Author: Emily

Grand Central Rail is just the Ticket

Passengers travelling with Grand Central Rail can now benefit from a new e-ticketing service which makes the ticket buying and travel experience more convenient for its customers. Grand Central’s e-ticket system allows customers to purchase tickets online and display them on their mobile device, no longer needing to queue at the ticket office or wait for their tickets to be delivered. The ticket is sent via email as a downloadable PDF, where the barcode is scanned by train crew and/or at ticket gates. The news follows Grand Central’s recent positive feedback in the National Rail Passenger Survey, which highlighted...

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Transflex Vehicle Rental makes Fastest 50 list for second year running

Growing North East light commercial vehicle rental company, Transflex, has been named as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in the North East. Now in its 20th year, the Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 list highlights and celebrates the achievements of fast-growing, profitable companies in the region by compiling and publishing an annual list of the 50 fastest growing privately-owned businesses across the North East. It’s the latest piece of good news for the company which was recently acquired by TOM Vehicle Rental – making the business the third largest light commercial, flexible rental business in the...

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Half century marked with Fastest 50 place

As it approaches 50 years in business, a family founded construction firm has, today, been named among the fastest fifty growing companies in the North East. Burridge Construction, incorporated by Peter Burridge in October 1967, will discover its exact position in the 20th Ward Hadaway list of top performing enterprises at an awards ceremony – to be staged in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on Gateshead Quayside on October 6th. The league table is based upon turnover and profit over a three year period.  In that time Burridge turnover has grown from £12 million to £16 million and gross...

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University study sets prize winner Daisy on track for research

Daisy Campbell’s research as part of her Teesside University degree studies brought her a special prize along with academic success. Daisy, who graduated from the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise (Sport Studies) this summer, was one of three graduates to each be awarded the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation prize of £100. It was the first time this prize has been awarded to Teesside University graduates by Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation. The two other recipients were BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy graduate Adam Gilmartin, who won the prize for the most innovative project and BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise...

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Elderly pedal power raises funds for allotment and charity

ELDERLY care home residents cycled over 14 miles to raise funds for an allotment and the Alzheimer’s Society. Specially adapted bicycles allowed the residents of Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, Newcastle, to cover the distance and raise over £450. They were joined by staff, family and friends, who all cycled from the home, on Bewick Crescent, to Wylam Hills Farm and back. The bicycles were rented from Newburn Leisure Centre, which had them made to enable elderly and those with a disability to take part in cycling. Resident Kenneth Sandercock, 73, said: “I wanted to pedal the full...

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Staff in the spotlight at Retailer Awards

intu Metrocentre’s yearly Retailer Awards saw some of the retail sector’s most respected brands go head to head to compete for an array of accolades.   Since July the general public has been voting online, with thousands of shoppers nominating their favourite stores for 16 awards for retailer excellence, including menswear and womenswear store of the year, small, large, specialist, jewellery, as well as health and beauty retailer of the year.   Winners were revealed at a prestigious ceremony at Wylam Brewery, hosted by Capital Radio’s Breakfast show presenter Bodg Howard, during an evening that celebrated the very best...

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Harvey & Hugo to support vibrant Darlington community hub

A leading PR agency has teamed up with Darlington’s vibrant music centre, The Forum, to become its first community sponsor of the year.  The Forum Music Centre, located on Borough Road, has partnered with Harvey & Hugo, to develop its presence in the local area, with the aim of building relationships and increasing engagement with local businesses throughout the North East.  The community hub, ran by Humantics, provides a place for young people to be inspired and encouraged to engage with music and the arts. As a Community Interest Company, Humantics is asset locked and ‘not for profit’, enabling all the...

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TTE secures prestigious contract to deliver vocational technical skills to Saudi graduates

The TTE Technical Training Group has secured a prestigious new agreement with the Saudi Council of Engineers to deliver vocational training to 200 of the Kingdom’s engineering graduates. Four cohorts of 50 graduates will each spend six months on residential programmes at TTE’s specialist training facility in Middlesbrough, North East England, gaining technical vocational skills to complement their academic qualifications. The training agreement is part of the Saudi Council of Engineers’ commitment to enhancing the employability of its graduates, who have gained engineering-based degrees at some of the world’s leading universities. It will ensure the graduates are armed with...

