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Darlington jobs and Careers Fair

Darlington jobs and Careers Fair

Friday, September 13, 2019

Hundreds of job opportunities will be on offer at the annual Darlington Jobs and Careers Fair, set to take place in the Dolphin Centre on Thursday 10 October from 10am-2pm.

The annual Darlington Jobs and Careers Fair is set to take place in the Dolphin Centre on Thursday 10 October from 10am-2pm.

The free event will give local people of all ages and experience the chance to find out what’s on offer in Darlington and beyond in terms of employment, training and business start-up support, all under one roof.

Among the 28 businesses already signed up to this year’s event and who have vacancies, or who will soon be recruiting for a range of roles, are: Student Loans Company, Darlington Borough Council, Vale of Mowbray, Arriva, Vue Cinemas, Stone Technical Services, Aldi, Blossom Home Care, Rockliffe Hall, Mowden Park and Ascot Care.

Roles are on offer across a range of sectors, levels and contract types including full and part time, entry level and management positions.

Advice and support organisations already signed up include: Darlington College, Job Centre Plus, National Careers Service, Enterprise Made Simple (self-employment support and advice), Morrison Trust, who provide CV, interview skills and support, Routes to Work, Darlington Citizens Advice and Learning & Skills.

The event follows on from the success of last year’s Fair which saw more than 750 people attend, some of whom were recruited on the day.

Councillor Alan Marshall, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “Finding work is not always easy. This event gives people the chance to meet recruiters face to face to discuss what’s on offer and what they can offer an employer.

“Whether you’re yet to take a first step on your career ladder or looking for a change of direction, or want extra training and qualifications; this event will have something for you…make a date in your diary and drop in.”

A limited number of stalls are available for businesses who are looking to recruit in Darlington. Contact business.support@darlington.gov.uk for details.

The recruitment fair is part of Darlington Business Week (Monday 7 - Friday 11 October) - offering a full programme of business based events aimed at encouraging Darlington businesses to network and find out more about the opportunities in Darlington and the Tees Valley. More details of events are at http://www.investindarlington.co.uk/events/

Darlington Business Week Returns

Darlington Business Week Returns

Friday, September 06, 2019

How to grow and develop a business, staying cyber safe, developing international trade and the potential pitfalls around social media use are some of the hot topics covered during this year’s Darlington Business Week, set to take place from Monday 7 until Friday 11 October.

How to grow and develop a business, staying cyber safe, developing international trade and the potential pitfalls around social media use are some of the hot topics covered during this year’s Darlington Business Week, set to take place from Monday 7 until Friday 11 October.

More than fourteen free networking events, workshops and seminars, will take place at a range of venues across the town, giving local and regional businesses of all sizes the chance to meet fellow business people and find out how they can access what’s on offer to help them grow and develop their companies.

Advice on funding and business growth, exporting, training, social media and marketing, social enterprise, preventing digital and cyber fraud and scams, (including a live online hack), looking after mental health and much more, will be on offer throughout the week. 

The Week will be launched on Monday 7 October 8.30am at the Teesside University National Horizons Centre, Central Park, Darlington, by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen along with Councillor Alan Marshall, the council’s cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration and Mark Ladyman, Assistant Director, Economic Growth. They will be talking about opportunities and developments in Darlington and the wider Tees Valley.

Organised by the council’s Business Investment team, the Week is supported by a wide range of organisations including Business Central, Barclays Bank, Citizen’s Advice, The Police, North East England Chamber of Commerce, Clive Owen, Darlington College, Teesside University, TEDCO and Darlington Business Club. The popular Jobs Fair will also return on Thursday 10 October from 10am-2pm, places are available for prospective employers to book a free stand at the Jobs Fair.

