Month: May 2017

Teesside business leader’s A1 challenge to election candidates

Andy Preston, Teesside businessman and philanthropist, is calling on wannabe MPs in the Tees Valley to put political differences aside and lobby to end unacceptable delays on the A1 upgrade. Please Credit Picture:Keith Taylor The current roadworks, intended to upgrade the dual carriageway to a three lane motorway between Leeming and Barton were scheduled to be completed in March 2017. However completion is now not expected until the end of the year – a delay which in Mr Preston’s view is one that Tees Valley businesses can ill afford. He said: ‘These delays are costing this area money. Increased...

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Tea Venture Launches with Help from RTC

Two Newcastle University graduates are making waves in the drinks industry after founding an innovative new alcoholic tea company, Tea Venture. Friends Vincent Efferoth and Lukas Passia launched Noveltea, their first range of tea-based alcohol beverages, after spotting a gap in the competitive drinks market. Tea Venture’s Noveltea achieves its distinctive tea taste through a process of cold-brewing, infusion, and blending. It has caught the eye of leading retailers Fenwick, which has agreed an exclusive partnership with Tea Venture for its retail launch. Vincent Efferoth and Lukas Passia came to the UK from Germany to study master’s degrees at...

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New family history courses

Tips and advice on tracing your family tree will be available at a beginners’ family history course. Run by Durham County Record Office, the popular sessions are led by an archivist and also offer an introduction to the sources available at the record office. The course lasts for three weeks and runs on the following dates: Thursday evenings, from 6pm to 8pm – 15, 22 and 29 June Friday mornings, from 10am to 12 noon – 16, 23 and 30 June Tuesday evenings, from 6pm to 8pm – 12, 19 and 26 September Thursday mornings, from 10am to 12noon...

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North East firms support Work Discovery Week

BUSINESSES across the region have given their support to a scheme designed to improve the employability of young people in Sunderland. Work Discovery Week launch event at the Stadium of light in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD Work Discovery Week, supported by Sunderland City Council, SAFC and the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) will return for its fifth consecutive year from 26-30 June, offering career advice and experiences to teenagers across the city. The week forms part of the Work Discovery Sunderland programme, which gives youngsters the chance to learn more about various industries and develop new skills before...

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Domino’s Delivers Slice of Fresh Pizza to People of Selby

The UK’s favourite pizza, Domino’s, will open a new store on Unit A, 5-6 New Lane, Selby on the 5th June, 2017 delivering a tasty menu of fresh, quality pizza and employment opportunities for the local community. Pizza fans in Selby will now be able to order from Domino’s range of freshly handmade to order pizzas using the finest quality ingredients.  In addition to delivering yummy pizza, Domino’s will be serving up 25 local positions including pizza makers, customer service staff and delivery drivers, offering long and fruitful careers to residents of Selby. Martin Jones at Domino’s said: “We’re thrilled to be opening our doors to the people of Selby, and we’re celebrating the opening by offering a large pizza with 2 toppings for £7.99!” “There’s also plenty of employment opportunity for people living in Selby, so we look forward to welcoming local pizza superstars to join our growing team. In particular we’re searching for delivery drivers, who can provide exceptional customer service, and demonstrate integrity, honesty and reliability, as well as being pepperoni passionate for freshly made pizza.” At induction, as well as throughout their career, Domino’s offers its employees full training, ranging from dough management and food hygiene for pizza makers through to road safety for all delivery drivers. Domino’s Pizza recruits on the basis of ability and, as many team members go on to management positions in...

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Company Director Ride on Time

George Young, a director of digital office equipment company SOS Group Ltd, is combining his passion for motorbikes and charity by volunteering as a rider for Northumbria Blood Bikes. The charity transports blood, plasma, platelets, samples, vaccines and other urgently required medical items for North East hospitals. Motorbikes have advantages when it comes to transporting time sensitive items because they can often move more freely than cars in traffic.  This makes journey times generally quicker and more predictable than in cars or vans. The service is completely free of charge, on call 365 days a year and gives most...

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New Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland tells of her pride after being officially invested in the role

NEW Mayor Karen King has promised to concentrate on supporting her two chosen charities during her year in the role. Councillor King has been elected as Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland and was invested in the role at a special ceremony at Bellamy Pavilion, Kirkleatham Museum on Friday. She said she was “humbled and proud” to be chosen but was “excited” for the chance  to promote the borough and celebrate its people. She explained that she has chosen Teesside Sands, which supports parents and families dealing with the tragedy of stillbirth and The Junction in Redcar, which works with...

