Author: Dave Stopher

Rafalution Continues

Newcastle United can confirm that a meeting has taken place between the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, managing director Lee Charnley, and manager Rafa Benitez. It was agreed by all parties that the meeting was very positive and constructive.  Mike again congratulated Rafa and his team on gaining promotion to the Premier League as champions. Plans for next season were discussed, including the purchase and loan of players to add to the squad in readiness for the Premier League season. Speaking after the meeting Mike Ashley said: “I’ve confirmed to Rafa and Lee that they can have every last penny...

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Mobile Versus Traditional Marketing – Which Is Best?

Mobile has become very central in terms of how we live over the past ten years, since smartphones and tablets came into mainstream use. As you might expect, this led to something of a renaissance in marketing, as mobile presented so many new ways to reach audiences online even while they were not at a computer. It became seen as the most important part of many businesses’ marketing strategies, and something which no up and coming company could do without. Mobile Is Great – But Not Always Best There is no doubt that online mobile marketing has added a...

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John Sergeant to present Teesside University journalism awards

Veteran journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant will be presenting talented student journalists with awards at Teesside University’s annual ceremony. John, an honorary graduate of the University, will be celebrating the brightest and best Teesside journalism talent at the event in Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art on 11 May at 5.30pm. Joining a whole host of media professionals and staff to recognise the achievement of students, John will be presenting the awards and some sage advice to young people looking to start in the industry. John was the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent from 1992 until 2000 and the Political Editor...

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Delia Bushell to leave BT

Delia Bushell has decided to step down from her role as Managing Director of BT Sport & BT TV, after a successful three years. She will announce her future plans in the coming weeks and will stay with BT until the start of June to oversee a handover of her responsibilities. Since joining in 2014, Delia has driven strong growth in revenues and TV subscribers and overseen a step-change in the scale and quality of BT Sport and BT TV’s services, including launch of BT’s European football coverage, its award-winning BT Sport app and 4k UHD services. Delia Bushell said “This was a difficult decision as I am incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved over the past few years. But with the successful renewal of our UEFA Champions and Europa League rights and the launch of our new, improved BT TV YouView service, I can now confidently hand over the baton to the excellent team around me. I look forward to watching BT Sport and TV continue to lead the market on innovation, creativity & commercial ingenuity.” John Petter, CEO of BT Consumer, said “Delia leaves with our very best wishes for the future, having made a major contribution to the development of both BT TV and BT Sport. She leaves behind a strong team that she developed during her time here. We will announce in due course our...

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Tories select Coulby Newham by election winner for Boro seat

Jacob Young, the Teesside chemical worker who took the Coulby Newham ward from Labour in a council by-election in April, has been selected by the Conservative Party to contest the Middlesbrough seat in June’s General Election. This follows the shock election of Conservative Ben Houchen as the Tees Valley Metro Mayor, in one of the first elections of its kind in the UK. The Metro Mayor election, which Mr Houchen described as a “political earthquake”, saw the Conservatives poll just 1,765 fewer votes than Labour across Middlesbrough. In April, Jacob was elected as the first Conservative to represent the...

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New recruits at Hay & Kilner

Bolstering the Residential Property Department at leading Newcastle Law Firm, Hay & Kilner, is Kris English and Charlotte Barker. Kris has joined the firm as an Associate Solicitor. With over 11 years’ experience in residential property law, Kris advises clients on all types of residential property matters. Charlotte has joined the firm as a Paralegal in Kris’ team, and provides support and assistance to all members of the team in providing an exceptional service. Paul Illes, Partner and Joint Head of the Residential Property Department at Hay & Kilner commented: “It is great to have Kris & Charlotte on...

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Milestone anniversary for BH Mortgages reveals impressive figures

Leading mortgage brokerage services BH Mortgages is celebrating its first anniversary milestone and a successful year for the business. BH Mortgages, has announced that over the past 12 months the business has organised gross lending of almost £23 million to hundreds of home buyers. Head broker for the company, Lewis Chambers, said: “We are delighted with what we have achieved in our first year of BH Mortgages. We have helped hundreds of buyers and dozens of first time buyers purchase a home, offering them impartial and sound advice and most importantly getting them the best deal which is right...

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Fans flock back to Newcastle Falcons after a season of progress

Following their best campaign in recent memory, Newcastle Falcons’ season ticket membership sales for 2017-18 are already well ahead of the same time last year. A much-improved showing in 2016-17 saw Dean Richards’ side recording their highest Premiership finish in 11 years, winning their biggest number of league games in 15 seasons. The Falcons’ total of try-bonus points (five) was their highest in 16 years, with average league attendances at Kingston Park topping the 7,000 mark for the first time in nine seasons. Home gates were up around 10% on last season, the Falcons winning seven of their 11...

