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Materials Processing Institute’s collaboration with industry to support Tees Valley SMEs

The Materials Processing Institute has partnered with leading steel manufacturers, Teesside University and Tees Valley Combined Authority to promote and support SMEs operating across the region. The Middlesbrough-based research and innovation centre hosted a Business Supplier Exhibition, attended by 15 businesses and individuals assisted through the Innovate Tees Valley and Business Compass Start Up programmes, which are both funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The event gave the businesses the opportunity to discuss how they could support the supply chains of the Institute’s commercial stakeholders, which includes British Steel. Businesses in attendance included Applied Scientific Technologies, William Lane...

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Senior ministers to speak at first Borderlands Conference

Senior UK and Scottish government ministers will speak at the first Borderlands Conference at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries on Monday 18 June 2018. The conference will bring together the Borderlands Partnership, stakeholders and local and national politicians in a bid to enhance the proposals that will be made to both the UK and Scottish governments later this year. Keynote speakers at the conference will include David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland and Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work. Other key note speakers still to be announced. David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for...

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Major £3m leisure farm transformation approved

MIDDLESBROUGH’S Newham Grange Leisure Farm is set for a £3m transformation into a first rate tourism attraction and education facility. The proposals to make the significant investment for improved farm facilities were approved by Middlesbrough Council’s Executive in a meeting at the Town Hall today. The leisure, community, educational and financial benefits were put to the committee by Cllr Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services. She said: “Newham Grange Leisure Farm is a much loved and well used community attraction which we can make even better – much, much better – by making this...

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North Yorkshire parents rekindle spark through trusted childcare platform

Parents in North Yorkshire now have access to trusted, local childcare, through an easy to use, fun, flexible and hassle free online platform. The service, launched by Yoopies following its acquisition of Findababysitter.com last year, has been a big hit with more than three million users across Europe to date. And, the company says, it will allow the parents of North Yorkshire to go out, spend quality time together and rekindle the spark they had before their little ones came along. Lisa Lambert, spokesperson for Yoopies and a mother herself, said: “Agencies provide a great service but they can...

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A jaw-dropping circus spectacular! Cirque Berserk at Tyne Theatre & Opera House

Direct from the West End, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the invention of circus with a jaw-dropping spectacular. The show bursts onto the Tyne Theatre stage from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th June. Presented by Zippos, Cirque Bersek! is real Circus made for theatre, combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action. This incredibly talented troupe includes… The Lucius Team The astonishing Lucius Team presents a petrol-fuelled hair-raiser: The motorcycle Globe of Death – live on stage for the first time in the UK. Hold your breath and raise the roof as up to 4 bikers ride...

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Charity Great Exhibition of the North Appeal

A charity which supports disabled people is appealing for financial support to ensure its unique art project, commissioned as part of the Great Exhibition of the North to champion disability rights, becomes reality. The Dog Ate My Wheelchair initiative has been hailed as a flagship project to help drive the campaign for disability awareness and inclusion across the country, and is being led by Disability North. The work – which will tell the stories of a group of people with a variety of impairments, in a way that is designed to empower them creatively – is set to be...

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Sunderland taxi firm launches ‘Cabpool’ Karaoke

A SUNDERLAND taxi firm has caused a social media stir with its own take on Carpool Karaoke. Inspired by James Corden’s famous Late Late Show sketch, the city’s Station Taxis has created Cabpool Karaoke. The recurring segment on the hit American TV show features James inviting famous musical guests into his car to sing along as he drives through the streets of Los Angeles. For a bit of fun, Station Taxis decided to create its own version, and invited some of Sunderland’s famous faces to take part. Sunderland pop-rock band Fire Lady Luck were the first to join in...

