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The Final Straw for Apartment Group

Posted on the 21 November 2017

A North East premier leisure group has called time on plastic straws in their venues, in a bid to reduce waste. Apartment Group, owned by Duncan Fisher, operates popular venues and bars such as Le Petit Chateau, Newton Hall, As You Like It and Florita’s, has stopped serving...

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The Lakes Distillery Pour ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ into the Perfect Christmas Cocktail

Posted on the 21 November 2017

The Lakes Distillery released ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ baubles in September, creating the perfect tree decoration for adults. The baubles have been an internet sensation after social media and news company, Ladbible created a video of them. The video went viral, with over 7...

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Local College and Reality Star Team up for Homeless Charity

Posted on the 20 November 2017

Masterchef and Gogglebox reality star, Reverend Kate Bottley showcased her culinary skills at a bake-off event to support a Christmas campaign aimed at highlighting the issue of homelessness. Gateshead College played host to the Oasis Aquila Housing gingerbread bake-off,...

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If We Can You Can Challenge 2017 - The Results

Posted on the 17 November 2017

15 start-up businesses from across the North East battled it out on Wednesday evening at the 2017 If We Can You Can Challenge live final. Delivered by FIRST Face to Face - alongside partners Growth Hub North East, all five regional universities and others - the event is one...

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Car Fanatic Launches New Automotive Venture

Posted on the 17 November 2017

A self-confessed petrol head is revving up for a successful career after launching a new vehicle repair business in Sunderland. Luciana Parker-Jones is the brains behind the new venture, which she started after completing a motor vehicle body repair and paint refinishing c...

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Selling overseas with Expert Digital

Posted on the 17 November 2017

There's a unique opportunity for businesses with a base in County Durham to attend a range of innovative, expert led courses. If you think you could be interested in exporting now or in the future, make the most of this exciting programme which is running for a limited time on...

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Call for Government to Invest More in Technical Skills

Posted on the 9 November 2017

A leading North East college has called on the Government to put greater focus on technical, vocational education to ensure local businesses get the skilled workers they need. Gateshead College is concerned that a continued devaluation of technical training is being perpe...

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Accountancy Firm Turns Green

Posted on the 8 November 2017

A Jesmond-based accountancy firm has reduced its carbon footprint by 86% in the last year and saved over £3,000 on energy bills as part of its new environmental policy. Robson Laidler has arranged new energy supplies to make its entire building on Fernwood Road powered by 1...

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RDA Named Finalist in Northern Design Awards 2017

Posted on the 8 November 2017

North east based RDA is through to the finals of this year's Northern Design Awards. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, RDA’s design and installation concept for LA diner themed The Counter, Glasgow has been shortlisted in the Restaurant and Bar category. RDA was...

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Award-winning North East Business Mentor Supports Three Firms to Success

Posted on the 6 November 2017

Respected executive business coach and mentor, Dr David Cliff, is celebrating after three of his clients received top business accolades, following his work with them.John Savage, Managing Director of Flame Heating Spares, was named BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, Legacar...

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