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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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Floatation therapy business sees the light

Floatation therapy business sees the light

Driftwood Float Spa provides floatation therapy, which supports people’s health and wellbeing by letting the body float in an Epsom salt and water solution inside the relaxing environment of a float tank. Floating provides many health benefits, including deep relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief and physical recovery from sport and exercise. By reducing sensory input,…
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Northumberland coffee business boosts online sales

Northumberland coffee business boosts online sales

Founded in 2018 by wife and husband team Elle and Wilmer Carcamo, Caribe Coffee Company is a Northumberland-based roastery which direct imports speciality coffee from Honduras. By cutting out intermediaries, the business is able to work directly with a farming co-operative in Honduras, providing good value, high quality coffee to customers in the UK, and…
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New video explainers on doing business with Europe

New video explainers on doing business with Europe

The government has launched a series of new, on demand videos to help businesses familiarise themselves with the new rules and the actions they should take. Businesses can find out more about 18 topics, including importing and exporting, trade, data, and audit and accounting. Here’s a list of the topics covered in the videos: Businesses…
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Kids’ rides company uses grant to go cash-free

Kids’ rides company uses grant to go cash-free

Based in Spennymoor, County Durham, Janet and John Kiddies Rides Ltd provides children’s rides, penny press machines and vending machines to service stations and visitor attractions across the UK. Traditionally, the firm’s busiest time of the year falls between Easter and October, however the 2020 pandemic resulted in a nearly 70% reduction in turnover as…
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Six key actions for businesses to take

Six key actions for businesses to take

As the UK has now left the EU, Business Minister Paul Scully has set out six key actions businesses must take to ensure they avoid potential disruption to their operations. Business Minister Paul Scully said: “The UK is finally out of the EU single market and customs union, and business is changing. “Many businesses have…
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Business survey to assess impact of Brexit and COVID-19

Business survey to assess impact of Brexit and COVID-19

The beginning of 2021 has been a challenging start to the year for many businesses. England entered another national lockdown at the end of December, and the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 December brought new rules and regulations impacting all businesses that operate in the European Union. Because of this we have launched…
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The GB/EU border – business case studies

The GB/EU border – business case studies

Following the signing of the UK-EU free trade agreement, there are new rules for businesses that came into force on 1 January 2021, including rules affecting businesses that import and export goods. Government has produced a suite of case studies which illustrate a range of scenarios, ranging from a company that is moving mechanical goods…
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County Durham photographer reaches for the stars

County Durham photographer reaches for the stars

Gary Lintern is a County Durham-based photographer who runs stargazing tours. Until early 2020 the popular tours catered for up to 30 people at a time and included an introductory talk in a venue (for example in a local hotel), followed by a night time stargazing tour at locations across the North East. The tours proved…
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The transition period has ended and new rules are here.

The transition period has ended and new rules are here.

The transition period has ended and the UK has left the EU customs union and single market and now enjoys a zero tariffs, zero quotas relationship with the EU as an independent trading nation. Act now to keep your business moving Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules…
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England lockdown – guidance for North East businesses

England lockdown – guidance for North East businesses

The whole of England has been placed in a new national lockdown. The government’s advice is to ‘Stay at Home’. People must not leave or be outside of their home except where they have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. The guidance below explains what the new restrictions mean for North East…
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New UK-EU trade agreement

New UK-EU trade agreement

The Prime Minister gave a statement on the outcome of negotiations with the European Union on Thursday 24 December 2020 – read the statement here. In his statement he announced that the United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement governing future trade relations from 1 January 2021, that will see…
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