Author: Dave Stopher

*** NEW CLIP *** The Breadwinner / in cinemas 25 May

** NEW CLIP RELEASED FOR THE BREADWINNER ** ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED FEATURE FROM ACCLAIMED ANIMATION STUDIO CARTOON SALOON THE BREADWINNER IN CINEMAS 25th MAY 2018 Directed by Nora TwomeyExecutive Produced by Angelina Jolie Based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis STUDIOCANAL are delighted to release a new clip for THE BREADWINNER ahead of its theatrical release on Friday, May 25th,introducing Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. From executive producer Angelina Jolie and Cartoon Saloon, the creators of the Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes this highly-anticipated, award-winning new feature based on Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel. When Parvana’s father is wrongfully imprisoned by...

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Apprentices’ careers branch-off thanks to environmental scheme

An environmental project is acting as a stepping stone to employment for many young people in Middlesbrough. Over the past two years One Planet Pioneers has engaged with over 1000 young people through apprenticeships, work experience, career workshops and volunteering activities. One Planet Pioneers, funded by the Big Lottery Fund through the Our Bright Future programme, is a collaboration between Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC), Actes Trust and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, which aims to develop the skills of young people through environmental projects.  The project currently works with 11 apprentices who are employed by project partners, the largest number to be...

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students rewarded with ancient honour

THE spotlight has fallen on a student with West End aspirations as she and a schoolmate have been recognised for their endeavours. Northallerton School and Sixth Form College students Theodora Crocker and Joe Barron were awarded the prestigious Cuthbert Cross for their contribution to school life. First awarded in 1910, the sold silver cross is given annually to a boy and girl who ‘by loyal chivalrous and honourable conduct have done the most to enhance the character and reputation of the school’. The worthy winners are chosen by students and staff to receive what is the highest honour the...

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Local charity holds open days for National Volunteer Week

A north east charity is holding two volunteer open days at HMP Deerbolt near Barnard Castle and at HMP Durham in Durham City as part of this year’s National Volunteer Week celebrations. Nepacs has worked across the north east region for over 135 years to help support a positive future for prisoners, their friends and families.  Nepacs is looking for new volunteers to join their teams at HMP Deerbolt located in the beautiful village of Startforth near Barnard Castle and at HMP Durham’s visitors centre team in Durham City and other projects in the Durham area. As part of...

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The total value of investments made by fund manager FW Capital has passed the £100 million mark since it opened for business in 2010.   Part of the Development Bank of Wales Group, FW Capital established its first office in Newcastle in 2010 to support the investment of the £20m Finance For Business North East Growth Plus Fund.   Since then, it has opened five more offices across the north of England and has launched six further funds aimed at growing businesses in the North West and North East of England.    These funds have invested a total of...

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Volunteers at Fulwell Community Library are showing their colours in support of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018. With a school competition, nautical themed book-buying, decorating sea road with knitted bunting and banner making the library volunteers are certainly getting into the spirit to celebrate the upcoming iconic event. Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “This is a shining example of how communities and organisations across the city are getting involved with The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018. “I’d also like to thank the team at Fulwell Community Library for helping for...

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A team of 25 saddle-sore staff from Middlesbrough firm AV Dawson are celebrating after raising more than £10,000 for charity via a 210-mile cycle challenge from Edinburgh to Teesside. As patrons of Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, the funds will be channelled through the charity to the Buddy Bag Foundation, which provides emergency refuge for children in crisis. Despite much chafing and sore legs, all 25 riders completed the three-day challenge that started at Edinburgh Castle and ended with families, friends and colleagues cheering them home at the Tees Barrage. Led by the firm’s operations director Andrew Watkins and accompanied by...

