Author: Emily

More than 40,000 fish released into north east rivers

The Environment Agency has released more than 40,000 young fish into north east rivers during last year to give stocks a boost. The fish – chub, dace, roach, bream, barbel, tench, grayling, crucian carp and rudd – are just some that were released right across the region during 2017. And on Monday (22 January), the Environment Agency’s north east fisheries team started off the new year by releasing 4,000 chub and 5,000 roach into the River Skerne at Darlington. All the fish were reared at the Environment Agency’s fish farm near Calverton, Nottinghamshire, using funding from rod licence sales....

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Brushing Up The Claude Monique

Jarrow-based Wescott Coatings has played its part in Sunderland’s new Northern Spire bridge project by carrying out maintenance work on one of the key vessels used during construction. The company prepared and re-painted the barge, Claude Monique, owned by contractor Farrans Construction – part of CHR plc – which was located in the River Wear for more than two years, providing a platform for the team to work from, and the piling rig to operate from Originally constructed in the 1960’s, 45m-long Claude Monique weighs some 514 tonnes and is equipped with two 20m hydraulic spud legs and four...

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Great Whittington scheme proves popular

Northumberland-based Anvil Homes has reached a significant milestone at its Great Whittington housing development in the Tyne Valley. The housebuilder has welcomed its first residents at Briar Fields, following completion of the first new home, and has also announced the sale of a further three plots, all of which have been snapped up months ahead of completion.  Briar Fields, which comprises ten individually designed, four bedroomed detached family homes, is located on the north-western side of Great Whittington village, four miles north of Corbridge. The scheme started on site in May 2017 and is supporting 20 local jobs during its...

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Care home celebrates Cheese Lover’s Day

A BRIE-LLIANT time was had by Stockton care home residents celebrating National Cheese Lover’s Day. Crackers and cocktails sticks were flying as those living at The Beeches Care Home got stuck into a wide variety of delicious local and international cheeses. The samples included everything from local cheddar through to Mexican chilli cheese. After taking a taste, the residents discussed their favourites, likes and dislikes and washed it down with a cup of tea. Residents Sheila Storr, Rosemary Tait and Laura Nelson gave their verdicts. Sheila said: “It’s nice to try different things but the Mexican chilli cheese was...

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Teesside financial planners supports Yarm School pupils’ Les Mis ‘dream’

Active Chartered Financial Planners is supporting Yarm School’s upcoming performance of Les Misérables, by signing up as a corporate sponsor. The Teesside-based firm, which provides expertise to clients across the North East and Yorkshire, is sponsoring the ambitious production, taking place in the Princess Alexandra Auditorium starting on 31st January. Yarm School’s rising stars will take on the challenge of performing one of the world’s best known musicals, with a cast of more than 70 talented youngsters bringing to life the show’s iconic numbers, including ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘One Day More,’ and ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ As...

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Chamber’s New Offices in Historic Newcastle Available to Rent

The opportunity to become neighbours of North East England Chamber of Commerce in its newly refurbished offices next to Newcastle Central Station, is now available, with the release of two suites for rent in the Stamp Exchange. Based in the historic part of Westgate Road, opposite the Literary and Philosophical Society building, there are two suites suitable for business use, one of 1,516 sq ft and another of 3,384 sq ft. James Ramsbotham, Chamber chief executive, said: “We have been in the centre of Newcastle for a number of years and find the Stamp Exchange a great location for...

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Open evening to showcase fostering

North Tyneside Council’s fostering service is inviting anyone thinking about fostering to come along to an informal open evening. The drop-in event will be held at Wallsend Customer First Centre, on Thursday 25 January, between 6pm and 8pm. Members of North Tyneside Council’s fostering service will be on hand to answer any queries that attendees may have. Cllr Ian Grayson, cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: “Becoming a foster carer is one of the most rewarding things you can do. To play a part in a young person’s life and see them grow, knowing you helped mould...

