Dentist Direct take drill-free dentistry to Colchester

National firm Dentist Direct, headquartered in Houghton-le-Spring, has announced the opening of a brand new spa-style practice in Colchester which aims to stamp out fear of drilling and injections among dental patients.

The new centre will allow patients to be treated with revolutionary laser technology which can be used instead of drills and needles for almost any dental procedure and – in most cases – is completely painless.

The technology, known as Waterlase, is widely available in America and throughout Europe, but dentists in the UK have been unwilling to adopt it, largely because of its high cost.

However it is expected to transform dentistry in the same way that laser eye technology has changed eye treatments.

On top of providing affordable Waterlase treatments, Dentist Direct aims to make life a lot easier for patients by tackling all of the gripes associated with a trip to the dentist by offering early morning, late evening and weekend opening hours as well as plenty of free parking.

Principle dentist Dr. Neel Sanghavi, who is one of the most reputable dental professionals in the Colchester area, will head up the practice.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be launching the new Dentist Direct practice and it’s great to know that we’ll be meeting people’s needs for top quality, affordable dental services in the Colchester area.”

Chief executive Paul Moore added: “We hope our unique combination of revolutionary technology, free parking, flexible appointment times and very reasonable prices will make it possible for people to actually look forward to a trip to the dentist.”

Dentist Direct offers a range of preventative and pro-active treatments, as well as cosmetic smile makeovers combined with simple dental plans and interest free credit.

The company will celebrate the opening of its new practice with an open day on August 4th featuring Britain’s Got Talent stars Twist & Pulse.

In what promises to be an enjoyable family day out, the event will also feature a street dance competition, bouncy castles, face painting and a performance from Twist & Pulse.

It will also offer a unique opportunity for Colchester families to explore the new practice at 708 The Centre, Severals Colchester Business Park between 11am and 2pm.

Dentist Direct is registering new patients now. To find out more, please visit:



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Launch success for new culinary venture, Lotus Lounge

New restaurant Lotus Lounge, backed by one of the stars of the region’s culinary scene, has officially opened in Yarm following a glitzy VIP opening night event.

The restaurant, on Yarm High Street, is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Howard Eggleston and Andy Drysdale and brings upmarket, pan-Asian cuisine to the town for the first time.

The restaurant’s VIP launch event was hugely popular and brought lucky ticket-holders from across the entire North East together over two nights to sample food and drink from the exotic menu.

Lotus Lounge, which is located above Hide Bar, serves up the creations of head chef Martin Moore – who formerly worked as head chef at Seaham Hall’s Ozone Pan Asian restaurant and was executive chef at luxury five star hotel Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington.

Matt Marriott, who previously managed The Keys and Osborne’s Bar in Yarm, said: “We want to create a fine dining, pan-Asian experience which is missing in Yarm, and we’re hoping that the success of the launch event will continue on to lots of bookings from guests both far and near.

“It’s really exciting to have finally launched the new venue and we believe it will become a leading light on the North East’s high-end restaurant circuit.”

Lotus Lounge provides diners with the chance to sample authentic dishes from across Asia in a relaxed setting featuring deep oak furniture, orchids and Buddha statues.

For more information on the restaurant, which is now open for bookings, please visit

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North East firm Findley comes to the rescue of local residents

ImageNorth East roofing and building firm Findley have come to the rescue of Tyneside’s flood victims after they themselves were hit by the chaos caused by one of the region’s biggest storms on record.

After helping two elderly neighbours out of their Hebburn property during the floods last month, Grant Findley, company director at Findley Developments, vowed to help other residents in the huge cleanup operation.

At the same time, general manager of the business Chris Dodds and his mother-in-law had to jump to the rescue of her neighbour’s rabbit when they saw its cage floating in four feet of water which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the property.

Having witnessed at close hand the damage caused by the floods, the pair decided to use the company’s expertise to do much more to help in the aftermath of the flood.

Mr Findley said: “In circumstances like these we thought as a business the least we could do was to help where we could.

“We’ve worked for some of these people for a long time and now that they need our help we’re more than happy to assist them in any way possible.”

As well as rescuing people from their homes in the immediate aftermath of the floods, the Findley team is now involved in helping to clear up the ensuing debris and repair damage to properties in the area.

The company is also assisting people affected by the floods in navigating the insurance process and will be negotiating claims on their behalf.

Such is the firm’s willingness to help people in its local area, Mr Findley has even put his own insurance claim on hold until those of his customers have been resolved.

As the company processes what it estimated is to be between four and six months’ worth of work caused by the flooding, its 24-strong team will continue to work overtime.

Chris Dodds said: “We’re all really proud to be able to help people – and their animals – in this way. Everyone came together to help each other and I guess this was one good thing to come out of all this.”

Findley Developments has urged residents across Durham and North Tyneside who need help with insurance claims related to the flooding to call 01914 173 422.

