Vital role of videos in workplace safety

The alarming number of workplace accidents, reported by the Health and Safety Executive and highlighted in the IOSH magazine, make sober reading.  During 2020/21 142 people were killed at work – that’s nearly a 30% increase on the previous year – 693,000 were injured and nearly 40 million working days were lost to injuries or…

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Middlesbrough development will create jobs and boost town centre

The developer of a multi-million pound office scheme, which is transforming the heart of Middlesbrough, said the project will continue to attract jobs and breathe life into the town centre. The first phase of the Centre Square development has already seen major employers move into two new buildings bringing 1,000 workers and announcing plans to…

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Cornerstone cafe providing lifeline for Boro community

A Middlesbrough café, which has become a lifeline for the community, says its support is more crucial than ever as many people emerge nervously from lockdown. Jean’s Kitchen, the cornerstone of the Dundas Indoor Market for more than 20 years, has always been a popular place to meet for a cuppa or a bite to…

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Plans to safeguard landmark Blackpool buildings with world first hotel

Details have been released of plans for a hotel in two landmark Blackpool buildings which will safeguard their futures and create a world first for a global brand. The developer behind the scheme – Cheshire-based Ashall Projects – has submitted a planning application to create a high-quality 148-room Hotel Indigo and Indigo Suites in the…

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Army brothers look forward to summer surge of business

One of Middlesbrough’s most distinctive and best-known retailers is looking forward to a summer surge of business and a delayed 10th birthday celebration. Military surplus supplier Buckshees opened its shop in the Dundas Centre in November 2010 but plans to mark the occasion had to be shelved because of the pandemic. The business was launched…

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Video – Centre Square providing platform for businesses to grow

The XPS Pensions Group says its move to offices in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square will allow it to double its workforce and bid for new contracts. Centre Square’s developer Ashall Projects said the project was providing a platform for businesses already established in the area – such as XPS and Firstsource – to expand and create additional…

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Pension giant plans to double its numbers after Centre Square move

The XPS Pensions Group says its move to offices in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square will allow it to double its workforce and bid for new contracts. The company has been busy recruiting since it confirmed in the Autumn that it was transferring its staff from the town’s Vancouver House to the new showpiece office development. In…

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Boro shoppers urged to support their local independents

Middlesbrough’s shoppers are being urged to support the independent local traders who went the extra mile for them during the pandemic. Over lockdown family butchers C.A.M Family Meats Ltd drove its food to vulnerable residents, Alta Ego launched a personal shopping and delivery service to provide much-needed gifts for treats, and The Crafty Sisters and…

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Queen’s Award for company who played vital role in fight against COVID

A company, which has played a vital role in the fight against COVID-19, has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Absolute Antibody, based at the Wilton Centre, a WAPG site near Redcar, was told 14 months ago that it was being given the UK’s top business award in recognition of the rapid…

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Lockdown craze helps local independents flourish in Middlesbrough

New and re-discovered hobbies, which helped people cope under lockdown, continue to flourish and have a new home in Middlesbrough. One national retailer has reported a staggering rise in activities such as macrame, crochet and sewing. There is a worldwide shortage of wax due to home candle-making and in County Durham there is even a…

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