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Soaring International Sales Secure Craft Company’s Spot on Sunday Times SME Export 100 List

Posted on the 7 March 2017

MARKET-LEADING craft retailer Crafter’s Companion has ranked at number 52 in the prestigious 2017 Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 list, following international sales of £6 million over the past two years. One of four North East companies to make the list, the Du...

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Prominent Trio of Investors Back Rising North East-based Tech Firm

Posted on the 7 March 2017

A Newcastle-based CRM technology specialist is accelerating its growth, thanks to support from three of the North East’s most prominent business figures. ION, which is pioneering the provision of Salesforce CRM software and cloud computing solutions, has secured major private...

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2017 is Set to be a Very Exciting Year for Activ, Thanks to £500k Investment

Posted on the 7 March 2017

Activ is very excited to announce the news, we have secured £500k funding from FW Capital to aid our future growth plans after being advised by Newcastle law firm Muckle LLP and business advisors UNW. Ian Gillespie, Managing Director at Activ, commented: “The funding come...

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Chamber Calls on Chancellor to Unleash North East's Potential

Posted on the 7 March 2017

North East England Chamber of Commerce has set out the policy announcements and changes its members want to see delivered in the Chancellor’s Budget.  In a written submission to the Chancellor, the Chamber highlights recent economic successes as evidence of the North Ea...

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The Lakes Distillery, Re-launches its Award-winning Gin

Posted on the 6 March 2017

On the back of the fastest sell out of a limited batch generating £140,000 in sales during summer 2016, The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria is set to re-release its award-winning The Lakes Gin Explorer Edition as a permanent member of their family of spirits. With a nod to diversity,...

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Flame Targets Record Turnover with Newcastle Opening

Posted on the 6 March 2017

Flame Heating Spares is on track to more than double its turnover and workforce, with the launch of its latest branch in Newcastle upon Tyne. The North East’s fastest growing Heating & Plumbing merchant is targeting a record £13m turnover by the end of its financial year,...

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North East LEP Board Discusses Industrial Strategy with Minister

Posted on the 6 March 2017

Energy and Industry Minister Jesse Norman met with North East Local Enterprise Partnership board members and toured a leading manufacturer today in a visit to discuss the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper. LEP Chair Andrew Hodgson told the minister in the meeting at s...

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Leading Sales Training Company Slams Television Licence Fee Collectors

Posted on the 3 March 2017

In response to the alleged conduct of BBC Television Licence Fee collectors, durhamlane, one of the UK’s leading sales training firms, believes that incentive-based sales schemes can lead to unethical practises and, in this instance, have the potential of harming the most vul...

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Smart IT Relieves North East Academies of IT Headache

Posted on the 3 March 2017

Gateshead-based ICT solutions provider Smart IT has secured contracts with Southmoor Academy and Sandhill View Academy to help them overcome IT and telecoms issues that were heavily impacting productivity and teaching. Ageing servers, wireless, telecom and network infrastru...

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New 3D Designer for Taopix Photo Commerce Platform

Posted on the 3 March 2017

UK software developer, Taopix, has announced the upcoming release of its new online 3D Designer feature. Taopix licensees will be able to offer a wide range of personalised photo merchandise through the new 3D platform including mugs, phone cases, canvases and soft furnishi...

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