Time to train with Newsmaker

Recent history is littered with examples of businesses and individuals whose brands and careers were damaged because they were not sufficiently trained and prepared to face the media. There are – of course – individuals who are natural performers, but the majority of us face the prospect of a television or radio interview with dread,…

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Specialist engineers look global from their Wilton base

An engineering business – which supports dozens of companies at the Wilton Centre – is busy spreading its expertise across the world. For the past four years, from its workshops on the site near Redcar, JBA Specialist Engineering Services (SES) has offered a complete range of services for the centre’s occupiers: from providing basic repairs…

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TV MasterChef bringing posh street food and jobs

TV MasterChef professional Matei Baran is bringing his unique fusion of fine dining and hearty street food to STACK Seaburn. He is also adding more than a dozen staff to his team as #PoshStreetFood opens later this month at its new and permanent home on Sunderland’s seafront. Chef Matei, who reached the MasterChef quarter final…

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New Teesside shop is more than child’s play

Business-minded brothers Paul and Michael Johnson have bounced back from COVID with a shop to delight Teesside’s children and the young at heart. They spent six months working on a plan after having to close their PM Beds and Furniture store in Stockton. That business was launched in 2019 but was shut for much of…

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Photographer sees exciting future after personal traumas

A Middlesbrough dad, whose world fell apart after a series of personal traumas, says he now sees an exciting new future with the launch of his photographic business. Dave Worton was 17 when he was shocked to discover that he had been adopted.  “It all changed,” he said.  “I suddenly didn’t believe anything that before…

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Wilton Centre investment reveals ambition of owner

At an event to mark the completion of a £2m refurbishment of the Wilton Centre, invited guests were given the opportunity to see first-hand the ambitions for the centre and its sister properties. As well as a range of new facilities, the Wilton Centre is under new ownership following the £120m merger between its former…

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Shaved trader’s thanks as donations exceed target

A Middlesbrough shop owner who had her head shaved to raise money for a cancer charity has praised her fellow traders and customers for their generosity. Sue Denny’s brother-in-law, her parents and her husband’s parents have all died from the disease. Sue – who, with her sister June, runs Crafty Sisters in the Dundas Indoor…

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Teesside trader Braving the Shave to raise money for charity

A Middlesbrough shop owner who suffers from a rare form of blood cancer is having her head shaved to raise money for charity. Sue Denny’s father, mother, her husband’s parents and her brother-on-law have all died of cancer. On Saturday (18 September) – a day after her 57th birthday – Sue is joining thousands of…

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New students given welcome glimpse of life in their new school

Hundreds of young people, whose education has been badly disrupted by the pandemic, were given a welcome glimpse of what life will be like in their new secondary school. Before COVID-19 Year 6 students in their final year at Cramlington’s eight primary schools would make several visits to the town’s Junior Learning Village to experience…

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Historic results week sees siblings star at Cramlington

Sibling students starred with outstanding results during a historic week at Cramlington Learning Village. Ben Mills’ A Level results were amongst the best at the school with top marks in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.  He is heading to Newcastle University to study Medicine. His younger brother Luke was awarded seven 9s and two 8s for…

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