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 Success for Business Week and Jobs and Careers Fair

Success for Business Week and Jobs and Careers Fair

Friday, October 25, 2019

More than fifty local people have been given a helping hand into training and employment.

More than fifty local people have been given a helping hand into training and employment following the annual Darlington Jobs and Careers Fair which took place in the Dolphin Centre earlier this month.
The event saw more than 600 people attend to find out more about employment, training and education opportunities in Darlington and across the Tees Valley. A record number of organisations were involved and feedback from these has been hugely positive.

Organisations that took part included: Darlington Association on Disability, Darlington College, Firstpoint Homecare, Servoca, EE, Army Careers, YEI – Youth Employment Initiative, Ascot Care, National Careers Service, Blossom Home Care, Morrison Trust, Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Durham Constabulary, Aldi, Enterprise Made Simple, Routes to Work, Learning & Skills Darlington, Citizens Advice Darlington, VUE Cinema, Lets Go Tees Valley and Jobcentre Plus.

The event formed part of Darlington Business Week which saw 26 events spread across the week, aimed at supporting businesses of all sizes and stages. Around 500 local business people took advantage of the free workshops and networking events.

The wide range of topics covered included digital marketing, mental health and wellbeing, business start-up, growth and funding opportunities options, building tours, winning contracts and much more. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen helped to launch Business Week 2019, event which ended on a futuristic note as Futurist Dr Ian Pearson gave his thoughts on future of business and the way we work.

Many of the businesses and partners have already committed to be involved in next year’s event.

Councillor Alan Marshall, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, said:
"This is brilliant news for local job seekers and I wish them luck in their new roles. The aim of Business Week was to showcase the vast array of help, support and talent we have in Darlington and provide local businesses with the opportunity to learn new skills, gather information, focus on potential new areas of growth, make new contacts and build on relationships.

“We want to help businesses to start, succeed and grow. I am delighted this year’s events have been a success, and I’m already looking forward to Business Week 2020.”

Help and support for local businesses, and for people who are interested in starting a business, is available from the Council’s Economy team. People can contact business.support@darlington.gov.uk for details.

Council Leader marks road opening at Symmetry Park

Council Leader marks road opening at Symmetry Park

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Darlington Borough Council leader Cllr Heather Scott has met with developers tto mark the official opening of a significant new access road at 90-acre logistics site, Symmetry Park Darlington.

Darlington Borough Council leader Cllr Heather Scott has met with developers to mark the official opening of a significant new access road at 90-acre logistics site, Symmetry Park Darlington.

Tritax Symmetry hosted the event for Cllr Scott alongside Cllr Paul Howell, Cabinet member for Leisure and Local Environment after a very successful partnership to bring significant investment and new jobs to the town.

Morton Park Road extends a link from Yarm Road to Tornado Way providing relief to the A66 and additional access points into Symmetry Park Darlington.  It is a major part of new infrastructure in the first phase of the £100 million logistics and distribution park which completes this month.   ISG Construction is building the 1.5 million sq ft unit for a world leading online retailer and the project is being funded by TRITAX Big Box REIT which has an 87% stake in Tritax Symmetry.

Symmetry Park, Darlington is located just seven miles from Junction 57 of the A1 motorway and 20 miles from Tees Port.  Since acquiring the site in November 2017 Tritax Symmetry secured planning consent for over 1.5 million sq ft for which an award winning single pre let was agreed. With the potential to create around 3,500 new jobs and contribute £180 million to the regional economy Symmetry Park Darlington is a significant new asset for regional and national investment.

Councillor Heather Scott, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “This new road will provide a crucial link for people accessing Symmetry Park once it’s up and running.  It’s a key piece of infrastructure that will help ensure traffic runs smoothly into and out of this flagship development.”

Simon Dixon, Director at Tritax Symmetry said,

“We are delighted to reach completion of this critical part of infrastructure as we reach completion of phase one at Symmetry Park Darlington.  The new road extension provides direct access into the Park from the north and south and will ease traffic flow when the site become operational.  Having already pre-let a significant proportion of the site to a high calibre operator, we are now in a strong position to progress phase two with funding, power and full site infrastructure all in place. 

Tritax Symmetry has submitted a planning application to deliver phase two at its 90-acre logistics site, Symmetry Park Darlington.  The plans include an option for up to 630,000 sq ft of further logistics space or potential for new mixed-use accommodation such as a hotel, petrol filling station, drive thru, restaurants and offices.

Nominate your business for a #LoveDarlo award

Nominate your business for a #LoveDarlo award

Monday, July 08, 2019

Nominations are now open for the first ever #LoveDarlo awards. The event, which will be held on the evening of 17th November at the Hippodrome is aimed at recognising and rewarding businesses in the town.

