Author: Emily

Wedding open day at Aykley Heads

Couples looking for a venue for their special day should be sure to visit Aykley Heads House Register Office in Durham when it hosts a wedding open day this weekend. The event, on Sunday, 25 March, between 11am and 3pm, offers bride and grooms-to-be the chance to view the ceremony rooms and meet the registrars. There will also be the opportunity to find inspiration for every element of the day, with local companies showcasing a range of supplies, from wedding cakes to wedding dresses and stationary to suits. Wendy Addison-Smith, Durham County Council’s ceremony coordination team leader, said: “Our...

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Sunderland publicist launches new business attracting worldwide clients

A new business in Sunderland is working with high-profile authors from across the globe to help publicise their work. Born out of a passion for reading, Confessions Publicity was launched by Nev Murray to help horror authors drive awareness of their work and increase book sales. Nev, who is a self-confessed book lover, took the opportunity to go self-employed with support from the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) after being made redundant, and he is delighted to be making a success out of something he loves. “I’ve been reading horror books since I was a kid and...

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Easter Bank Holiday bin collections

There will be no changes to bin collections in County Durham during the Easter Bank Holiday weeks – weeks starting Monday, 26 March and Monday, 2 April. This includes refuse and recycling as well as garden waste collections, for those who have signed up to the scheme. Households who have collections on a Friday are therefore reminded to still put their bins out on Good Friday (30 March). Residents are also advised to put their bins out for collection by 7am on their normal collection day. Those who are unsure of their collection days can find out by entering...

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Teesside care company announces growth plans

One of the North-East’s leading care providers, Care Matters, based in Darlington, is to expand its services on Teesside to help more vulnerable people at home. The firm, which employs 80 members of staff, supplies personal and palliative care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients coming towards the end of their lives are looked after at home rather than in hospitals or care homes. As demand is high from families wanting their loved ones to spend their remaining days at home, the Stockton team is now 20 strong, currently recruiting more staff and opening a new...

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Film festival in America to show work by acclaimed Teesside producer

A Teesside University lecturer and acclaimed film producer is to have his latest documentary screened at an international festival in America. Island of the Hungry Ghosts is the latest offering from Third Films and will have its world premiere at the renowned Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month. It will be shown alongside The Fourth Estate, from Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus, which follows the New York Times’ coverage of the Trump administration’s first year, as well as Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance Zoe, starring Ewan McGregor. Samm Haillay is a Senior Lecturer in Media Production in Teesside University’s School of...

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6 Easy Ways You Can Improve Your Memory

A person’s memory will naturally decline as they age, as the area of the brain that builds memory is believed to lose 5% of its nerve cells every decade. Fortunately, there are easy ways to improve your memory year after year.   Play Games   Games can ultimately train your brain, as they require much concentration and focus. Many researchers consequently believe they can be an effective way to improve your memory. So, if you want to retain as much information as possible as you age, pick up Sudoku, fill in a crossword or even find a slot game...

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Ouseburn Farm Charity to benefit from music festival

Ouseburn Farm Charity in Byker, is set for a windfall thanks to their neighbours at The Cluny. All proceeds from this year’s Ouseburn Farm II music festival, which has been organised by the music venue, will be donated to the Farm to help it grow. The festival will be held at The Cluny in the Ouseburn Valley on Sunday 22nd April and includes headline act Paul Smith of British Indie rock group Maximo Park, as well as Headclouds and Idle Hands. The event also falls on Earth Day and will be supported by Vegware – one of the world’s leading...

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Business groups support area’s growth

TWO private sector-led business support groups which were launched to help spearhead economic growth in East Durham are playing a pivotal role in the area’s resurgence. The Peterlee and Seaham Business Park groups are led by representatives from companies including NSK, Novares, Andrew James Worldwide, Aspen Wolf, Seaham Safety Services and Spectrum Business Park, who all take time out from their day jobs to do their bit to help shine a light on both business communities for the right reasons. And over the last few years, the group has supported the growth of several existing employers, as well as...

