Day: June 19, 2017

Group seeks tenants to help shape services

County Durham Housing Group is on the lookout for tenants to join its board and Operations Committee. The group, which is the parent organisation to landlords Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes, is looking to recruit two new people to join its decision making structure. Tenants are being asked to apply for a place on the Common Board, which is responsible for the overall control of the group, including its strategy development, resources, legality and monitoring performance; and to its Operations Committee, which has responsibility for reviewing the performance and service delivery of housing,...

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Programme of structural change at Gateshead school leads to early improvement

A school in Gateshead, Thomas Hepburn Community Academy (THCA), which was judged by Ofsted to have serious weaknesses in November 2016, has implemented a series of changes which already appear to have set it on course for recovery. Sponsored by Northern Education Trust (NET), one of the largest multi academy trusts in the North of England, THCA had suffered from endemic failure over the years when NET took it over, but with the appointment of Jo Nolan as executive principal in September last year, it is improving steadily. After a recent monitoring inspection in May, Ofsted recognised the contribution...

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Recruitment firm races to raise funds for Hexham charity

STAFF from Skye Solutions Recruitment have secured places in this year’s Great North Run (GNR) to raise money for North East charity, Calvert Trust Kielder. Employees from the Newcastle-based recruitment firm, plus some family and friends who have been specially ‘recruited’ to boost team numbers, will be tackling the half marathon on September 10th. The team is hoping to raise over £2000 as part of its dedicated GNR fundraising which will go towards Calvert Trust Kielder’s GNR fundraising target of £20k for this year. Calvert Trust Kielder is a registered charity which helps people with disabilities, together with their...

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The Student Living Company Claims NESHA Honours

Teesside-based The Student Living Company has added to its list of honours with two prestigious awards from the North East Student Housing Awards 2017 (NESHA). For the second consecutive year the firm has won the title of Teesside Student Landlord of the Year, in addition to the special North East Lifetime Achievement award for General Manager Mark Oates.  The annual awards, held at The Assembly Rooms in Newcastle, is a celebration of the very best in student housing and property management, and showcases those in the industry that continuously deliver property, service and standards at the highest level.  The...

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NE Businesses Get Export Advice on Brexit

Leading North East exporters have been given detailed, practical advice on trading with Europe ahead of the Brexit negotiations starting today (19 June 2017). Organised by the North East England Chamber of Commerce’s international team, the event held at the Evolve Business Centre, Sunderland heard Hirohito Imakoji, Liebherr Sunderland Works, set out his company’s approach to anticipating potential changes. Brian Dakers, Chamber international trade manager said: “Our event gave businesses the first-hand hand experience of Liebherr and their view on issues such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO)’s possible trade outcomes.  Some of the challenges identified by companies included...

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Energy Professionals Group goes global with Houston expansion

Energy sector recruitment company Energy Professionals Group has strengthened its US foothold by establishing a permanent office in Houston, Texas. The company, which provides its clients with a unique package of compliance and insurance for the contractors it places, already has an office in Augusta, Georgia, from which its rapid growth in the USA has been managed. Its new Houston premises gives Energy Professionals Group increased access to the US Oil & Gas market and its labour force. As a provider of skilled manpower for the energy sector, the company, which is a member of business development organisation NOF...

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Hay & Kilner assists in Stessa Group expansion

Stessa Commercial Limited, a commercial property investment start-up, owned by investor and entrepreneur, Adam Thompson, has completed the acquisition of a prominent office block on Newcastle’s Grey Street in a multi-million-pound deal. The Northumberland-based company has acquired 18-24 Grey Street, with the assistance of Hay & Kilner Law Firm. The property is a Grade II landmark listed building arranged over seven floors and is currently home to leading Chartered Surveyors, Sanderson Weatherall. With three suites available to let, Stessa Commercial expects strong take-up from a variety of businesses, from local start-ups to national firms. Adam Thompson, Director of Stessa...

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Remember the 4Cs for safe summer food

People are being encouraged to think about food hygiene as the warm weather continues and thoughts turn to al fresco eating. Durham County Council is supporting Food Safety Week, which starts today (Monday, 19 June), by offering advice on banishing the risk at barbecues and playing it safe with picnics. The UK has an estimated 1 million cases of food poisoning every year and the risk of foodborne illness rises over the summer months, when the temperature picks up and more people enjoy eating outdoors. New research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) shows that 19 per cent of...