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Osbit enters Australia subsea power market with delivery of innovative cable repair system

North East-based Osbit has successfully completed an innovative new subsea cable repair system for a new customer in Australia. The standby Quadrant Handling System for SA Power Networks facilitates emergency repairs of subsea power cables. The novel containerised system will be mobilised and installed to a designated repair vessel in the event of a cable fault to ensure power can be restored quickly and efficiently. SA Power Networks is the sole electricity distributor in South Australia, utilising a significant network of powerlines, which includes critical subsea cable supplying Kangaroo Island off the coast of Adelaide. Working closely with SA...

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Naylors conclude multiple retail investment acquisitions on behalf of London-based client

Naylors’ investment team has completed the acquisition of four retail properties on behalf of London-based niche retail investor, MNB Properties. The shops in Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, Norfolk, and Workington are fully let to a range of tenants including Barclays and Greggs, with several incorporating upper floor residential accommodation. Naylors, which is a member of PAI (Property Agents Independent), a national network of commercial property consultants, worked with fellow member, Birmingham-based Burley Browne, who were appointed to sell three of the properties. As a network of 27 member firms, PAI provide clients with national coverage and currently has a combined...

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Casper Shipping invests in its employees with We do Health and Safety’s innovative services

A leading Teesside port agency and marine services firm is investing in its employees’ health and safety by expanding a contract with an existing partner. Casper Shipping, which has been working with Darlington-based We do HR for more than two years, has decided to expand its contract with the family-run group to work with its health and safety division. We do Health and Safety is part of the ‘We do’ Group, which earlier in the year launched We do Learning and Development following substantial growth in 2016. We do Health and Safety will provide a range of services to...

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Twin entrepreneurs start work on premier Middlesbrough student accommodation

Twin Middlesbrough entrepreneurs are to invest in their home town, in a project that will be their biggest to date.  Jack and Tom Atha, who established Teesside-based Atha Developments at the age of 19, have chosen a well-known former bank as the site of their new luxury student accommodation, St James Studios.  The dynamic duo has plans to transform the former Lloyds Bank, on the corner of Albert Road and Grange Road, into 60 large en-suite studio apartments, each with fully-fitted kitchens.  The unique accommodation will also feature a range of 24-hour facilities, including a cinema, social study room, concierge and a private...

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Borough to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

THE Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland has invited residents to a ceremony in Redcar’s Garden of Remembrance to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day. Taking place on Friday 26 January at 11.30am, the ceremony will involve members of the public, civic officials and school children remembering the atrocities of the Second World War. The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Cllr Karen King, will be in attendance in the Garden of Remembrance along with representatives from the British Legion, Parish Councils in the borough as well as council staff. Also in attendance will be pupils from Coatham Primary School who will...

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We can talk about mental health

North Yorkshire County Council is backing a national campaign that encourages people to take the time to talk about mental health and wellbeing. Time to Talk Day on 1 February forms part of a nationwide push to get people talking more openly about mental heath and asks them to talk about mental health and wellbeing for 24 hours. It is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to alter how we all think and act about mental health problems. Since its launch in 2014, Time to Talk Day has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online and...

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Jonathan joins CIM North East

CIM is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Sabarre MCIM, as its new Vice Chair for the North East, a role with a focus on driving engagement with the next generation of marketing leaders. Jonathan, who is the Head of Marketing at the Cairn Hotel Group, one the largest privately owned hospitality operators in the UK, has over 14 years’ multinational experience leading digital strategy and communications across a range of sectors including hospitality, entertainment and events.  During his time with Cairn Hotel Group to date, Jonathan has helped to establish a marketing team, bringing a strong set...

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Nursery entrepreneur builds up with Buttercups takeover

THE ENTREPRENEUR behind a successful County Durham nursery has acquired two other businesses to grow her portfolio. Laura Leigh Davies, the director of Child’s Play Private Nursery in Ferryhill, took over the reins of Buttercup nurseries in Seaham and Chester-le-Street this month. As part of an expansion, that saw Buttercup rebranded under the Child’s Play name, 35 staff transferred and 135 children currently at Buttercups will continue to attend. The 28-year-old launched Child’s Play Private Nursery five years ago with one other member of staff and four children. In 2016 she was named Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year....

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