Author: Dave Stopher


How can North East businesses looking to trade overseas for the first time do so successfully? Leigh Taylor, Regional director for the North East, SME, at Lloyds Bank, gives his top tips on implementing an export strategy for the first time. Explore your options now The sooner businesses start exploring how exporting can benefit them, the sooner they can put measures in place to make it happen. Research your target market While this may be clear for some businesses, others may need direction establishing the best overseas opportunities. Partners such as the Department for International Trade (DIT) can help map out...

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Sunderland shoppers asked to support fun and fund raising…

SHOPPERS can be in with the chance to win prizes and support two good causes at the same time, thanks to Sunderland’s the Bridges. Shopping centres across the UK have signed up for One Great Day, a charity initiative which raises funds throughout June for London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and other worthy, local organisations. And this year the Bridges will be taking part, by running a tombola in the centre on Saturday 23 June. All money raised will be shared between Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and, closer to home, Sunderland Royal Neonatal Unit. Scores of great prizes...

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David Wilson Homes North East encourages Hexham pupils to bloom with brand new Gardening Kits

Ready to kick-start the summer months, David Wilson Homes North East, has donated special gardening kits to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic First School in Hexham. The after-school gardening club received five gardening kits, including gardening gloves, watering cans, trowels and rakes from Dawn Wilson, sales adviser at the Woodland Rise development in Hexham. The gardening club, which is enjoyed by 11 pupils, already has an active green space in the school and were able to showcase what they have already grown and taken care of throughout the year. David Wilson Homes’ Woodland Rise development in Hexham has a range...

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Cleveland Bridge signs up to the 5% Club to promote skills development

Cleveland Bridge UK has seen its commitment to its skills endorsed by a national business initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students. As a member of the 5% Club Cleveland Bridge becomes one of more than 250 UK companies committed to providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need for long-term careers. The ethos of the organisation is to encourage members to ensure that five percent of its workforce is made up of apprentices and graduates within a five year period.  However, Cleveland Bridge is already exceeding...

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A special ‘open day’ to recruit more staff to the Hambleton waste and street scene team has found three new employees!  The district council  recently opened the doors to its Darlington Road depot to allow anyone interested to see the various refuse and recycling vehicles, chat with refuse, recycling, street scene and office staff and get help and advice on completing application forms. “More than 50 people came along – and we have taken on three of them so far,” said Paul Staines, Director of Environment. “It was a very successful day and one which we hope to repeat in...

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RAF Flight Sergeant leads team of 10 at Total Warrior

RAF Flight Sergeant Chris Plumb is joining hundreds of other fitness fanatics taking part in Total Warrior Leeds on 24 June. Chris, from RAF Leeming, is leading a team of 10 who hope to raise £1,500 for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity. The 37-year-old Air Traffic Control Officer, who has been in the RAF for 16 years, is one of thousands of RAF Benevolent Fund supporters going above and beyond for the charity in the RAF’s 100th year. Chris explains: “I’ve completed the Total Warrior Leeds course once before, so know only too well the challenge ahead....

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Should pneumococcal vaccine be used for alcohol dependency in the UK?

A dramatic rise in deaths from respiratory infections among alcoholics in the North East has led to calls for the introduction of a vaccine that has the potential to save lives. Public health researchers at the University of Sunderland are recommending the Department of Health trials the use of the pneumococcal vaccine to treat people who are alcohol dependent as part of their prevention measures. Alcoholism suppresses the immune system and is the most important risk factor for invasive pneumococcal disease, a serious and often life threatening infection. Researchers argue that alcoholism should be considered an ‘indicator condition’ for...

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Angela wins award for heart of gold

A GOLD-HEARTED school worker who goes out of her way to help struggling Middlesbrough families improve their lives despite her own struggles has been recognised with a Teesside Hero award. Mother-of-two Angela Barry started working at Caldicotes Primary Academy as a cleaner 18 years ago. The 51-year-old is now director of safeguarding and wellbeing at the Thorntree school and goes the extra mile on a daily basis to help pupils and their families to enjoy a better quality of life. Constantly battling to ensure those without food are fed, caring Angela is responsible for the school’s impoverishment fund which...

