Day: June 13, 2017

Business Community’s £20K Boost for Tees Sports Clubs

MANY of the Tees region’s leading businesses have banded together under the umbrella of Teesside Philanthropic Foundation to provide a unique £20,000 cash jackpot to 15 local sports clubs. The Foundation’s first ever £20,000 Sporting Golden Giveaway will give not-for-profit sports groups from Middlesbrough, Stockton, Loftus, Thornaby, Hartlepool, Guisborough and Billingham a chance to share the cash. The groups include football teams, swimming clubs, a boxing gym, a tennis club for the visually impaired, a wheelchair sports club, a gymnastics group, rugby club, organisations supporting those with disabilities and a zumba group for those aged over-50. Among the Tees...

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Accountancy firm commits to future in Teesside with office move

One of Teesside’s largest, independently owned accountancy firms, Anderson Barrowcliff, has shown its commitment to the area following a recent office move. Having out-grown its previous offices, the firm, which employs 55 staff, has invested in a significantly larger building in Kingfisher Court, Stockton, to allow for future growth. Offering more space for its teams, as well as amenities for clients, the new offices allow for an open plan working environment, staff breakout areas and a range of meeting spaces. Andrew Dewing, partner at Anderson Barrowcliff explains: “We were previously restricted in the space we could offer. Now we...

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Summer Solstice celebration for Network B2B after doubling membership in 12 months

Expanding North East homegrown business networking company Network B2B has doubled its membership in the last twelve months despite the rise in social media as the ‘go to’ tool for networking and engagement for business.   Network B2B is championing direct human connection in the age of social media with its series of informal networking meetings for businesses across the North East and beyond. The organisation believes in supporting the local economy and provides a more relaxed but still professional environment for networking and has a proven track record in helping its members extend their business contacts and grow...

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Newcastle International Airport Joins Entrepreneurs’ Forum Network as Business Support Partner

Newcastle International Airport (NIA) has given its further backing to North East enterprise by becoming a Business Support partner of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. NIA will support the ambitions of Forum’s members to grow and create further employment through the organisation’s Business Support Partner programme, which gives entrepreneurs access to a broad cohort of regional organisations. The programme expands the reach of the organisation to embrace those from within the business community that are outside of its membership criteria, but can add value to the entrepreneurial endeavours of the region. It supports the development of entrepreneurs, allowing companies to expose...

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Driving support for Sunderland’s Culture Bid

The North East’s largest bus company, Go North East, is showing its support for Sunderland, by branding a bus for the 2021 City of Culture Bid. Rebecca Ball and Stephen King with the branded Sunderland 2021 bus at Penshaw Monument Wrapped in bright livery adorning Sunderland’s City of Culture graphics, the bus will help drive awareness and build excitement for the 2021 Bid. The brand-new single-deck vehicle, which has just started its life in Sunderland supporting the bid, is fitted with free on-board Wi-Fi and USB power sockets and is operating throughout the city and across a number of regional routes. Stephen King head of commercial and retail at Go North East, said: “We are passionate about supporting the communities where our services operate and showing our support for Sunderland 2021 with a dedicated bus was the perfect way to do that. We hope it not only helps share the message about the City bid to local people, but illustrates to those outside of the area how much region-wide backing there is for Sunderland to become the 2021 host city.” Go North East is one of a number of corporate supporters of the City of Culture Bid. Businesses from across the city and the wider region have pledged their backing in the form of financial donations and in-kind support. Rebecca Ball, director of Sunderland 2021, said: “It is absolutely fantastic to...

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Cameron Gosling memorial seat unveiled

A memorial to a County Durham teenager who died in the River Wear while on a day out with friends has been unveiled at a spot he loved to ride his scooter. Cameron Gosling bench Cameron Gosling bench A seat in memory of 14 year old Cameron Gosling has been sited beside the skatepark at Glenholme Park in his home town of Crook, where he would spend much of his time on his scooter. The seat has been designed by Cameron’s friends, including his younger brother, working with a local sculptor. It has been funded by Durham County Councillor...

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Deerness Acrobats Beat the World’s Best in Geneva World Cup

Four gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy beat the world’s best acrobats as they took the gold medal in an international competition in Switzerland last week.   Jesse Heskett, Finn Gavin, Paul Dixon and Stephen Dixon were competing as a Men’s Group and were up against the current World Champions from China in the Geneva World Cup. However, the Durham gymnasts competing from Great Britain in their first international competition together beat the Chinese team with a score of 29.43 to take the coveted gold medal. Four other gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy were also competing with the Women’s Pair...