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Durham’s Hotel Indigo Set To Open This Month

BRIMS Construction has completed work on the new Hotel Indigo in Durham City following a detailed, year-long upgrade and conversion of the Grade II Old Shire Hall. The £15m redevelopment of the former council headquarters in Old Elvet has been completed on schedule by the Sunderland company. The hotel and restaurant is taking bookings from March 30 and will employ 60 people. Formerly the home of Durham County Council the 120-year-old building has been transformed into a four-star, 83-bedroom Hotel Indigo, featuring an 88-cover Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar and Grill and Tinderbox Espresso Emporium. One of the primary challenges for...

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JB Skills Grows Its Expert Team

JB Skills Training has invested in the future of the company by bringing in a range of new talent. Leading the way in finance now for the award winning North East based company is Vanessa Stobart. Vanessa has joined the team as finance director and brings with her over 20 years experience working in finance across a diverse range of businesses. The 41-year -old who is from Easington Village, Co Durham, has three children and is married to a farmer.  She is delighted to join the senior management team at JB Skills and will focusing on developing financial models,...

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600 people benefit from Boost Your Business

HUNDREDS of business owners have signed up to a business growth programme during its first year. The fully funded Boost Your Business residential course was launched last April by East Durham Business Service (EDBS) and a consortium of other North East enterprise partners. To date, 600 people have signed up, with the vast majority of those having already attended the three-day course. The course is part of a series of funded programmes which allow participants to gain recognised qualifications – on Boost Your Business those that complete and pass the course gain two recognised enterprise qualifications and a non-accredited...

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Taking a step forward for World Autism Awareness Week

For a child with autism, some of life’s regular activities which are often taken for granted, can be traumatic such as getting a haircut or shoes fitted. In World Autism Awareness Week (26 March – 2 April) charity Daisy Chain is keen to raise awareness of how difficult some everyday activities can prove to be but how with training and understanding many businesses and services can make a huge difference to the lives of families affected by autism. Daisy Chain has worked closely with footwear specialists Charles Clinkard to help them train staff and create a bespoke personalised service...

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Fun Things to Do This Summer with the Kids

If you haven’t made any plans for summer yet, it’s time to get thinking and sort out what you’d like to do. Ask the kids what they want, and anyone else who’ll be part of your summer holiday activities, like Nanny and Grandad. The UK is an amazing place full of things to do and interesting places to visit, and the North East is one of the best parts of the country for scenery and visitor attractions. Play farms Kids always love seeing animals, and play farms are one of the best activities – especially for younger children. They...

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Full Speed Ahead! Thousands More South Tyneside Homes and Businesses Can Now Access Superfast Broadband

Thousands more South Tyneside homes and businesses can now access high-speed, fibre-based broadband as a direct result of South Tyneside Council’s investment into the multi million pound Digital Durham programme. A massive 98.6 per cent of homes and businesses in the borough can now access superfast broadband speeds, which is the highest coverage of all the North East local authorities. Across the borough, around 4,700 premises have been upgraded by engineers from Openreach, the business responsible for Britain’s largest phone and broadband network, since the first South Tyneside fibre broadband cabinet ‘went live’ in Jarrow, just over a year ago.This is in addition to around 58,500 premises already...

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Students get a tantalising taste of Tour de Yorkshire trophies

STUDENTS were given a tantalising glimpse of cycling silverware to inspire them in their preparations for the Tour de Yorkshire. Welcome to Yorkshire trophy custodian Alan Rowley brought the cycle race prizes to Richmond School and Sixth Form College where students are hard at work painting wooden bikes to decorate the course. Richmond has been chosen to stage one of the starts of the prestigious event which this year takes place from May 3-6. Year 7 and 8 students are painting 100 wooden bicycles provided by the Town Council for local shops to display as well as working with...

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