Barrow’s Holiday Inn Express re-opens for key workers in June

Barrow’s newest and biggest hotel has introduced a series of COVID safety measures to allow it to re-open for key workers. The 127-room Holiday Inn Express opened in December but had to close in March after the government put the country into lockdown. Now though, after major preparations behind the scenes, the hotel will again…

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Ashington’s new Scrub Hub ready for orders

Ashington’s new Scrub Hub is ready for orders and urging South East Northumberland’s NHS and care workers to get in touch if they are in urgent need of protective equipment. The group – one of more than 120 now set up in the UK – is made up of professional and hobby clothes makers who…

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Volunteer group to make protective clothing for key workers

Northumberland businesses have joined forces with a charity and volunteers to make desperately needed personal protective equipment for local health workers. The group is led by Kate Dawson, founder of Ashington-based The All-in-One Company, and is part of a growing network of Scrub Hubs which have been set up around the country to harness the…

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Popular Teesside hotel re-opening to support key workers

One of Teesside’s most popular hotels is re-opening its doors to support those performing vital roles amidst the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough – Centre Square, on Albert Road – will provide much-needed accommodation for power station contractors living away from their families during lockdown. The 159-bedroom hotel had remained open until 3…

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Big-hearted TV Chef provides tasty treats for key workers

Big-hearted TV Masterchef Matei Baran has brought a smile to the faces of the North East’s courageous key workers who are protecting us during the coronavirus crisis. Matei – who lives in Wallsend – has baked and prepared special afternoon teas and tasty treats and delivered them to staff at hospitals, ambulance stations and care…

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Mass working from home a defining point, says developer

One of the country’s leading commercial property developers says the Coronavirus-enforced mass work from home will mark a defining point in Britain’s way of life. The director of Ashall Projects Mark Ashall was part of the team who built the UK’s largest office park – Cobalt near Newcastle-upon-Tyne – and is now the driving force…

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Project continues to support vulnerable adults despite lockdown

A project to support vulnerable adults in East Cleveland is continuing despite the coronavirus lockdown. In February television MasterChef Matei Baran and Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation launched their second Kitchen Therapy programme which uses cooking to bring together and help people who struggle with their mental health. Kitchen Therapy has been halted, but the people…

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Scientists launch worldwide survey into COVID-19 link

Scientists from nearly 40 countries have joined forces to launch a worldwide survey to gather evidence about a connection between a sudden loss of smell and COVID-19. There is growing expert opinion that the large surge in reports of anosmia – a loss of smell and sometimes taste – suggests that it is a marker…

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Video – the History of Munitions Manufacture at Radway Green

This might not have the most exciting of titles, but a video we produced for BAE Systems a few years ago continues to attract large numbers of viewers of the Newsmaker YouTube Channel. Thank you to the tens of thousands of people who have already watched the film. If you are interested in history or…

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Middlesbrough’s Centre Square nominated for third award

A new office development which aims to revitalise Middlesbrough’s town centre has been nominated for a third award. Centre Square has been shortlisted as Building Project of the Year in the Constructing Excellence North East Awards 2020. Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) was due to announce the winners of 14 categories at its awards ceremony…

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