NEWS & FEATURES

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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BUSINESS CONFIDENCE RISES AFTER BREXIT VOTE

Business confidence in the North East rose in the last six months, according to the latest Business in Britain report from Lloyds Bank, based on data gathered after the snap election had been called. The confidence index – an average of respondents’ expected sales,...

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NHS CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES FOR CDEMN MEMBERS

It is now just over three weeks until the UK’s leading NHS procurement event of the year takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 13 July, and free tickets remain for attendance if this is an area that you would like to explore. Tickets are currently complimentary,...

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CDEMN EXHIBITS AT FUNDING AND BUSINESS SUPPORT EVENT

Over 50 businesses from around the region have been given an insight into the support available to help them grow. Peterlee Business Park Group working alongside Business Durham and LEC Communications and Design organised the ‘funding and business support’ event...

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SKILLS DINNER TO HIGHLIGHT CHALLENGES IN THE COUNTY

Building on the huge success of our previous events, CDEMN is pleased to announce a black-tie dinner to be held at the South Durham University Technical College in Newton Aycliffe on June 26. The event is based around the critical subject of skills with a focus on the...

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR CDEMN MEMBERS

Network members are being invited to book their place at two upcoming events organised by Sunderland University’s Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) programme. The first is to see the future of hydraulics on Friday, June 9, at the Industry...

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FURTHER INVESTMENT AT PARAGON

Paragon Rapid Technologies continues to invest in state of art manufacturing technology, underpinning its commitment to delivering precision parts for its growing client base. As part of the company’s ISO 9001 certified Quality Management System, the installation of a...

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FUNDING FOR BUSINESSES SHOWCASED AT CDEMN EVENT

Engineering and manufacturing companies are being given the chance to learn more about the financial support available to help their business grow. County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) is hosting an event at New College Durham on Wednesday, May...

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CDEMN MEMBERS URGED TO ATTEND SUPPLY CHAIN EVENT

Businesses who are keen to expand their supply chain are encouraged to attend an event at East Durham College tomorrow (Tuesday). Peterlee Business Park and Seaham Business Park groups are hosting their monthly networking event at East Durham College which will...

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COUNTY DURHAM ENGINEERING FIRM ON THE UP

A return to ‘more normal’ levels of customer demand and the start of some important contracts has helped a County Durham-headquartered engineering company post a rise in both sales and profit. GT Group was founded more than 30 years ago by chairman Geoff...

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EDBS BUSINESS GROWTH COURSES OPEN TO CDEMN MEMBERS

Business owners are being given the chance to gain qualifications which could help their company grow. East Durham Business Service (EDBS) has secured funding for a three-day residential course, Boost your Business, which will be held at locations across the North...

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