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Nina Walton

Double director promotion announced at Metnor Group’s Norstead division 

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Norstead, part of the Newcastle based Metnor Group, is delighted to announce the promotion of Dan Hopkins to Operations Director and Jonathan Grant to Commercial Director. These key promotions support Norstead’s ambitious plans for growth, demonstrating its commitment to investing in talent and expanding the business on the back of a number of new client wins. The firm has also recently welcomed three new recruits to bolster their operational and commercial teams. Norstead was established in 1971 and specialises in the design and installation of mechanical and electrical services in a number of commercial and industrial sectors. Part of the Metnor Group, the firm has the experience and financial stability to carry out multiple contracts with a typical individual project value of up to £30 million.  Despite the challenges of the pandemic, turnover for Norstead is forecast to reach £40m in 2022. Based at Balliol Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, with another office in Maidenhead, Norstead lists some of the UK’s best known companies as clients. Recently completed and current projects in the pipeline include the development of the White Wing at the British Museum, the critical care unit at Chelsea and Westminster hospital and a new Emergency Department at Darent Valley hospital. Other projects include an exclusive residential development on Oxford Street in London, a new Hyatt hotel…

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Writer of one of The Times ‘Books of the Year’ pens first book written in Geordie dialect

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Chris Rickaby, writer of one of this year’s The Times ‘Books of the Year’ has recently brought out, Billy Quiz and the Mission to Mars, published by One Word Press, as a homage to his childhood growing up in Newcastle in the 1970s. It’s the tale of sixteen-year-old Billy Agnew – better known as Billy Quiz. During the long hot summer of 1976, Billy Quiz is wrestling with a lot of questions. He’s also being terrorised by two skinheads. As he helps his dad deliver post around a tough estate in Newcastle, letters begin to appear addressed to a district of Vienna that does not exist. They lead to a mysterious Jewish woman who has a disturbing story to tell. Can she provide Billy with the answers he’s looking for? After conducting his own research, Chris believes Billy Quiz is the only ‘first person’ novel written in the Geordie vernacular, offering a fine balance of dialect whilst still being accessible to readers around the world. There’s also a glossary at the back for those readers not familiar with words such as ‘canny’, deek’, ‘bairn’ and ‘hoy’! Chris Rickaby says: “There are lots of great novels set in Newcastle, especially thrillers, and when I was young there were Scott Dobson’s brilliant Larn Yersel’ Geordie books, and, more recently, Jonathan Tulloch’s The Season Ticket but, so…

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Salvalco welcomes investment from leading skin care brand owner Beiersdorf

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Yorkshire based Salford Valve Company Ltd (Salvalco) is delighted to announce an investment from Beiersdorf, a leading provider of innovative, high quality skin care products, including brands such as NIVEA, Eucerin and La Prairie. The collaboration comes as Salvalco launches its innovative Eco-Valve aerosol valve that uses ecologically sustainable propellants. The equity investment from Beiersdorf’s venture platform, OSCAR&PAUL Beiersdorf Venture Capital, underlines the company’s ambition in driving sustainable innovations under its new sustainability agenda and C.A.R.E.+ corporate strategy. The partnership will support Salvalco’s further research and commercialisation of the patented Eco-Valve technology across the global aerosol industry while strengthening Beiersdorf’s footprint in sustainable packaging solutions. Founded in 2013, Salvalco develops innovative valve systems, called Eco-Valve, based on prior research by the Spray Research Group at Salford University. The Eco-Valve technology allows eco-friendly inert gases such as nitrogen or simple fresh air to be used as propellants in aerosol sprays, thus enabling a more sustainable and safer alternative to conventional aerosol propellants. Salvalco also provides a family of different valve designs that can be used across a range of product viscosities and product types covering over 85% of aerosol applications across most industry sectors. Salvalco Eco-Valves can be used on existing…

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Marketing through the mayhem

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The last few months has certainly provided seismic shifts for all areas of our personal and professional lives. I’m not going to lie, at the start it was like a massive wave of paralysis and shock. I’m sure many of us can relate to the drowning sea of uncertainty that washed over as we adjusted to the multiple roles of parent, chef, business owner, manager, employee and anti bac hand cleaner extraordinaire! As in our lives, we have similarly had to find new ways of making our livelihoods work, showing empathy to customers and employees and pivoting our products and services to stay relevant. For some this has sadly meant pausing altogether. And whilst things are certainly far from ‘normal’, as shops open their doors this week, it does feel like the green shoots of a new tomorrow are starting to emerge as we begin to take baby steps back to something more familiar – a new phase of covid-mania! With no crystal ball to predict exactly what lies ahead, and with businesses at different stages of re-emergence, how do brands continue to communicate with their customers and maintain profile in line with the changing wave of the pandemic? And what can…

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Time for cake … it’s our 5th birthday!

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We can’t quite believe it but this week marks our 5th year in business. Time certainly flies when you are having fun ! It’s been so rewarding to work with so many different businesses and brands over the years, helping to tell their stories and support their growth plans. Being part of their journey, even in a small way, really is the best part of the job. We have such a supportive business community in the North East and I’m proud to be part of it. Thank you to all our lovely clients and the people who have supported us along the way. Here’s to eating lots of cake and to the next 5 years. #marketing #strategy #storytelling #PR #copywriting #5thbirthday #letseatcake

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