Author: Emily

Still time to apply for Klondike showcase support

ANY community, sport or musical groups that want to add to the exciting atmosphere of the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix still have time to apply for grants from the Tees Valley Community Foundation (TVCF). Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, East Cleveland Villages Big Local have linked with Tees Valley Community Fund to support the East Cleveland Klondike GP through a grant scheme, which allows all Community and Sports groups the chance to apply for up to £1,000 from an overall pot of £15,000 which is specifically for events and activities around the East Cleveland Klondike on the 29th April...

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Pelton care home’s special Valentine’s meal for residents

CARE home staff in Chester-le-Street went the extra mile for Valentine’s Day by arranging a romantic meal for resident couples. Three couples at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, marked the day with a memorable lunch. They enjoyed three-courses accompanied by romantic music, candles, balloons, roses, and chocolates. Staff wanted to make the day special for those who would otherwise find it difficult to enjoy a romantic meal with their partners. They also took photos of each couple, which will be framed and given as gifts as a memento for the day. Lindsay Sale-Thorn, activities coordinator at Pelton...

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No 60, ARC’s café bar, introduces its new monthly Food Lovers Club

No 60 – the cafe bar based at ARC, Stockton – are looking to make the most of their new kitchen and dining area with a new monthly Food Lovers Club A fresh event every month which celebrate dishes and flavours that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Each date will have a different theme and will invite food lovers from across Teesside to sample new and exciting cuisines. A Taste of Belgium on Tuesday 27 February is the first Food Lovers Club event and will offer diners a chance to enjoy a range of delicacies from the...

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New business support service launches in Hartlepool

‘Deliberately Different’ is the brainchild of Recruitment Manager, Neil O’Connor and Retired Fire Officer, John Doyle. The company launched early in January, having enjoyed success with trial runs at the end of 2017. Meetings are designed to encourage businesses to share their successes, concerns and challenges and take inspiration and advice from other members experiences. Setting themselves apart from traditional networking groups, Neil and John have introduced several novel concepts, including a charter of values, limited group numbers, comprehensive questioning replacing 60 second pitches, alongside high-quality coaching, mentoring and facilitation to get the best out of all members. Speaking...

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Cairn Group Adds Flavour to its New Hospitality Academy

LEISURE operator Cairn Group is harnessing its commitment to developing its workforce with the launch of a series of culinary inspiration masterclasses. Forming part of its own national training programme Cairn Academy, and led by the operator’s group executive chef Rodney Jones, the sessions will bring together chefs from across the company to enhance their knowledge and skills. On top of internal training, keen cooks will have the chance to work in a selection of different kitchens to broaden their experience, as well as take part in educational trips. These will include a foraging expedition in the Scottish Borders, ‘farm to...

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Tees Valley Mayor Visits Fashion Start-up taking Online World by Storm

A vintage clothing firm that boasts celebrities among its clientele has welcomed Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen to outline its hopes for the future.  Atik Vintage, based at Hartlepool Business Centre, is the brainchild of two former students of Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), Robin Page and Tom Townsend. While studying at the Middlesbrough-based college, the pair would sell clothes on eBay, and when they left CCAD decided to turn their passion into a business. Embracing the possibilities of social media and online global sales, Atik has a store on website Depop, where it has taken on...

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Newcastle’s La Yuan bring a taste of China to the city

With Chinese New Year taking place this week, a city centre restaurant is set to bring authentic and traditional Chinese celebrations to the people of Newcastle, as realistic as those that take place in China itself, including a vast, traditional Chinese Tea menu and ceremony that’s unavailable anywhere else in the North East. La Yuan, based on Newcastle’s Gallowgate, are currently the only restaurant in the North East to offer guests a traditional Chinese Tea menu, as well as being the first restaurant in the North East to offer classic Chinese Tea Ceremonies, available with advance bookings and performed...

