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Overcoming challenges together through a Peer Network

Overcoming challenges together through a Peer Network

ABS Precision Ltd was founded in 2004 by Maurice Atherton, Brian Brooks and Dave Stott as a fast-turnaround precision machine shop. 15 years later, and the Newcastle-based business now employs more than 30 people, has grown from its original 5,000 square foot facility to nearly 20,000 square feet, and manufactures components for customers including Siemens…
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Reiki practitioner boosts online presence during lockdown

Reiki practitioner boosts online presence during lockdown

In 2007 Julie Rennie set up Reiki River, offering Reiki training and therapy, Reiki drum treatment and meditation. Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of relaxation and, prior to 2020, Julie’s clients travelled from across the UK and beyond, with some coming from as far away as the USA. Julie also worked with a local…
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Northumberland photographer receives support to build business

Northumberland photographer receives support to build business

Sue Todd specialises in food, drink and hospitality photography. As well as working with restaurants, pubs and food suppliers, she also teaches photography through workshops and one-to-one tuition.  Until March 2020 Sue worked with clients at their premises, or from her studio in Northumberland. When the first COVID-19 lockdown began, Sue was unable to continue…
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County Durham holiday cottages receive a funding boost

County Durham holiday cottages receive a funding boost

In 2018 Rachel and Craig Stockwell, their young son Tom, and Rachel’s parents, Bern and Stan, moved to a 50 acre sheep farm in County Durham, fulfilling their ambition of combining a working farm with four holiday cottages. The family welcomed their first guests in 2019 and the cottages, which are set in rolling farmland…
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Print business diversifies and reduces waste

Print business diversifies and reduces waste

Fantasy Prints was founded in 1992 as a shop selling personalised T-shirts. The business gradually expanded its offering as a result of customer requests for printed products including business cards and letterhead. The business grew and in 2020 it was a one-stop-shop for large format and digital printing including school wear, signage and sportswear, and…
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Floatation therapy business sees the light

Floatation therapy business sees the light

Driftwood Float Spa provides floatation therapy, which supports people’s health and wellbeing by letting the body float in an Epsom salt and water solution inside the relaxing environment of a float tank. Floating provides many health benefits, including deep relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief and physical recovery from sport and exercise. By reducing sensory input,…
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Northumberland coffee business boosts online sales

Northumberland coffee business boosts online sales

Founded in 2018 by wife and husband team Elle and Wilmer Carcamo, Caribe Coffee Company is a Northumberland-based roastery which direct imports speciality coffee from Honduras. By cutting out intermediaries, the business is able to work directly with a farming co-operative in Honduras, providing good value, high quality coffee to customers in the UK, and…
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Kids’ rides company uses grant to go cash-free

Kids’ rides company uses grant to go cash-free

Based in Spennymoor, County Durham, Janet and John Kiddies Rides Ltd provides children’s rides, penny press machines and vending machines to service stations and visitor attractions across the UK. Traditionally, the firm’s busiest time of the year falls between Easter and October, however the 2020 pandemic resulted in a nearly 70% reduction in turnover as…
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County Durham photographer reaches for the stars

County Durham photographer reaches for the stars

Gary Lintern is a County Durham-based photographer who runs stargazing tours. Until early 2020 the popular tours catered for up to 30 people at a time and included an introductory talk in a venue (for example in a local hotel), followed by a night time stargazing tour at locations across the North East. The tours proved…
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England lockdown – guidance for North East businesses

England lockdown – guidance for North East businesses

The whole of England has been placed in a new national lockdown. The government’s advice is to ‘Stay at Home’. People must not leave or be outside of their home except where they have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. The guidance below explains what the new restrictions mean for North East…
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