Author: Emily

People with learning disabilities make friends thanks to Northumberland Freemasons

Chronic loneliness, one of the greatest problems faced by people in Newcastle with learning difficulties, is being tackled thanks to a grant from Northumberland Freemasons to local charity Skills for People. The £9,000 grant will pay for a programme of social activities for 60 people, some of whom do not have a single friend before they join the programme. There are 6,000-8,000 people with learning disabilities in Newcastle upon Tyne, with fewer than a quarter known to local social services. Over 50 per cent of people with a learning disability experience chronic loneliness, compared to 15-30 per cent of...

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Testicular Cancer Charity Launches World’s First ‘Check Yourself App’

The  first, simple to use, step-by-step “check yourself” testicular cancer app has been launched by testicular cancer charity The Oddballs Foundation.  With a shocking 16,000 new cases diagnosed in the UK every year, early detection means 95% of males will make a complete recovery.  Patron of the Foundation and former Premier League footballer, Stephen Harper said “this is the most common cancer for males aged 18 to 35 and unless we get a reminder, most of us just don’t think about it.  Guys, we’ve all got our phones in our hands, so come on, download the app now.  It’s...

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A NEAT way to help at Christmas

A Tyneside academy trust is encouraging its students to help those less fortunate than themselves at Christmas with the focus on families who live locally on the breadline. Benfield School in Newcastle’s east end is part of the recently formed Newcastle East mixed multi Academy Trust (NEAT). NEAT is a partnership of five schools – four primaries and one secondary school which provide inter- school collaboration and a seamless transition when the younger students move up to the larger secondary school. An initiative that has been running at Benfield School for the past seven Christmas’s is the donation of...

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Department store unveils model railway

NORTHALLERTON department store, Barkers, has unveiled a first-class attraction for customers – a model railway. The electric locomotive runs on 30 metres of elevated track installed in Barkers Kitchen, one of the High Street store’s restaurants. The eye-catching centrepiece, which is currently a Christmas special with Santa as the driver of the train pulling 10 carriages filled with presents, is proving a big success with diners of all ages. A painted winter backdrop by Yorkshire Dales artist Lynne Chapman completes the magical scene. Barkers welcomed members of the award-winning Wensleydale Railway, a heritage railway association, into the department store...

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Quality Engineering and Customer Focus Creates 55% Turnover Growth at Osbit

Osbit Ltd, the offshore engineering and technology company, has delivered significant export growth as part of it achieving increased turnover and profitability in its most recent financial year. For the 12 months ending 30 September 2017, the Northumberland-based company grew its turnover by 55 percent on the previous year with sales of £15.3m. International sales increased by 65 percent, accounting for 66 percent of the company’s total turnover.  UK sales also grew by 38 percent. Overall profit for the year also increased on the previous year, by 59 percent to £1.3m, enabling Osbit to make bonus payments to its...

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Tier One Capital grows executive team with key appointments

Tier One Capital is strengthening its executive team with the announcement of two senior appointments. Jess Swindells joins as Managing Director with Brendan O’Grady joining as Director of Corporate Finance. Joining from North East corporate law firm Muckle LLP, where she was a partner in banking and restructuring, Jess will be responsible for contributing to the overall management and growth strategy at Newcastle-based Tier One Capital. Jess has advised on some of the North East’s largest corporate deals and takes up her position alongside existing Directors and Tier One Capital founders Stephen Black and Ian McElroy. She brings vast...

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Key Benefits of Investing in Blast Chillers

In the process of upgrading a commercial kitchen in a hotel or setting up a new range of professional-grade appliances for a restaurant undergoing renovation? In either case, the budget will include the purchase of a few blast chillers. These specially designed freezers are essential in the food preparation and service industry for their use in preserving prepared food at the lowest possible temperatures. When food is chilled at very low temperatures, it prevents any risk of bacterial growth that could occur if food is kept at regular temperatures. To avoid spoilage and to keep the food completely safe...

