Day: June 7, 2017

Northumberland Engineers Use Technology, Conservation and a Fishing Rod to bring Fibre Broadband to the County

A team of Northumberland engineers are traversing rivers, burrowing under ancient monuments and bypassing rare, protected wildlife to build a high-speed fibre broadband network across the county. They’ve even used fishing rods to land a faster connection in some of Northumberland’s most remote homes and businesses. Photo shows: Engineers laying a cable as part of a community dig near Fell End Cumbria. Connecting Cumbria is one of the biggest telecoms engineering programmes the county has ever seen. Openreach, BT’s local network business will lay around 3,900 kilometres of optical fibre cable and install a total of around 550 new...

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North East Housing Association wins national communications award

A North-East housing association is celebrating after winning the top prize for ‘Best External Publication’ in a national awards final in London last night. Byker Community Trust (BCT) housing association’s ‘Byker News’ newsletter saw off strong competition from five other companies to win the award at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Excellence Awards 2017 at a glittering awards ceremony held at The Artillery Gardens at The HAC. BCT was one of only three companies representing the North East at the finals, which recognises the creative work that is produced within the PR industry. The award for ‘Best...

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Cabinet to consider Local Plan

A plan which sets out the framework for future growth in North Tyneside is set to move closer to reality. The North Tyneside Local Plan is aimed at helping manage the delivery of new homes, jobs and infrastructure needed in the borough over the next 15 years. It will give North Tyneside Council greater control over local decisions on future development – safeguarding against planning applications which could be wrong for the borough. A Government-appointed Inspector has given the Plan the green light following an independent public examination. The council’s cabinet will now be asked to recommend that the...

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Cycling course boosts students’ self-esteem

CHILDREN are celebrating after successfully developing their cycling skills with an initiative designed to help students boost their self-esteem. A partnership between Richmond School and Sixth Form College, Hawes-based Stage 1 Cycles and North Yorkshire Sport, the project was funded through Sportivate, a £56m Lottery 2012 legacy programme promoted by the recently formed Richmondshire Inclusive Sports group. Schoolchildren Madeline Smith, 11, Ieaun Leyman,13, and Lucas Smith,10, were among a group of six students to take the course, which comprised a week’s intensive training followed by five hour-long weekly sessions. Classes were led by Stage 1instructors Kirsten Civil and Mike...

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Volunteers Market in Stockton this Friday

RESIDENTS of the Borough and visitors to Stockton Town Centre will have the opportunity to find out more about over 40 local voluntary and charity organisations at a special market taking place on Friday (9 June). The Stockton Volunteers Market, between 10am and 4pm, is free to attend and will offer a variety of interesting volunteering opportunities, craft and food stalls, as well as live music and entertainment all in a marquee on the High Street. The market aims to celebrate the contributions of volunteers and raise awareness of the work being done by various local voluntary organisations. People...

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Creative and digital heavyweight line-up for new event series

New event series, Digital Dojo, will feature the man behind the first-ever viral ad, a prison officer turned celebrity photographer and the founding director of Scotland’s most successful digital media company. Launching on 29 June Digital Dojo is a quarterly event series featuring leading experts from across the creative and digital sector. The event series will demonstrate how to overcome business, social and economic problems through collaboration and creative thinking. The first headline speaker is former Honda marketing director, Chris Brown, who will explore the future of branding. Brown brought Honda to fame through adverts including The Cog, the...

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New cutting edge Tees business launched

The Tees Valley is home to a new cutting edge research and development business, Applied Scientific Technologies, which plans to forge a niche global market in high-end technologies and robotics. Applied Integration @ Fusion Hive in Stockton for Tees Business. 10-5-17 Pic Doug Moody Photography Applied Integration @ Fusion Hive in Stockton for Tees Business. 10-5-17 Pic Doug Moody Photography Applied Integration @ Fusion Hive in Stockton for Tees Business. 10-5-17 Pic Doug Moody Photography AST is led by experienced mechatronics expert Jamie Marsay, with financial backing and support from the directors of one of the Tees region’s leading...

