If you have a problem affecting your business finding the right person to speak to can sometimes be difficult, whether within the county council or one of our partner organisations.
The Business Development Team has adopted an area based approach to supporting business so that we can be your first port of call to help resolve an issue that might be affecting your business.
If you want to speak to one of the team their contact details are:
Telephone: 03000 261255
(Covers an area west of the A167, from Spennymoor northwards, including Chester le Street, Staley & Consett).
Telephone: 03000 261259
(Covers as an area east of A167, including Durham City, Peterlee)
(Covers an area south and west of Spennymoor, including Bishop Auckland, Aycliffe, Teesdale and Weardale)
Durham County Council has a responsibility to provide advice and assistance to local businesses and voluntary organisations about business continuity management.
Any incident - whether it is large or small - can cause major disruption to your business. However, if you plan in advance you will be able to help your day-to-day business recover more quickly.Business Continuity Planning (BCP) can help you prepare to cope with disruptions and continue to deliver your business activities and reduce potential harm to staff.Make sure your organisation is prepared. To find out more visit www.durham.gov.uk/businesscontinuity
Durham County Council has produced the How To Do Business guide which is designed to help suppliers and contractors who wish to supply us with goods, materials, services or works.
The How To Do Business guide helps by:
outlining the rules and regulations that we must follow in purchasing goods and services
You can download the guide by following the link here
HMRC offer a full range of educational services, including “off the shelf” products.
Below are details of some of the training products available:-
Workshops - presentations or seminars – subjects include tax, National Insurance, VAT.
Webinars – live webinars these are now shown via the HMRC website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/webinars.
E Learning – e learning packages available including a generic Starting in Business, the Construction Industry Scheme, and some trade specific self employment guides for Foster Carers, Childminders, Driving Instructor and hair and beauty.
Visit the generic URL link for the “Starting in Business” training – www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/syob/index.html
For the construction industry visit: - http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob/ci/index.html
Business and Enterprise Group - http://www.be-group.co.uk/
Federation of Small Business - http://www.fsb.org.uk/