Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup – Week 18


Weekly Roundup – Week 18

1 week to go – Aycliffe Business Park Make Your Mark Awards

It’s only 1 week until the Aycliffe Business Park Make Your Mark Awards!
We’re looking forward to celebrating the achievements of some fantastic businesses and individuals as well as the overall contribution to Newton Aycliffe.

We’re very proud to be sponsoring the Engineering and Manufacturing award this year. An industry in which we work very closely with, we are delighted to play our part in recognising the contribution made toward the local area.


HR Officer – Durham

Maintenance Engineer – Newton Aycliffe

Health & Safety Manager – Newton Aycliffe

Wood CNC Setter Operator – Shildon



TIG Welder – Newton Aycliffe

FLT Driver – Peterlee

Production Planner – Newton Aycliffe

General Operator – Shildon

Government plans to withdraw benefits from people with mental health conditions – what will this mean for workplaces?

The government has announced plans to make “fundamental changes” to disability benefits, in a move which could lead to people with mental health issues losing support.

In a statement to the Commons, Mel Stride, work and pensions secretary, said there needed to be a “grown-up conversation” about benefits. He said a consultation would be launched on changes to personal independence payments (PIP), a benefit for those with long-term physical or mental health conditions or disabilities to help with extra living costs… continue reading

John Lewis publishes job interview questions online – should other businesses follow suit?

John Lewis has made job interview questions for all roles available on its website, in a move it hopes will make candidates feel more comfortable during the application process.

“Interviews can feel daunting, and for some – particularly those who are neurodiverse – nerves can seriously impact performance,” said Lorna Bullett, talent acquisition lead for the John Lewis Partnership… continue reading

Working fathers being let down by Equality Act and ‘workplace banter’, panel argues

Working dads face a “fatherhood forfeit” and men face barriers in accessing flexible work opportunities compared to working mums, an academic told delegates at an event in parliament.

Speaking at the Working Families event on flexible working in parliament, Jasmine Kelland, an academic at the University of Plymouth, said that while there have been significant societal shifts in views of parenthood, these shifts have not been reflected in the workplace… continue reading

World Health & Safety Day

Sunday 28th April was World Health and Safety at Work Day. World Day for Health and Safety at Work, which takes place each year on 28 April, promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce work-related deaths and injuries.

This year focuses on exploring the impacts of climate change on occupational safety and health. Changing weather patterns have notable impacts on the world of work, particularly affecting workers’ wellbeing. Just as employers have a legal obligation to provide us with a safe workplace, each of us also has a responsibility to protect ourselves and avoid endangering others, to know our rights and participate in implementing preventative measures. Nowadays, though, there are some less obvious threats to your safety in the workplace… continue reading

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