News & updates from Professional People Management

A growing automotive components company will create 75 new jobs over the next few years when it builds a high-tech paint plant at its new premises. FM Coatings has moved into the 23,000 sq ft premises at Seaham Grange Industrial Estate, in County Durham, after seeing its turnover triple since it was established in 2007…. Read more »

Recent news reports have revealed concerning cases of dress code discrimination, with women being forced to wear revealing clothing, make-up or heels to work. A parliamentary report concluded that the Equality Act 2010 was inadequate, and that there needed to be a new legal framework in place to prevent discrimination. Until this happens, we thought… Read more »

Work has started on a £1m make over on a Grade II-listed building after investment from IT specialist Aspire Technology Solutions. Heworth Hall in Gateshead – which was originally built for the wealthy Russell Family in 1730 – is to get the extension to give Aspire the space to hire an extra 40 staff. Aspire… Read more »

Building services business Castle is firming up its future after sealing a range of contracts across the North and Scotland. Established in 2002, Castle Building Services specialises in the design and installation of mechanical and electrical services, covering contracts across the region and beyond. The Hebburn based business has racked up deals totalling £175m since first… Read more »

The beginning of the year is often a time when many businesses review their service provisions to see whether these meet their needs both in terms of cost and delivery. If you’re planning to review your HR support for 2017 either now at any time throughout the year, then you may wish to consider our… Read more »

Here at Professional People Management we understand it can be time consuming keeping up with employment changes. After speaking with our clients, we found a collective desire for regular notifications about new developments in employment legislation – we’ve developed a way to give you this in an update that’s quick, simple and free. You can… Read more »

Significant growth has signalled time for expansion at a Washington plastics firm which is investing more than £1m in a new base. Signal Plastics has moved to the two-storey 42,700sqft plant on Bentall Business Park, having previously been located on the nearby Crowther Industrial Estate. The ground floor of the new facility will accommodate Signal… Read more »

It’s early December and many employers have planned or will be thinking about planning the Christmas party. As the festive season approaches this often brings an increase in the social events for most workplaces and employees may have one or more parties to attend. Here are our tips on how to throw a party and… Read more »

Apprentices are usually employees who have been employed at reduced costs in order that they can be trained in a particular skill. As employees, apprentices will have the usual employment rights and their apprenticeship is usually for a fixed period of time; the period will depend on how long it will take to obtain the… Read more »

Sunderland-based communications agency Narrative has reported a positive year of expansion following a business-altering rebrand. Winning new contracts worth almost £400k, the firm has enjoyed a 30% turnover increase to £1.7m. Formally branded as Press Ahead, the company has also seen staff numbers rise from 13 to 19 following the 2015 rebrand. Narrative, which counts… Read more »