Author: Dave Stopher

Teesside hospitality group gains international quality mark

A corporate hospitality and events firm on Teesside has been officially recognised for its quality credentials. Hospitality Guaranteed, which offers full event management services as well as accommodation and conference venue searches for businesses, has been awarded ISO9001 accreditation, just weeks after marking its 11thanniversary by expanding its services. ISO9001, awarded by the International Organisation for Standardisation, demonstrates that an organisation operates at the highest level in terms of its internal and external processes, communications, and record-keeping, and that it strives to continually improve with regular reviews. The Wynyard Park company, which launched a corporate flight service earlier this...

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Charity music festival hits the right note for Blyth Star Enterprises

A charity music festival that was held to mark the 30th anniversary of local mental health charity, Blyth Star Enterprises, has helped to raise over £900. The event, which took place at The Keel Row pub in Seaton Delaval over the August Bank Holiday weekend proved extremely popular, with attendees enjoying musical entertainment from North East-based rockabilly pop group, Lana and The Lost Boys and keyboard and vocalist duet, the Kirsty Forster Duo. In addition to a domino card raffle which was drawn on the day, landlady at The Keel Row, Sharon Herron, also took the opportunity to present a...

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Vote for your favourite County Durham park

County Durham’s best kept parks and green spaces are up for a national award. Keep Britain Tidy is asking people across the country to choose their Park of the Year and six County Durham sites are in the running. Blackhill and Consett Park; Annfield Plain Park; Chester-le-Street Riverside Park; Hardwick Park, Sedgefield; Wharton Park, Durham; and Bishop Auckland Town Recreation Ground are all eligible for the People’s Choice Award as they hold Green Flag Status. The Green Flag Award recognises excellence and good practice in the management and development of parks and open spaces in England and Wales. Durham...

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Step 2 Resilience New Dean Midas Radio Show Sponsor

A popular online radio show has today announced a brand new sponsor in the shape of Step 2 Resilience. Host Dean Midas from Durham launched his weekly online show with Producer Dave back in the Spring, since then the show has grown and grown. Dean’s entertaining show aims to help unsigned musicians be heard as well as playing the music we all love. Step 2 Resilience owner Jon-Paul Gabriele said “I’m delighted to sponsor The Dean Midas radio show and be able to support such a great initiative. I’m looking forward to developing a partnership together and hopefully increase...

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The Summer Holidays are not over for British Retail

An influx of Chinese tourists to the UK is not only bolstering retail spend and but it is also supporting a boom in the retail offerings at transport hubs such as airports and train stations, according to Colliers International. Responding to the latest findings from Global Blue, which reveal that the Chinese year-on-year overseas retail spend has increased by more than eight per cent across Europe, Paul Souber, Head of Retail Agency London and Co Head EMEA Retail at Colliers International, commented : “Chinese tourists are already the biggest spending nationality when on their travels and collectively spent $261...

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Howard Russell announces new board as founder retires

A North East based construction firm, which is celebrating its 20th year in business, has announced the formation of a new board of directors following the retirement of one of its founder members. Howard Russell Construction, which employs 33 staff from its office at Apex Business Village in Cramlington, was established in 1997 by David Varty and Joe Prouse, with Ian Goss joining them in 2003 as Commercial Director. After 20 years at the helm of operations, Joe Prouse has announced his retirement and David Varty will take on the role of managing director following a share repurchase in March...

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Summer family fun in Seaham

Families in Seaham hit the beach this summer to take part in activities including sandcastle building, arts and crafts and sport sessions. Organised by Durham County Council’s One Point Service, the first session was held at the beach, with the second taking place at a local park, where families took part in fun team-building activities. In total, 25 children between the ages of four and 17 took part in the session, which also included fun activities such as stress ball-making. Abigail, aged 14, said: ”It was fun playing games with the One Point workers and getting to know them.”...

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County Durham employers offered chance to grow their skillset

Employers in County Durham are being offered the chance to grow their businesses through support and advice provided by the Durham Employment and Skills (DES) service. The organisation, which forms part of the training arm of Durham County Council, liaises with local businesses to provide bespoke, employer-relevant training to staff at all levels. There are over 40 courses on offer, from one day workshops on first aid and food hygiene, to high level management qualifications. Cllr Carl Marshall, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Providing support and advice to our home-grown businesses is of vital importance to the economic...

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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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