Business in the news

ENTREPRENEURS still have time to sign up for a business networking event in Hartlepool.

The Mussel Club is holding a quiz and chips night at the White House in Wooler Road, Hartlepool, starting at 8pm on Monday, August 22.

The cost is £5 which includes quiz entry, and a plate of chips, garlic bread and onion rings.

For more details and to book, contact Pat Chambers on 07770455651.

l A legal firm is to host a seminar on essential law.

Jacksons, which has offices in the Tees Valley and Newcastle, will hold the seminar titled Essential Employment Law on Thursday, September 22 at the Wynyard Rooms in Wynyard Park from 8.30am to 11.30am.

It will cost £35 plus VAT and will cover issues such as the Equality Act, and agency workers.

For more details, email

l INDUSTRY chiefs are planning more than nine hours of talks on innovation.

The Tees Valley-based North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) has organised a conference which will look at issues such as bio-energy, green chemistry, low carbon industry and opportunities in pharmaceutical science.

It will be held at Ramside Hall on the outskirts of Durham City between 8.30am and 6pm, on Tuesday, November 15.

Experts from organisations including Teesside University, Johnson Matthey, and NEPIC will give presentations and the cost to attend ranges from £100 to £300 for NEPIC members, to £200 to £500 for non-members.

Anyone wanting more details, or wanting to book up, should contact NEPIC on (01642) 442560.

l MORE than half of British employees have admitted to working through their holidays.

A study by YouGov for information services company Croner showed 52 per cent of people who are not self-employed admit to having done it while 18 per cent make a regular habit of it.

Croner’s Senior Employment Consultant, Amy Paxton, said: “The whole point of holidays is to ensure that workers are entitled to a period of rest and relaxation. If they do not have this time it could cause or exacerbate stress issues.”