Teesside twins bring Transatlanic desserts to the Boro

Teesside twins Darren and Lee Walker are bringing a taste of America to their hometown. They are opening The Thick Shake Company in Middlesbrough’s Dundas Indoor Market to provide shoppers with “real milkshakes”. “When I went to America they tasted nothing like the ones here – where they are really milky.  What we have a…

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Generations come together at Dundas

More than 600 people attended the Generation Infusion event held at Dundas Arcade. The event, designed to bring people from different generations together, included around 30 activities – from Chair Sosa Dance Classes, arts and crafts to a smoothie-making bike. Volunteers played a key role, with 14 people between the ages of 16 and 83…

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TV Chef’s life transformed by Kitchen Therapy

The return of MasterChef: The Professionals to our television screens has brought back bittersweet memories for one of its former contestants. Reaching the quarter-finals in 2016 was a dream come true for Matei Baran. It was the third time he had attempted to get on the show – beating competition from 4,000 other chefs and…

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Video – Future Business Magnates 2020

Tomorrow Business Durham launches the Future Business Magnates competition for 2020. We’ve been working with Business Durham since 2015 when it commissioned a video to mark the 10th birthday of FBM.  Like all the suppliers and businesses who become involved with the competition, we are unfailingly impressed by the maturity and intelligence of the young…

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Grandson’s premature birth inspired retired teacher’s new business

A shop run by a retired maths teacher – who was inspired by the premature birth of her grandson – is the latest business to open in Northallerton’s Central Arcade. All of the arcade’s units are now occupied, with Poppit’s Baby Boutique joining Brown’s Beds and the Central Stop Cafe who moved there earlier this…

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Big Chef loses six stones and transforms into 10k runner

Four months ago TV MasterChef Matei Baran was out of breath bending down to tie his shoelaces. Today – and more than six stones lighter – he is the proud owner of a medal presented to him for completing a 10k race in just one hour and 20 minutes. Romanian-born Matei, 41, weighed more than…

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Dundas’ flexibility benefits shoppers and traders

Businesses at the Dundas Indoor Market in Middlesbrough are gearing up for the busiest time of the shopping year. With Halloween out of the way, traders are now focusing on the run up to Christmas with shops at the market providing customers with a diverse choice of ideas for presents. Mark McNaughton opened The Alt…

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Video – The Silent Power project with Northern Powergrid

We’ve just completed a film for Northern Powergrid about its Silent Power van – which will be used for customers affected by power cuts.  The van is battery-powered and the batteries it carries will provide electricity without the usual noise and disruption created by generators.  Everything about the van is silent and green (apart from…

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Teesside audience told employers are leading a city centre revival

A leading expert on the modern workplace has told Teesside’s business leaders and politicians that employers are creating a rapid revival of city centres. Bertie van Wyk travels the world advising companies about emerging trends and business processes. “It’s incredible how fast things are changing,” he said. “The single biggest thing we’re seeing now is…

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