Author: Dave Stopher

Young Entrepreneur Launches Beauty Empire Thanks To Local Enterprise Agency

A former North East landscaper has launched the new year with his own beauty empire at the age of only 21, thanks to the help of a local enterprise organisation. Arran Fordham, of Sacriston, Durham, was left out of work at the age of 19 after losing his first job, which came at a tough time after a string of personal problems. This then led to a year of unsuccessful job applications and unemployment before he spotted a gap in the market in his local village Framwell Gate Moor. The former student made the decision to open his own beauty salon, Look Lush, but did not have the business experience or funding to develop his first shop independently. Following a recommendation from a family friend, Arran contacted Pinetree, an organisation which provides business support and access to finance to start-ups and growing North East companies. Arran said: “Without Pinetree I doubt whether it would have even been possible to develop a successful business on my own. They really gave me the help and support I needed both financially and through key advice and guidance. It has given me the opportunity to stand on my own two feet and provide for myself, as well as do my bit for the local community in creating jobs.” Arran worked with Pinetree business advisor Carole Aitken. She helped him develop his initial idea...

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A Bench with a View? – How creative writing is creating funds for a local hospice

Earlier this year, Northumberland Writer, Rachel Cochrane, released her online radio play Benchmark now available online for everyone to listen. Inspired by the ‘In Loving Memory’ plaques found on benches, it is the story of a young single mum and the ghost of a prim spinster who find that they have more in common than they realise. The radio play was recorded at Fuse Media Centre in Prudhoe with actors local to The Tyne Valley.

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