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People on the Move: Sarah Dover

Sarah Dover has been appointed operations manager at intu Metrocentre, Europe’s largest retail and leisure destination. Sarah, 33, was born and raised in Cumbria but moved to the north east where she studied at Newcastle College and gained qualifications in Human Resources and Leadership and Management. After her first job in the travel industry, Sarah realised that she enjoyed working in a customer facing environment. Sarah joined intu Metrocentre in 2006, working in the administration department, and since then has enjoyed numerous promotions including taking on the role of customer services coordinator, followed by guest services manager. “My new...

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The Old Shire Hall in Durham, transformed into boutique Hotel Indigo

A £15million redevelopment of a Grade II listed building, The Old Shire Hall in Durham, is nearing completion. The building, situated on Old Elvet, is being converted into a boutique 83 bedroom Hotel Indigo, which will also incorporate Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar and Grill and Tinderbox Espresso Emporium. General Manager, Paul Borg, said: “We can see huge improvements week on week. Things are going at a pace and the scheduled Spring opening is on track. The hotel is right in the heart of Durham and we feel it fills a gap in the market, with Durham tourism on the rise.” The richly ornate...

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The Sill shortlisted for National Planning Award

Northumberland National Park Authority’s The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed has been shortlisted for a prestigious national RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) Award in the Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture category. The Sill opened to the public on July 29th and has since received acclaim from many of the 96,000 visitors who have visited the centre in its first seven months. and Northumberland business. The building has also been the result of a truly local enterprise, with more than 3,000 local residents taking part in the extensive community consultations during the design period and...

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Britain’s finest chefs come to the North East

Two of Britain’s finest chefs are heading for the North East as Dan Doherty and Jack Stein bring their culinary talents to this year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival, taking place from Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 April. Dan Doherty is currently chef director at London’s prestigious Duck & Waffle restaurant, located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower – one of the country’s tallest skyscrapers – and will appear in the Cookery Theatre on Sunday, 22 April. “I’m delighted to be joining the Bishop Auckland Food Festival and look forward to tasting what delights the region has on offer,”...

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North East buyers are opting for Part Exchange over traditional house sale routes, figures show

According to figures, the stress that can come with moving home seems to be having an affect on house buyer and seller decisions in the North East. It’s been previously reported that selling a house is the second most stressful life experience other than divorce, and buying another home is the third most stressful. With supportive schemes like Help to Buy continuing to prove popular, another option, Part Exchange, also appears to be on the rise. The housebuilder, Barratt Homes North East, who started the scheme back in 1971, has seen a noticeable increase in use of part exchange...

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Hotel Chocolat comes to Sunderland

SUNDERLAND’S leading shopping centre has revealed a tasty addition to its retail offering, with the news that luxury brand Hotel Chocolat is to open in the city. Hotel Chocolat has stores across the UK, Channel Islands and Europe and has built a highly successful business by offering exciting ranges of chocolates, using cocoa which the company grows itself. And now Sunderland shoppers can get a taste of top notch chocolate, when the shop opens on Friday 9 March. Hotel Chocolat will occupy a unit opposite River Island and will also be operating a café at the same site, selling a...

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Renowned North East Aesthetic Nurse Appears on New BBC One Series

NEWCASTLE Skin Clinic’s clinical director and leading industry aesthetic nurse Luisa Scott swapped snow for sand as she travelled across the Mediterranean Sea in the bid to find her dream winter home. New BBC series, Get Away for Winter, follows like-minded participants across the UK planning to travel to sunnier climates across the winter in search of their parallel paradise away from home. In the third episode which aired yesterday, viewers were given a glimpse into Luisa’s journey as she embarked across the idyllic island of Ibiza with her friend Tanya to find their home away from home during...

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Food and Craft Market – Dundas Shopping Centre

10am – 4pm Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February More than 20 independent market stalls, alongside the regular traders, bring the best of local food, drink and gifts at the Dundas Food and Craft Market on Friday 23 February and Saturday 24 February at Middlesbrough’s Dundas Indoor Market.  From candles to renovated furniture, jewellery and baby clothes, breads, cakes and sweets, handbags and hair bows, there is something for everyone. “Because we are located indoors in the warmth, our markets are guaranteed to go ahead whatever the weather, so you can be confident of good day’s shopping to blow away the Winter...

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