Wool shop owner urges people to share their yarns

Caring crafter Fiona Williams is urging Middlesbrough folk to share their yarns. The 52-year-old crochet queen achieved her lifelong dream earlier this year by opening her own shop. Now she’s urging fellow knitters, crocheters, hobbyists – as well as novices – to join her every Monday morning to show their skills, tell their stories and…

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Centre Square move transformative for giant business

The first company to re-locate to Middlesbrough’s newest Grade A office building said the move has been “transformative”. Twelve months ago the insurance giant AXA UK transferred 500 of its staff to 6 Centre Square, which was built with nearly £10m funding from the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and a further £2m from Middlesbrough…

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Courageous colleagues take the plunge

Courageous colleagues from the Wilton Centre are sky-diving from 10,000 ft to raise money for a cause close to their hearts as it celebrates a major milestone.    Claire Morton and Natalie Taylor, who are part of the Centre’s management team, were inspired to take the plunge after spending three days at nearby Zoe’s Place…

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bp boss reveals sliding doors moment

bp’s opening of its office at the Wilton Centre signals the start of it growing roots on Teesside. Andy Lane, the company’s VP hydrogen and CCS in the UK, revealed that he nearly worked here when it was ICI’s HQ. After graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering Andy said he turned down a job…

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Mayor backs King’s Award company’s growth plans

The boss of a Teesside firm, which has just been recognised with the UK’s top business award, has revealed further expansion plans during a visit by Middlesbrough Mayor Chris Cooke.  Paralloy has had a meteoric rise since new owners acquired the business less than five years ago. Revenue has increased three-fold, the workforce has more…

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Centre backs plan to get men talking

The Wilton Centre is backing plans to set up a group in Redcar where men can feel safe to speak about their problems.  It hosted a talk by Michael Chapplow – the Area Lead for ANDYSMANSCLUB, a charity set up eight years ago after 23-year-old Andrew Roberts from West Yorkshire took his own life. Andy’s…

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Nearly full market bucks retail trend

Middlesbrough’s historic Dundas Indoor Market is nearly full for the first time in more than five years.  Only two units remain unoccupied and Market bosses are even looking to create extra space to meet a surge in demand. Four new independent local businesses have just started trading and there are a couple of others in…

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King’s Award for stainless steel specialist Paralloy

The achievements of Teesside stainless steel specialist Paralloy have been recognised with the award of the UK’s top honour for business.  The company will receive the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise for excellence in International Trade. Chief Executive Officer Robert McGowan said: “This is such an honour and a great reward for everybody at Paralloy…

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Law firm plans further growth

Cygnet Law has hit the ground running after expanding into a new office in the heart of Middlesbrough.  The company, which was established in Redcar in 2001 and specialises in Conveyancing, Public Law, Family Law and Wills and Probate, needed a base in the town after winning a significant number of contracts and recruiting 10…

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Teenage apprentice melting away male bastion

Teesside stainless steel specialist Paralloy and teenager Sophie Robins are melting away one of the remaining male bastions of industry. Seventeen-year-old Sophie from Brotton has been recruited as an apprentice tube welder at the company’s site in Billingham. Although just under half of all UK workers are female only 12% work in engineering and, on…

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