For more information on the company, which incorporates all aspects of roofing, building, property maintenance and repairs, visit:

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North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards launch in Newcastle

Excitement is once again mounting with the launch of the thirteenth annual Women into the Network (WIN) North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Newcastle.

These prestigious awards – which this year focus on the themes of competitiveness and winning to reflect the summer of sport, including the Olympics and Paralympic games – will officially be launching at the DoubleTree by Hilton Newcastle International Airport – which is also sponsoring the event – on Friday, July 27 from 12pm until 2pm.

The launch event will provide an opportunity for female entrepreneurs to learn about the entry process, find out what the judges are looking for and be inspired by past winners and the impact that their achievements have had on them.

Seamus O’Hara, general manager at the DoubleTree by Hilton, said: “We feel very privileged to be holding and sponsoring the launch of this year’s North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

“We believe that anything that promotes women in business is positive, and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone who comes through the doors on the day to find out more about these wonderful awards.”

Julie Drummond, winner of last year’s Susan Dobson Award for Entrepreneurship, will be speaking at the launch event, along with Louise Doyle andNickie Gott, Chair of WIN and founder of events management company She’s Gott It!

Nickie said: “The annual WIN Awards are hugely important in celebrating the region’s inspirational female success stories.

“We want to encourage as many North East entrepreneurs as possible to attend the launch event at the DoubleTree Hilton and take the opportunity to achieve the recognition they deserve. We have some exciting plans moving forward that will further support the North East’s growing female entrepreneur circle.”

WIN is now calling on sponsors to back the 11 award categories, which include Best Small Business, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Best Use of Technology, as well as the prestigious Susan Dobson Award for Entrepreneurship.

This year also sees the launch of the new Key Woman of the Year Award, which gives any North East woman working within a business – not necessarily an entrepreneur – the chance to be recognised for playing a key role in the transformation, development or growth of a company.

The awards will be opening for entries from Monday, July 30, with winners to be announced on Friday, November 2.  Entries cost £15 + VAT per category and up to two categories may be entered.

Entrants can also access help with their applications in the run-up to the awards during WIN Wednesdays, where they will be given advice on their entry forms.

For more information on the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards launch – or sponsoring an award category – please contact Will McLean at She’s Gott It! on 01913 856619, or e-mail

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Comic Tiernan Douieb comes to Darlington

ImageComic Tiernan Douieb will be hosting his Comedy Club 4 Kids show at the Darlington Arts Centre on Saturday, July 7 at 2pm.

The children’s comic will be performing in Darlington this weekend as part of the Darlington Comedy Festival.

The show, which consists of stand-up performances and a comedy workshop, is aimed at children aged six years old and over, although it also contains subtle adult humour to keep the whole family entertained.

Tiernan will also be joined on stage by two of the most in-demand comedians on the UK circuit – Martin Mor and Nick Doody.

He said “I’m really looking forward to hosting the Comedy Club 4 Kids here in Darlington.

“I’ve run this show up and down the country, and I find that kids are an incredible audience – they’re so enthusiastic and fun.

“One thing about comedy for kids is that it’s straightforward and not patronising. You can speak to kids like any other audience and get them involved. I want them to be able to experience jokes that are constructed especially for them, as opposed to the usual slapstick comedy they get on TV.

“It’s lovely to be bringing something to the afternoon that the whole family can enjoy as well, rather than just the late night stand-ups full of swearing and adult content.”

Tiernan also performs various gigs for the Darlington Comedy Festival’s host Hilarity Bites. Company owner Neil Jollie said: “It’s great to have Tiernan back here in Darlington to run the Comedy Club 4 Kids.

“The show is fantastic in that it allows children to view stand-up comedy that’s been created particularly for them, and we’re hoping that many families will come along and experience an enjoyable afternoon together.”

Tickets for the Comedy Club 4 Kids cost £8 for adults and £5 for under-16s. Doors open at 1.30pm on Saturday, July 7 for a 2pm start.

For more information on the Darlington Comedy Festival, please visit:, or follow it on Twitter: @DarloComedyFest.

For more information on Tiernan and his upcoming gigs, visit: or follow him on Twitter: @TiernanDouieb and @ComedyClub4Kids.

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Natural Warmth launches new biomass partnership in the North East

ImageLow carbon heating business Natural Warmth has joined forces with Ed Milbank – owner of Barningham Estate, near Barnard Castle in Teesdale – to create a new biomass business on Mr Milbank’s expansive estate.

The new joint-venture has been formed to tap into the soaring demand for sustainable woodfuel caused by rising energy costs and the opportunities presented by renewable heat subsidies.

Combining the renewable heat expertise of Natural Warmth founders Stephen Heslop and Andy Howard with Ed Milbank’s extensive knowledge of forestry, the partnership company will run a woodfuel showroom complete with a working biomass boiler district heating system.

