Author: Dave Stopher

Norton Rose Fulbright sets out plans to establish Newcastle legal hub

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has announced plans for further expansion with the opening of a Legal Process Hub in Newcastle’s iconic Quayside, creating around 100 new jobs locally over the next 2-3 years. The firm has been running a Legal Process Hub in the city for over a year, as a pilot project. The Legal Process Hub currently employs a team of 28, which consists of lawyers, non-lawyers, paralegals, legal technologists and process designers.  This number is set to increase following the transition to the new premises, effective Novem0.ber 1, 2017. The Legal Process Hub delivers legal process efficiencies,...

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Northumbria shortlisted for best university in the UK

Northumbria University, Newcastle, has been nominated for the prestigious University of the Year award in Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2017. Described as the ‘Oscars of UK higher education’ the awards attract hundreds of entries each year that exemplify talent, dedication and innovation across all aspects of university life. Northumbria is one of just six institutions to be shortlisted for the award, which recognises exceptional performance as well as bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives that have advanced the institution’s reputation during the academic year 2015/16. The nomination is a clear acknowledgment of Northumbria’s continued focus on quality which has...

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Come and meet some of the stars of this year’s Darlington Hippodrome pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Saturday 9  September from 1pm to 2pm at the Cornmill Centre, Darlington. Lee Ryan from the boyband Blue and currently appearing in EastEnders, Coronation Street’s Eric Potts, and funny man Liam Mellor will all be on hand to meet and greet the public in a specially created shop in the Cornmill Centre, Darlington on Saturday 9 September from 1pm to 2pm. Boyband and television star Lee Ryan will be starring as the handsome Prince. Since joining the BRIT award-winning...

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Time for Darlington’s youth to ‘Make Your Mark’

Young people across Darlington are being urged to vote on which issues are most important to them in the annual Make Your Mark ballot. The ballot, open to young people aged 11-18 years, will decide what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign for in 2018. The debate will take place in the House of Commons in November. Last year a record 3,533 young people across Darlington took part in the ‘Make Your Mark’ vote, a 36 per cent turnout, with the top five issues in the borough being a ‘curriculum...

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Costa Coffee hosts Reading Week to improve UK literacy levels

5th September: Costa Coffee stores across the UK are inviting customers to join them in their 2nd annual reading week, taking place from 11th – 17th September 2017. Parents, teachers and children are welcome to come down to the store and enjoy a range of literacy-themed activities on offer that aim to teach children about the environment, while also enjoying a complimentary Babyccino or fruit juice. Reading Week is held in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain, Keep Britain Tidy and Helping Hand Environmental. Taking place in over 500 stores nationwide, the initiative is designed to...

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Tania tackles Great North Run after overcoming fear

A County Durham woman, who just months ago was too embarrassed to run in public, is preparing to take on the Great North Run this weekend. Tania Young, 43, from Stanley, had always been terrified of running in front of others due to health problems. But after completing Durham County Council’s Couch to 5K course, she is now hoping to inspire other non-runners with her success story. Tania began the course, which is aimed at those who have never run before as well as people wanting to return to running after a break, in May. She now runs regularly...

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Senior Club comes to Vue Gateshead

Vue Gateshead is launching exclusive screenings for the over 60s. With their new offering ‘Senior Club’, customers aged 60+ will be able to enjoy the best of big screen entertainment for the bargain price of £3.99. With a mixture of new releases and classics, there is something to appeal to everyone and all tickets are accompanied with a hot drink and biscuit. The opening line-up in September includes Edgar Wright’s highly acclaimed Baby Driver, which stars Jon Bernthal, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey, War for the Planet of the Apes and the hilarious Pakistani comedy, the Big Sick. Darren...

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Graduate internship scheme helps fund recruitment for growing business

One of these businesses is Lily Ella, a designer and manufacturer of women’s clothing. Zoe Glover – a Northumbria University Fashion graduate, founded the business four years ago. Since starting from Zoe’s kitchen table, Lily Ella has grown to employ thirteen staff and distributes over one million catalogues each year. The business recently recruited Megan Hincks, a 2017 Northumbria University Fashion Design and Marketing Graduate, as an Assistant Merchandiser through the University’s European Regional Development Fund Graduate Internship funding. Zoe said “We have grown rapidly and being able to recruit Megan, a high-quality graduate, initially for six months as...

