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The science of a startup

The science of a startup

Hassan Mahmudul founded Scientistt Ltd, a networking site for the scientific research community, as he completed his studies at Durham University. Here, he explains what the first year of running his own business has been like. What are the circumstances that prompted you to start your own business? While I was studying for my MSc…
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Unlocking language skills online

Unlocking language skills online

Shelley Purchon founded English Unlocked in 2018, with the aim of helping organisations understand how to communicate clearly with people who speak English as an additional language. With a background in teaching English as a foreign language, Shelley began with one course on effective communication which she delivered face-to-face. She quickly expanded to also offer…
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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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£40,000 boost for North East retirement saving trials

£40,000 boost for North East retirement saving trials

THE Department for Work and Pensions has today announced a £40,000 funding boost in the North East to help people take stock of their health, skills and wealth as part of later life planning. With the pandemic impacting people’s lives in different ways, many will already be reviewing their current situation – including those wanting…
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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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Rules of origin for trading with the EU: A guide for SMEs

Rules of origin for trading with the EU: A guide for SMEs

The government has produced guidance for businesses on rules of origin, which determine the economic nationality of goods under a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  It’s important for businesses to understand the guidance on rules of origin because the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) means businesses can trade with the EU without paying tariffs – but only if…
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North East social enterprises join forces through a Peer Network

North East social enterprises join forces through a Peer Network

Addictions UK is a national organisation headquartered in the North East. It’s a social enterprise which was established in 2004 and helps people to recover from addictions including drug and alcohol dependence and behavioural addictions such as gambling.  The organisation grew out of a two-year pilot project which focused on using coaching to overcome addiction…
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Absence of physical meetings leads to digital innovation

Absence of physical meetings leads to digital innovation

The Big Picture People work with large organisations to help them communicate complicated messages to their employees in innovative ways. It helps senior professionals in some of the world’s most respected organisation create, curate, design, refine and share their big pictures with their people. The Big Picture People create toolkits that visualise a company’s strategy…
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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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How the Budget impacts businesses in the North East

How the Budget impacts businesses in the North East

Read more at gov.uk Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The government’s furlough scheme has been extended until the end of September 2021. Businesses can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. Employers will be expected to pay 10% towards the hours their staff do…
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