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In The Spotlight

 Once a month we will be showcasing a business, charity or person in business and publishing an interview with them.

As a firm we are passionate about the North East and the local communities in which we all live and work and we want to share its success stories.

If you think you stand out from the crowd and would like to take part in this series please email us with the following information:

Your full name, the business or charity in which you are involved and why you would like to take part.

If selected we will be in touch to interview.


In the Spotlight With Olympic Champion Matt Wylie MBE

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Tell Us About You  I am 20 years old and I am a full-time athlete, currently training at City of Sunderland Swimming Club. I am part of the British Swimming Para Swim Team. Last year 2016 I become Paralympic Champion in S9 50 Freestyle (at my first...

In The Spotlight With Chris McDonald Of Materials Processing Institute

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What Are The Biggest Challenges To The Business? The purpose of the Institute is to use technology to make British industry more competitive and particularly the metals and materials industries.  Our customers are facing big challenges at...

In The Spotlight With Alby Pattison Managing Director Of Hart Biologicals

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Tell Us About Your Role At Hart Biologicals? I’m the managing director and a scientist. At Hart Biologicals we’re involved in all areas of blood coagulation and platelet aggregation.  We’re constantly adding new products to our...

In The Spotlight With Hooker and Young

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Tell Us About Your Role In Your Business Gary Hooker : I tend to look after the financial side, contracts and HR elements of the business whilst Michael looks after the education, PR and marketing side of things. However, this isn’t completely...

In The Spotlight With Steve Gordon From Making Something Happen

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Tell Us About Your Role In Your Business I was the founder, now I’m busy with scaling our work with schools and businesses. Social media is one of the biggest parts of what I do. How Did The Business Start? Young people aren’t failing,...

In The Spotlight With Wendy Sayers From Mohujos

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Tell Us About Your Role In Your Business. My role tends to vary greatly day to day. As the sole director I have to oversee the whole operation as well as any admin, HR and wages. My role varies from running front of house, to working on the bar and serving...

In the Spotlight With Kevin Green From Kevin Green Training

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Tell Us About Your Role At Kevin Green Training I am the owner of the business and responsible for all elements of it. That means I need to focus 'on the business' as I do delivering 'in it'. I am a facilitator of training courses and...

In The Spotlight With Andy Preston & Fork In The Road

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We caught up with Andy Preston as he is busy getting ready to launch his latest venture; a charitable restaurant called ' Fork In the Road ' situated in the heart of Middlesbrough.    Tell Us About Fork In The Road – Where...

In the Spotlight With Sarah Carlton At Kinship

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Tell Us About Your Role At  Kinship I am the creative director so I’m responsible for the majority of the design work that is produced by the company. How Did The Business Start? After attending CCAD and Teesside University I managed to secure...

In The Spotlight With Brian Jones From The Moses Project

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Tell us about your role at The Moses Project My official title is Chairman and my main role is to steer The Moses Project through the many storms facing any young charity that is growing fast to a secure future. I have a small, but fantastic team of...

In The Spotlight With Janice Auton From Poppys Hairdressing

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Tell us about your role at Poppys Hairdressing I work on my business not in it. Using systems and empowering my teams in Stockton and Hartlepool A great haircut or colour comes as expected in the great salons across the UK nowadays with training the best...

In The Spotlight With Dave Broadbent From Begbies Traynor

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Tell us about your role at Begbies Traynor With more than 20 years experience in the insolvency profession I’m passionate about supporting struggling SMEs and individuals. I specialise in small to medium-sized owner-managed businesses, using...