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Air Cadets Complete Challenging Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Expedition

Air Cadets from across the Durham/Northumberland Wing area have completed the expedition section of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The 22 Cadets and Staff, aged between 16 and 24, spent four days in Northumberland’s Cheviot Hills, completing a journey on foot that they had planned themselves, taking them from Wooler on the northern side of the hills, to Alwinton in the south. They were entirely self-sufficient throughout, carrying all their own equipment and food, camping out in tents, and even collecting and purifying their drinking water en route! Most of the Cadets, who were drawn from Squadrons as...

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Young volunteers help create a brighter future

A group of young people proved that they are good citizens as they stepped up to lend a hand at a college in Billingham. The volunteers, who are taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), gave their time and effort to create a calming outdoor space for students at The Skills Academy. Providing an alternate learning environment for school leavers who don’t feel ready for the bustle of larger college life, Academy manager Marie Clay said: “The sensory garden along with the improved shelter for our animals, will be a welcome addition to our outdoor facilities. “It will...

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Hear the call of the wild and have a rustic time at Guisborough Forest Festival!

Youngsters will hear the call of the wild Guisborough Forest stages the north’s biggest woodland festival. The mega event on Sunday 10 September is expected to draw 4,000 people to the spectacular North York Moors beauty spot. But with half a million trees in the wood, it’s easy to get away from it all and setting up camp will be intrepid  Aussie bushcraft expert Sandra Jacob. She went to work on a South African game reserve, where residents include lions, elephants and rhinos, before settling in Guisborough and working with less fearsome beasts as an outdoor expert at Acorn Antics, on...

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Gamekeepers from across North Yorkshire have been joining forces to raise money for local charities. In addition to their extensive conservation and moorland management activities, gamekeepers from the North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation (NYMMO) have found time to raise more than £5,000 through a wide range of fundraising events. The team at Snilesworth Estate, led by head gamekeeper Jimmy Shuttlewood, raised £2,800 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance through a variety of events including a ‘shooters’ sweepstake’ during the shooting season, a raffle at the beaters’ evening and even a swear box. This followed the efforts of 14 gamekeepers who...

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pirates and princesses walk for hospice

TINY tots donned regal robes and a seafaring swagger as they took part in an inaugural sponsored princess and pirate toddle. Mini monarchs and swashbuckling seadogs, aged from 0 to 11, took a stroll to help support St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington. Over 80 youngsters, accompanied by parents, grandparents, carers family and friends, crossed the starting line of the sponsored walk around South Park, Darlington, helping to help raise funds for the hospice’s family support and children’s counselling services. The walk, officially started by St Teresa’s chief executive Jane Bradshaw, was supported by principal sponsors Café Zest, House of Fraser,...

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Storm names for 2017-18 announced

The storm names for the 2017-18 storm season have been announced by the Met Office and Met Éireann. The first storm of the year will be female and will be named ‘Aileen’, the gender of the first storm alternates each year and follows Angus in the 2016-17 season. Surveys conducted after named storms in 2016/17 have shown further increases in awareness and action taken in response to people hearing of a named storm. Storm Doris for example achieved an 89% awareness score with 94% of those responders finding the severe weather warning useful. 82% of people that took action ahead of...

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Citizens Advice support service helps to reduce stress and anxiety

Citizens Advice is a charity that offers free advice and information to help people with their financial, legal, consumer and other problems. As well as helping clients with the problems they face, Citizens Advice also aim to improve the policies that affect people’s lives. The research team worked with Citizens Advice Gateshead to evaluate how the advice services offered helped to improve people’s health. The 18-month study involved surveying and interviewing nearly 200 people who used the service at the point they first contacted them and then six months later. Sonia Dalkin, Researcher and Lecturer at Northumbria University said:...

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