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Council decides on special needs transport changes

North Yorkshire County Council has agreed, at its Quarterly meeting today, to charge post-16 students with special educational needs or disabilities for their home-to-school transport in line with transport charges for mainstream pupils. This is one of three recommendations agreed today designed to secure savings of £1.7m a year and bring about a fair and sustainable service. The charge would be one of the lowest by councils nationally and the County Council would still be subsidising 94 per cent of the average cost per family. Unlike the majority of councils in England, North Yorkshire has continued to provide discretionary home...

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New chair looks forward to meeting people from all walks of life

The new chair of North Yorkshire County Council is looking forward to meeting people from all walks of life across the county during his year in office. Cllr Robert Windass was elected to the post at Wednesday’s (16 May) County Council meeting. He represents the Boroughbridge division on the authority and has been a county councillor since 2013. Cllr Windass said: “It is a great honour to be elected as chair of the county council and I look forward to working with officers and members and all involved with the council during my year in office. I want to engage...

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Mary’s Bouncing back after Cancer!

A TRIO of siblings from Newcastle are calling on kids across the city to get muddy for a good cause this summer – at a brand-new event from Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life coming to the Town Moor. Mary Dafter, aged 14, who is a cancer survivor, got a face full of mud from her excited siblings Carrie, 10, and Chris, 7, as they practiced for the new Race for Life Pretty Muddy Kids event which is designed specifically for children. It will take place for the first time at Town Moor, Newcastle on Saturday 14 July and Mary, Carrie and Chris are encouraging...

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Local primary school stories bring a sprinkle of magic to housebuilder’s show home

In celebration of National Storytelling Month, Barratt Homes North East has donated £50 in book vouchers to Layfield Primary School, after encouraging children to let their imaginations run wild and write their very own short stories. Now on display in the Leven Woods show home, the pupils from Layfield Primary School were asked to write and illustrate their own short story titled ‘My Magic House’, allowing the children to show the housebuilder what they think the perfect house looks like. The story writing activity encouraged the children to let their minds run free and include the most magical features...

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Teesside University recognised as an investor in people

Teesside University has been awarded Gold accreditation against the Investors in People (IiP) Standard. Gold accreditation puts Teesside University alongside the top performers within the IiP community, a significant achievement proving that it truly understands the value of striving for high performance by realising the potential of their people. Teesside University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Paul Croney, said: “I am very proud that we have achieved the Investors in People Gold award for the third time: especially as we have now been assessed against the sixth generation of Investors in People, which represented a significant raising of standards....

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Building Consultancy appoints non-executive director as it embarks on new phase of growth

Building surveying and project management specialist Silverstone Building Consultancy has appointed David Nurser as non-executive director to help the firm through its next phase of growth. Nurser is a highly regarded industry professional, having established successful business ventures in the building surveying sector. He was co-founder and chief executive of CNP for 14 years before selling the firm in 2008. With nine others, Nurser then launched Paragon Building Consultancy in 2009, which has offices in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, before exiting in 2016. The appointment follows the recent opening of Silverstone’s new office in Leeds, which is headed up...

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Northumbria Law School student wins top scholarship

A Northumbria University law student with her sights set on becoming a barrister has won a top scholarship from The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple to fund her Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Sophie Land, 27 from Newcastle, decided to swap an international career in the oil and gas industry for the courtroom, and is now studying on the Graduate Diploma in Law programme at Northumbria University Law School. She has been awarded a Princess Royal Scholarship of £20,000 to support her studies. The Inner Temple’s Princess Royal Scholarships are awarded strictly on merit and are hotly contested....

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Monsters, cuts and common scents – young Sunderland poets shine

Three young writers from Sunderland have been shortlisted for the 2018 Terry Kelly Poetry Prize – and are now preparing to see their words in print. Michael Calder, Rachel Collinge and John Lennox are all studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Sunderland – and all three have brought their skills out of the classroom and into the real world with three poems on three very different subjects. 20 year old Michael Calder has taken a theme which is particularly appropriate this week, National Mental Health Week, for his poem ‘Under the Bed’. Michael, from Amble in...

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