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ONE MONTH IN & 400,00 STEPS COMPLETED TOWARDS MY ONE MILLION STEP CHALLENGE

Still a lot to do & all donations are very welcome. Thanks for your support!Brenda...

August 10, 2020

SHARRON ADDS VALUE TO YOUR BUSINESS

Being small enables us to offer a highly personalised “throughout the year” service to our customers, as we recognise that businesses need support all year round, not just once a year when the accounts and tax are due. We make customers feel valued by treating them as individuals; speaking in plain English in a down-to-earth, friendly manner!I thought this article from Xero might be of interest to DBN Members (please see below).Sharron at Westwood AccountancyXERO CALLS ON UK SMALL BUSINESS M...

August 10, 2020

NATHALIE'S DAILY FRENCH CHALLENGE FOR CHILDREN - JOUR 100

Nathalie's videos are always a very popular feature in our weekly updates and we're delighted to bring you another one.  Daily French challenge jour 100 for children.  Check out Nathalie's earlier 99 challenges here.  Today: practice wishing someone a good journey in French....

August 10, 2020

DERWENTSIDE COLLEGE ENROLMENT WEEK

DATES & TIMES OF THE DROP-IN AT THE COLLEGE: Monday, 24th - Friday, 28th August 2020 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. JOIN YOUR LOCAL COLLEGE AND NEVER LOOK BACK . . . Just click here to visit our Facebook page for more details....

August 7, 2020

CAN YOU HELP JOANNE CHOOSE A FAVOURITE?

Help a lass out with a project would you?Which is your favourite? Or if your favourite is one I've NOT included in that wee grid, let me know.  Now, don't vote for your own pooch if it's in there, that's cheating, and it goes without saying that's your fave! Thanks very much.  There IS a purpose, I promise!...

August 7, 2020

GREAT ANNUAL SAVINGS GROUP - GOING FOR GROWTH!

We're so proud to see so many candidates aspire to be a part of the GAS expansion.If you'd like to join us for the next phase of our success you can still sign up to receive job alerts – just click here....

August 7, 2020

WILLOW BURN HOSPICE

Between now and the 18th September 2020 we are asking all of our wonderful friends and supporters to vote for our Children and Young People's Bereavement Service to win up to £100,000!  Helping Willow Burn is so easy, all you need to do is click here and share the post with your friends.Even better - you can vote once every single day!And thanks to a grant from Newcastle Building Society’s Middle Street branch in Consett, Willow Burn Hospice has installed a new pergola in the garden for ...

August 7, 2020

SHARE YOUR NEWS WITH ROBSON PRINT

Newsletters are a great way to stay in touch with your community, employees and customers.  We are delighted to have been able to keep producing these vital forms of communication during these difficult times.  If you need help or advice on design and print please get in touch.We are starting work on the next edition of the Hexham Pocket Guide, there has been so much happening in town over the last few months - if you are a local business or part of a community group then let us know w...

August 7, 2020

JANE ANDERSON ASKS - ARE YOU HOME-STITUTIONALISED?

Tired of domesticity but apprehensive about going out?  Worried that you've lost your social nerve?  Distinctly uncomfortable in proper work clothes? If the answer is yes to any or all of the above, you've probably become home-stitutionalised like many of us who've been cooped up for the last few eon-months. In her latest blog, Jane Anderson tells us how she has emerged from home-stitutionalisation.Please click here to read Jane’s blog....

August 7, 2020

AUGUST ADVENTURES AT LAND OF OAK & IRON

Our heritage fairies have been busy putting together activity packs to spark your family's imagination whilst they explore the beautiful outdoor spaces surrounding Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre.We can provide café shrub picnics too - so you can walk, explore, create and eat in the great outdoors! Your activity pack comes in a customisable cotton tote bag and provides materials so you can create your own curious clay face - you can add natural materials gathered on your family walk.  T...

August 7, 2020

THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT . . . BUT IS THERE ONE FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS?

The smartphone era has rapidly become part of our everyday lives, from selfies & shopping to planning holidays & making reservations."A sign of our times" . . . it’s not uncommon to see someone browsing from their small screen whilst standing in a queue.  No longer are people waiting to get home to their computer, if they have one . . . the smart phone has become their ‘on-the-go’ personal computer.  Businesses and companies are recognising this compact form as the gateway to rea...

August 7, 2020

IT'S COMPETITION TIME WITH HEAD TO TOE AESTHETICS

Would you like to win a £50 gift card for you and one for your friend?All you have to do is find the spelling mistake in one of the banners  . . . zoom in on the pictures! Private message me the mistake, tag a friend in post; you can tag as many friends as you want for more chances to win!  The winner will be drawn at random on Saturday 29th August.The gift card will be valid for six months and has to be used for a treatment, it can not be exchanged or transferred to another person. G...

