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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 »

HLA Services Ltd has expanded its service range, investing £50,000 in new technology and scooping over £1m-worth of contracts. Two years after opening a Middlesbrough office, building service specialist HLA Services Ltd has posted the best financial results in its 13-year history. The company has expanded its service range, investing £50,000 in new technology and… Read more »

Aspire is working with Stockton’s One IT Services & Solutions to improve facilities in 100 North East schools. IT specialist Aspire Technology Solutions is to improve the infrastructure in over 100 North East schools after winning an £8m contract to install new broadband lines. The Gateshead firm will upgrade facilities in 102 primary, secondary and special… Read more »

Newcastle-based ievo Ltd, a manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, is continuing to bring its fingerprint technology to new markets. Providing Scottish contractor Morrison Construction Ltd with a robust access control system, the firm will use ievo’s devices for their New Anderson High School and Halls of Residence development at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. As main… Read more »

British ice cream brand Beckleberry’s has adopted a bold new regional identity that celebrates its Northeast roots, 20 years after launching its very first range of gourmet ice creams, sorbets and patisserie. The Newcastle upon Tyne-based company’s new branding features local landmarks, including Angel of the North and the Tyne Bridge. Peter Craig, co-founder of… Read more »

Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, to name but a few social media sites, have a number of advantages for businesses – however, there are also risks. Social media can damage the reputation of a business and breach client confidentiality, if employees’ use of their employers’ identity is not correctly managed. Your social media policy should: Set… Read more »

It’s a busy summer of sport in 2016 with the UEFA Euro competition starting on 10th June in France, Wimbledon on 27th June and the Rio Olympics opening ceremony on August 5th. It’s often the case that employers feel some impact of a major sporting event, such as increased requests for time off. It is up… Read more »

Fast-growing IT company Aspire is expanding following a year which saw it smash its own turnover targets by £1m and grow staff numbers by 45%. Gateshead-based Aspire , which specialises in connectivity, managed services and infrastructure solutions, was started as a two-man operation in 2006 but has since grown to have more than 100 employees…. Read more »