Author: Emily

Strong growth at Pacifica Group to lead to further expansion

Pacifica Group, one of the UK’s leading home services firms, is on track for continued growth and expansion after reporting a record year. The Group, which is headquartered in Houghton le Spring, saw turnover rise to £27.2m in 2017, up from £24.2 in 2016. Its staff count also grew significantly as it currently employs in excess of 480 employees, including more than 250 field-based engineers, who handle 4,500 jobs each week. Pacifica Group has enjoyed a strong 2017, buoyed by a landmark, eight-figure contract win with energy supplier npower and the acquisition of a number of businesses, including domestic...

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Talented Whitley Bay Youngsters Set to Tread the Boards in Scouts Showtime Spectacular

From the 25th January, talented youngsters from the Whitley Bay area will take to the stage to wow audiences in Whitley Bay Scouts’ Gang Show Presents Showtime! With rehearsals almost complete, the curtains will soon be rising on the popular variety show running at Whitley Bay Playhouse. Those treading the boards will perform comedy sketches, dances and musical numbers and the gang are looking to put on another memorable performance. The 2018 show will include a variety of numbers including renditions of School of Rock and some well-loved ABBA hits, as well as some more traditional sketches. The 80 strong volunteer...

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Sage Gateshead: on sale from Friday 12th January

Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce six exciting performances, which go on sale on Friday 12th January. International George Michael tribute act Wayne Dilks and his 8-piece band present a tribute to the late singer in Faith – The George Michael Legacy. Country sweetheart Sarah Darling brings a Night in Nashville to Gateshead, as part of her biggest UK headline tour to date. There’s family fun in store when The Tin Foil Astronaut lands to delight with a story of discovery, individuality and a celebration of differences. These are just some of the great shows that go on sale this Friday at Sage Gateshead. Sarah...

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New hospice sponsor sets tails wagging

A NEW pet store has taken the lead by becoming the main sponsor of an event to get tails wagging. Jollyes pet superstore in North Road, Darlington, is backing St Teresa’s Hospice’s Bark in the Park spring fundraiser. Last year’s event attracted 442 dogs and their owners and raised more than £11,000 for the much-loved hospice, which serves the people of Darlington, South Durham and North Yorkshire. This year Bark in the Park will be staged in South Park, Darlington, on April 15, attracting hundreds of dog owners for a one mile walk and a host of pet paraphernalia...

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World’s first Graphene for vehicles prototype unveiled

A North East University academic working on ‘wonder material’ Graphene for use in the automotive industry has successfully produced the world’s first prototype composite component. Ahmed Elmarakbi, Professor of Automotive Composites at the University of Sunderland, is leading Task 10.11 – Composites for Automotive, part of theEuropean Commission’s Future and Emerging Technology Flagship. The pioneering project is exploring how Graphene which is just one atom thickand a million times thinner than human hair, could be used to create lighter, stronger, safer and more energy-efficient vehicles revolutionising the global car industry. Sunderland, leading a consortium of five research partners from Italy, Spain and Germany, over...

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The Wildlife Trusts’ initial response to the 25 Year Environment Plan

Theresa May’s speech on the environment today shows that, at last, a Government is seeing how much the environment means to the people of the UK, not least young people. Both the speech and the plan contain some very encouraging words and ambitions for land and sea but The Wildlife Trusts believe that the lack of legal underpinning is a fundamental flaw.  In addition, it is vital that the Prime Minister fulfils her intention to ensure there is no weakening of environmental standards as we leave the EU’s world leading environmental legal system.  It is heartening that the Conservative...

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The wanderlust marketer who has settled in the North East

As CIM nears the end of its 50 North East Marketing Greats, they invite you to meet Eve Lenez, Marketing Manager at Port of Tyne. The award-winning Port of Tyne is a major deep-sea port connected by sea, road and rail to five continents. The initiative aims to develop and retain marketing talent in the North East region.  Diane Earles, Network Manager for CIM, explains “‘Through the ‘Marketing Greats’ we want to provide insight into the importance of a strategic marketing function and to inspire both existing marketing professionals and young people considering a career in marketing.  Each ‘Marketing...

