Author: Dave Stopher

Speedflex: latest innovative fitness training comes to Coulby Newham

Bannatyne health club in Coulby Newham has become one of the only health clubs in the area to offer Speedflex, the innovative low-impact, high-intensity fitness session. Speedflex, which boasts former England striker and Match of the Day summariser Alan Shearer as a director and ambassador, opens high intensity internal training (HIIT) to people of all abilities due to its inclusivity. Speedflex machines automatically respond to, and create resistance levels based on, the individual’s force, which means there are no traditional weights involves, and users work to their optimum level, while exercising multiple muscle groups simultaneously. The Bannatyne health club...

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No more stifled creativity with Common x Collective

Following its launch event on Tuesday (16th January), a collective has vowed to support and develop the creative industries in the North. Common x Collective, the brainchild of Director, Andrea Freeman, will unite entrepreneurs from creative, digital and design backgrounds across the Tees Valley and wider North East to accelerate the sector. Andrea said: “As a champion for the creative and digital industries, I feel it’s time to take the conversation from the shadows between sectors and industry, policy and education to a more inclusive and progressive holistic approach. “Common x Collective was created to form a dynamic and super-connected...

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TEES VALLEY MAYOR SUPPORTS EXCITING CUBIC EXPANSION PLAN

The Tees Valley Mayor has visited a global transport systems company planning expansion of its operations in Stockton. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen pledged to support Cubic in its aim to triple the workforce at their Global Operations Centre (GOC), headquartered in Stockton-on-Tees. The GOC services Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, and supports Cubic’s leading intelligent travel services offerings around the world. Cubic delivers integrated fare payment and information systems for transportation and traffic management, including tools for travellers to choose the smartest and easiest way to travel and pay for their journeys, the Oyster and contactless...

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Mentor for every child: Call for business people to rally to new super-school

People from across the region’s software and science sectors have thrown their collective weight behind new super-school North East Futures UTC, which will open next September.   Principal designate Dan Sydes has called for support to provide a mentor for every child, with the aim of ensuring the UTC will be the best start for students in its specialist areas: digital technology and health science.   The first cohort of mentors met recently for a briefing and to shoot videos talking of their experiences getting into their sectors – and their wish to help others. The UTC team is...

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Spa deals to help beat the January blues

A LEADING North East spa is brightening up the cold, grey January days with a host of special deals and discounts. The award-winning Spa at Ramside, at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, County Durham, has a number of spa break, spa day and evening offers to help chase off the winter blues. For couples looking for the perfect break, the Spa Winter Escape offers a night in a Premier room, spa brunch, full spa access and a 30-minute treatment each, with prices starting at £219 per couple. Alternatively, the Beat the Blues Twilight for two deal gives couples the...

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Lookers Renault Newcastle strikes up sponsorship of under nines football team

Lookers have strengthened their relationship with the local sporting community by becoming the main sponsor of a Tyneside under nines football club. Newcastle Benfield Olympico is the latest sports team to benefit from the support of the dealership group, with nearby Lookers Renault providing them with new strips to play in. The team play in the Pinpoint Recruitment Under 9’s League and with the help of Lookers Renault Newcastle are back to playing in their traditional blue and white hoops after having to wear a yellow strip for most of last season. The team are currently managed by Chris...

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Is your workplace disability friendly?

According to Scope, a charity for those with a disability, there were 13.3 million disabled people living in the UK in 2016 – at least 18% of whom were adults of working age. However, just 3.4 million disabled people are currently in employment. This is not purely down to choice or the nature of each disability; for some disabled people, it’s the barriers they face in a working environment that prevent them from having a job. Scope also state that disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people. However, it is not just...