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Carers Set to be Celebrated in Week of Awareness Raising

UNSUNG – and often unidentified – heroes of our community are to be celebrated in Middlesbrough next week. Carers Week 2017 is taking place from Monday, June 12 to Sunday, June 18, and Middlesbrough Council and other local organisations are taking the opportunity to raise awareness of carers and the contribution they make to families and communities. This year the campaign will focus on building Carer Friendly Communities which support carers to look after their loved ones while recognising they have needs of their own. Many people don’t see themselves as carers when in fact they are, even if...

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Boro Taxis Race Night raises more than £4,000 for charity run by school pupils

The Boro Taxis Race Night, held at Acklam Grange School, has raised more than £4,000 for a charity run by the school’s pupils. The North East’s largest private hire firm sponsored a night of virtual races, with all money raised on the night going towardsthe U.K. registered charity, The Meserani Project. The charity is run by Acklam Grange School pupils and supports the education of young people in the Meserani region of Tanzania. The money raised from the race night will be used to build a secondary school. Currently pupils in the region who pass their primary school examinations...

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North Star Helps Young People into Employment

Local housing association, North Star Housing Group, is helping young people across the North East find jobs through their New Directions Youth Employment Initiative. New Directions is a European funded project designed to support young people aged 15-29 years into employment, education and training, providing support with CV building, interview preparation and providing funding where necessary. Kayleigh Savage, 20, from Darlington, had been looking for work ever since finishing her college course, but was finding it difficult to secure employment until she met North Star. Kayleigh received dedicated and personal support with job applications and interview techniques from the...

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Businesses flock to flagship Salvus House

A FLAGSHIP £3.4m Durham City office space and business incubator unit is celebrating attracting growing and industry leading businesses to its bespoke accommodation. From left, James Addison of Discovery Design, Councillor Carl Marshall, Clive Oliphant of BDN and Daniel Roe of Concision. Picture by Stuart Boulton. From left, James Addison of Discovery Design, Councillor Carl Marshall, Clive Oliphant of BDN and Daniel Roe of Concision. Picture by Stuart Boulton. Just six months after it opened, Salvus House at Aykley Heads is now home to firms in the engineering, communications and digital design industries. Salvus House is a multi-award winning...

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Gateshead residents get knitting

Gateshead residents have been putting their knitting skills to good use to help patients at the Queen Elizabeth hospital. The residents from Mosspool, a sheltered scheme managed by The Gateshead Housing Company, have been knitting blankets for babies in the special care unit. After receiving a request from nurses at the hospital for blankets of a specific size, the Mosspool residents stepped up and volunteered their services. The residents have also been knitting ‘twiddle mitts’ for the hospital’s dementia patients. Knitting is just one of many creative activities the sheltered scheme offers to keep residents active and prevent social...

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Harlem Globetrotters Return for 2018

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to the United Kingdom during their 2018 World Tour including the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. As the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters look toward the 92nd season of entertaining fans 2017 is not over yet.  Proving once again to be a busy year for the Globetrotters their 2017 World Tour sees them play in over 250 North American markets and 30 countries worldwide, and has the iconic team putting smiles on people’s faces across the world....

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SMD CEO to welcome offshore industry leaders in Newcastle

Over 150 key players from the world’s most prominent companies in the offshore industry are in Newcastle this week to explore new business opportunities in the subsea sector and supply chain. The Subsea North East Conference & Exhibition at St James’ Park on Wednesday (14 June) has been organised by NOF Energy on behalf of Subsea North East (SSNE), the sector advocacy group responsible for promoting the region’s innovation and excellence in the development of subsea technologies and solutions. Hosting and speaking at the event is Andrew Hodgson, the Chair of Subsea North East and CEO of Wallsend-based Soil...

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Community Venues going Green and Saving Money

COMMUNITY venues across Middlesbrough are being offered help to become more environmentally friendly – and save money. The Re-energising Middlesbrough project is being led by local charity Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC) with funding from regional electricity distribution company Northern Power Grid. Each venue will be visited by an expert who will carry out a feasibility study to analyse the building’s environmental performance. The survey will provide advice on energy efficiency savings and will also indicate whether or not renewable energy generation such as wind, solar or heat pumps can be installed. As part of this initiative MEC staff will...

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