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Discussions with the Economic Regeneration Team have led us to develop a section for stronger links between the VCS, our Economic Partnership and Private Sector Businesses. - Feel free to contribute to this section.
 
 

Business Durham Newsletter March   2017 **New**

Welcome to the  March Business Durham newsletter. This month's features include information about:  

Are you ready for Industry 4?
Automotive and Rail opportunities 
Export Week 6 - 10 March
Raising Finance
Durham Works
Business Park Forums
Networking events

 

  • Business Durham Newsletter February   2016 **Current**
  • Welcome to the  February Business Durham newsletter. This month's features include information about:

    International Festival of Enterprise

    Sector opportunities within CERN, satellite applications & automotive

    Funding Programmes & Competitions

    Industrial Strategy Green Paper

    Business Park Forums

    Networking & events

    Meet the Team


  • Business Durham Newsletter January   2017 **Current**
Welcome to the January Business Durham newsletter. This month's features include information about: 
Sector opportunities within CERN, satellite applications & automotive
Innovation Challenge Fund
Business Park Forums
Networking events 
Meet the Team

If you have any projects you would like to discuss with Business Durham please get in touch with the contacts at the end of this newsletter.



Welcome to the December Business Durham Newsletter **Current*
 
This month's features include information about:
Business incubator at Salvus House
Matching labour with vacancies
Call for hub partners
Business Park Forums
Networking events
Meet the Team
 
If you have any projects you would like to discuss with Business Durham please get in touch with the contacts at the end of this newsletter.
 
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Business Durham Newsletter October   2016 **Current**
 
Welcome to the October  Business Durham newsletter. This month's features include information about:

Competitions
Funding
Sunderland University Internship Programme
Networking Events
Durham Oktoberfest
Business Park Communites' events
Meet the Team
If you have any projects you would like to discuss with Business Durham please get in touch with the contacts at the end of this newsletter.

Partner Update: Brighter future for youth employment with DurhamWorks **Current**
Almost 6,000 unemployed 16—24 year olds are to benefit after Durham County Council secured £17m to kick start the DurhamWorks project to help them on their pathway to employment.
 
DurhamWorks is a dedicated service for all young people aged 16-24 living in County Durham who are not in education, employment, or training including young people with caring responsibilities.   It provides information, help and guidance to help young people get on in education, work and in life.
 
It’s a complete package of support that provides young people with all the help and support they need to reach their potential.  Young people will be able to access an array of activities and personalised support to enter and remain in training or employment (including self-employment and social enterprises). And there is specialist and mainstream training and education to support them on their career pathway.
 
With a range of tailored activities and pathways DurhamWorks can support in a wide range of ways to help young people move into traineeships, work experience, volunteering opportunities, supported internships, apprenticeships and much more.
There is additional support to help young people who need extra help, with specialist support to remove any barriers to taking part. This may include putting support in place to help manage caring responsibilities or childcare; or getting support for managing behaviour or substance misuse. 
 
Supportive and non- judgemental DurhamWorks highly qualified and experienced careers advisors will provide tailored one-to-one support throughout the journey. And there is support for local employers to help them create meaningful opportunities for young people who are signed up to the DurhamWorks project.
If you would be interested in finding out more about how DurhamWorks can help you or you would like to make an appointment to see an advisor contact us on 03000 262619 or email DurhamWorks@durham.gov.uk


Business Durham Newsletter September  2016 **Current*

Welcome to the September Business Durham newsletter. This month's features include information about: 

o Durham Business Information Exchanges
o NEPIC SME Growth Programme
o Sunderland University Internship Programme
o Languages are our business
o Apprenticeship Levy update
o Events
o Durham Oktoberfest
o Peterlee Business Park community
o Meet the Team

If you have any projects you would like to discuss with Business Durham please get in touch with the contacts at the end of this newsletter.
 
Community Economic Development Programme **Current**

A Community Economic Development Programme has been launched by the My Community organisation to help local community groups and organisations who want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of local communities. Examples of what might be included are:

·        Strategies to promote local spending
·        Exploring the possibility of a rural broadband cooperative
·        Working with key organisations to promote community led housing.

 

General and local elections - News **Current**

Local elections were held for 279 councils: 194 districts, 49 unitaries and 36 metropolitan districts. In addition there were elections for 6 mayors. The Conservative victory in the national election was reflected in the local voting, with the addition of 30 more authorities.

The national election turnout was 61.1%; the highest for 18 years. By far the highest turnout was in Scotland where it was 71.1%, whereas in some parts of England it was just over 40%.The Scottish National Party took 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland.

Key appointments in the new Conservative cabinet include:
·        Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
·        John Whittingdale as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
·        Sajid Javid as Business Secretary
·        Amber Rudd as Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

It remains to be seen what changes there will be made to Government policies in relation to planning, although we should have some idea of this by the time of our Annual Legislation Update on 27 May. There are likely to be challenges to the Government’s commitment to HS2 (and possibly HS3), and we anticipate more advocates for protection of the Green Belt; Eric Pickles had shown some respect for Green Belt and AONB land in recent appeal decisions. It is unlikely that there will be any change in the priority given to new house building. 

The appointment of Amber Rudd as Energy and Climate Change Secretary has been welcomed by environmental groups, including Friends of the Earth. She will need to respond to the decision of the Supreme Court, days before the election, ordering the Government to take action to reduce air pollution (see below). Climate change and the environment were not treated as high priorities by any of the political parties in the pre-election arguments. Even the Green Party focused on social and economic policies. The SNP will seek to have some influence at Westminster and the outcome of the contentious matter of further devolution may well have a knock on effect on devolution of powers to English regions.



North East economy boost as jobless total falls by 25% **Current**

New figures from the Office for National Statistics show the jobless total has fallen 25% in the last year. The unemployment rate is 7.5% or 96,000 for the last quarter, January to March.  This is still the highest in the country, which has an average of 5.6%. 

A report out yesterday by Lloyds says the region’s economy is the fastest growing in the country.

Local MP becomes Minister for Northern Powerhouse **Current**

Stockton South MP James Wharton has been named as the minister for the “Northern Powerhouse”.  The Northern Powerhouse is a Conservative plan led by George Osborne, the Chancellor, to “rebalance” the UK economy to create more jobs and economic growth in the north of England.

His appointment has been welcomed in the North East with the Northern Powerhouse being seen so far to have a particular focus on the North West after the Government agreed a £1 billion devolution package with Greater Manchester councils. 

The BBC website has a helpful analysis here: What is the Northern Powerhouse?


Social Value in Public Procurement **Current**

There has been a great deal of discussion on Social Value and what it means for Businesses and the VCS. The paper outlines below give valuable insight in to the current thinking

There are two documents - A full paper and an Executive Summary

Click on the following link for the CCEG 250 page report on Social Value in Public Procurement http://ow.ly/CbFUa