August 7, 2020

GILLIAN'S TOP TIP OF THE WEEK

Gillian's top tip video of the week is . . . to accept what you cannot change.You can view Gillian's video here....

August 7, 2020

DERWENT WALK INN ARE CHAMPIONS FOR THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

Thank you so much to our local MP Richard Holden & the volunteers who came along this morning and helped with the litter pick on Ebchester Bank & along the Derwent Walk.  We managed to collect a lot of rubbish and make our area a lot more cleaner to use.In the words of our 6 year old, "Mam, why do people throw their rubbish on the ground & not put it in the bin or take it home?"  A very good question.  So please the next time you are using the Derwent Walk please take your rubbish...

August 7, 2020

DBN MASTERCLASS VIDEOS!

We're delighted to report that the DBN members video library is now open.  The first batch of videos of our Masterclasses are now available to our members.  The four Visual Marketing Masterclasses are only available to the delegates who signed up for the programme but all the rest will be made available to our members as an exclusive members benefit. The material in the videos represents the hard work of our members who created the masterclasses for fellow DBN members and we'd really a...

August 7, 2020

UPDATE FROM THE 7th AUGUST 2020

One of the benefits of having online meetings is our new ability to bypass geographic boundaries and bring like-minded businesses together from a wider area. Thanks to everyone who came along to our Meet the Neighbours event earlier this week, a joint event with Darlington, Northallerton and Richmond business networks.  Our very own James Ibbitson was one of the four guest speakers and topics covered were tips for great videos, successful PR campaigns, marketing after Covid-19 and e-marketi...

August 7, 2020

DBN NEWSLETTERS FOR AUGUST 2020

DBN NEWSLETTER - 7th AUGUST 2020 - click here to read....

August 7, 2020

NORIKO'S LATEST CARTOON - 'HAPPENINGS'

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August 7, 2020

PAM ASSIST - FREE BUSINESS SUPPORT

Durham Council have launched an initiative engaging PAM Assist to provide support services to small and medium sized businesses within the Durham area.  This service is entirely free for small and medium sized businesses to use.  The purpose of this note is to encourage you to use this service which has been provided. By calling the Freephone number: 0808 196 3863 businesses have instant access to PAM Assist a 24 hour confidential support service for both yourselves and your emplo...

August 7, 2020

HIGH STREET HOSPITALITY

50% off your bill Monday to Wednesday this August with High Street Hospitality....

August 7, 2020

SEE YOU VERY SOON AT THE OWL & OTTER

Throughout August we will be participating in the government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme!  It will run every Wednesday from 12pm, from 5th - 26th August for dine in guests and guests will receive 50% off all food & soft drinks up to a maximum discount of £10 per person.Book via our website www.theowlandotter.co.uk or call us on 01207 571 113.And say hello to our new Fixed Price Menu featuring our salmon, smoked haddock & cod fishcakes with a white wine & cream sauce & buttered vegetable...

August 7, 2020

EXPERIENCE AFTERNOON TEA AT THE BLACK HORSE, BEAMISH THIS SUMMER

With panoramic views of the Beamish Conservation Valley, you couldn't find a more quaint, countryside venue to enjoy with friends and family.  We have a variety of Afternoon Tea's available for the whole family to enjoy! Traditional Afternoon Tea - upgrade to a bottle of fizz!Gentlemen's Afternoon TeaChildren's Afternoon Tea Want to book a table?  Give us a call on 01207 232 569 or book online.  Check out our Afternoon Tea menus by clicking here....

August 7, 2020

LAST MINUTE OFFER AT DERWENT MANOR HOTEL BW PREMIER COLLECTION

We’ve had a cancellation on two of our three bedroom cottages (Sleeps 6)Saturday, 1st August 2 Nights only £25 per person per night (based 6 sharing) £300 per cottage for two nights!  Details here. To book please call 01207 592 000....

August 7, 2020

AND ON THURSDAY, 20th AUGUST YOU CAN SING A LONG WITH THE EVER POPULAR FILM 'MAMA MIA'

Don’t forget to warm up your vocal chords and dressing up IS encouraged. Tickets are £15 per person & includes a Cocktail, plus the film; reserve your place 01207 230 666.  Further details can be found here....

August 7, 2020

THE TIPI OUTDOOR CINEMA PRESENTS 'THE GREATEST SHOWMAN' - BEAMISH PARK HOTEL, THURSDAY, 13th AUGUST - 19:00-23:00

Roll up, roll up for an evening of magical outdoor, well in a Tipi, entertainment. Arrive to a Cocktail, catch up with friends & order street style food & sharing platters at Olive’s outdoor rustic bar.  Then sit back & enjoy a sunset screening of The Greatest Showman. Tables are available of up to 6 people, social distancing rules apply, this is a limited numbers event.  Feel free to bring a wrap . . . the Tipi is heated. Tickets are £15 per person & includes a Cocktail p...

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