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Local housebuilder employees celebrate a collective 120 years service

Local five star housebuilder, Barratt Developments North East, which encompasses the Barratt and David Wilson Homes brands, is celebrating a collective 120 years of service between four of its longest serving employees. The brands are marking the achievements of June Thompson, a sales adviser with 40 years of service; Sue Law, a sales adviser with 20 years of service; Tony Austin, a project manager with 30 years of service and Garry Dodds, a joiner with 30 years service. Each of the winners of the Long Service Awards have been recognised with a certificate, engraved trowel and gift vouchers worth...

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Tim Krul makes Brighton move permanent

Tim Krul’s season-long loan at Brighton & Hove Albion has been made permanent. The Dutch international goalkeeper has penned a one-year permanent deal at the Amex Stadium, bringing his 12-year association with the Magpies to an end. Krul, who joined Newcastle from ADO Den Haag in 2005, made his debut for United in a UEFA Cup tie at Palermo in November 2006, and went on to make a total of 185 appearances in all competitions for the club. During his time at St. James’ Park, the 29-year-old also spent time out on loan at Falkirk, Carlisle United, Ajax and...

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North Yorkshire gives a lead to UK’s children’s services

Directors and other senior leaders from children’s services across the country will meet next week to hear how North Yorkshire County Council’s ground-breaking programme for looked-after children and young people has led to rapid improvements in their lives. Sir Martin Narey, former director general of prisons for England and Wales and former chief executive of Barnardos, who is chairing the high-level conference in York on Monday (September 25) says No Wrong Door stands out for ambition, innovation and high expectation in the support it offers to the most troubled and challenging young people. The Government has recently backed his recommendation that...

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Sketch for Sammy Returns

Four budding comedy sketch writers are about to get the chance to have their work performed by a leading North East comedy group with the funniest being shown in a very special show in February in front of around 10,000 people. For the third year running, Sunday for Sammy and the Laffalang Gang are proud to present the final of A Sketch for Sammy, a competition for new comedy writers.   Organiser, Ed Waugh, one of the Sunday for Sammy comedy writers and writer of Dirty Dusting, Hadaway Harry and Mr Corvan’s Music Hall, will host the comedy finals...

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Five-Figure Investment Enhances Slaley Hall in Hexham

LUXURY Northumberland hotel Slaley Hall has boosted its credentials as a premier wedding destination in the North following interior and exterior refurbishment works. A £20,000 cash injection has seen the hotel’s outdoor pagoda found in the Ornamental Garden restored, creating a stunning setting with a difference where couples can tie the knot or have their photography captured on the day. Additionally, the gardens have been fully landscaped with improved accessibility for wedding ceremonies and events, featuring new flowering plants, ornamental grasses, shrubs and trees, as well as lighting adding to its ambience. Formerly known as the Japanese Garden, the grounds are...

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Swagelok Teesside invests £120,000 in Middlesbrough College STEM Centre base

FLUID systems specialist Swagelok Teesside has invested more than £120,000 in a move to Middlesbrough College’s industry-leading STEM Centre. The authorised sales and service centre for Swagelok products, assemblies and services in the North East of England, is working with Middlesbrough College and has taken up residence in the £20m STEM Centre. Swagelok Teesside works with oil and gas, power, chemical and petrochemical companies across the region to support their fluid systems with a focus on environmental and plant reliability functions. Swagelok Teesside is already one of more than 35 industrial members of the STEM Advisory Board which guides...

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Tees labelling firm backs Invictus Games

Teesside firm First Choice Labels is backing global military heroes taking part in the Invictus Games by providing free luggage labels for all 550 competitors from 17 nations. The third Invictus Games, which uses the power of adaptive sport to help wounded veterans on their journey to recovery, takes place in Toronto for a week starting Saturday September 23. And First Choice Labels are playing their part by ensuring every participant flying into Canada from countries as far flung as Australia, Jordan, Ukraine and the United States, as well as the UK, will be able to easily identify their...

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