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New Look for North East Training Provider Supports Growth

NORTH EAST Baltic Training has unveiled a new brand identity as it eyes strong demand for its IT and digital training expertise on the back of tailor-made apprenticeships.   The move by the Newton Aycliffe’s firm is part of a five-figure investment to improve customer service levels for employers as well as the apprentices it helps into the workplace through personalised development programmes.   With the shortage of skills in the IT sector, where there are in excess of 700,000 jobs available and tens of thousands of new recruits required annually to plug the gaps, the firm is helping...

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Lloyds bank strengthens north east real estate team

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has strengthened its support for the north east real estate sector with the appointment of a new head of property for the region. Paul Varley will lead one of Lloyds Bank’s largest regional real estate teams and has considerable experience in the commercial banking sector, having been with the group for nearly 30 years. His will lead a team of relationship directors, who are based across the region, in developing fresh opportunities to support clients in buying, refinancing and developing commercial and residential investment properties. Paul said: “The real estate sector is integral to the...

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35th anniversary comes around in a flash for North East photography company

After decades of success, Darlington-based, Camera A Wedding Photography & Studio, has reached a milestone anniversary. Following a record year for the Company, which has seen the highest demand yet for its wedding, portrait and commercial photography, Director of Camera A Wedding Photography, Jane Simmons, is thrilled to see the firm achieve its 35th anniversary in business. Speaking about the anniversary, Jane said: “It feels fantastic to have been in business for this many years! “We are getting to the stage where brides are coming to us because Ann, our founder, photographed their parents’ weddings, then they bring their...

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Godfrey Syrett completes £1.2m contract for the University of the West of England

North East furniture maker Godfrey Syrett has successfully completed a £1.2m contract for the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) for its new state-of-the-art business school. The new £55m facility brings together students and staff of both Bristol Business School (BBS) and Bristol Law School (BLS). Godfrey Syrett’s dedicated team worked closely with the project coordinators at UWE Bristol, and project architect Stride Treglown, to identify the best furniture solutions for the new facility.   The building features two showcase law courts, a city trading room, a 300-seat lecture theatre, two Harvard lecture theatres, technology enhanced and...

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Newcastle Falcons sign England 7s flyer Cameron Cowell

Newcastle Falcons have signed England Sevens international Cameron Cowell to their senior academy squad. The 21-year-old can play at full-back, wing or scrum-half in 15s, and has represented England at Under-18s, 19s and 20s levels. Playing 38 matches for England in the World Rugby Sevens Series, his quick feet, vision and pace have helped him score nine tries, adding a further 32 conversions. A product of London Irish’s academy, Cowell moves north to join a Newcastle Falcons side fresh from recording their highest league finish in 11 years. Mark Laycock, Falcons first team skills coach and academy manager, said:...

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UB40 Concert A Huge Hit In Darlington

The North East had an evening to remember as reggae giants UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue headlined a concert on Sunday night for an impressive bank holiday crowd at The Northern Echo Arena. UB40 & Level 42 during the Grand Slam Tour at The Northern Echo Arena. Darlington on Sunday 28 May 2017 (Photo: Mark Fletcher | Shutter Press) ©Shutter Press UB40 & Level 42 during the Grand Slam Tour at The Northern Echo Arena. Darlington on Sunday 28 May 2017 (Photo: Mark Fletcher | Shutter Press) ©Shutter Press UB40 & Level 42 during the Grand Slam Tour at The...

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Good progress on Morpeth cycleway scheme

A scheme to provide a new cycleway and other improvements for pedestrians and road users on the Stobhill approach to Morpeth has reached a major milestone. The first phase, connecting Shields Road with Stobhill roundabout, is now complete and open for use by pedestrians and cyclists.  New facilities include: Widened shared paths between Shields Road, Stobhill and the new South Fields estate; Crossing improvements on Stobhill roundabout; and An upgraded ‘toucan’ crossing point opposite Sainsbury’s that allows people on bikes to use and detect people waiting to cross. The upgraded, broader paths allow people on foot and bike to...

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Garden open day to raise money for hospice

The private gardens of a North Northumberland country house will be open to the public this Sunday 11th June, to raise money for HospiceCare. SONY DSC SONY DSC The gardens at Glanton Pyke – considered to be amongst the best in Northumberland – open on just one day of the year, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to explore almost 20 acres of grounds. The horticultural delights on offer include a number of beautiful, individually styled gardens, superb specimen trees, greenhouses, a maze, water features, a meadow and woodland walks. Refreshments – including tea and scones – will be available...

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