Council backs £25m development of Blackpool landmark

The developer behind the £25m project to transform a landmark Blackpool building into an upmarket hotel has welcomed the council’s decision to approve the scheme. Members of Blackpool Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the project which will both save and refurbish the historic Abingdon Street post office. Committee member Cllr Andrew Stansfield said: “It’s about…

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Trust backs £25m Blackpool hotel plan as it goes before councillors

The Blackpool Civic Trust has given its backing to a £25m plan to save one of the town’s landmark buildings and convert it into an upmarket hotel. On Tuesday a meeting of Blackpool’s planning committee will consider the proposal for the former 111-year-old post office in Abingdon Street. The old sorting office, with a frontage…

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New trader brings story of survival to market

Ray Hill’s story of survival is as uplifting as the plots of the films he sells in his new shop. Five years ago he found out he had cancer in his liver and bowel. Ray had two major operations – one removed two-thirds of his liver – and he underwent six months of chemotherapy. His illness…

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MP says Wilton Centre to play key role in freeport ambition

Redcar MP Jacob Young says the Wilton Centre will play a key role in the new Teesside Freeport’s ambition to create 18,000 jobs over the next five years. Speaking on a visit to see the results of the Wilton Centre’s £2m refurbishment, Mr Young – one of the main architects of the freeport plan –…

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Chef’s therapy to aid recovery from pandemic

The winning combination of a television MasterChef and Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation is helping members of a community recover from the impact of the pandemic. They are learning more about cooking and meeting new friends through a project called Kitchen Therapy. Kitchen Therapy was launched in 2019 by Chef Matei Baran together with MFC Foundation…

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Trader tells Boro’s TV Steph how his business re-built his life

A Middlesbrough trader has told a national TV audience how his new business is helping re-build his life after years of struggle with his mental health. Dave Worton – who opened Inspired Photography Services in Middlesbrough’s Dundas Indoor Market in September – appeared on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4, presented by Middlesbrough’s Steph McGovern….

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Wilton Centre welcomes launch of Teesside Freeport

The Wilton Centre has welcomed the news that the UK’s biggest freeport will begin operating from its doorstep next month. The creation of the Teesside Freeport was confirmed by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP in his Autumn Budget and further details have been provided by Ben Houchen, the Mayor of The Tees Valley…

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Move to Boro business park creates 100 new jobs

A world-leading steel engineering company’s decision to move to a new Middlesbrough business park has created 100 Teesside jobs with more to come. The choice of the award-winning Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP) has also helped Firth Vickers Engineering’s parent company – Paralloy Limited in Billingham – achieve a turnover of more than £60m. Firth…

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Teesside dad aims to hit the sweet spot for his children

Family’s all-important for Teesside dad Patrick Brannigan – even down to the name of his new shop. The 29-year-old from Middlesbrough always wanted his own business and it has finally happened, thanks to the encouragement of his partner Charlotte and the inspiration of their children Scarlett-Mae and Joseph Oliver. The S & J Sugar Cave…

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New Stokesley coffee shop first in a North East chain

The company behind Stokesley’s new eco-friendly coffee shop has revealed plans to open in up to ten more North East locations inside the next three years. The first Milk & Grind has been launched after an investment in the region of £200,000 by Future Investments Ltd to convert a former High Street bookmaker’s shop. Seven…

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