Author: Emily

Premier Tech Aqua UK Team go back to school

Representatives from a leading North-East manufacturing company have gone back to school to support a local careers education initiative run by Tees Valley Combined Authority. Established to help improve the quality of careers, enterprise and employer engagement programmes in schools and colleges, the Premier Tech Aqua UK (PTAU) team have been matched with Dyke House Sports & Technical College, Hartlepool, and are working with the school to deliver several employability sessions and work experience programmes. Taking part are its managing director – Steve Joyce, marketing manager – Victoria Thompson and proposals engineer – Daniel Espley. Steve Joyce, managing director of...

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‘Love it’ campaign gives park new lease of life

THE Redcar and Cleveland ‘Love it’ campaign will allow visitors to enjoy Zetland Park more than ever before as major redevelopment works see new benches installed and footpaths completely relayed. Taking place as part of the ‘Love it’ campaign – which encourages residents to love where they live – the park got a major redevelopment so it can enjoyed by many more residents and visitors over what will hopefully be a warm summer. After replacing the rotten wooden fencing with smart metal fencing late last year, the next stage of works was to completely replace footpaths in the park...

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US $120k investment in Sunderland entrepreneur’s radical home-workout experience

A University of Sunderland graduate’s live and on-demand service which allows people to join fitness classes from the comfort of their own home has attracted the attention of the lucrative American fitness market. Since Elliott Perry, from Washington, founded Flex in 2015, his business has gone from strength to strength with up to 3,000 sign-ups. The streaming service allows leading fitness instructors to host live and interactive classes, broadcast into the home via internet TV boxes and supporting casting devices, as users link up through a heart-rate monitor to keep check on their workout and compete against others. As a result...

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Sting’s stars come out to launch The Last Ship

SOME of the biggest names in show business are heading to Tyneside for a glittering, star studded theatre performance, in aid of one of the region’s leading charities. Sting’s musical, The Last Ship, begins its three-week run at Newcastle’s Northern Stage next month (March), before embarking on a national tour. And, on 20 March, Sting will be joined by a host of celebrities for a gala performance at the theatre, in aid of the Graham Wylie Foundation. Joining Sting and his actress wife, Trudie Styler, on the red carpet will be some of the region’s best loved stars, including...

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Chinese New Year celebrations at Teesside care homes

CHINESE New Year was celebrated at Teesside care homes with banquets, lanterns and dragons. Residents, staff and visitors at The Gables and The Beeches care homes joined more than a billion Chinese worldwide in observing the Spring Festival. At The Gables Care Home, in Middlesbrough, two residents also marked being born in The Year of the Dog, which comes around every 12 years. Agnes Gibson and Joan Mann took the opportunity to celebrate their birth year 1934 – as 2018 also corresponds with the same Chinese zodiac sign. Staff at the home decorated the lounges with Chinese fans and...

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Impeller Assurance and Resilience secures contract with North East property management company

Impeller Assurance and Resilience, a provider of fire safety services based in Sunderland, has secured a new agreement with Kingston Property Services to conduct essential fire risk assessments for its expanding portfolio of properties in the North East. Impeller, which is a member of NOF Energy and the commercial arm of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), delivers innovative solutions to private and public organisations in safety, resilience and emergency response. The new contract involves Impeller’s completion of risk assessments for Kingston’s properties in Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Teesside, and Northumberland. The risk assessments will ensure fire compliance...

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Budding artists showcase work in prestigious exhibition

CREATIVE students have put themselves in the frame after their artwork was exhibited as part of a prestigious competition. South Shields School students Madeline Robinson and Sky Green were both selected to be among 24 finalists in the South Tyneside Rotary Club Young Artist of the Year Awards. The budding young artists were chosen from hundreds of entries across the region to exhibit in the Stairwell Gallery at South Shields Museum, in Ocean Road. The annual competition aims to promote the talents of young artists, aged 11 to 17, across the whole of South Tyneside. South Shields School assistant head and...

