Author: Emily

Sage Gateshead: on sale from Friday 28th July

Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce three new shows that are on sale now. Highlights include a show stopping tribute to Whitney Houston and Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Joe Brown. Angels of the North 2017 Monday 27 November, 6.30pm, Sage One ‘Angels of the North’ presents its 8th Annual Concert. A truly breath-taking concert featuring 400 fantastic voices from North East Primary Schools, joined by the talented pupils from the ‘Bommel Musical Theatre Arts’. A sensational evening of musical theatre entertainment sponsored by the leading North of England charity ‘Angels of the North’. Whitney Queen of the Night Friday...

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Pupils prove they have the x-factor

RISING young stars proved to have the X-factor after taking to the stage in a talent show extravaganza. Acts from Gurney Pease Academy, Darlington, showcased their musical, singing and dancing skills before a panel of judges in a spectacular end of year performing arts competition. The annual talent show, held in front of an audience of parents, carers, friends and family, saw a host of talent on display, including comedy routines, song and dance displays and a musical performance on the ocarina. Year 4 teacher Amy Heritage, who organised the event alongside Year 1 teacher Vicki McIntyre, said: “Everyone...

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Tees Valley Mayor joins the region’s Water Babies to support Splashathon

This summer around 1,000 babies from across the Tees Valley have taken to the water as part of a Splashathon fundraising campaign, organised by Water Babies Tees Valley. The region’s children took to the pool to swim a ‘splashy width’ to raise an incredible £13k, and counting, for Tommy’s Charity, a national charity that funds research into premature births, still births and miscarriages, and provides pregnancy health information to parents. Across the week around 1,000 babies and their parents, wearing their finest pirate outfits, took part across 150 classes. Pamela Hargreaves, Managing Director of Water Babies Tees Valley, said:...

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Findley turnover hits £10m as newly appointed sales and marketing director helps drive sales through the roof

A leading North East roofing specialist has quadrupled last year’s turnover in three months after appointing a new sales and marketing director. Washington-based Findley Roofing, has increased its £2.6m turnover, made in 2016, to £10m in 12 weeks, after taking on Tony Finnegan to help grow the business. Tony, who believes his success is down to his man management and motivational skills, has played a significant role in turning the Company vision around, which includes future plans to grow its headquarters. “All human beings deserve respect and compassion, that’s key to getting the most out of people,” said Tony. “Great...

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Comment: Ban on diesel and petrol cars

Richard McEvoy, area director for manufacturing in the North East at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking “The drive to create cleaner, lighter, more efficient vehicles is behind much of the new product development we have seen in the automotive industry over the past few years. “Automotive firms in the North East are well equipped to meet this legislation. In our most recent automotive report, firms told us they plan to invest nearly £1 in every £5 of revenue in product development, paving the way for low carbon and electrical vehicle technology. “It’s essential that businesses operating right across the automotive supply chain have...

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‘Easy’ Choice for Bus Passengers as Operators Launch Smart Ticket across Tees Valley

Bus passengers across Tees Valley will benefit from smart, multi-operator travel from 30th July as the region’s top bus operators join forces to launch the latest smart ticketing initiative. Stagecoach North East and Arriva have now been joined by Go North East as part of the Easyrider scheme and together have launched a new multi-operator smart card. The scheme will give customers the flexibility to use one card to travel across the region and allow unlimited travel on each operator’s buses throughout Teesside for the equivalent of less than £3 per day. The new Smart Easyrider, developed in partnership...

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Pottery design adds value to school’s ethos

A Northumberland first school has commissioned a pottery painting expert to ensure that their values and ethos will be on display to pupils, staff and visitors. Lorna Watkinson from Warkworth set up her business, Rainbow Pottery Painting in 2012 after taking her redundancy from the corporate world of advertising. Her business has gone from strength to strength after seeing success across schools in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. She has previously created unique workshops for school children based on famous artists like  Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Quentin Blake where she helped students make their own ceramic tile based on the work of the famous...