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Walking their way to Health and Happiness

A GROUP OF SUNDERLAND LADIES have discovered they love walking so much, that they have signed up to help others put their best foot forward. Linda Addison, Marina Connolly, Sue Reid, Patricia Webster and Jill Meadows all have varying health conditions and initially took up walking through Sunderland City Council’s ‘Move to Improve’ programme, a prescribed exercise programme which aims to help those with long term conditions. Almost a year later they’ve decided to train as volunteer walk leaders so as they can help others discover the health benefits of walking. Speaking on behalf of the group Linda said:...

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Stokesley apprentice toasts funding boost for studies

A Stokesley teenager keen to further her career in the hospitality sector has become the first apprentice to receive a prestigious educational grant. Howards Restaursnt in Stokesley, food and staff pictures. 10/11/16 Pic Doug Moody Photography The Preston Trust, based in Stokesley, is providing financial support for Meghan Wilson who is currently part of the front of house team at Howard’s in the town and is studying for her level 2 hospitality apprenticeship at Middlesbrough College. Meghan has been working at the family-run bistro since August 2016 where managers noticed the 16-year-old’s potential and offered to support her studies...

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Fusion of band and business set to hit the right note at national music festival

A North East steelband is set to take to the stage at a national music festival thanks to support from a local PR firm of the same name. Fusion Steelband has been selected to play on the Main Stage at the Music for Youth national festival in Birmingham on 7 July. Northumberland-based Fusion PR has donated £500 towards the cost of transport for band members and their instruments. The band secured its place at Birmingham having qualified from the Regional Festival Series of Music for Youth held in Wakefield in March. Musical director Claire Falcus said:  “This is a...

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Middlesbrough store Psyche launches its own label shirt

Ahead of significant investment in its tailoring department, Psyche, the Middlesbrough-based designer store, has created the perfectly fitting shirt. With 35 years’ experience in the tailoring sector, which has led to an in depth understanding of its customers and target markets, the leading retailer set out to create the perfect shirt. After 12 months in development, its tailoring experts are confident they have achieved that goal. Their painstaking attention to detail in conjunction with testing and checking their creation on a large variety of men has led to a shirt that fits many different body shapes. Steve Cochrane, owner...

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Granitexpress expands and creates jobs after Sunderland move

Granitexpress has set out plans to expand and create new jobs after investing over £300,000 in new equipment and moving from Teesside to Sunderland. The firm is one of the region’s leading suppliers of high quality granite and quartz worktops, which are manufactured in the North East. It is now looking for skilled, experienced workers to meet demand from customers and continue its growth. After seven years in Middlesbrough, the business recently took the strategic decision to relocate to Sunderland as part of its plans for future growth across the UK. The move coincided with over £300,000 worth of...

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Further investment at Port of Tyne

The Port of Tyne took delivery of two new purpose-built eco-hoppers yesterday (Tuesday 6 June 2017)  – at a cost of £4.5m –  marking a major milestone in the development of around £100m of new infrastructure at the Port’s South Shields base in North East England. Dated: 06/06/2017 ‘Happy Delta’ travels down the River Tyne with two new wood chip hoppers for the Port of Tyne Dated: 06/06/2017 ‘Happy Delta’ travels down the River Tyne with two new wood chip hoppers for the Port of Tyne Dated: 06/06/2017 ‘Happy Delta’ travels down the River Tyne with two new wood...

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Local artist ‘books’ a hit with Baldric the Blackbird

A local Teesside artist is celebrating after her self-published children’s book, inspired by a real-life animal, proved a sell-out hit on its first print run. Yarm-based artist, Janice Foley, was already well-known for the Yarm Originals website and the ‘Roseberry Hare’ series of paintings, postcards and tiles, depicting stunning local landscapes and the popular hare character. Janice got the idea to write her first book, Baldric’s Big Adventure, after noticing a blackbird which landed in her garden one day, minus any feathers on top of its head. Further research revealed the condition could be down to nervousness, inspiring Janice...

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Phase one of major investment complete at RSPB nature reserve

A North East nature reserve is celebrating after completing the first phase of a large-scale refurbishment project thanks to a substantial funding injection. So far, two viewing hides at RSPB Saltholme have been upgraded as part of the three-phase refurbishment project which will improve the reserve for birds and other wildlife, while also improving the viewing hide experience for visitors. The two hides, Paddy’s and Wildlife Watchpoint, were completed in time for the start of the busy spring season. This included the return of the popular Lambing Live event which saw thousands of visitors experience nature at the much-loved...

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