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Kids’ tracking devices to boom as Pokemon Go-es crazy

TRACKING and monitoring devices are expected to be built into games apps in the future to stop parents worrying as their children get out and explore via digital games such as Pokemon Go. The Pokemon Go craze has seen hundreds of thousands of people hunt for creatures in the real world using their smartphones to track them down Read More…

Culture podcasts showcase North East heritage

A SERIES of audio recordings celebrating the rich heritage of North Tyneside have been published online with the aim of adding a tourism boost to the area. Writer and audio producer Rachel Cochrane, who runs spoken word website listenupnorth.com, brought together dozens of writers for the Culture Bites project, which was part funded by the Arts Council and North Tyneside Council. Read More…

Trend agency pursues overseas growth

A HOME and lifestyle trend agency which advises some of the biggest retailers in the world is targeting overseas growth by expanding its reach in America. Newcastle-based Trend Bible already sells its trend books to major American retailers, including Bloomingdales in New York, US home interiors specialist Pottery Barn, TK Maxx, JCPenney, Wal-Mart and Macy’s department store, giving them future insight to inform their strategic, design and marketing decisions. Read More…

Art is in the heart for former office worker Dawn

A FORMER Inland Revenue officer has opened a new studio and gallery after pursuing her dream of becoming an artist. Dawn Booth-Wilson, gave up her office job to develop a more creative career and, after running her own curtain and blind making business, she undertook an art and design access course at Middlesbrough College and a degree in fine art at Teesside University. Read More…

£6.8m science park investment to foster 1,400 jobs

A £6.83m investment in one of the country’s most prestigious science parks could lead to 1,400 jobs being created. The North East Technology Park, (NETPark), in Sedgefield, County Durham, has received funding from the Local Growth Fund (LGF) for infrastructure works for the next phase of its ambitious plans to provide space for high-tech, fast growing companies. Read More…

Creative start-up programme to support Dales businesses

AN ENTERPRISING programme, which has supported more than 90 creative start-up businesses in County Durham, is launching a new series of workshops for rural business owners. The Durham Creatives programme, which has fostered the talents of dozens of creative entrepreneurs, has been commissioned by Business Durham to run a series of workshops at the premises it manages, the Durham Dales Centre, in Stanhope, Weardale. Read More…

Marie joins hospice as retail manager

A CHARITY has appointed a new retail manager as part of a drive to expand its presence when it opens more shops in the region. Marie Leighton of Stanley, County Durham, has taken on her new role for St Benedict’s Hospice in Ryhope, Sunderland. Read More…

Durham kids to hear how the dot com bubble burst

THE wild rise and crazy fall of the dotcom dream will be one of the subjects of a talk given by an award-winning author and journalist when he visits Durham later this month. Andrew Smith will be speaking to pupils at Framwellgate School, in Durham, about the rise of the Internet ahead of a lecture at the city’s Gala Theatre on Wednesday March 23, where he will explore the origins of the Internet and the journey of one of the world’s most influential dotcom pioneers. Read More…

Hat’s off to Marie Curie fundraisers

THE Mad Hatter was among the guests at a fundraising event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Organised by accountants and business advisers Clive Owen LLP, in Darlington, the annual fundraiser, to mark International Women’s Day, was staged at The Bowes Museum, in County Durham. Read More…

Culture podcast project showcases North East writing talent

THE RICH culture of North Tyneside will be captured in a series of audio podcasts when writers come together to record their work at several iconic venues. Writer and audio producer Rachel Cochrane, who runs spoken word website listenupnorth.com, will showcase the work of the region’s talented writers when she brings to life stories of local people, events and artefacts via her Culture Bites project. Read More…

Marathon man Tony hits £10k challenge

A FITNESS fan who ran a marathon every day for a month has hit his target of raising £10,000 for his local hospice – with the support of an Irish pop superstar and a sporting legend. Tony Allen set himself the challenge of running a marathon every day throughout December – including Christmas Day – and received public backing from Caroline Corr, drummer with the rock band The Corrs, who sent Tony a personal video message of support, and marathon queen Paula Radcliffe, who posted his Just Giving page on her Twitter feed. Read More…

60 jobs created at former KP crisps factory

ONE of the UK’s leading manufacturers and international distributors of bearings, power transmission and motion transfer linkage products is expanding into the North East following a £2.2m investment. Dunlop BTL, which is based in Ashford, Kent, has been awarded a £250,000 Let’s Grow RGF grant to enable it to expand into the former KP crisps factory in Consett, County Durham, creating around 60 new jobs – 35 of which will be appointed in the short term. Read More…

‘Tax credits could act as boost to North East economy’ – accountants

NORTH East businesses could be missing out on tens of thousands of pounds of research and development tax credits for their innovative ideas. Independent accountants and business advisers, Clive Owen LLP, say the region is home to hundreds of forward-thinking companies working in the manufacturing, technology and environmental sectors – but not all are taking advantage of the tax credits. Read More…

Marathon man Tony’s festive fitness challenge

FITNESS fan Tony Allen has set himself the challenge of running a marathon every day throughout December – including Christmas Day. The 52-year-old from Roker, Sunderland, is undertaking the tough assignment – the equivalent of running to Milan – to raise funds for St Benedict’s Hospice, at Ryhope, which gave palliative care to his late mum. Read More…

Loved ones remembered with charity’s Christmas appeal

HOSPICE supporters are remembering their loved ones by writing their names and messages on specially designed baubles to hang on a beautiful Christmas tree. Families and friends have been filling out heartfelt messages for someone close which are being hung on the tree outside Tesco, in The Bridges shopping centre, Sunderland, to help raise funds for St Benedict’s Hospice, in Ryhope. Read More…