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Lord offers peer power to politics students

STUDENTS have been given a taste of the workings of parliamentary law, from deciding on the sugar content of crisps to the rules governing mobile phones. Lord Best discussed the Westminster process and life at the Houses of Parliament with GCSE and A level history, economics and business students from Richmond School and Sixth Form College. The retired chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Trust also fielded questions from students, ranging from the accountability of the House of Lords to university tuition fees as part of the Peers in Schools project. The Lords’ outreach programme is designed to encourage...

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Everything you need to know about alcohol licensing

Running your own pub is a dream shared by many; from ultra-modern gastro pubs, to cosy inns with a fire burning in the corner, many see themselves as being the perfect landlords at the perfect pub, but getting to that point can often be time consuming and confusing. Before you get to that point, you need to know everything about alcohol licensing and what it means for you. So that you’re up and running in no time, Flogas –  specialists in gas supply for businesses – takes you through everything you need to know about this important piece of...

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High street retailers must cater for needs of older shoppers

There are far too many older people that are finding high street shops unwelcoming, with confusing automated checkout machines and nowhere to sit down for a rest. Older people’s charity, Anchor, had commissioned a report that highlighted that older people aren’t getting catered in high street shops and warns if things don’t improve, than high street shops are at risk of losing out on up to £4.5 billion in trade each year by 2030. The report entitled “Older generations to rescue the high street”, reveals that: 23 percent of older people aged 70+ say they are feeling “shut out”...

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Learning to drive later in life? Here’s all you need to know

The legal age to get behind the wheel and start learning to drive is 17, however research from a survey of 1,500 participants in 2016 shows that the average age to start driving is now 26. In fact, 44% of learners are now over the age of 25. In the last nine years, the number of young drivers learning between ages 17 and 20 has fallen by 21% — meaning more people are taking to the roads when they’re older. Older drivers may be warier about being in control of a vehicle and more cautious of hazards which can...

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PADDINGTON 2 – ON DVD & BLU-RAY 12 March – STARRING HUGH BONNEVILLE AND HUGH GRANT

STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the BAFTA nominated hit ‘family film of the year’ PADDINGTON 2 will be available on digital download from 5 MARCH 2018 and on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD + Blu-ray from 12 MARCH 2018. The number one box-office smash-hit, recently passing £40m, will also be released as a Blu-Ray Steelbook and as a box-set with the first Paddington film. Available to pre-order now: http://scnl.co/Paddington2HE The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the...

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Views sought on draft cycling strategy for North Tyneside

Residents are being asked for their views on the future of cycling in North Tyneside -building on its massive growth and the major investment in making the highways network safer.  Cabinet last night (15 January) approved a four-week engagement process on North Tyneside Council’s draft cycling strategy, which sets out how it will continue to help more people in the borough cycle more easily and often. It is aimed at getting more people to take part in everyday cycling, which has a number of benefits for people’s health and the environment, and, wherever possible, improving the infrastructure of the...

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BT Consumer launches Ultrafast Fibre broadband with 100Mbps speed guarantee

BT Consumer today became the first broadband retailer to offer a 100 megabits per second (Mbps) speed guarantee for its new Ultrafast Fibre broadband packages. BT is launching two new Ultrafast Fibre packages with speeds of up to 152Mbps and up to 314Mbps, both with a speed guarantee of 100Mbps. Customers who sign up for either package will get compensation if their download speed ever falls below 100Mbps. No other UK Internet Service Provider currently guarantees these high speeds – backed by compensation. The 100Mbps guarantee means customers can enjoy ten times the UK average standard* broadband speeds at...

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Fortuna Gaming at LAC

Newcastle based online gambling firm Fortuna Gaming, are set to release their latest brand offering in the form of 666 casino and will be showcasing their brands at both ICE and the London Affiliates conference this February. After their foundation in 2017, Fortuna Gaming have grown significantly on the back of a successful launch and growth of four new casino brands. After starting out with Wizard Slots and Easy Slots, easyslots.com, the latest offering from the Fortuna team is 666 Casino. With a perky devilish theme you certainly get the gist of what type of branding this site will...

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