New laws cost North East firms £730m

New data has suggested that North East firms are facing collective costs of £730m over the next four years as they implement new employment laws. As the government prepares to bring in a mass of fresh employment legislation starting from April this year, the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) believes… More →

Access for finance guide into its second year

Key figures from across the region gathered at the Centre for Life last week for the launch of the second Access to Finance Guide produced by North East Access to Finance. The 2011 Guide was introduced by Chairman Hugh Morgan Williams OBE and guest speakers at the event included Sir Ian… More →

Miliband signs for Sunderland

Sunderland Association Football Club announced this week that former foreign secretary David Miliband has joined the board of the Premier League outfit. Mr Miliband, long considered a future Labour leader, stepped down from front line politics after narrowly losing the leadership race to his brother Ed. He remains MP for South Shields… More →

Rise in tribunals is hurting the region’s employers

ONE of the region’s employment lawyers is warning businesses to be extra vigilant at a time when employment tribunals continue to rise at an “alarming rate.”  In the wake of former Countryfile presenter Miriam O’Reilly winning her case against the BBC, Newcastle-based law firm Gordon Brown is urging employers to take… More →

Frozen food factory takeover fails

THE sale of a Northumberland frozen food factory which had gone into administration has fallen though. Northumberland Foods Limited, based in Amble, ceased production in August 2010 after suffering cash flow problems. Newcastle-based Longbenton Foods exchanged contracts to take over the site and restarted manufacturing, taking on 70 of the 250 former… More →

Improvisation experts get regional entrepreneurs pitch perfect

AN improvisation expert is looking to help the region’s innovators take their ideas to market with a two-day workshop. Paul Z Jackson, who has helped develop the talents of Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones will help North East entrepreneurs master their own performances with an innovative event organised by… More →

Default Retirement Age to be scrapped

The Government has confirmed it will scrap the Default Retirement Age (DRA). Currently the DRA enables employers to make staff retire at 65 regardless of their circumstances. The Government feels the rules must change as people are living longer, and leading healthier lives. Ministers have decided to proceed with their plan to phase… More →

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Protecting your ideas

Ahead of Design Means Business 2-day conference in a couple of weeks, Design Network North wants to know how Intellectual property has impacted on your business.

Bob Elliott of leading North East law firm Crutes will run the website design workshop on the second day of the prestigious event, which takes place on March 15 and 16 at Sage Gateshead. He will be investigating the rights of individuals or companies regarding website content, legal action to prevent others using material without consent and ownership, when an external website developer or designer is involved. Bob said: “A website is an asset that businesses and individuals are entitled to protect against theft. This workshop will show businesses how to look after this asset and prevent unscrupulous competitors from stealing ideas.”

Here at bdaily, we want to find out how big an issue intellectual property is for our readers. Can you choose of the three areas that has directly effected your business the most.

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