Nominations are now open for the first ever #LoveDarlo awards.

The event, which will be held on the evening of 17th November at the Hippodrome is aimed at recognising and rewarding businesses in the town.

The ceremony will celebrate those retailers, bars, restaurants, market traders, cafes and leisure venues who play such a vital role in making Darlington a venue of choice for shopping, socialising and having fun.

There are 12 award categories to choose from and businesses in the town centre are encouraged to put themselves forward for as many categories as they can.

Submitted application forms will be assessed by Darlington Business Club who will determine the category shortlist and eventual winner which will be announced on the night.

Tickets for the event will be free of charge for businesses and will give all attending the opportunity to celebrate the very best of what Darlington has to offer.  

The award categories are:

  • Customer service team of the year (Sponsored by Queen Street shopping centre)
  • Independent & specialist retailer of the year (Sponsored by TGI Media)
  • National retailer of the year (Sponsored by the Cornmill shopping centre)
  • Best bar (Sponsored by Barker Proudlove)
  • Hair, beauty and health retailer of the year (Sponsored by Latimer Hinks)
  • Best café (Sponsored by HC One)
  • Best restaurant (Sponsored by Angel HR)
  • Professional / service Industry of the year (Sponsored by Mercure)
  • Market trader of the year (Sponsored by Arriva)
  • Leisure and arts venue of the year (Sponsored by Darlington Markets)
  • Shooting star of the year (Sponsored by DL1)
  • Fashion retailer of the year (Sponsored by Al Fornos)

Other sponsors, include Darlington Borough Council, Darlington Business Club, The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, Darlington Cares and the drink reception will be sponsored by Masons Gin.

Cllr Alan Marshall cabinet member for economy and regeneration said “I would encourage as many of our businesses as possible to put themselves forward for one or more of the awards on offer. 

“An event such as this is a great way to celebrate all of the top class businesses we have here in Darlington and I hope as many people as possible get involved in making the first #LoveDarlo awards ceremony a huge success.”

Susan Young, manager of the Cornmill shopping centre said: “We are really excited to be getting behind this event and sponsoring an award and think it’s a fantastic way to celebrate everything our town has to offer as well as helping to put Darlington on the map as a town of choice for shopping and socialising.”

For more information or to nominate your business please visit https://www.enjoydarlington.co.uk/love-darlo-awards/ Nominations close at midnight on 22nd August. 

Proud residents suggest ideas to transform Victoria Road

Proud residents suggest ideas to transform Victoria Road

Friday, April 12, 2019

Victoria Road residents are proud of where they live but recognise there’s room for improvement according to a recent survey.

Victoria Road residents are proud of where they live but recognise there’s room for improvement according to a recent survey.

Darlington Borough Council (DBC) commissioned Groundwork North East and Cumbria to carry out some work with residents and businesses in the Victoria Road area of the town to find out how it could be transformed.

The consultation was carried out as part of DBC’s ambitious plans to develop Darlington train station.  Victoria Road has been identified as a key street as it links the station with the town centre.

During the consultation which was carried out in November and January, the amount and speed of traffic and the lack of a cycle lane a problem was felt to be an issue. Residents also recalled when the Victoria Road area had been a community with local shops and services with many saying they would like to see a wider variety of shops introduced along with more green spaces and action taken to make the area feel safer. 

DBC is now using the findings of the report to explore which of the elements had public support and could be taken forward.

The designs will be presented back to local residents and businesses later in the year for their views.

Assistant director for transport and capital projects, Dave Winstanley said: “It’s great to hear those living and working in the Victoria Road area are proud of where they live and are also keen to get involved in shaping the future of their area.

“The consultation has given us real food for thought. We’ve been given some clear direction and although some of the ideas discussed won’t go ahead we will be developing ideas that were well received.  A one-way system on Waverley Terrace for example will not be explored any further as this did not have public support.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to feed in their views, hopefully they will start to see their ideas come to fruition as we work together to make Darlington even better.”

The full report from Groundwork North East and Cumbria can be found at www.darlington.gov.uk/your-council/consultations and a paper copy is available to read at the town hall.

Making every penny count for the people of Darlington

Making every penny count for the people of Darlington

Thursday, March 14, 2019

We want to make every penny count for the people of Darlington – that’s the message from Chris McEwan, Deputy Leader of Darlington Borough Council (DBC) and DBCs cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration.

We want to make every penny count for the people of Darlington – that’s the message from Chris McEwan, Deputy Leader of Darlington Borough Council (DBC) and DBCs cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration.

DBC is working with the centre for local economic strategies (CLES), who are experts in advising organisations on how to get the best possible value for money when buying goods and services, including social, economic and environmental benefits for local communities.