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National Lottery shines spotlight on South Tyneside stories

Follow a heritage trail of free events on Wednesday 14 June to discover the culture and history of South Tyneside  From Jarrow Hall to Souter Lighthouse, heritage sites in South Tyneside are opening their doors to the public to reveal the heritage of the area and the impact that National Lottery funding is making. Taking place throughout the 14th June, the South Tyneside Stories heritage trail will include family history workshops, walks in the park, free entry to Souter Lighthouse and fairytales at The Word. All have received funding made possible by National Lottery players. In fact, through grants...

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Museum urges visitors to give a little extra

VISITORS to one of the North East’s most popular attractions are being urged to help others do the same, through a new scheme. Newcastle’s Discovery Museum, at Blandford Square, has joined forces with its in-house catering partner, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events to launch Give A Little Extra – an initiative aimed at making the museum accessible to people experiencing homelessness or financial difficulties. Under the scheme, visitors to the Museum’s café, on the second floor, can purchase an additional item or items – such as a hot drink, meal, sandwich or children’s lunch box. The additional purchases will...

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County Council election results

With all the results now in from the 72 seats in the North Yorkshire County Council elections held today, the state of the parties is (figures in brackets are the pre-election totals): Conservative, 55 seats, (45) Independent, 10 seats (11) Labour, 4 seats (7) Liberal Democrat, 3 seats, (5) UK Independence Party, 0 seats (2) Liberal, 0 seats (2) Turnout across North Yorkshire was 35.34%, with an increase on the turnout across all districts. The majority party will meet next week to elect a Leader, who will then nominate portfolio holders for the Executive.  The newly-elected council will meet...

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Comment on the Tees Valley mayor result from Durham Tees Valley Airport

As the result of the election to the new post of Tees Valley  mayor came through this afternoon an airport spokesperson said: “We look forward to working with the new Mayor, his Combined Authority colleagues, our local authority partners and Tees Valley Unlimited to ensure we continue to play an important role in driving forward the area’s economy and providing access to worldwide destinations which are so important to the region’s business community. “No discussions have taken place between the Airport and Mr Houchen regarding the Airport’s future and we look forward to discussing the Airport’s plans with him...

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Cruise ship makes a return to Sunderland

A CRUISE ship bringing scores of sightseers to Sunderland has been berthed on the waters of the Wear for the third time. The MS Gann sailed into the Port of Sunderland’s Corporation Quay on Friday [May 5] bringing 162 tourists from Stavanger into the city to explore what Sunderland has to offer.  The tourists were greeted with guides of things to enjoy in the city, from visitor attractions like the National Glass Centre and the seafront, to the bars, cafes and restaurants around Sunderland. This is the third time the 6,257 tonne Norwegian cruise ship has visited the Wear....

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First acts announced for Musicport 2017 and discounted tickets

MUSICPORT FESTIVAL 2017: 20th-22nd October Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, YO21 3EN Tickets now available online, from Musicport Shop, Skinner Street, Whitby or Tel. 01947 603475 `This year’s 18th Musicport Festival held in the beautiful port of Whitby on the Yorkshire coast promises its usual high quality and eclectic line-up. All in one indoor venue overlooking the North Sea with 6 stages (and a comedy bus) it is widely regarded as a great way to end the festival season and coincides with the October half term for many. With indoor camping as an option, a festival bazaar in the main hall and international food vans it has the outdoor festival vibe but protected from the elements and with lots of activities to participate in as well as acts to see. In addition to the main festival the festival goes on tour to the surrounding villages on the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday following the main event. This was a successful innovation in 2016 and makes staying around for a few days even more of an option for visitors as well as extending opportunities for audiences and performers. Weekend tickets are currently ��100 . Festival director Jim McLaughlin said “The Afro Celt Sound System have long been on our wish list so we’re delighted on the back of their excellent new CD they have decided to tour again and that Musicport...

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Top 10 tips for managing stress in the workplace (for when you go back into the office on Tuesday!)

It’s Friday…and it’s a long weekend! Hoorah for bank holidays! Here are 10 tips to help you avoid workplace stress when you return after a long weekend of fun, may fairs and three days off work.  Susan Scott is business psychologist, nutritionist and author of new book – How To Have An Outstanding Career (8th May 2017, Filament Publishing, £12.99) Increase your personal stress awareness. Recognise the symptoms. These can be physical, emotional, behavioural or psychological. Consider what might be causing you to feel the way you do and what action might be required to address the causes. If you’re...

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