Author: Dave Stopher

Tees Valley Councils In Need of More Foster Carers

The five Tees Valley councils have joined together to raise awareness about fostering and to recruit new foster carers from across the region. There are more than 1,300 looked after children from the Tees Valley who, for various reasons, cannot live with their own families. The ‘Tees Valley Fostering’ campaign has been launched by Stockton, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool, and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Councils in a drive to find more foster carers. The five councils want to recruit more foster carers who are interested in fostering groups of brothers and sisters, and children aged over 10 years old on...

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CAFÉ 21 Chef Named North East Young Chef of The Year

Chef de partie Liam Skelton is celebrating after securing the prestigious title of North East Young Chef of the Year. Liam, a chef at Newcastle’s Café 21 restaurant, competed against seven other chefs and cooked his way to win the accolade in a competition run by the North East Culinary and Trade Association (NECTA) that promotes high quality skills among chefs and the catering industry. The 21-year-old from Seaham, who’s been with Café 21 for almost two years, stunned four judges with his 40º Salmon with Cauliflower & Horseradish Puree starter and Roasted Guinea Fowl with Celeriac & Truffle....

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Gateshead College appoints new deputy principal

Gateshead College has strengthened its management team with the appointment of a new deputy principal. Chris Toon takes up the role after spending two years at Knowsley Community College in Liverpool. He has more than 15 years’ experience of the education and skills sectors and was part of a new management team at Knowsley Community College that turned around the fortunes of a failing institution, ensuring it received an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating within 14 months. A qualified teacher and experienced lecturer, Chris was appointed to an advanced practitioner post within four years of starting his career in further education....

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Come Over To The Dark Side With Discover Middlesbrough

DARKNESS is the theme for a series of creative events taking place this Friday (October 24) as part of the Discover Middlesbrough Festival. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark is curated by visual artist Nicky Peacock and certainly one worth staying up past bedtime for. The one-night-only event in the town centre features candlelit readings of shadowy tales, outdoor film screenings, disembodied whispers from CCTV speakers and the appearance of mysterious art installations. Running order: 6pm –  7pm  Telling Tales event in mima Education Space featuring installation by artists Fin McMorran and Miki Z. If you would like to...

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Hedley McEwan Puts A Spring in ts Step With Springuru™ – The Pocket Sprung Shoe

NEWCASTLE creative agency Hedley McEwan has stepped into a brand new arena as their latest project sees them venture into the global footwear market. Hedley McEwan has been working with a group of UK entrepreneurs for the last two-and-a-half years to help develop and launch a casual shoe brand under the intriguing name of ‘SPRINGURU™’. Using technology from the mattress industry, SPRINGURU™ is a new casual shoe with micro pocket springs built into the midsole. Along with great cushioning, support and comfort, the shoe provides a unique springy sensation underfoot. The micro pocket springs have been developed by mattress...

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Fly Me To The Moon Proudly Presents Three Boro Writiers

A HAT trick of top Teesside football writers will be holding an entertaining discussion on the beautiful game and their writing ahead of this Saturday’s Boro match. The trio of authors – Harry Pearson, John Nicholson and Daniel Gray – are taking part in the talk at the invitation of Boro fanzine Fly Me To The Moon, whose editor Robert Nichols will play host. The Three Boro Writers event will take place in the Reference Library at Middlesbrough’s Central Library on Saturday, October 25, from noon-2pm before Boro take on Watford at the Riverside Stadium in a 3pm kick...

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2014 North East Equality Awards winners revealed

Employers and individuals have been rewarded for their strong commitment to equality and diversity. The winners of the 2014 North East Equality Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony at Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel. The event was a particular success for DB Regio as they took away the Outstanding Practice award for their Eyewish Access campaign, as well as an individual award for one of their employees. DB Regio scooped the Outstanding Practice Award following the development of an innovative project to provide support to those with visual impairment travelling on the Nexus Metro system. Employees were given the...

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Talented trio score national goal

A trio of talented students are celebrating international success after being called up to the England Women’s Under-19 football squad. Sunderland Ladies’ sharp-shooting striker Abbey Joice will head off to St George’s Park in Staffordshire for a two-day training camp with head coach Mo Marley on 20th and 21st October. The former Gateshead College student from Blakelaw will be joined by Sunderland development squad players Tyler Dodds and Chloe Johnson. Eighteen year-old Abbey, who has just left Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport with a National Diploma in Sports Science to study at Northumbria University, made an instant impact on...