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Tees Valley PULSE 2018

ARC is holding the sub-regional heat for PULSE 2018 on Saturday 10 March; a series of events that celebrate the best in youth dance across the region and provide groups with the opportunity to perform in a professional space local to them, be inspired, see each other’s work and acknowledge the talent of young creators and performers. What is Pulse? We’re really excited to open the application process for our 7th Tees Valley Pulse Sub-Regional here at ARC! We run Pulse to: Offer local young people to perform in a professional theatre – the event takes place in our 250 seater theatre...

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Chance to win tickets as match day travel gets a makeover

There’s a whole new look to match-day travel for NUFC fans heading to St James’ Park – and tickets for three upcoming games are up for grabs! The former Altoonative Travel scheme has been relaunched as Magpies Go Smarter – and that’s not the only thing that’s been given a new look. The X50 Match Day Park and Ride bus, which operates from the MetroCentre direct to St James’ Park, has been given a Magpies makeover, complete with eye catching black and white stripes and the new Magpies Go Smarter logo. To mark the changes, NUFC fans are being...

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Nail it in time for Christmas at top North spa

ONE of the North East’s leading spas is rocking the latest in nail design technology with a new treatment this Christmas. The award-winning Spa at Ramside, at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, is now offering the Rock Hard formula by Artistic Nail Design, as part of its selection of nail bar services. The Spa at Ramside is among the first in the region to pioneer the fun and edgy US brand, which features a collection of gel polishes and an acrylic extension system designed for nail artists to use in salons. “I’m delighted that we are now able...

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Northumberland students take part in major First World War project

Northumberland students are involved in a major project to study the devastating impact of the First World War on a small mining community. The students – from Cramlington Learning Village and the James Calvert Spence College in Amble – have been exploring the archives at the Woodhorn Museum, which in 1914 was the site of a colliery employing more than 2,300 men. Nearly 800 of them went off to fight. To maximise production in support of the war effort, the remaining miners worked extra shifts and explored new sources of coal.  In 1916 that lead to an underground explosion...

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Best times to advertise for specific events

As a brand, it’s vital to have an understanding of when to cease an advertising opportunity around events that are targeted to bring in sales such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the entire Christmas period. To investigate further, we’ve teamed up with Cleveland College of Art and Design, which offers a digital design degree to look at the comparison of marketing techniques around seasonal campaigns. But before that, we will put everything into context by showing you consumer behaviour data for Black Friday and Boxing Day over the years: Black Friday sales What was once was an all-American...

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Turnover growth sees significant expansion for The Shred Centre

A North East shredding business is undergoing significant expansion and extending its services across the UK, thanks to surpassing last year’s turnover figures in the first four months of its financial year. The Shred Centre, a family business with over 20 years of industry experience, has recently more than quadrupled its site, from 1500 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft., with new premises in Spennymoor, County Durham. The workforce, which began as husband and wife team, Patrick and Natalie Stephens in 2012, has recently expanded with two new members of warehouse staff. A further new Admin Assistant and Driver are...

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Tenants move into newly refurbished Byker hobby room

The first of ten families have moved into the newly refurbished hobby rooms on the iconic Grade II* listed Byker Estate – just in time for Christmas. Lafai Camara was handed the keys to her new home at Raby Way on Friday morning (15 December) by Rt. Hon Nick Brown MP and officers from Byker Community Trust (BCT) housing association, who owns the iconic Byker Wall Estate. Work commenced earlier this year on the £750K first phase to convert ten former disused hobby rooms into much-needed one and two-bedroom homes, of which two have been adapted for disabled access....

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Majority of businesses unprepared for water damage

Total Water Solutions, a new division of Northumbrian Water Group, is urging businesses to consider the effectiveness of their water infrastructure, after a recent survey revealed that people are more likely to associate with companies that take positive steps to reduce water consumption. The Durham-based company, which works in partnership with businesses nationwide to control their water usage, has found that more than 50% of potential customers would use a more water efficient business, but the majority of businesses haven’t even considered the matter. When business owners were asked if they had ever considered the damages an undetected water...

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