Councillor Alan Marshall, the council’s cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, said:

“This is a unique event in Darlington and probably the biggest one of its kind across the Tees Valley. I would encourage anyone in business to take a look at what’s on offer. It’s a brilliant chance to find out more about a range of hot topics affecting many businesses today and also a great way to network with others and find out how much support there is locally and regionally.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added:

“From innovative start-ups to global companies, Darlington is home to some fantastic businesses, all with a wealth of experience to share. Whether it’s to tackle certain issues facing sectors head-on, highlighting supply chain opportunities or simply sharing success stories and experience, working together is key. That’s why I’d urge any and all businesses in the borough to come along and get involved in this great week.”

To book, go to http://www.investindarlington.co.uk/events/ or contact the Business Investment team on 01325 406305 or email business.support@darlington.gov.uk

A run-down of events is as follows:

Monday 7 October

Darlington Economy Update and Event launch – 8.30-10.30am, Teesside University National Horizons Centre, Central Park, Darlington. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen along with Councillor Alan Marshall, the council’s cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration and Mark Ladyman, Assistant Director, Economic Growth. Opportunities and developments in Darlington and the wider Tees Valley. The event will also include information on the new venue and an optional tour.

Using Social Media in the workplace – 11.30am-2pm, Darlington Rugby Club.
Anthony Willis, employment solicitor at BHP Law will give an overview of what you should include in your company’s social media policy and the legal implications of not having one. The Social Gene will share their top tips on the do's and don'ts of social media etiquette for business owners.

Registration from 11.30am with coffee. The seminar is due to start at midday followed by a buffet lunch at 1pm with the opportunity to ask questions and network.

Hot Topics – 11am - 5pm, Business Central.  A series of short talks and events covering a range of topics including mental health awareness, making tax digital, marketing, social enterprise, and HR.

 

Tuesday 8 October

Fraud and scam awareness around digital safety, 10am-noon, Barclays Bank, High Row.
With Gareth Goddard, Barclays Bank, and a member of The North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit (NERCCU) who will also be presenting and supporting the event. As part of their display, they will be demonstrating a live hack to attendees.

Chamber Exchange, 11am-2pm, Rockliffe Hall.
The Chamber's flagship networking event encouraging an exchange of experiences, ideas and offers between members.

 

Wednesday 9 October

Upscale your Business, 8-10.30am, Darlington College.
Helping local businesses understand how they can develop and upskill their workforce and grow internationally. This is a joint event with Department for international trade and will have  companies in attendance that can support with funding, grants and sustainable transport initiatives.

Practical Digital Marketing Solutions, 10am-1.30pm, Mowden Park Rugby Club.
A practical seminar covering video content, written content and email marketing resulting in a template to deliver regular and successful digital marketing.

DigitalCity showcase, 1-4pm, Teesside University Centre for Professional Executive Development, Darlington. Showcasing the support that DigitalCity offers digital/tech businesses and companies in the wider sectors via digital transformation activities.
 

Thursday 10 October

Recruitment Fair, 10am-2pm, Dolphin Centre.
A chance for businesses to showcase career opportunities and for the public to find out more about what’s on offer in the borough.

Darlington Social Media café, noon-1.30pm, Business Central.
Learn more about the latest social media tools, applications and platforms and ask the experts in an informal setting.

Virtual and hard hat tour of Feethams new office development, 1-2pm at the site office, Feethams, Darlington. A unique opportunity for potential tenants to tour the site mid-construction, take a virtual tour of the “completed” development and to meet the letting agents to discuss potential requirements. 

Friday 11 October

Business Exchange with Professor Ian Pearson, 7.30-9.15am, Centre for Professional and Executive Development.
Futurist Dr Ian Pearson, has over 1800 inventions to his name, including text messaging and the active contact lens, and more recently a number of inventions in transport technology, including driverless transport and space travel. He has written eight books and made well over 750 TV and radio appearances.

In this presentation, Ian will identify and explain the key changes ahead in every sector of business and society that will arise as a result of rapidly changing technology - without the use of jargon.

Optional: delegates are invited to an exclusive tour of the new National Horizons Centre following this event (numbers strictly limited).

More details and how to book any of the events can be found at www.investindarlington.co.uk/events

Business support and advice is available throughout the year from the council’s Business Investment team. Call 406305 or email business.support@darlington.gov.uk

 

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.”