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County Durham holiday cottages receive a funding boost

County Durham holiday cottages receive a funding boost

In 2018 Rachel and Craig Stockwell, their young son Tom, and Rachel’s parents, Bern and Stan, moved to a 50 acre sheep farm in County Durham, fulfilling their ambition of combining a working farm with four holiday cottages. The family welcomed their first guests in 2019 and the cottages, which are set in rolling farmland…
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How the Budget impacts businesses in the North East

How the Budget impacts businesses in the North East

Read more at gov.uk Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The government’s furlough scheme has been extended until the end of September 2021. Businesses can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. Employers will be expected to pay 10% towards the hours their staff do…
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Taking stock: helping older employees take control of their futures

Taking stock: helping older employees take control of their futures

Businesses in the North East are being encouraged to help employees who are aged 50 or over take stock of their skills, health and finances. Michelle Rainbow, Skills Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), explains how providing the right range of support for employees can boost productivity and result in a healthier,…
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Free digital diagnostic available for limited number of small/micro businesses

Free digital diagnostic available for limited number of small/micro businesses

COVID-19 has pushed businesses to embrace technology, transforming companies and the way we do business.  We’re delighted to be piloting a new digital diagnostic, positioned specifically to support small and micro businesses (3-10 employees), helping them adopt new technologies.  We have a limited number of places available. The diagnostic is free and will help businesses…
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Roadmap out of lockdown for North East businesses

Roadmap out of lockdown for North East businesses

Government has published its ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’ which outlines the planned reopening of many businesses from 12 April 2021. Restrictions will be eased in four steps: Step 1 All children and students can return to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March. Childcare and children’s supervised activities can also resume where necessary….
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Investing in a sustainable future

Investing in a sustainable future

Investing in a sustainable future through apprenticeships The Liebherr Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery, employing nearly 50,000 colleagues globally. The Group’s Sunderland site is part of its maritime division, manufacturing maritime cranes for use in port environments on ships and offshore rigs. Liebherr-Sunderland Managing Director, Ralph Saelzer, explains how…
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Delivering apprenticeships during COVID-19

Delivering apprenticeships during COVID-19

Abigail Cook joined NEL Fund Managers in 2017 as a Level 2 Administration Apprentice. On completion of her Level 2, Abigail immediately progressed to Level 4, which she successfully completed during the coronavirus pandemic. Yvonne Gale, Chief Executive Officer of NEL Fund Managers, and Abigail Cook, Investment Associate at NEL Fund Managers, discuss the impact…
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Rules of Origin for trading with the EU

Rules of Origin for trading with the EU

The government has produced guidance for businesses on Rules of Origin, which determine the economic nationality of a good under a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  Businesses need to know about them because the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) means they can trade with the EU without paying tariffs – but only if their product meets the relevant Rules…
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Print business diversifies and reduces waste

Print business diversifies and reduces waste

Fantasy Prints was founded in 1992 as a shop selling personalised T-shirts. The business gradually expanded its offering as a result of customer requests for printed products including business cards and letterhead. The business grew and in 2020 it was a one-stop-shop for large format and digital printing including school wear, signage and sportswear, and…
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Supporting staff wellbeing during COVID-19

Supporting staff wellbeing during COVID-19

A recent survey by the North East Growth Hub found a current concern for North East businesses is the effect the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is having on staff health and wellbeing. After the easing the restrictions during summer 2020 saw many businesses return to some sort of normality, the introduction of more regional and national…
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Sunderland music hub expands online offering

Sunderland music hub expands online offering

The Bunker is a music facility in Sunderland that sits at the heart of the local community. With a 40-year history in the city, The Bunker offers music training, tuition, performance spaces, recording studios, and it also runs a small record label. People of all ages use its facilities and The Bunker is seen as…
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In conversation with Duncan Davies, Notify Technology

In conversation with Duncan Davies, Notify Technology

In conversation with Duncan Davies, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Notify Technology, about the North East Venture Fund Can you give us a brief introduction to Notify Technology? We’re a technology business and our mission is to make workers safer and healthier wherever they are in the world. We use modern technology for near miss…
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