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Evening Gazette, April 07, 2009

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Wing's New Car Gets Off to Flier

TEES drivers enjoyed a day to remember on the opening day of the Yorkshire Dales AC autograss season. Middlesbrough's Mally Wing gave a Thornborough raceway debut to his new Fiat Cinqucento and made a flying start to the new campaign, dominating the class seven final.

A New Motor, Same Darren

WITH a new car and a fresh appetite for success, Darren Flounders has confirmed he will be back in the Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship this year. The twice Evening Gazette Trophy winner from Hartlepool, who missed out on the overall NSSCC title in 2004 only after dropped scores were brought back into the equation, has spent three years competing in the Ford Saloon Car Championship.

Fingers Crossed for Injury-Free Run

HYDREX Honda's new leading man Karl Harris has set his sights on the British Superbike Championship title after promising to shed his sick-note tag in the 2009 season. The 31-year-old is joined by Stuart Easton, six years his junior, in a new-look line up for the Guisborough-based team, with owner Shaun Muir expecting Harris to put his injury-plagued 2008 campaign behind him and challenge for the title.

Building a Greener Future Eco-Designs Are New Hope of Architects

BUSINESS continues to build for architects in the Tees Valley - but will the rise of the green agenda see the flow of work needed to get them through the downturn? Environment Correspondent KELLEY PRICE finds out AS the rest of the UK reports record numbers of out- of-work architects - 760% more are claiming benefits compared with this time last year - Tees Valley firms appear to be building a path out of recession. With carbon reduction targets front-of-mind, architectural firms are deciding...

Lenders That the People Do Trust ; the Banks' Loss Is Proving the Credit Unions' Gain in Tees Valley, but As Demand for Their Services Grows, Will Forced Expansion Threaten the Very Principles On Which These Financial Safe Havens Were Built? Asks Sue Scott

"WE identified that people didn't trust the banks long before we had a credit crisis," says Sandra Smith. That said, disenchantment with the high street lenders, which reached rock bottom with the Fred Goodwin debacle, has certainly helped drive customers through the doors of the three credit unions - soon to be joined by a fourth - operating under her watch in Redcar and Cleveland.

Union Plea for Help with Office

A19 credit union is appealing for businesses to help in cash or in kind to establish a new office in the heart of Teesside. The old police hut off Acklam Road has been offered to the union at a peppercorn rent for 10 years by the local council - on condition that it renovates the building within six months.

Weekly Savings Help Beat Debt

BARBARA Johnson is typical of the millions of people in Britain whose household income puts them off the radar for mainstream lenders. The 67-year-old from Whinney Banks, who, like many older women, found her income in later life was crippled by having worked - sometimes simultaneously - in part-time jobs that didn't pay NI, gets by on around pounds 600 a month.

Triple Vote of Confidence in Our Renaissance ; Re-Born Factory Shortlisted for a Trio of Top Awards

THE iconic Memphis building at Darlington business park Lingfield Point has been recognised for its excellence with a trio of prestigious award nominations. Home to the Student Loans Company, Memphis has been short-listed in the British Council for Offices (BCO) refurbished/recycled workplace category, which is described as 'an award entered either for its base build or base build plus fit-out, where significant works have been carried out to adapt an existing building to modern office use'.

It's the Westland Way to Do It ...

A MIXED use and office development has brought together commercial agents Carter Jonas and local firm Urban Developments at Westland Way, Stockton. The Westland Way Business Park next to the A6 and 1825 Way will provide self-contained office space from 1,000 sq ft to 100,000 sq ft suitable for both local businesses and incoming companies and is available to buy or to rent.

Foods Staff Are Getting Taste to Help Others ; Workplace Charity Scheme Launched

PREMIER Foods, owner of Quorn-making operations on Teesside, has a launched a new charity scheme. The company, which employs 340 across two sites at Billingham and Stokesley has joined the Geared for Giving Campaign and has launched a workplace giving scheme.

Spotlight On Volunteers

YEAR Of The Volunteer is a key new initiative for the Tees Pride campaign in 2009. We're looking to highlight the great work under way in the voluntary sector, throw the spotlight on local charity champions and encourage more people to put up their hand and pledge to help out.

Golden Goal in Safety

STOCKTON engineering giant Aker Solutions is an award-winner in the safety stakes. The company has been awarded a gold medal in the prestigious Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2009 presented by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) - for the fifth year running.

Taking the Ni Bull by the Horns Will Help Us All ; Budget Countdown 15 Days to Go

BUSINESSES hoping for a second major fiscal rescue package in this month's Budget are likely to be disappointed, says JEZ DAVISON THE Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King, was spot on when he said that Britain's creaking public finances would be unable to take the strain of another fiscal stimulus. We're in it up to our necks, and, as a result, Alistair Darling is unlikely to play fairy godmother to business when he takes his place at the despatch box on April 22. But there are still a numbe...

True Grit ; Confidence Turns Mark's Life Around

MARK Easby had to face his mum's cancer and a confidence crisis before becoming Tees Valley's king of communications. JEZ DAVISON discovers how the Big 'C' transformed his life THE year is 2000 and a young Teessider is caught in a crisis. Former college drop-out Mark Easby had just scraped through university with a third class honours degree before being crushed by the death of his mother Gwyneth from leukaemia. With confidence and motivation at rock bottom, he decided the only way was up and...

Sarah's in the Picture

A YOUNG Newton Aycliffe woman has overcome career rejection and a major health scare to launch a new photography business. Twenty-one year-old Sarah Dightam decided to take the plunge after failing to hold down a series of temporary jobs due to ill health.

The Right Time for New Starters ; the Issue

THE ISSUE A WORSENING recession is opening new doors for budding Richard Bransons to start their own business. New estimates from Barclays Bank showed that last year start-up volumes in Tees Valley increased by 8.6% on the previous year, from around 35,000 to 38,000.

Diary Dates

Thursday, April 9: The Insurance Institute of Middlesbrough AGM, Student Seminar Room, Top Floor, Student Centre, Clarendon Building, Teeside University. 6pm. Contact: david.wilson@bluefingroup.co.uk Monday, April 20: Training briefing for Tees Valley chartered accountants, Swallow Hotel, Stockton. 12.45pm. Contact: Colin Young, 0191 454 5677 Thursday, April 23: Institute of Directors, Lingfield Point and Arlington Financial Services' Question Time Budget, Meadow, Lingfield Point. 12noon. Thu...

People

TO be featured in this column send a picture, brief personal details and a contact name and telephone number to: People, Business Desk, Evening Gazette, Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3AZ or email the details with a jpeg picture attachment to business@eveninggazette.co.uk. STOCKTON accountancy firm Anderson Barrowcliff has made a triple appointment to strengthen its tax planning, accountancy and payroll services divisions. Jeanette Muir and Jean Springett have joined the firm's payroll and ...

We're Here to Help You ; Suicide Not the Answer

A MAJOR bid has been launched to try to tackle Teesside's alarming suicide rate. Suicide statistics from The Office for National Statistics show there were 14 deaths for every 100,000 people in Middlesbrough in 2007 and 13 in Redcar and Cleveland - almost twice the national average of 7.47.

Show Will Be Grand!

A MUSICAL event based on the world's longest running live radio show is set for a good reception in Saltburn. The Rotary Club of Saltburn is co-ordinating five days of entertainment inspired by The Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

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