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New Councillors Ready to get to Work

MIDDLESBROUGH’S two new councillors have been sworn in and have started their work by paying tribute to their predecessors. Cllrs Vic Walkington and Jan Mohan were elected earlier this month in by-elections for the Ayresome and Park End and Beckfields wards respectively. The by-elections were called following the sad deaths of the long-serving and highly respected councillors Bernie Taylor and Peter Cox. Cllr Walkington, who has been elected as a Labour member, said: “I am pleased to represent the people of Ayresome and hope I can repay the trust they have put in me and I hope to do...

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How retirees can invest in fine wine safely

Wine investment is a great way to make your retirement nest egg that little bit larger. Yet it can also be risky business, especially for retirees who are vulnerable to investment scams. Over £1.2 billion is lost every year from investment scams in the UK. However, The London Wine Cellar state that the process of valuing your investment wine should “be as comfortable and transparent as possible.” To do this they offer free valuations, and suggest people should demand that their wine merchants keep them in the loop. As long as you learn how to spot the reputable companies...

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How Digitalization Can Change Business Banking

Imagine being able to do all of your business transactions online, from receiving your monthly paychecks to purchasing groceries, paying bills, applying for a loan, and more. What technologies will banks need to make these transactions happen? Although the retail, music and travel industries have already taken the leap to the digital realm, banks have been slow in following suit. Experts believe that banks need to make the shift towards offering digital business banking services in order to survive. The following are a few reasons why banks need to change their stance on online and mobile banking. Digital Banking...

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Gisborough Hall’s chef goes back to college!

Gisborough Hall’s head chef has returned to his roots and gone back to Middlesbrough College. Jason Moore works closely with the college to develop the next generation of chefs and also to retain local talent. As well as recruiting apprentices from Middlesbrough College, Jason hosts training days in Gisborough Hall’s kitchens and then takes part in an annual ‘Chef’s Cook-off’ where he takes on the college’s Waterside Brasserie head chef, Luke Taylor. Each working with four students, the teams put together a seven-course tasting menu to be served in the Waterside Brasserie to around 50 guests, who then vote...

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Pupils use ‘art of persuasion’ to promote dog-free playtime

Crafty kids have been getting creative in an effort to encourage dog owners in County Durham to behave responsibly. As part of Durham County Council’s #FollowOurLead campaign, primary school children across the county were challenged to take part in a poster competition to raise awareness of new dog control powers. From 1 June, under a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), it became an offence in County Durham to allow dogs into fenced off play areas covered by the order. This is to ensure the safety of children and to protect them from the dangers of dog mess. Pupils from...

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North Ormesby ‘Empty Homes’ being brought back to life with help from local job seekers

An innovative scheme to bring some of North Ormesby’s empty homes back into use, and improve the quality of rental accommodation, is also helping unemployed residents to learn new skills to help them return to work. Thirteen, in partnership with Middlesbrough Council and North Ormesby Community Land Trust, will deliver the £1million ‘Empty Homes’ project, to unlock the potential of empty homes across North Ormesby, supporting the regeneration and sustainability of the area. Three locally community based projects; Hartlepool NDC, Opening Doors, Community Campus and East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust won the tender to deliver the training element of...

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Punk bands rock n raise to help sick children

SOME of the North East’s biggest punk bands are set to take to the stage for a one-off concert to raise funds for sick children in the region. On 25 August, street band Crashed Out will headline Punk Rock n Raise at Head of Steam’s Think Tank Underground, Newcastle, in aid of the Graham Wylie Foundation. Crashed Out, who recently played the Mighty Sounds festival, in the Czech Republic, will be joined by local punk bands Force Fed Lies and Zombiehater at the concert, which is a spin-off of the Foundation’s Rock n Raise campaign. The campaign, which also...

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Career horizons broaden for local children

Young people in Gateshead are learning new skills linked to the region’s growing industries thanks to a new business and education partnership. Gateshead College, Gateshead Council and key local employers have teamed up to develop Work Inspiration Gateshead, a programme of careers activities which inspire, inform and prepare young people in Gateshead for further study and work. The partnership was created to address recent statistics which show that the North East region has the highest rate of youths who are not in employment, education or training. It was also reported that only 5% of young people found out about...

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