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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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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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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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SEARCH IS ON TO FIND AREA’S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANY

The search for the most innovative companies in the region is now under way as part of the North East Business Awards. In the 2018 awards, the Innovation Award will be given at heats in Northumberland and Tyneside; Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside; and Teesside,...

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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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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 reward...

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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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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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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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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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BUSINESSES WARNED ABOUT SUBSTANCE MISUSE LEGISLATION

Businesses who don’t have a substance misuse policy could fall foul of insurance policies. That’s the message that came from an event organised by County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) in partnership with Hall and Angus. The event was attended by...

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MANUFACTURERS WARNED NOT TO ‘REST ON THEIR LAURELS’

Manufacturers must not “rest on their laurels” after continued cost pressures and weaker growth forced the industry into a fresh low, a report has warned. Latest figures show the sector stumbled in March as slower consumer goods production compounded higher overheads...

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SUCCESSION PLANNING KEY TO BUSINESS GROWTH

BUSINESSES must consider succession planning as part of their long term targets for growth. That’s according to CDEMN Director of Operations Ben Gilhepsy, who spoke at Peterlee Business Park’s February networking meeting which was focused on how employers can better...

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CDEMN AT HRH THE DUKE OF YORK VISIT TO SUNDERLAND

HRH The Duke of York was in the region yesterday (Wednesday) to officially launch higher and degree apprenticeships at the University of Sunderland. Ben Gilhespy, Director of Operations at County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN), was among the...

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ENGINEERING FIRM BOOSTED BY OKTOBERFEST ATTENDANCE

A County Durham engineering firm secured a string of strong business leads as a result of its attendance at this year’s Durham Oktoberfest. Altec Engineering Group took along a team of staff from the six arms of its business to man its prominent stand at the...

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IMPRESSED AND PLEDGING TO RETURN IN 2017

AN engineering firm is forging ahead with plans to convert a clutch of valuable business leads it gained at this year’s Durham Oktoberfest. Impress Group, based at Blaydon, exhibited for the first time at the annual event, which has grown to become the region’s most...

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OKTOBERFEST EXHIBITION STANDS FULLY BOOKED

NEXT week’s Durham Oktoberfest, the region’s biggest engineering and manufacturing networking event, is now fully booked to exhibitors. The event, at the Xcel Centre, is in its ninth year and attracts hundreds of businesses from around the North East and beyond, who...

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FREE HEALTHCHECKS AT OKTOBERFEST 2016

EXHIBITORS and attendees at the region’s biggest engineering and manufacturing event are being offered free heath checks while they network. For the first time, Durham Oktoberfest has struck a deal with the NHS for them to carry out Checks for Life. The healthchecks...

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E-MAX URGES FIRMS TO ATTEND OKTOBERFEST

A COMPANY which scooped a significant contract on the back of an annual manufacturing event has urged other firms to get on board when it returns to the region later this year. Darlington-based E-Max Systems joined over 150 other firms at Durham Oktoberfest, the...

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CDEMN CHAIRMAN SPEAKS TO NORTH EAST TIMES

On the 'burning issue' of inward investment for the region, David Land, Chairman of County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN), spoke to prestigious business and lifestyle magazine, North East Times. He said: “The North East has a good reputation for...

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