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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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Financial Services Firm Invests in Apprenticeships

Posted on the 2 March 2017

A national wealth management specialist with a century of heritage on Tyneside is upskilling its workforce by investing in apprenticeships for the first time. Newcastle-based Brewin Dolphin has teamed up with Gateshead College to hire three business administration apprentice...

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South Shields Firm Raises £2,500 for Charity

Posted on the 2 March 2017

A cancer charity is set to benefit from a significant donation by a leading North East-based trade supplies firm. Flame Heating Spares, which operates seven sites across the region, has raised £2,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, following its Flame Heating Spares Raceday a...

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Ryder Architecture Celebrate Best Companies Success

Posted on the 2 March 2017

The practice was ranked tenth place in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For at the awards ceremony held at Battersea Evolution. [Image – Andra Antone, Andy Costa, Helen Whitfield, David McMahon] Best Companies received entries from over 400 small companies...

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JEREMIE Programme Brings £400m Windfall to the Region

Posted on the 1 March 2017

A North East investment fund has delivered more than £400m of benefits to the regional economy. The Finance for Business North East (FFBNE) fund – also known as the JEREMIE programme – was launched in 2010 to increase levels of entrepreneurship and drive the growth of local co...

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