Work will include looking at how DBC buys goods and services to make sure that whenever the council spends money it benefits the borough as much as possible.   This includes investing in businesses and employers who are local and who provide additional social and environmental benefits as part of their delivery.

We will also be working closely with our partners, including other public sector providers and businesses, to make sure the money we spend collectively helps to build local wealth and improve quality of life and wellbeing for people across Darlington.

The work is part of our commitment to the Fairer Richer Darlington Charter, a ground breaking strategy to help people in Darlington who are struggling financially by co-ordinating existing work across the borough, as well as spearheading new multi-agency initiatives.

Councillor McEwan said: “We’ve considered social value when buying goods and services for a while now, in order to take into account those suppliers who can add some real value for the people of Darlington, whether it’s by supporting our local economy, committing to employing local people or funding community projects, but it’s important to make sure that if we can be doing more, we do.

“By reviewing our approach and engaging our public sector partners to work with us, Darlington will join a small but growing list of UK towns and cities proactively undertaking wealth building activities. We want to make sure the real economic successes we continue to see in Darlington are enjoyed by the people who live here with new jobs and opportunities for people to benefit from, building a fairer and richer Darlington for everyone.”

Darlington Borough Council’s endorsement of the Fairer Richer Darlington Charter signifies its commitment to the long term programme underpinning it, including lots of new projects over the coming months across the borough.

For more information on the charter please visit https://www.onedarlington.org.uk/

Darlington dines out in support of restaurant week

Darlington dines out in support of restaurant week

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

The first ever Darlington restaurant week has been hailed a success after diners made the most of the two courses for £10 offer.

The first ever Darlington restaurant week has been hailed a success after diners made the most of the two courses for £10 offer.

The week-long event, which ran from 25th February until 3rd March, saw significantly more diners than usual through the doors of those restaurants involved, as people took advantage of the offer.

The event was organised by the Darlington Borough Council Town Centre Partnership and was signed up to by 28 restaurants or cafes across the town centre.

Feedback from the restaurants involved has been very positive and included:

“Restaurant week has helped to kick off our business. We’ve had lots of people asking about our two course specials. Thumbs up!” - Allegria, an Italian restaurant on Northgate.

“It was a great success. very, very busy. We will definitely take part again” - Voodoo, a Mexican restaurant and bar on Skinnergate.

“We were very busy during Restaurant Week, we’ve taken lots of bookings from new customers too” - Al Forno, an Italian restaurant on Skinnergate.

“Restaurant Week was very successful for us. We were busy every night and takings were up substantially. We are looking forward to the next Restaurant Week.” -  Picco Bar & Pizzeria an Italian restaurant on Bondgate

The restaurants that took part were: Akbar The Great, Al Forno, Allegria, Bangsean Thai, Dolphin Centre, Hash Bar, Hatch Luncheonette, Hole in the Wall, Houndgate Townhouse, Influence Café, Mercure Darlington King’s Hotel, Meze, Oven, Picco, Salvo’s, San Paolo, Santorini Greek Café, Sol Tapas, Tanners Hall, The Chinese Buffet, The Old Tapas Bar, The Pennyweight, The Waterhouse, The Woollen Mill, Uno Momento, Voodoo, Wandering Duck, William Stead.

The next restaurant week is already being planned for November.

Discover Darlington this half term with the new town guide

Discover Darlington this half term with the new town guide

Monday, February 18, 2019

Happy half term everyone and what a perfect time to launch the new guide to Darlington! The Darlington guide is now available to help visitors enjoy all our town has to offer.

Happy half term everyone and what a perfect time to launch the new guide to Darlington!

The Darlington guide is now available to help visitors enjoy all our town has to offer.

The guide has been produced in partnership with local businesses as part of the Enjoy Darlington campaign which is aimed at promoting Darlington as a tourist destination and location of choice for both business and leisure.

Included are details of shops, car parks and points of interest in and around the town centre and it also features a brief history of a range of modern, historic and other interesting landmarks and buildings around the town.

Printed in full colour and on recycled paper, the handy sized fold out guide is available at town centre venues including the library, Dolphin Centre, Head of Steam as well as local and nearby hotels.

Make sure you pick one up!

Included on the photograph are Katie Greenwood from Darlington Borough Council, Tori Gill from TGI Media, Beryl Hankin from Guru Boutique, Andrew Kukk from VIP Vape and John Price from Mercure King's Grill

 

 

 

New business set to open doors in Darlington

New business set to open doors in Darlington

Monday, February 11, 2019

THE DOORS are set to open on a new business in Darlington as technical mouldings company, Thysis, completes its expansion move to the town. Supported by Darlington Borough Council’s Business Support team, the Darlington venture will see the creation of around 50 new jobs for the town.

THE DOORS are set to open on a new business in Darlington as technical mouldings company, Thysis, completes its expansion move to the town. Supported by Darlington Borough Council’s Business Support team, the Darlington venture will see the creation of around 50 new jobs for the town.