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£7m multi-let industrial estate comes to the market in County Durham

A multi-let industrial estate at Aycliffe Business Park in County Durham has been brought to the market with an asking price of £7m. Commercial property specialist Naylors has been appointed to sell Whinbank Park Industrial Estate on behalf of Manchester-based property company, MCR Property Group. The 18-acre estate comprises of over 90 industrial units and office suites, and is tenanted by a total of 47 businesses including Techwax, Fabtech and Trinity Kitchens NE Ltd. MCR, which acquired the estate in 2015, has instructed Naylors and joint agent Allsop to market the freehold investment, which offers investors a net initial...

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New Documentary Film Tells the People’s Story of Tyneside Cinema

A new documentary telling the story of Cinema in the UK is set to premiere at Tyneside Cinema, in Newcastle upon Tyne this February. The Dream Palace has been created as a celebration of the Newcastle-based Tyneside Cinema, the only surviving Newsreel Cinema still operating in the UK, to celebrate their landmark eightieth anniversary in 2017. Funded by National Lottery players through a £59,400 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant as part of a wider cinema audiences project, the film brings the history of Tyneside Cinema to life, as we look at it through the eyes of people who have...

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GEM Launches Training Division

ONE of the region’s leading recruitment specialists has launched a new training company as part of its long-term plans for growth. GEM Partnership, which already includes GEM Premium People, GEM Professional Services and GEM Talent Search, has added GEM Training to its portfolio of services. The move enables the company to offer bespoke training to people with the primary objective of placing them into work, while at the same time ensuring that the right candidates with the right skillset are available to fill client vacancies. The company, which is based in the same office as GEM Premium People in...

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The student entrepreneurs making business a reality

Three ambitious Northumbria University students are set to take the event management industry by storm after launching their own company; Happen Events in Newcastle. The three friends are second year students on the innovative Entrepreneurial Business Management (EBM) programme run by Newcastle Business School.  Students on the three-year course work in small teams to make their business ideas a reality. Aged between 20 and 25, Josh Ellwood from Leicestershire, Angus Currie from Newcastle and Patrick Rycroft from Cumbria were inspired to go into business together after successfully delivering two prestigious graduation events for over 300 guests. Based in the...

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Sunderland MP gets behind region’s super-school

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health, has backed a new super-school that is set to create more opportunities for young people from the city.   Sharon attended the open day for North East Futures UTC yesterday [19 February], to lend her support to the school, which will cater for young people aged 14-19. The specialist science and technology school, which will open its doors in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter this September – minutes from Central Station – will provide spaces for some 600-young people, many of whom will travel there from Sunderland....

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Local Charity adopts new system to improve security and services to families in crisis

NORTH EAST charity Impact Family Services is providing a faster response programme and increased security for a growing number of families in need of help across the region, thanks to the adoption of a new state-of-the-art cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) system. The not-for-profit organisation enrolled the expertise of Gosforth-based tech firm ION to help build a Salesforce CRM system to streamline processes and has already seen a 97 percent increase in productivity to help support each service user. More than 400 people in crisis throughout the North East turn to the service each year which operates with the purpose...

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Why Do Children Love Animal Characters So Much?

There is a natural link between children and animals. Animals appear in children’s literature, babies sleep with teddy bears and other animal-themed soft toys, and a trip to the zoo or local farm to see animals is a highlight of their week. More than a third of infants choose an animal name as their first word, which goes some way to demonstrate just how much children love animals. But why is there such as special and unique connection between children and animals? And why do children love animal characters so much? Animals are Familiar Often the first toys children...

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Teesside Duo Launch First Wedding Show

Teesside business owners, Tracey Kyle of Got It Covered Weddings and Rachael Hall of Bridal Barn Boutique have joined forces to hold their first wedding fayre – The Teesside Wedding Show. Brides and groom-to-be are invited to come along to the free showcase on Sunday 4th March 2018, from 12pm to 3pm at Rushpool Hall in Saltburn. The Teesside Wedding Show is not one to miss with the chance to win a wedding hamper including £250 off a wedding dress, champagne, his and her goodies and other exclusive discounts; as well as goodie bags for the first 30 brides...

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