MEMBER NEWS

TRIBUTES PAID TO BUSINESSMAN GEOFF FORD

Tributes have been paid to businessman Geoff Ford, who has sadly died. Ben Gilhespy, Operations Director at the Engineering and Manufacturing Network, said: "This is a tragic loss for the industry and region. "Geoff was a truly inspirational leader whose drive and...

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FUNDING BOOST FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN COUNTY DURHAM

Entrepreneurs who are part of an incubator designed to help companies grow and thrive in County Durham will now be able to access up to £10,000 of funding each. Durham City Incubator (DCI), based at Salvus House, in Aykley Heads, Durham, has recently launched, and is...

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DURHAM FOOD AND DRINK NETWORK TO LAUNCH

A network to support County Durham food and drink producers is being launched. Durham Food and Drink Network is the fifth key strand of the Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), which is part of Business Durham. The network will enable small producers and...

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MEMBER NEWS: APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED AT REPROTEC

North East based Reprotec UK, specialists in resin flooring systems and bespoke surface protection technology, has announced two appointments. Mr Elliott Lindsay, who joined the company at the age of 16 years, has been appointed to the senior position of Head of...

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MEMBER NEWS: REPROTEC CELEBRATES 30TH BIRTHDAY

Congratulations to North East based company, Reprotec, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.  John Holmes, MD of Reprotec, said: “We at Reprotec are delighted to be celebrating our 30th birthday. We are an SME working across all industry sectors, and the success...

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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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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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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 the regional...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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