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New owner for former Sedgefield coaching inn

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has sold the Hardwick Arms Hotel, a coaching inn located in the picturesque village of Sedgefield near Durham, Teeside and North Yorkshire. Dating back to the 1750s, the Hardwick Arms was originally Sedgefield’s main coaching inn, serving as a stop for refreshments and overnight accommodation for stage coaches travelling from London to Edinburgh. Boasting a restaurant, bar and 11 well appointed en suite letting rooms, the inn offers comfortable accommodation and is especially popular with those visiting the nearby Sedgefield Racecourse. The new owners are looking forward to taking over the reins...

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North Yorkshire’s biggest food and live music event returns this weekend

Date                                      Sunday 24th June Time                                      10am-5pm Location                               Applegarth, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 8NT North Yorkshire’s biggest food and live music festival returns for its seventh successful year this weekend, boasting a range of foodie and musical treats The multi-award-winning Homegrown Food Festival, in Northallerton, will be held at the Applegarth on Sunday June 24th. This year’s theme is ‘Healthy Body, Happy Mind’ with health and well-being being the key focus. Activities will include: – laughter yoga sessions, natural remedy experts, mindful gardening, cookery demonstrations by well-known, local chefs taking place outdoors on a new ‘Festival Street’ with themes such...

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Grand Central has once again taken top honours for passenger satisfaction in a national survey of rail users. Transport Focus today (19th June) released figures for its twice yearly National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) for Spring 2018. Grand Central was ranked top for overall satisfaction, and best value long distance train operator for the sixth year running. The National Rail Passenger Survey reveals that 95% of Grand Central’s passengers were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their journey, placing the train operating company in joint top spot for overall satisfaction, ahead of national average figures of 81% for all train...

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Sony Brings the Google Assistant to BRAVIA Android TVs in UK

Sony Europe announced that select* Sony 4K HDR TVs with Android TV now have the Google Assistant built in, starting first with the UK, with more countries to follow later in 2018. With the help of Sony’s voice operated remote, the Google Assistant allows quick access to films, music and other content, as well as control over smart home devices and easy information search – all via Sony Android TV. The Google Assistant turns a compatible Sony television with Android TV into a complete entertainment-cum-smart home hub. Users can make voice commands to watch a movie or their favourite...

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Sage Gateshead: on sale from Friday 15th June

Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce some fantastic shows, which go on sale on Friday 15 June. North East favourites Maxïmo Park, Field Music, and Du Blonde perform their own music reworked for Royal Northern Sinfonia in RNS Rocks. Singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers reinterprets Frank Sinatra’s cherished repertoire for modern ears. Teesside’s Cattle & Cane treat audiences to their only North East Christmas gig, with a special festive show just before the big day. These are just some of the shows going on sale today. Get your tickets now at Sage Gateshead. RNS Rocks: Maxïmo Park +...

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Moving on – What will the future of transport look like?

Self driving electric cars. Hyperloops. Space travel. Or good old fashioned Shanks’s Pony. Just how will future generations get around? What will the next travel trends be? And what does the future of transport look like? These are just some of the questions that will be explored at the 2018 Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival by a crack team of the most innovative minds from across the country. The sprint, led by Northern Gas Networks (the gas distributor for the north of England) and VLS, is made up of a whole range of people from the likes of the Energy...

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Rail Discoveries Europe, UK & Cruise 2019 Early Preview Edition Launched​

​Rail Discoveries ( 734 812) announce 12 new tours, all to be included in their latest brochure Europe, UK & Cruise 20919 Early Preview Edition. Just launched, the brochure features a total of 79 holidays. The operator, sister brand to Great Rail Journeys, has also included the GRJ five-star charter cruise launching in April 2019 into the programme. Along with popular European tours, The Charming Dordogne (Link) (page 11), The Best of the Italian Lakes (Link) (page 18) andGlacier Express All Inclusive (Link) (page 25), the operators’ iconic trips on home soil are featured; Yorkshire By Steam (Link) (page 46), Railways of Wales (Link) (page 47) and Isle of Man (Link) (page...

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