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Comments from Durham County Councillor Mark Wilkes (Lib Dem, Framwellgate & Newton Hall). “At our last Economy and Enterprise scrutiny meeting I raised specific concerns that the governments discretionary business grant scheme was underspent by 50% in County Durham. “I also mentioned that there were many businesses not getting the help that they needed. These […]

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A business expert with a track record in helping small companies achieve their ambitions has been appointed chair of an economic recovery taskforce in County Durham. Simon Hanson, development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), will lead the taskforce, which has been set up by County Durham Economic Partnership (CDEP) in response to […]

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Still chance to grab a gardening prize

by Craig Martin on 1 July, 2020

There’s still time for County Durham gardeners to win a £30 National Garden Voucher in a council photography competition. The Garden Treasures contest has been organised by Durham County Council and encourages people to share why their beautiful outside spaces are important to them. Residents have until Monday 17 August to submit images of their […]

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Applications invited for council apprenticeships

by Craig Martin on 25 June, 2020

More than 30 apprenticeship vacancies at a North East local authority will offer new career opportunities for people looking to earn as they learn. Durham County Council is recruiting apprentices across a wide range of occupations, with roles available from entry-level to degree-level apprenticeships. People have until Sunday 19 July to apply for the following […]

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Floral tribute to heroes of second world war

by Craig Martin on 17 June, 2020

The 75th anniversary year of Victory in Europe day is being celebrated in a new Durham City flower display. Every summer, Durham County Council plants a decorative carpet bedding display in Gilesgate with a different theme and this year has chosen to pay tribute to those who fought for our freedom in the second world […]

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Business owners across County Durham have spoken of their relief at further financial support being provided during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Durham County Council extended the business rates grants scheme earlier this month, encouraging companies that were not previously able to access support to apply. The council has been allocated just under £5 million of […]

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Measures to enforce responsible dog ownership in public spaces will be set in place for another three years, following overwhelming support during a public consultation. Durham County Council introduced the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on dog control in June 2017, which was valid for three years. The following were deemed an offence under the […]

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Businesses in County Durham are being invited to seek financial support following the extension of grants schemes. Durham County Council is extending the business rates grants schemes it has been administering on behalf of the government during the coronavirus pandemic, and is encouraging companies that were not previously able to access support to apply. The […]

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Thank you notes to bin crews do not go wasted

by Craig Martin on 29 May, 2020

A big thank you to the bin crew- that’s the message being displayed on County Durham bin wagons as people continue to support one another. County Durham bin crews are showcasing some of the thanks they have received for their work during the pandemic, as letters and drawings from residents have been blown up and […]

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Changes to concessionary travel in County Durham

by Craig Martin on 21 May, 2020

A temporary relaxation of concessionary travel arrangements in County Durham will end next week to help bus companies manage social distancing. As more people return to work, public transport operators across the region face the challenge of meeting this extra demand, while ensuring a safe environment for passengers. Passenger numbers are highest at the beginning […]

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