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HELPING OUT!

Two years ago during the lockdown, I was getting concerned with my children spending too much time watching TV and playing games.  So I introduced ‘time tickets’ that help limit children’s screen time.As our lives returned to normal, the time tickets were also forgotten.  But the other day, I decided to reintroduce this scheme.  When we had this scheme during the lockdown, my children were given 30 tickets (each ticket is worth 30 mins) each week.  This time, I changed ...

May 20, 2022

CARRIE: MY NEW COLOURING BOOK ON THE WAY!

By the time you read this  I should hopefully have taken delivery of the print run of my third colouring book! Colouring books are a wonderful way to relax, they can help switch off your brain from constant thinking, they spark creativity, and they give you a good break away from social media and our digital devices.You don't need to show your colouring book to anyone else, so you can add doodles of your own to the pages, you can colour outside the lines if you want to, you can choose any c...

May 20, 2022

SCHOOL PACKAGE FROM NORIKOART

Noriko enjoys visiting schools as an author / illustrator, Japanese art workshop facilitator, and speaker.  To make her services more accessible to schools, she now has a school package to offer.  As more children come from different backgrounds and with various needs, she believes her programme can benefit schools by helping both teachers and children learn about different cultures and perspectives in a fun and engaging way.To find out more about her school package, visit Noriko's web...

May 20, 2022

TRIBUTES PAID TO LONG STANDING DBN MEMBER PETER JACKSON WHO HAS DIED

It is with a heavy heart that we inform our members that Peter Jackson - Freelance Journalist and Writer has died recently after a short illness. Peter has been a long standing member of the DBN community and well respected within the North East business community.  He enjoyed a varied career as a hugely respected writer, including eight years with The Journal and more recently published his first novel "Legions of the Moon" in January 2021. We will miss Peter very much and our thought...

April 22, 2022

APRIL NETWORKING MEETING AT DURHAM CRICKET

This months networking meeting was held at Durham Cricket.  Thank you to Paul Sparks and the team at DiT for updating us all on the advantages of exporting - did you know that the North East contributes towards 50% of the UK's exporting activity!!!  The DiT run regular free Export Academy events in the North East for SME's who are thinking about taking their first steps exporting. Also, thank you to Jason Knights from Blue Kangaroo Design for sharing ...

April 21, 2022

HAPPY RETIREMENT TO JOHN ATKINSON FROM EVERYONE AT DBN

We said goodbye to one of our longest running members at our meeting on Tuesday 😩  John Atkinson from NBSL is retiring at the end of April and it's fair to say he'll be a huge miss at DBN and the North East business community in general.  It's been a pleasure networking with you John and we wish you all the best in your retirement. Here he is receiving his DBN networking Oscar for his services to the business community in the North East....

April 21, 2022

UMi - 11 ARTICLES TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS BE MORE SUSTAINABLE

There's never been a more crucial time to think about the environmental impact of your business.  But it can be hard to figure out what this really means for you. To help, we've packaged together 11 inspirational and informative articles to help your business go green.  Take a look here....

March 31, 2022

DERWENT VALLEY PARTNERSHIP'S 'FUN & FOOD' SUMMER / CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS 2022 PROGRAMMES - NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS!

Our ‘Fun & Food’ Fund aims to ensure that as many children and young people as possible have access to food during school holidays, alongside enriching activities, in particular considering those children and young people who would normally receive a free school meal during Term Time. This week we are launching the next phase of our ‘Fun & Food’ programme which aims to support activities for children and young people during the Summer (and Christmas!) 2022 school holidays, and ...

March 29, 2022

APRIL NETWORKING EVENT AT DURHAM CRICKET

April Networking Event with the Department for International Trade (DIT) North East. Tuesday 19th April from 8.30 to 10.30 As well as our regular networking event we’re delighted to have the Department for International Trade (DIT) North East join us at The Riverside, Durham Cricket Ground, to showcase the training, support and funding opportunities available to expand your customer base internationally.  The session will provide the unique opportunity to discover how your ...

March 17, 2022

MARCH NETWORKING EVENT

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to DoBusinessNetwork (DBN) networking meeting on the 15th March. Particularly Mike Allum, Claire Holt and Andrea McGuigan for updating us about Durham County Council's Big Econ-versation exercise that will shape the County’s economic growth over the next 10 years. Businesses, large and small, in all sectors and across the County are being invited to take part in a conversation which will inform the strategy and give you a say...

March 16, 2022

BEAMISH MUSEUM - 1950s FARM

Text and picture courtesy of the Beamish Museum website.A farm from Weardale has been carefully dismantled stone by stone, and is being rebuilt and preserved at the museum as our 1950s Farm.Spain’s Field Farm, from Eastgate, near Stanhope, will tell the story of upland farming in the North East during the 1950s.  Official opening celebrations for the farm will take place in March 2022.Visitors will be able to see the tough conditions faced by families living in rural areas during this tim...

March 14, 2022

COUNTY DURHAM SPORT - CHAIR RECRUITMENT

County Durham Sport are looking for a Chair who will lead their Board and hold the team to account for performance against strategic objectives.  They require a collaborative leader who understands both the benefits of physical activity and its contribution to improving health, social and economic outcomes.  The Chair will also understand the key role the Active Partnership can play in improving the local system in line with their strategy and will build upon and advance the excellent ...

March 14, 2022

MEET THE KENYA CREW!

