Author: Emily

Pop Up Gym

A former elite athlete who was paralysed in a freak accident three years ago is now opening the only gym and therapy centre of its kind in the North East to help other people in the same position. Drew Graham has raised over £50,000 and secured more than £100,000 of specialist fitness equipment to open a Pop Up Gym, which in addition to its base in Gateshead, will also travel around the North of England to offer rehabilitation to people who suffer from spinal injury or paralysis. Drew, 32, from Gosforth, was an athlete and athletics coach before he...

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£1.6million invested in popular Tees Valley bus route

The region’s largest bus operator, Go North East, has invested £1.6million in seven brand new vehicles for its Middlesbrough to Newcastle X9/X10 services. To help meet customer demand and improve reliability, a new timetable for the services has also been introduced to reduce delays on key routes, particularly the A19. New connections on the X10 include Dalton Park, following customer feedback highlighting over 50% of passengers support the shopping village stop-off. With bright and iconic livery, wi-fi, comfortable leather seats, USB power sockets and next stop audio-visual announcements, the seven double deck buses are fitted with Euro 6 engines...

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Newcastle’s Award-winning Volunteers say now is the time to make a real difference to people’s lives through Tennis

Two Newcastle residents who have won national accolades for volunteering have said investment into tennis facilities and opportunities for more people to play can change lives across the region. Wendy Glasper was named Volunteer of the Year at the 2017 British Tennis Awards and received a Pride of Light Award from Prime Minister Theresa May MP in recognition of her work with a successful network of visually impaired tennis sessions in the region. Wendy set up and runs the foremost VI tennis programme in the country, with over five weekly sessions now running in the region off the back...

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Bargain night for students at Middlesbrough’s Cleveland Centre

TEESSIDE students can enjoy a night off their studies to snap up bargains galore when Cleveland Centre holds an exclusive Student Shopping Night on Tuesday, September 26. Stores throughout Middlesbrough’s largest shopping centre will stay open late to offer a massive range of exclusive student discounts. It’ll be a real party atmosphere as student shoppers can also enjoy live music as they snap up a bargain or two between 6-9pm. Along with the exclusive retailer discounts of up to 20%, there will be interactive games, fun events plus the chance to win a £100 student hamper. Participating stores include...

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Could your local park be the nation’s favourite park?

Northumberland residents are being asked to vote for their favourite Green Flag park – putting it in the running to be the nation’s favourite in the People’s Choice Awards. In July we found out that nine Northumberland parks had gained Green Flag Awards this year – marking them out as some of the UK’s very best parks and green spaces. Now members of the public can vote for the Northumberland Green Flag park that they think should be the whole nation’s favourite. Green Flag parks in Northumberland are:  Ridley Park in Blyth; Doctor Pit Park in Bedlington;  Alexandra Park...

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School buildings get major facelift

North Yorkshire’s school year has got off to a sparkling start after an extensive £4m programme of school maintenance and improvement works during the summer across the county. During the summer holiday period North Yorkshire County Council contractors undertook roof, window and boiler replacements across 49 school sites to keep them safe, warm and weathertight, as well as completing major works such as school extensions, new classrooms and kitchens.  The works will improve existing provision as well as creating additional school places to meet present and future need. The county council has committed an additional £1m for further significant works...

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North East England Welcomes North East America Trade Mission

North East entrepreneurs will get their chance to pitch their companies to a delegation of leading Boston business figures who are coming for a trade mission today, 20 September – Friday 22 September. Organised by the North East England Chamber of Commerce delegation will learn about the region’s key sectors and investment opportunities over three days in the region. There will be a range of business briefings and meetings with North East businesses including those who are looking to secure contracts with Boston firms. The outline of doing business in the region for the overseas visitors will be followed...

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Reasons why you need to take care of your office space

It is the beginning of another day in the office, and you’ve just settled in at your desk, a place where most people spend one-third of their life. You type on the keyboard and answer business phone calls. Then you go to the photocopier and make copies for an impending meeting, where you will be shaking hands with prospective clients. As you dash back to your desk, your pen drops to the floor and you quickly take it. Later on, you realise it is time to go to the restroom. Does that sound like a typical day at the...

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Everyone urged to “try one thing” online at their library

People unfamiliar with the internet are being urged to “try one thing” online at their library as part of Get Online Week. The week runs from 2 to 8 October and many of the county’s libraries are joining in. Across the country, Get Online Week will see thousands of community events helping people to make the most of the internet. North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Getting the most out of the internet can be easy and fun. Whether you’re new to the internet, or you want help in getting more out of being online, libraries...

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Dance yourself dizzy at Christmas party nights

REVELLERS can hit the dancefloor and celebrate in style this Christmas at a leading North East hotel. Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa in County Durham is hosting a number of disco party nights this festive season as part of its Christmas party calendar. Alongside the live music, entertainment and tribute nights during November and December, the hotel will host nine disco nights aimed at groups of friends or colleagues looking for a fuss-free night of fun. The party season will kick off on Saturday 25 November and there will be another eight disco nights during December in the...

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HMS Homecare to create up to 30 new jobs in Newcastle

HMS Care is launching a recruitment drive in Newcastle to find 30 reliable homecare assistants, supervisors and managers to join its dynamic HMS homecare team. The Newcastle based company is quickly expanding in the region and has more than 35 people it cares for in the Newcastle and North Tyneside area and is introducing its rapidly growing service across the North East. Sam Hackett, CEO of HMS Care, expects a high number of applicants in Newcastle: “We are searching for enthusiastic carers who can offer a personalised, considerate and professional care service for the people we care for and...

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Next Week at Sage Gateshead

Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce a selection of gigs for all musical tastes, including country superstars Little Big Town, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman. Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys Plus 4Square Tuesday 26 September, 8pm, Sage Two Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years. With an...

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Carnival Time for Throckley Schoolkids after Victory in Newcastle Building Society Boardroom Charity Challenge

Young fundraisers from a Tyneside school have come out on top in a boardroom battle with dozens of their peers from right across the region.   A team from Throckley Primary School has been named as winners of the sixth annual Newcastle Building Society Boardroom Charity Challenge, a financial education programme which asks its young participants to develop business ideas that focus on benefiting their local community while also making a profit.   Seven schools from across the North East sent teams into the Society’s boardroom to present their ideas to a panel of judges including the Lord Mayor...

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Thirteen joins national gas safety campaign

Thirteen is reminding its customers about the importance of gas safety checks and why they must be carried out on their home every year. During Gas Safety Week, which runs from 18 to 24 September, staff are encouraging customers to always keep their gas safety check appointments to make sure their homes are gas safe. It is a legal requirement for every one of Thirteen’s homes to have an up to date check. The checks are carried out free of charge and appointment letters are automatically sent to customers every year. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can...

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Flame gears up for expansion after employee growth

Fast growing Flame Heating Group has its sights set on further job creation, after increasing its staff count by 80% over the last 12 months. The North East-based Heating and Plumbing merchant, which operates eight branches across the region, currently has 45 employees, up from 25 in September 2016. This figure is set to rise as Flame continues to invest in further branch launches throughout the region, as well as into Scotland, with three outlets set to open in Edinburgh and Glasgow this autumn. The company’s most recent opening was in Cramlington, which marked Flame’s second North East launch...

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