Responding to news that Thysis was keen to expand in the area, the Business Support team worked with them to find suitable premises and has helped introduce them to partner organisations able to help with the move and potential future expansion plans.

Based in York, the thermoplastics business has signed a ten year lease on the former EE data centre site on Yarm Road Industrial Estate. The move places them closer to one of their key customers and offers good access to the key transport links of the A1 (M), A66 and A19.

Terry Goodwin, managing director at Thysis, said:

“This is a really exciting time for us and we are delighted with the support we have had from the council’s business support team.

“The practical help we have had from the council’s business team has proved invaluable. The team has used their local knowledge and connections to help with signage and building alterations as well as assisting with specialist recruitment to make sure we are fully operational when the doors open.”

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Thysis to the town and pleased that they have been well supported by our business team. The excellent transport links and local business support have proved key to Thysis making their decision to expand here.

“This news ties in well with our plans for Darlington as a place to do business as the new Ingenium Parc takes shape close by with the potential to create a further 2,000 jobs for the borough.”

The council’s Business Support team offers help and advice to Darlington businesses and to outside companies looking to move to the Borough. They can offer help with finding suitable sites and premises, recruiting staff, access to funding and introductions to specialist business networks. They can be contacted on 406305 or email:  business.support@darlington.gov.uk

Council leads the way for a fairer and richer Darlington

Council leads the way for a fairer and richer Darlington

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Darlington Borough Council alongside partner agencies, is pledging its commitment to the Fairer Richer Darlington Charter, a ground breaking strategy to help people in Darlington who are struggling financially.

Darlington Borough Council (DBC), alongside partner agencies, is pledging its commitment to the Fairer Richer Darlington Charter, a ground breaking strategy to help people in Darlington who are struggling financially.

The charter will bring together existing work that’s going on across Darlington to tackle this problem, as well as spearheading new multi-agency initiatives.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Deputy Leader of DBC and DBCs cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration said: “The fact the council is stepping up as a key signatory to the One Darlington Partnership Fairer Richer Darlington Charter, is a hugely positive thing for those living and working in Darlington.

“The partnership want to lead the way in reducing the gap between those who are struggling and the rest of the community, creating a fairer, richer Darlington for everyone.

“The charter is a formal and public statement of our collective intent to support activity that will make Darlington as wealthy as it can be.”

Darlington Borough Council’s endorsement of the Fairer Richer Darlington Charter signifies its commitment to the long term programme underpinning it, with lots of work going on over the coming months across Darlington as part of it.

A good example of work already underway in support of the charter is the #DarloMillions initiative which is a scheme aimed at helping residents identify and claim money they are owed.  In just ten months more than £1m has been paid to people who didn’t realise they were entitled to financial help, mostly people with a disability and families with children.

For more information on the charter please visit https://www.onedarlington.org.uk/

 

Leader's in-principle support for airport plans

Leader's in-principle support for airport plans

Friday, January 18, 2019

Councillor Stephen Harker, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, has revealed his intentions in relation to the upcoming vote at the Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet on 24 January.

Councillor Stephen Harker, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, has revealed his intentions in relation to the upcoming vote at the Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet on 24 January.

He said: “When the Mayor first put forward his sketchy outline to buy the airport a couple of months ago, I was asked for my views.

“I said, quite categorically, at the time, that I would love to see a successful local airport. But, at that time the Mayor gave no further details – no details of how much public money was to be spent, no business case, no details of risk – so I couldn’t say whether the plan could be supported. This is public money – it is only right and proper that I have sight of the full facts before making a decision.

“Over several weeks I, along with the other Tees Valley Leaders, have been asking the Mayor for documentation that details the plan. Only in the past week has sufficient documentation finally been released.

“I am now clearer about what’s being proposed, what it is likely to cost, what risks there are, and crucially what’s intended with regards to actual flights.

“I am satisfied that the economic case for purchasing the airport is worth the level of investment and risk. Everyone does need to know that this is still not without risk, and that further investment will certainly be needed for years to come. While the airport can bring economic and employment benefits, and hopefully greater options for leisure, the airport itself will still need financial support.

“Various long term scenarios are highlighted in the Mayor’s plan for the airport. Naturally, I hope the more ambitious of those come about. But nothing is guaranteed.

“So yes, I will be supporting the airport proposals. There is risk, but on balance the potential benefits outweigh those risks. Let’s wish the airport success.

“Finally, let’s not forget at next week’s Cabinet the airport is only one part Investment Plan that is discussed. There are many more schemes being proposed – supporting better transport across the Tess Valley, supporting new businesses, investing in education and training to name a few. It would be good to talk about those too – but perhaps another day.”