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Residents invited to join budget conversation online

North Yorkshire residents are invited to ask questions and give their views about the financial challenges facing North Yorkshire County Council as it prepares to decide on its budget for the coming year. County Council Leader Cllr Carl Les and Chief Executive Richard Flinton are urging people to join them for a live budget web chat on Tuesday, 23 January, between 5pm and 7pm. Cllr Les said: “This will be the third year we have hosted a web chat to listen to people’s comments and questions about spending challenges and decisions facing the county. We found the previous sessions informative...

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Collapsible travel cup creator gives latte levy the thumbs-up

There were mixed reactions from the UK’s population of coffee drinkers last week when the government announced its latest plans to help save the planet. Under the ‘latte levy’, the government has proposed a 25p tax on all disposable coffee cups, similar to the 5p tax introduced on plastic bags in 2016, arguing that the revenue generated will be put towards further investment in the country’s landfill sites and recycling facilities. The motion has come off the back of a recent report from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee which highlighted that of the 2.5 billion disposable cups...

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Submissions now being taken for the North and East Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2018!

APPLICATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME, with the closing date for this year’s Awards set as Friday 30 March 2018. The 2018 ceremony is being held on Wednesday 13 June at The Principal Hotel, York, with this year’s guest presenter as TV’s Amanda Lamb.  Amanda is famous for TV shows such as ‘A Place in the Sun’ and ‘Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb’. The downloadable application form, list of categories and further information is available from the dedicated web page on our website – The Council regions covered by the Awards are City of York, Craven District, East Riding of Yorkshire, Harrogate...

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Nostalgic Treat gets a Makeover as Choc Lick ‘n’ Dip Hits Newcastle Shelves

CHOC LICK fans in Newcastle rejoice as Choc Lick ‘n’ Dip, the delectably dippable new offering from Sweetdreams Ltd (the confectionery geniuses behind Choc Lick and Choc Nibbles) has hit shelves across the UK. Pairing Choc Lick with a fruit flavoured, hard boiled lollipop means customers can enjoy their guilty pleasure on the move, appealing to the retro sweet’s army of fans as well as allowing a whole new audience to discover this tasty treat for themselves. Matt Stephenson, owner and managing director at Sweetdreams Ltd said: “There is really nothing quite like Choc Lick on the market and...

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Free digital training courses available to help businesses crack global markets

A series of free training courses have been designed to enable businesses to crack overseas markets digitally. The pilot project is part-funded by the European Commission’s European Regional Development Fund and the UK’s Department for International Trade. Courses are being managed jointly by online experts from two North-East firms – Joanna Wake from Stockton-based RAW Digital Training and Steven Parker, managing director of Digital Allies in Houghton-le-Spring. They have brought together experts from various digital marketing fields to deliver the courses in central Durham and Newton Aycliffe. Businesses with a base in County Durham are eligible to access the...

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Property Firm Reports Surge in Commercial Property Market

The region’s leading chartered surveyors and estate agents has reported a surge in commercial property sales, acquisitions and lettings in the North East. Bradley Hall has revealed that commercial activity undertaken by its head office in Hood Street, Newcastle, increased by more than 50% in 2017 year-on-year. Neil Hart, group managing director for Bradley Hall and BH Group, said: “Throughout 2017 we saw a surge in commercial property activity. Newcastle and surrounding areas are emerging as national hot spots thanks to the vibrancy and development of the city. Its popularity is also supported by the fact it has one...

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Grants available for groups to support the Klondike

The council has linked up with the Tees Valley Community Foundation to launch a grant scheme to help groups who want to add extra atmosphere to the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix. Any sport, community or musical groups who want to give the Klondike – which is returning on Sunday 29 April – an added layer of entertainment or celebration can bid for a grant of up to £1,000 from an overall pot of £15,000. TVCF have launched the pot of funding after a successful trial at last year’s Redcar Sprint Triathlon which saw a number of groups put...

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Huge Ginuary Sale puts Spirit into The Botanist this January

Throughout January at The Botanist in Newcastle gin lovers can snap up two-for-one on a selection of tipples – helping to add some cheer to the start of the year. The gin-themed sale features popular brands including Masons, Whitley Neil, Bombay Sapphire, Liverpool Gin and handcrafted Scottish gin Caorunn, which make up the Ginuary menu. Each of these spirits are listed on the New World Gin List and will be perfectly served with their paired garnish to complement the characteristics and flavours of each gin. As the popularity of gin continues to be on the rise, the special-edition offering takes into...

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