Author: Emily

Barrier LED secures agreement to work with npower Business

Wallsend-based Barrier Group’s efficient lighting solutions division, Barrier LED, has signed an agreement with npower Business, which supplies energy to businesses across the UK, to become the energy company’s recommended commercial and industrial LED Lighting supplier for this sector. Barrier LED will enable companies, through the introduction of specialist lighting technology, to reduce energy costs and meet key business objectives including safety and productivity. Barrier LED delivers efficient lighting solutions for application in markets including power generation, warehousing, sporting arenas and schools. Its product range includes flood lights, street lighting, down lights and recessed ceiling panels, which all reduce...

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Oh we do like to be beside the seaside 

The beauty of Saltburn beach proved a big hit with a diverse group of people from as far afield as Afghanistan and Zambia thanks to a Big Lottery funded project called Ageing Better Middlesbrough.   Representatives from nine different countries, now living in Middlesbrough, visited the picturesque resort town as part of Mend the Gap, one of 10 innovation fund projects funded by Ageing Better Middlesbrough. Mend the Gap is managed by Investing in People and Culture in partnership with Middlesbrough Environment City.   Focusing on members from the black, asian, minority and ethnic communities, Mend the Gap’s trip to Saltburn was designed to give people a space to reflect on loneliness...

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Entrepreneurs’ Forum highlights benefits of scaling businesses to Minister

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, which represents more than 300 North East high-growth businesses, with a combined turnover in excess of £2.3 billion and 23,000 employees, has raised the main challenges affecting the region’s scale-up companies with the Government. The meeting with Elizabeth Truss MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury was organised by the ScaleUp Institute. Entrepreneurs’ Forum Chairman Nigel Mills, and chair of the Lakes Distillery, who attended the meeting on behalf of North East scale-ups, raised issues facing growing businesses including the skills gap, the importance of EIS and SEIS investment schemes, export credit guidance, the importance of...

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Free English and maths help

County Durham residents are being offered the chance to improve their English and maths skills with a series of free courses. County Durham Housing Group is offering people the opportunity to sign up to a free 10-week Level 2 English and Maths training programme at a variety of locations. The next full day course will be running at Auckland Youth and Community Centre in Woodhouse Close, Bishop Auckland, from Wednesday, 2 August. Horden and Peterlee RFC Rugby Union Club on Eden Lane in Peterleewill also be hosting similar classes from Thursday, 7 September. And dedicated half day Level 2...

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EXPERT COMMENT: For some kids school holidays mean hunger and isolation

Pamela L Graham, Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Northumbria University, and Greta Defeyter, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at Northumbria University, write about families’ struggles coping with extra costs of food, activities and childcare. The school holidays, the best times of your life, right? Maybe not if you’re one of many families struggling to cope with the extra costs of food, activities and childcare. In fact for many families, rather than a summer spent frolicking in the sun, sea and sand, the school holidays are faced with dread. A lot of this is down...

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Extended Orange Pip Market back and bigger than ever

MIDDLESBROUGH’S ever-evolving Orange Pip Market returns on Saturday and is extending once more. The July 29 instalment of the market will host 44 food stalls and a range of artists, musicians and the return of Car Boot Disco Bingo! Following last month’s Summer Special on Centre Square the popular event returns to Baker and Bedford Street – and will stretch out onto Albert Road for the first time. The popular monthly market has become something of a victim of its own success with thousands regularly attending resulting in ram-packed streets and access difficulties for wheelchairs, buggies and mobility scooters....

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Project tackles mental health stigma

A project which aims to reduce stigma, break down barriers and challenge assumptions associated with mental health has been commissioned by North Yorkshire County Council. The project will be delivered across the county by mental health charity Scarborough Survivors, by encouraging social contact between those with mental health issues and the general public. It is being funded by a North Yorkshire County Council Public Health grant. County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, the executive member for public health, said: “Tackling the assumptions made about mental health head on was a joint commitment of the North Yorkshire mental health strategy Hope, Control and Choice. This...

