NEWS & FEATURES

NORTH EAST MOST BUSINESS CONFIDENT REGION

Business confidence in the North East is the highest of any UK region but firms’ investment plans have fallen despite their optimistic outlook. That’s according to the latest Business in Britain report from Lloyds Bank. Business confidence in the North East –...

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BELTING OKTOBERFEST FOR MANUFACTURING FIRM GB

A manufacturing company which makes belting products for a diverse range of sectors has secured two significant contracts after exhibiting at Durham Oktoberfest. GB Belting, which exports its products to over 70 countries worldwide, was involved in the manufacturing...

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INDUSTRY 4.0 SUBJECT OF TAIT WALKER ANNUAL EVENT

An accountancy firm’s annual round table brought together manufacturing and technology leaders to debate matters affecting the industry, with the spotlight on how businesses can prosper from Industry 4.0. Tait Walker’s event, chaired by managing partner Andrew Moorby,...

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CDEMN BOARD END OF YEAR REVIEW

Here we are, approaching the end of another year in the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Generally business is buoyant with some great success stories to be found. And what’s encouraging is that these successes come from a diverse range of companies. Many of the...

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CDEMN SUPPORTS NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEEERS

Where possible CDEMN likes to support the next generation of engineers by encouraging them to look to our sector as an aspirational source of employment. Frequently their embedded belief is still that its an industry steeped in blue overalls and oil (which of course...

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NEW BUSINESS DURHAM MD ANNOUNCED

The new managing director of the economic development organisation for County Durham will be looking to build on the excellent progress made by its team. Brian Archer has joined Business Durham, which is part of Durham County Council, where he will also build on...

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OKTOBERFEST 2018: BOOK TO EXHIBIT NOW

Do you want the opportunity to forge new relationships and win new work? If the answer is yes, then you should be booking your spot as an exhibitor at our 2018 event. Durham Oktoberfest is the perfect platform to showcase your business to an audience of over 1,000...

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GREAT YEAR FOR DYER AS GROWTH CONTINUES

Dyer Engineering has been changing over the last four years under the astute leadership of Graeme Parkins who spoke to Insider about recent milestones. Revenues, production, staff numbers and profits have all increased since Graeme took over the business from previous...

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BUSINESSES ENCOURAGED TO GROW CLOSER TO HOME

Successful businesses who have established their brand nationally and internationally are being encouraged to look closer to home as they continue to grow. County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) is working with companies in the area to look at...

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STILLER EMBARKING ON £2M EXPANSION

A family transport firm is embarking upon a £2m expansion bosses say could create up to 25 jobs. Stiller Warehousing and Distribution is building a new delivery centre. The company, based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, says the 50,000sq ft base will help it cope...

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FUTURE BUSINESS MAGNATES COMPETITION LAUNCHES

Young entrepreneurs have been set the challenge of thinking ‘smart’ when developing their business ideas for a competition designed to inspire enterprise skills among schoolchildren. Future Business Magnates (FBM) – an annual competition run by Business Durham, the...

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WHY COUNTY DURHAM IS THE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS

There has never been a better time to do business in Durham. From the multimillion pound redevelopment plans currently underway in the historic cathedral city, to the £12.6 million expansion of the county’s flagship science park, Durham is buzzing with investment and...

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CDEMN MEMBER SAGETECH TARGETS EXPORT MARKET

A County Durham machinery firm hopes a factory switch can be the catalyst for export growth across South Africa and the US. Sagetech Machinery has moved to a larger unit on Chilton Industrial Estate, near Ferryhill, in a bid to extend its market presence. The business...

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DURHAM OKTOBERFEST 2017 OPENS ITS DOORS

Durham Oktoberfest 2017 has opened its doors to hundreds of people ready to network and do business. The event – the tenth since the show launched – was opened by County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Chairman David Land and Phil Wilson MP. Around 1,000 people...

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MIGHTY OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW

In his latest blog, our Operations Director Ben Gilhespy looks at why the addition of the Incubator Zone could be the missing link for Durham Oktoberfest. Big companies haven’t always been big, just like small businesses won’t always be small. So how does a company...

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ASSOCIATE MEMBER TAIT WALKER MOVES INTO DURHAM

Associate member Tait Walker has opened offices in Durham. The company new base will bridge the gap between their Newcastle, Morpeth and Teesside offices that are home to 155 staff, giving full coverage of the region. Tait Walker’s new office, situated at Salvus House...

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AMAP FORUM TO FOCUS ON PROMOTING BEST PRACTICE

The University of Sunderland’s Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) is again holding one of its North East Maintenance Forum sessions after the success of last year’s seminar. The forum was the most popular of all of the themed workshops...

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CDEMN MEMBER MECAPLAST REBRANDS AS NOVARES

One of the world’s leading automotive manufacturing groups has revealed its new identity. French-owened Mecaplast Group and US firm Key Plastics will be called Novares, following their merger earlier this year. The rebranding exercise reflects both the evolution and...

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COUNTY FIRMS BOOK THEIR INCUBATOR ZONE SPOT

County Durham new starts, micro firms and growing SMEs are targeting new business leads after booking their place at this year’s Oktoberfest. As part of plans to encourage smaller companies to be part of the event, there will be a dedicated Incubator Zone for those...

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DYER TARGETS INCREASED TURNOVER

County Durham-based Dyer Engineering has outlined plans to increase turnover to the £20m mark by 2020 as it celebrates 40 years in business. Founded in 1977 by father and son John and Paul Dyer, the company originally manufactured pipe fittings and supported the local...

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COUNTY MICRO FIRMS SOUGHT FOR INCUBATOR ZONE

County Durham new starts, micro firms and growing SMEs are being given a unique chance to be part of this year’s Oktoberfest. As part of plans to encourage smaller companies to be part of the event, there will be a dedicated Incubator Zone for those companies who have...

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BUSINESSES WARNED OF DANGERS OF CYBER CRIME

Businesses are being given the chance to learn more about the dangers of crime at an event being organised by Durham Constabulary. The open evening is aimed at businesses across the area to shed light on the growing risks posed by cyber criminals. Attendees will be...

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E-MAX SYSTEMS WINS PRYME GROUP SOFTWARE CONTRACT

E-Max Systems is delighted to announce its newest customer, key UK manufacturing organisation, Pryme Group. After a rigorous selection process, Pryme Group has confirmed that E-Max Systems’ software is undoubtedly the best fit for their requirements. Pryme Group have...

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MADE IN THE NORTH EAST AWARDS DEADLINE EXTENDED

Due to an influx of requests, Insider has extended the deadline for entries to its prestigious Made in the North East awards. The final date for submissions – which can be made here – is now 28 July 2017. Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise and...

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CDEMN SUPPORTS FUTURE BUSINESS MAGNATES COMPETITION

Talented students from an enterprising school have won a top award with their invention of a board game for Durham. Students from Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College were crowned champions of the Future Business Magnates (FBM) competition – run by Business...

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BUSINESSES TAP INTO REGION’S THRIVING RAIL SECTOR

More than 100 businesses from across the North East heard how they could tap into the billion pound rail sector at a sell-out conference. Business Durham, together with the Rail Alliance and the County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network, held the event at...

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