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New apprentices sign up for engineering training scheme

Nexus has taken on ten more new apprentices as part of the ongoing expansion of its engineering training programme, which is being delivered in partnership with Gateshead College. Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, launched a new engineering apprenticeship scheme in March 2013, creating 30 new posts over a three-year period. The ten apprentices to join the scheme this month are part of the second intake of recruits, as Nexus seeks to revitalise an ageing workforce on the Metro system, some of whom go back to the opening of Metro more than 30 years ago....

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New venture says its farewells to traditional funeral services

A North East, family-run funeral business has launched a new venture which offers an alternative to the traditional hearse. Darlington based Whitehouse Funeral Service, which recently expanded into Newton Aycliffe, has launched a unique business, Retro Farewells. Retro Farewells provides alternative transportation in the form of a classic1979 VW camper van, aptly named Casper. The iconic van, which has been lovingly converted for appropriate use, has already received amazing feedback from its services. John Whitehouse, owner and director of both Retro Farewells and Whitehouse Funeral Service, which continues to cater for more traditional funerals with its traditional hearse and...

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North East training centre to engineer apprentices’ future

A world class engineering company has launched a training centre as it looks to inspire and hire young talent in the region. Industrial and Marine Hydraulics Ltd (IMH) opened its in-house training scheme for hydraulic engineers at its headquarters in Middlesbrough with over 50 attendees on Friday 3rd October. Maria Dotsch, international trade advisor for UKTI was the esteemed speaker at the event. Other high profile guests included Andy McDonald MP for Middlesbrough, representatives of Tees Valley Unlimited, Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Teesside University and more. IMH, which offers services in engineering, design and manufacturing, employs over 40 people, and is...

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Local Athletes Run Smile Mile To Mark Clairville Closure

LOCAL athletes will bid a fond farewell to a Teesside sporting icon at a special event next week. Runners, joggers and walkers will take to the track at Middlesbrough’s Clairville Stadium for a celebratory Smile Mile. They will complete some of the venue’s final laps before the 51-year-old facility closes to make way for the new Middlesbrough Sports Village which is rapidly taking shape nearby. The event on Thursday evening (October 23) is the culmination of a week of celebration which will see reduced admission to the track of £2 for the general public from Monday (October 20), with all proceeds going to local charities that are partners of the Runmiddlesbrough programme. The Smile Mile event will take place on the track from 7.15pm, with the first lap due to be led by a veteran local athlete who attended the opening of Clairville Stadium in 1963. The final lap bell will ring at 7.25pm as a reminder to those who have not already completed their Smile Mile run their final lap. The veteran athlete will then carry a baton at the start of a final lap marking the move from Clairville to the new athletics facility at Middlesbrough’s Sports Village. After 350m of the final lap the baton will be passed to a junior athlete who will run the closing 50m, and will also carry the baton on the...

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FREE ENERGY SAVING MEASURES AND ADVICE UP FOR GRABS

FREE energy saving advice and power company switching sessions are on offer in Middlesbrough next week. The Big Energy Saving Week event takes place from Monday, October 20 to Friday, October 24 at the Middlesbrough Cycle Centre in the Bus Station. It’s part of a drive by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to raise energy efficiency awareness in the run-up to winter. The Middlesbrough event is one of a series of co-ordinated nationwide outreach events and a national, regional and social media campaign. Sessions run from 10am to 4pm every day and are open to all,...

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Discover Tees Valley initiative to bring tourism to the region

A new digital initiative has been launched to change perceptions of Tees Valley with an aim to bringing more tourism and growth to the region. Discover Tees Valley, founded by Michael Janes, Mark Burton and Carl Quartermain, is a private sector led Community Interest Company (CIC). It is a digital platform and the destination management arm of the Tees Valley Tourism Alliance. Plans are being set in motion to raise the profile of Tees Valley nationally and even internationally to encourage more tourism with the state of the art website. The site aims to generate interest in Tees Valley...

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PG Legal appoints three consultants and expands into new sectors

Fast growing law firm, PG Legal has added three experienced consultants to its portfolio as it branches into new legal divisions.   The commercial firm, based in Team Valley has appointed Andrew Perriman, expert in landlord and tenant law, Nick Dent, accredited mediator and third sector specialist and William Green, agricultural law specialist, to deal with an increasing workload as it expands into these territories.   This comes after a successful third year of trading, which showed an increase in turnover of 460% on its first year of trading. With the acquisition of these highly skilled consultants it is...

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