Norstead sets sights on record revenue as it celebrates 50th anniversary

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Norstead, part of the Newcastle based Metnor Group, is celebrating being well on their way to record revenues and prestigious new client wins as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. 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 yielding tough results, turnover for Norstead is forecast to reach £40m in 2022, expanding from a turnover of £23.5m in 2019. They have recently relocated into Metnor House, in Newcastle upon Tyne as part of their collaboration with sister company Metnor Construction, with another office in Maidenhead, Norstead lists some of the UK’s best-known companies as clients. The firm plans to secure new offices in Maidenhead later this year and create up to 10 new roles to support its ambitious expansion plans and bolster their engineering and commercial teams. Recently completed and current projects in the pipeline include the development of the White Room at the British Museum, the critical care…

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Drayton Group eyes up UK and international expansion as it celebrates its 10th anniversary with plans to open new offices

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Newcastle based recruitment group, Drayton, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with plans to open new UK offices and has recruited a number of new hires due to increased demand. The firm is also eyeing up expansion in overseas markets. Drayton was established in 2010 by Rob Seery and Ian Pickett and specialises in bespoke recruitment solutions for industry categories including Food & Drink, Apparel & Footwear, Beauty, Leisure, Homewares and Retail. With a catalogue of well-known brands on their client list, they include amongst others, Amazon, Birds Eye, Helly Hanson, Ginsters, Birkenstock, Greggs, Quorn, and The Lakes Distillery. Now 10 years on, Drayton has grown consistently, assisted in 2018 by the launch of a subsidiary business, Alexander Steele, based in Edinburgh. The group now employs 20 people and has offices in London, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Their new Manchester office opens in June. By 2025 Drayton aspires to be a 50 person business. The majority of Drayton’s business has always been in the UK, but now over a third is international. This success will likely lead to future office expansion in North America or Europe. The original Drayton business delivers Board level appointments. Alexander Steele, led by Managing Director Richard Steele,…

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Salvalco celebrate Eco-Valve product launch in Europe with Rossmann

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It’s been an incredibly busy few months for Salvalco with the launch of their new and highly innovative Eco-Valve technology across the global aerosol market. And with engagement and interest in the valve continuing to grow, the team are delighted to be able to share some very exciting news that sees the first product reference of the valve on the market and hitting retail shelves. As from April 2021, Eco-Valve technology has been adopted for use by major European brand Rossmann to be used within their own brand deodorant ‘Alterra’ and to support the product’s launch. Rossmann are the first major brand in Europe to take advantage of Eco-Valve’s innovative technology which uses environmentally friendly nitrogen propellant. And now officially on the shelves, the deodorant is being enjoyed by their many customers across the world. As one of the largest drug store chains in Europe, Rossmann operate in Germany, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Albania, Kosovo, Spain and Turkey with over 4000 stores and a £10 billion turnover. The company were keen to utilise the benefits of the Eco-Valve technology to  respond to the rising demand from their customers for more sustainable aerosol solutions to support a healthier lifestyle.  The…

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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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Lindisfarne Festival celebrates 5th successful event

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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!…

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

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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…

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Samuel Knight International on track to continue major growth following investment

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Samuel Knight International, the global recruitment and project man-power specialist headquartered in Newcastle, has announced significant investment from Gresham House Ventures. Samuel Knight, which was established in 2014 and has offices in London and Bristol, provides skills and energy solutions to the energy and rail sectors on a permanent, contract and temporary basis. The company has demonstrated impressive growth since its formation. Last year, it achieved £13m turnover and took home ‘Team of the Year’ at the Great British Entrepreneur awards. 2018 also saw Samuel Knight securing major new client contracts in more than 30 countries, boosting headcount and expanding the business to accommodate business growth. The growth capital investment from Gresham House Ventures, using funds from the Baronsmead Venture Capital Trusts, will fund Samuel Knight’s near-term growth plans. These include increasing headcount at the offices in Bristol and London and adding local talent to the Newcastle team, from entry level graduates to experienced consultants. The company is also planning international expansion with the potential acquisition of two sites abroad. The recruitment drive is geared up to support expansion across the energy and rail space given increasing demand from clients and candidates. Samuel Knight are focusing on achieving greater market…

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Ocean Colour Scene to headline 5th Lindisfarne Festival

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Organisers of Lindisfarne Festival have announced their first big wave of acts for the 2019 summer festival, which is set to take place at Beal Farm on the Northumberland coast for the fifth consecutive year from 29 Aug – 1 Sept. Headlining Saturday night of the three-day music and arts extravaganza are Ocean Colour Scene. The popular Birmingham band, whose rip roaring rock ’n’ folk odyssey spans three decades, have notched up nine albums (three of which went Top 5), nine successive Top 20 hit singles and a string of sold-out arena shows – making them an incredible headliner choice for the growing North East festival. Simon Fowler, Lead Singer, Ocean Colour Scene said; “We are really looking forward to headlining Lindisfarne Festival. It is in such a beautiful and historic place and it’s great to see they will be raising much needed funds for Crisis through the Musicians Against Homelessness campaign and charities. “ Also announced for the 2019 festival are the North East’s favourite folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne, who will be playing a Glastonbury-esque ‘Legends’ slot late-Friday afternoon. With a reputation for live performance that is second to none and a repertoire of unforgettable songs that include ‘Meet Me On The Corner’, ‘Fog…

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