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Monthly Archives: August 2012

New barber shop opening in Darlington by BB star

Anthony Hutton, Big Brother winner in 2005, is turning his back on his showbiz career and planning to get a ‘proper job’. Anthony, a former dancer from Consett, County Durham, won the sixth series of the reality television programme and has managed to worked to maintain his place in the spotlight. He has starred in a number of pantomime roles, released a fitness DVD and appeared at many celebrity football matches and charity events. 30 year old Anthony has made …

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Hotel boom as Newcastle benefits from Olympics

Even though the majority of the action was based in London, hotels in Newcastle also benefited from the influx of attendees for the London 2012 Games. Football fans came to Newcastle to watch Olympic matches and managed to book out many of the city centre hotels.

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Longest running shipowner in UK to close

Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd, Britain’s oldest shipping company, has been liquidated due to the global economic crisis. The Newcastle based company was founded by brothers Ralph and Robert Clarke in 1730 at a time when the Tyne was renowned around the world for its coal trade. The brothers started the business when they bought an interest in a 300-tonne sailing vessel. Over the years the company expanded from working solely in the shipowning and coal factoring industry to managing a …

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Second architectural prize for Sleeperz Hotels

Sleeperz Hotels in Newcastle, part of a budget UK hotel chain, have been awarded a prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It is the second architectural award that the company has won in the last three years. The hotel was built on the site of the former Parcel Works in the North East of Newcastle. The 98 bedroom property has been recognised for its architectural excellence and design at the RIBA Hadrian Awards.

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North East firms benefit from free business advice

Businesses from across the North East will be gaining advice about how best to expand and develop their companies through two business support events to be held in Newcastle and Teesside. The Business and Enterprise Group have arranged the two events that will take place on September 25 at Gosforth Park Hotel, Newcastle, and Wynyard Rooms, Billingham, on October 16. Newcastle solicitors Sintons and the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) will be there to advise on legal matters in …

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Vice-chair of ASPD Sintons partner

Amanda Maskery, a partner with law firm Sintons’ healthcare group, will be working with dentists in Newcastle and throughout the UK in her new role was the vice-chairwoman of the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists (ASPD).

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Electronic Bibles offered by hotel

Guests at one of the leading hotels in Newcastle will be taking a step further into the 21st century as their bedside Gideon’s Bible are being replaced by an electronic version of the text. All of the bibles at the Hotel Indigo have been replaced with a Kindle e-reader with a pre-loaded copy of the bible. The hotel is claiming that they are the first in the UK to offer this service.

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Muckle LLP’s commercial team scoops national award

Leading solicitors in Newcastle Muckle LLP has won Regional Law Firm of the Year title at this year’s The Lawyer Awards. The judges who chose Muckle for the award said that the law firm had been recognised as the best outside London because of its strong client base, consistent delivery of excellent client services, strategic vision, excellent financial performance and spread of their work.

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Underwater Hairdressing

Hairdressers in Newcastle and the North East could find themselves in deep water if an unusual charity event takes off! Darlington hairdresser Nigel Dowson took the term “wet cut” to the extreme when he raised £2,000 by creating an underwater salon.

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Anaerobic digester funded by North East firms

Two North East based firms which specialise in farming, waste and recycling have secured £8m in funding for an anaerobic digestion facility that will be used to power electricity to power hundreds of homes. Emerald Biogas has been granted planning permission for the facility which will be based on a 20-acre site in County Durham. The facility will be capable of producing 1.4MW of electricity per annum from food and farm waste. By August 2013, it is hoped that the …

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