An amazing group of 16 year old students from Thorp Academy are currently fundraising for a sustainable trip to Kenya next summer, where they will be doing a range of environmental and observational work with the local people.  In order to raise the funds, the students have turned to arts and crafts, which they have been selling at fairs and local businesses who have helped to support them.  The Kenya Crew will be joining us again at the Heritage Centre on Sunday, 20th March to sell so...

March 10, 2022

NORTH EAST REGION SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIT

North East Region Special Operations Unit Cyber Crime - Unit Advising organisations to improve their cyber resilience. Following Russia’s further violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has called on organisations in the UK to bolster their online defences.  The NCSC - which is a part of GCHQ - has urged organisations to follow its guidance on steps to take when the cyber threat is heightened. While the NCSC is not aware of any current spe...

March 10, 2022

DO WE WANT JUSTICE OR JUDGEMENT?

Most people want justice - at least for themselves. Human beings are continually judging situations, themselves and others.  Often we confuse the two.  Children have a strong sense of justice.  When someone does something wrong, they insist on punishment or recompense.  Deep inside, we all tend to agree, even if we don’t acknowledge it.  We all want judgement pronounced, so that we can “see justice done”.  In mediation we strive to help participants put aside ...

March 10, 2022

BEAMISH STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS DRESSED TO IMPRESS!

We have a number of vacancies available if time traveling sounds like a job you might enjoy.  Find out more and apply here. Huge congratulations to our very own Matthew Henderson, Product Development Manager, who won Rising Star and Overall Winner awards at the Cultural Enterprises Awards.We are so proud of you.  Very well deserved! The Beamish Team, Beamish, the Living Museum of the North...

March 10, 2022

CONSETT STREET FESTIVAL - SUNDAY, 20th MARCH 2022

FREE ‘Welcome Back’ Street Festival in Consett!  Durham County Council will be hosting a FREE street festival between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 20th March 2022 on Middle Street in Consett. The street festival is being funded through the ‘Welcome Back Fund’ and will be one of many taking place across the County in March - please find attached further details including a full list of events. We would love you to join us in Consett for a range of FREE activit...

March 9, 2022

DON'T PUT OFF THAT AWKWARD CHAT ABOUT INHERITANCE!

It can be a shock for people to discover, only on the death of their parents, that they have effectively been disinherited and it can seem like the ultimate cruel shock.  Often there is no obvious reason why the decision was taken which makes it even more difficult for potential beneficiaries to understand.The UK is different from many other countries in that you are allowed to die with millions in the bank and not give a penny to your child.  In France, by law, you have to give your c...

March 9, 2022

SHARING WITH NORIKO AND HER FAMILY!

My kids had their first sleepover at their friends’ house the other night.  While there, Naomi seemed to have learnt the phrase “Sharing is caring.”It is a great phrase, at least Naomi thinks so . . . Here is this week’s cartoon . . ....

March 9, 2022

ROBSON PRINT - WHY PRINT IS SPECIAL

Print is an established, trusted media.  When you receive a letter, a card, a brochure it is the start of a relationship built on trust.  If you open printed material, you don’t get a virus . . . Make your customers, members or workforce feel special.  We make tailored communication easy: personalised letters, business cards, membership cards and soft touch, foiled brochures printed and fulfilled.  Everything we do is bespoke to suit your needs. Sharron, Robson Print...

March 9, 2022

A-Z OF VISUAL MARKETING

Following on from the A-Z of Visual Marketing masterclass I delivered virtually to DBN members during lockdown.   I’ve now developed the content into an online training course, this will be launched to a global audience in the Spring.  You are invited to take a sneak peek and unlock a FREE letter to watch a training video.  Just click here. Ann, Create Intrigue...

March 9, 2022

TRADING WITH RUSSIA AND UKRAINE - DIT SUPPORT

If you’re a UK business trading with Ukraine or Russia and have questions about the current trading situation, contact the UK government's export support team by phone or online here or contact me directly for guidance.Also, there are “Sanctions” being placed on trade with Russia.  I’ve attached a PowerPoint presentation that is used as part of our free “Export Academy”, this module is on Export Controls, and specifically slide 31 onwards is focussed on “Embargoes & ...

March 9, 2022

A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL THE DONATIONS THAT MADE THE 2021 CHRISTMAS DRIBBLE - BETTER THAN ANY WE'VE PREVIOUSLY DONE!

After two years of lockdown, there was a great appetite just to get out and do something together.  But we also had a representative of the Onside Network in Liberia, Aaron Weah, joining us and showing that not only can he stand the cold and wet of the Derwent Walk in December, but that he’s got decent soccer skills, even if he’s really a basketball player!The final total we raised was £2,230 - the highest amount we’ve raised in any of our four Christmas Dribbles.  We had 109 se...

March 8, 2022

MADE IN UK DAY 2022

March 9 2022, is Made in UK Day, the day when Make it British celebrate and champion designers and producers in the UK.  I am delighted to be part of this unique campaign and proud to design and produce my products in the UK. There has never been a more important time to buy products that are made in the UK and support local manufacturing.  By pledging to buy products that are made in the UK you are lowering your carbon footprint, saving essential skills, helping local economies and cr...

March 8, 2022

TIME TO IMPRESS YOUR VISITORS WITH EXPERTLY MADE COFFEE AND BECOME A VICP TOO!

We recently hosted our first Coffee Course in the new training space at our roastery and it was such fun we just had to tell you more about it!We love sharing our passion for coffee with others and have created a series of courses to quench your thirst for coffee knowledge, hone your brewing skills and prepare you to join our Durham Coffee Club should you wish to become a VICP (very important coffee person).By completing two of our coffee lover’s courses (Beginners or Barista and Advanced), yo...

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