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Business as usual at popular city bar

A NEWCASTLE bar is open for business as usual after being taken over by new owners. The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen at Waterloo Square has recently been bought by St Camillus Leisure Ltd, and although plans are in the pipeline for a rebrand and facelift, it is currently welcoming customers as normal. The popular city centre bar is set to be re-named the Giraffe Lounge, and will receive a refit and overhaul including changes to the décor, along with the redevelopment of the balcony area which will become part of a new restaurant. Future plans also include a...

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Nortech hits a hole in one for charities on annual Golf Day & Shoot

Nortech Group’s Annual Charity Golf Day & Shoot has raised £2100 for its chosen charity Daisy Chain. The event was held at Billingham Golf Club with prizes awarded to the winning golf team and the triumphant team at the Clay Pigeon shooting, which was taking place a short distance away at Thimbleby. Some of the money was raised through sponsorship, including from event partner sponsor MTE Ltd. Accountants Evolution sponsored the half-way house with food supplied by Blackwells of Norton. Other sponsors included Archers Law, which sponsored ‘Nearest To The Pin’, Recognition PR, which sponsored the ‘Longest Drive’ and...

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Town’s Top Officer Joins Fostering Coast to Coast Walk

MIDDLESBROUGH Council’s top officer is donning his walking boots to take part in a marathon fund-raiser in aid of foster care. Chief Executive Tony Parkinson will join an intrepid team as they undertake the gruelling Coast to Coast challenge. The group’s 11-day odyssey begins at St Bees in Cumbria on Friday, June 23, before reaching Robin Hood’s Bay on Monday, July 3. Their 187-mile trek takes in some of UK’s most scenic terrain along the tracks, trails and mountain paths of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. The walk – led by Brian Foulger of Middlesbrough...

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Traditional Sweet Shop Opens In Middlesbrough Town Centre

A traditional sweet shop with a modern twist has opened in Middlesbrough town centre. Vince Gibson in The Sweet Corner, the new traditional sweet shop in Middlesbrough’s Dundas Indoor Market Vince Gibson in The Sweet Corner, the new traditional sweet shop in Middlesbrough’s Dundas Indoor Market. The Sweet Corner has launched in Dundas Indoor Market with an array of traditional sweets, modern classics and brand new flavours sold loose from jars, as well as a range of slush, candy floss and popcorn. Many older favourites such as cola cubes and fizzy bottles are proving popular with his customers, but...

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Cramlington engineer achieves ‘benchmark’ status

A promising civil engineer from Cramlington is celebrating after being awarded elite chartered status by an international engineering body. Frances McCord has been awarded the protected title of Chartered Civil Engineer and membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Frances, 27, is a Structural Engineer at global design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins Global, having graduated from the University of Aberdeen. She previously attended Cramlington Learning Village. ICE membership can be awarded to a wide range of engineers practising in the broad area of civil engineering in recognition of their work in the field, and after passing...

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Series of satellite events launch summer of Pride

ONE OF the UK’s largest free LGBT festivals is counting down to its main weekend of music with a series of satellite events. Newcastle Pride 2017, sponsored by business improvement district company NE1, is hosting a total of 15 satellite events on the lead up to – and following – the annual Pride weekend. And the Northern Pride Black Tie Ball, which took place on Wednesday, 14 June, was the first in the series of satellite events to be held ahead of the festival, which returns with its biggest ever programme of live music on 21 – 23 July...

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Morpeth schoolchildren tackle ‘The Walking Dead’ at engineering masterclass

Schoolchildren in Morpeth have tackled ‘zombies’ in a ‘post-apocalyptic world’ as part of a fun-filled workshop in the run-up to International Women in Engineering Day (June 23). Photo Neil Denham Photo Neil Denham Photo Neil Denham The Institution of Civil Engineers collaborated with MWH Global, Procter & Gamble and IHC for an event at Newminster Middle School, which saw pupils complete a number of disaster relief exercises after a fictitious waterborne virus outbreak brought about ‘flesh eating’ zombies. The student ‘survivors’ were briefed about the scenario and tasked to make the best use of the resources...

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