellite imagery has been installed at the new gateway to one of the country’s leading science parks. The entire structure, created by inflating and stretching stainless steel, has been designed and made by...

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DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT OVER COMPANY CARS

One of the many perks a business can provide is access to a company car. However, whether or not HMRC recognises the car as a commercial/business vehicle is another question. Recently, a car and car fuel benefit charge of over £40k was demanded (before interest and...

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NEW TAX DIRECTOR AT CDEMN AFFILIATE TAIT WALKER

Tait Walker, the largest independent accountancy firm in the North East, has appointed Andrew Fitton as tax director to join its growing tax team. Andrew joins the Tait Walker team with a wealth of experience in corporate and business tax. Andrew’s prior experience...

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SMEs TO RECEIVE FREE TRAINING TO ADDRESS SKILLS GAP

Small businesses across County Durham are to receive free training to help address skills gaps as part of a £6m Government initiative. The two year programme aims to future proof supply chain companies by providing consultancy support to identify key needs including...

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SKILLS GAP REMAINS AN ISSUE FOR NORTH EAST BUSINESSES

North East businesses are struggling to recruit skilled staff, according to latest figures. Four in ten regional firms are reporting difficulty finding the right skilled staff, and a quarter (26 per cent) have seen increased staff turnover since June 2016, according...

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JOIN OUR NETWORK TODAY

County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) is supporting over 200 businesses from across the county, helping them form new relationships, tap into funding pots and sign up for workshops that could help them grow. For a small cost (annual membership is...

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REGIONAL FIRMS AMONG THE MOST CONFIDENT NATIONALLY

North East firms are among the most confident in the UK, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Business confidence in the region rose 24 points during February to reach 42 per cent, the second highest in the country, the...

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INCUBATOR ZONE 2018 OPENS FOR BUSINESS

County Durham businesses that are keen to showcase their products and services to potential new customers are being recruited for the second phase of a support programme. Last year saw the launch of the inaugural Incubator Zone programme at Durham Oktoberfest. And...

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LLOYDS BANK TO HOST DIGITAL WORKSHOP

Affiliate members of County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) are invited to a half day workshop organised by Lloyds Bank, which is designed to help businesses improve their digital and the digital skills of their employees. The workshop, on Monday,...

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DYER DIRECTOR ADDED TO FINANCE EVENT LINE-UP

Richard Bradley, the finance director at Stanley-based manufacturing company Dyer Engineering, has been confirmed as a speaker at tomorrow’s finance event. The event has been organised by South Durham Enterprise Agency supported by CDEMN and gives manufacturing...

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CDEMN CHAIRMAN JOINS EBAC TEAM

A manufacturing specialist, David Land has joined Ebac to drive further growth at the County Durham-based electrical goods manufacturer. It is the only British company to produce washing machines, dehumidifiers and water coolers in the UK. David’s remit is to work...

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2018 INCUBATOR ZONE OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Are you a micro or small business based in County Durham, with links to the engineering and manufacturing sectors? Are you interested in breaking into new markets but don’t have the budget or resources to exhibit at an event like Durham Oktoberfest? Do you employ less...

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