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Fifties themed summer fayre for Queens Meadow Care Home

A 1950s themed summer fayre took place at Queens Meadow Care Home – with young dancers performing songs and routines from movie classic Grease. The Hartlepool care home welcomed special guests Mayor Councillor Paul Beck and Mayoress Mary Beck to enjoy the performance and meet with residents. They were entertained by Kelly’s Dance School, who dressed as The Pink Ladies to perform numbers from the fifties musical. Younger dancers chose a medley of nursery rhymes and songs from popular Disney movies. Hartlepool United FC mascot Angus the Monkey also attended the summer fayre, meeting with delighted fans for photos....

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Family celebrate nursing link at Teesside graduation

There was a special family link for Jenny Tinkler, who was joined at graduation by her two daughters who studied related nursing degrees at Teesside University. Jenny, who completed a Professional Doctorate at Teesside University, works as a Clinical Specialist in Physiotherapy with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust’s North Learning Disability Team based in Chester-le-Street. Her role is in postural management, leading on approaches to support the care needs of adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. She also provides trust-wide consultancy, chairs the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists for People with a Learning Disability and is...

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Open Exhibition – ‘Up The Boro!’

A display of football-inspired Art and Crafts is due to go on sale at a top Middlesbrough Gallery for six weeks from the end of July. Submitted by local artists, ‘Up The Boro!’ is to be an exciting collection of painting, drawing, textile and photography, showcasing the talents of local artists and craftspeople. The exhibition theme has been chosen to reflect the region’s passion and support of everything football, and will be displayed in this top stimulating and influential local venue, where visitors have the opportunity to meet and chat with the artists. ‘Up The Boro!’ is open to...

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Community project under national spotlight

A community project helping to improve the lives of people living in Blyth was the focus of attention at a national conference. Northumberland County Council’s Resident Involvement Team was invited to give a workshop highlighting the Newsham Community Matters project,  at the Tpas tenant engagement national conference in Warwick, earlier in July. The “Communities doing it for themselves” workshop focused on what the council has learned throughout the project as well as sharing best practice. The workshop covered issues such as engaging and creating interest amongst tenants, outcomes of the project and the positive impact it has had on...

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North Star’s Approach to People Scores them Platinum

North Star is the first Housing Association in England to receive Investors in People Platinum, and is one of the elite 0.5% of companies in the UK to be accredited with the highest award for people management and leadership. Platinum is the highest level that Investors in People (IIP) award an organisation and the IIP Assessment Report describes North Star as demonstrating ‘exemplary practice in many areas’ and a ‘values-driven organisation’ with ‘strong leadership that constantly reflects on the future’. The IIP Assessment Report revealed that 96% of staff feel that they have the ability to develop and grow, with a...

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Young entrepreneur acts to follow dream

A passionate actor based in Sunderland is following his dream as a theatre maker with support from the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC). Jordan Lee Carling, 23 from Sunderland, launched his career as a professional actor and theatre maker after receiving support from the BIC’s business start-up programme. Jordan has already made his first appearance as a supporting artist on the BBC’s TV show Inspector George Gently and has penned his own play ‘It’s not the characters problem’ which is based on his own experiences and the stigma around men showing emotion. Now looking to take his play...

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Sister Sledge set to close Sunday Concert Series

MUSIC lovers can get themselves Lost in Music this weekend (30 July) as disco divas Sister Sledge bring the curtain down on this year’s Sunday Concerts Series. The legendary singing sisters will take to the stage in Bents Park, South Shields, in the last of this year’s South Tyneside Festival’s free open-air concerts. Sunday’s show will be the climax to a busy month of performances, which has witnessed stars like KT Tunstall, Busted, Louisa Johnson, Matt Terry, Jedward and 5 After Midnight grace the stage to play in front of a packed park. But this weekend it will draw...

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Leading procurement organisation welcomes three new members to its board

Leading North East procurement organisation, NE Procurement, has appointed three new members to its board in the final part of the organisation’s governance restructure. Ian Johnson, chief executive of Tyne Housing, Charlotte McMurchie, partner and head of Real Estate Dispute Resolution Muckles LLP and Barry Pollock, ‎managing partner of full-service agency, ‎The Works will be officially appointed to the board later this month. They will be joined by previous board members, David Langhorne, director of property services at Your Homes Newcastle, Alan Smith, group director of finance and resources at County Durham Housing Group and Rod Brasington, chief executive...

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