NEWS & FEATURES

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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CDEMN MEMBER HELPING TO MAKE THE WORKPLACE SAFER

Business is full of risk, but a Sunderland-based firm is helping companies develop a safety-first approach by tackling alcohol and substance misuse. Trevor Hall and Gordon Angus are making workplaces safer places. Their firm, Hall & Angus, is at the forefront of...

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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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