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Specialist lighting design for Hotel Indigo

Gateshead-based Park Electrical Distributors has helped to shine the light on the recently opened Hotel Indigo, Durham. Grade II listed, The Old Shire Hall, has been refurbished as a boutique 83 bedroom hotel. Park was appointed to design internal lighting for the Marco Pierre White restaurant and bar area by Durham-based, KM Electrical Services, who installed the electrical facilities. Simon Mooney, specialist services sale director at Park Electrical Distributors, said: “The Old Shire Hall, newly refurbished as the Hotel Indigo, is a very well-known landmark within Durham and we were delighted to be brought into the project by KM...

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Local football club scores support from Story Homes

A local football club is putting plans in motion to replace its all-weather pitch for the benefit of its members, thanks to sponsorship from award-winning housebuilder Story Homes. Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Football Club has served the wider community of Crawcrook, Ryton, Greenside, Prudhoe and surrounding areas for more than 70 years. With 200 children representing two thirds of the membership, the club is home to 16 junior football teams, a soccer school, a ladies’ team and a senior team that plays in the second division of the Northern League. The club will use the donation from Story Homes...

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Northumberland primary school goes ‘wild about adventure’

A primary school in South East Northumberland is encouraging children to learn about and explore the great outdoors through an innovative partnership with an outdoor experience provider. Bothal Primary School in Ashington, one of two primary schools which formulate the Ashington Learning Partnership, has engaged Rothbury-based, Wild About Adventure, to help develop the outdoor learning facilities at its upper site and deliver activities as part of the school’s in-house sustainability programme. Working together with staff and pupils and through donations from parents and volunteers, Wild About Adventure has transformed an area of outdoor space to the rear of the...

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How costly is gardening in the UK?

Looking after our garden can be expensive. It’s estimated that over the course of a gardener’s lifetime, they’ll spend £30,000 on tending to their garden. A staggering amount by anyone’s standards, but just how does the amount break down? When research was conducted by Gardening Express, it was discovered that £10,000 was being spent on plants and £9,000 on renewing old decking and creating a new patio. This decking cost is based on renewing the patio and decking six times over their lifetime. Studies that have taken place in recent years reveal that our spending habits are slowing. The...

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GROUPS helping to create stronger communities and break down barriers among young people are being invited to apply for grants. The funding is aimed at developing community cohesion, and is divided into two separate strands. Stronger Communities We want to support all our communities to become stronger and to celebrate all that is great about Middlesbrough. Can you help to create fairer, safer and stronger communities for all? Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support local voluntary, faith and community groups to deliver relevant projects. Closing date for applications 31/07/18 Youth Offer Grants of between £200 and...

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Future Business – Accountability and Freedom in Digital

It might be most workers dreams to get rid of the CEO and be able to make the changes and positive impact on the work that a company does. To most however, it seems like too drastic a step, but for this organic marketing company they have proven it was the right step. When the CEO of a company is taken away, it can split the room. Those who want that steady influence to lean on and are looking for an individual to take up that mantle and those who are looking to join together to create something new and exciting....

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High demand for scientifically engineered footwear has seen global brand FitFlop complete a new partnership deal with their e-fulfilment provider and existing Port of Tyne customer Spark Response, based in Gateshead. In 2007 Marcia Kilgore, serial entrepreneur and award-winning businesswoman, founded FitFlop, bringing her first biomechanically engineered sandals to thousands of women around the world. Over a decade later, FitFlop continues to broaden its range of sandals, sneakers, loafers and skates, alongside its global brand campaign “FOR SUPERWOMEN”, featuring Uma Thurman. FitFlop has been a huge commercial success world-wide and as a result the Port will provide overspill warehousing...

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New Research Reveals Cost of Opening A Business in the North East: £6,000

– New research shows it could cost as little as £6,000 to open a business.– Retail businesses can expect to see an outlay of £172K in the first year, while tech start-ups need around £380K to get going.– Business premises is the biggest first year expense, accounting for up to 50% of the budget needed to get going. 2018 is the year of the entrepreneur, with the highest number of would-be business owners ever set to take the plunge and take a chance on their dream. But whether it’s opening a grocer’s, or launching the next big tech start-up,...

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