Category

Client PR Stories

Double director promotion announced at Metnor Group’s Norstead division 

By | Client PR Stories | No Comments

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…

Read More

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

By | Client PR Stories | No Comments

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…

Read More

Salvalco welcomes investment from leading skin care brand owner Beiersdorf

By | Client PR Stories | No Comments

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…

Read More

Lindisfarne Festival celebrates 5th successful event

By | Client PR Stories | No Comments

Beal Farm in Northumberland played host this weekend (29th Aug -1st Sep) to the 5th Lindisfarne Festival which has been hailed a huge success by organisers and festival goers, quite literally raising the roof on the previous 4 festivals with a huge 4,500 in attendance. And plans are now underway for 2020 with the impending launch of a crowdfunding campaign to ensure the event’s future.   Over 200 acts across 10 stages including Friday and Saturday headliners Peter Doherty and the Puta Madres, Ocean Colour Scene and local folk stars Lindisfarne saw the event take off … with high winds adding to the event’s wild revelry and forcing a small temporary closure of the mainstage while safety checks were undertaken.   But the show went on with the 3 -day over 18’s camping festival proving a huge hit once again with festivalgoers, hailing it “A great festival in unrivalled scenery full of happy people”, “the best one yet”, “an absolutely fantastic weekend”, “the most easy going and friendliest festival we’ve been too” and “a permanent fixture on the calendar!”   Conleth Maenpaa, Founder of Lindisfarne Festival commented; “We are buzzing by the response we have had to Lindisfarne Festival 2019!…

Read More

Libertines frontman Peter Doherty to headline Lindisfarne Festival 2019 with new band ‘The Puta Madres’

By | Client PR Stories | No Comments

Plans are well underway to make the 5th Lindisfarne Festival the best one yet with organisers delighted to announce their Friday night headline act as The Libertines frontman Peter Doherty. With a music career that has spanned over two decades, from The Libertines and Babyshambles to his solo career, Northumberland born Doherty is one of the most recognisable faces of the modern British indie scene. Playing mainstage on Friday 30th August, Peter Doherty and his new band The Puta Madres will be heading to the North East coast to showcase their blend of psychedelic rock, post-punk revival and garage rock music. Other acts just announced for the Friday night line-up include Gentleman’s Dub Club, Dutty Moonshine Big Band and Louise Distras – who is notably referred to as “the most exciting voice in UK punk right now!” With Ocean Colour Scene already confirmed for the Saturday night headline slot at the 3 day summer music festival, Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres join them at the top of the bill for what is gearing up to be the biggest line-up the independent festival has secured in its 5 years to date. The annual festival which takes place at Beal Farm from…

Read More