As well as becoming popular among homeowners in the region, woodfuel boilers are increasingly being installed in schools, hotels and offices, as a means of cutting costs and improving their green credentials. There is also growing interest in them from the agricultural sector, with many farmers requiring heat to rear animals.

The aim of the new facility on Barningham Estate is to show prospective clients just how efficient and effective this type of heating system is – not only in cutting their energy costs but also in accessing the rewards of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

The centre will seek to educate visitors on the government-backed RHI, which enables businesses – or groups of homes taking heat from a central source – to earn money while heating their property using low carbon fuel. The team at the centre will also advise visitors on how the RHI may or may not apply to their individual circumstances.

Ed Milbank, from the Barningham Estate, will work in partnership with Natural Warmth, providing woodfuel, forestry expertise and financial support to the new venture.

Mr Milbank said: “As Natural Warmth was looking to expand and I was looking for a way in which to commercialise my forestry, we decided that partnering up would be a win-win situation. It’s great to be working with a company which is so professional and experienced in what it does.

“A few other estates have already shown an interest in having a biomass heating system installed, but the service is not just aimed at large estates. We are also targeting public sector and farming clients, and we have a few contracts lined up over the coming weeks.”

Stephen Heslop, managing director of Natural Warmth, said: “It’s extremely exciting to be partnering with the Barningham Estate and we look forward to seeing where this partnership will take our business over the next few years.”

Recent years have seen Natural Warmth evolve from supplying conventional heating systems through to renewables and now biomass. Supplying wood fuel came as a natural progression once the company added biomass boilers to its product range.

The company currently serves clients from the M62 to the Scottish border, but as demand for biomass systems continues to grow, it expects to expand further into the South East and Scotland in the near future.

Natural Warmth will be exhibiting at a number of country shows throughout the summer, including the nationally renowned CLA Game Fair in Grantham, Leicestershire, between July 20th and 22nd. The company will also host an official opening event at its new Barningham Estate home on August 8th.

For more information, please visit:

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Community care group officially opens new training facilities

A non-profit company which helps some ofCountyDurham’s most vulnerable people has officially opened its new training facilities.

The Durham Social Resource Centre (SRC) was officially opened on Friday, June 29 by Joyce Barraclough – the group’s recently retired chief executive.

The high quality social care centre has recently undergone a £150,000 expansion which has allowed for the addition of 120 people to its team.

The SRC opened its current base in Ferryhill in 2008 but saw a subsequent surge in business which meant it quickly grew to full capacity.

The group, which works alongside local councils to provide vital homecare support for the community, then received vital funds for a new extension from the Government’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund.

The £150,000 investment has enabled it to double the size of its base, with the addition of an extra 2,000 sq ft – giving it the capacity to significantly increase the volume of home care services it supplies to its partners, including Durham County Council.

Chief executive John Davison said: “The extension will provide much-needed space and options for future development.

“It is great to now be able to provide better training facilities for home care staff and we would like to thank the architects and everyone else involved in making this possible.”

Joyce Barraclough, who cut the ribbon to the new facilities, said: “It was a privilege to have officially opened the centre and I am very proud to have been given this opportunity.

“This is a fantastic facility for everyone involved and demonstrates the commitment the centre has to training its staff to the highest possible level.”

Andy Clements, Chairman of Trustees at Durham SRC, added: “Everyone who has been involved in this project, without exception, has wanted it to succeed, from Durham County Council to the builders and architects.”

The SRC lists Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council and Durham & Darlington PCT among its partners and since its recent expansion, has taken on an additional 120 home care workers to support Durham County Council’s home care contracts.

The organisation also offers a health appointment car scheme, which helps people without easy access to their own or public transport to attend doctor or hospital appointments.

For more information on the company visit:

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Nordic Pioneer’s Get Fit for Work helps teenagers to land employment

ImageTwo teenagers who attended a scheme run by training firm Nordic Pioneer to tackle youth unemployment in theTeesValleyhave successfully secured employment.

18 year-old Sean Graigs, fromHartlepool, took part in Nordic’s Get Fit for Work programme, which has helped him to land a full-time position as a warehouse operative at outsourcing solutions provider Respondez.

The Get Fit for Work scheme consisted of one-week boot camps to give 16 to 18 year-olds the chance to get involved in various activities with the aim of boosting their employability.

The course enabled Sean to develop his communication and team work skills, which gave him a significant boost in his interview.

He said: “I’m pleased I took part in the scheme as it gave me the opportunity to enhance my CV and understand what an employer is looking for. The course covered different areas and gave me an insight into what to expect in an interview and how to prepare for it.

“The course environment was relaxed and very enjoyable, enabling me to increase my confidence. I am thoroughly enjoying my new job and I hope to stay here for the foreseeable future.”

Emma Whitfield, fromDarlington, was introduced to the course through Avanta Enterprise’s youth employment programme. After pre-screening Emma, Avanta felt she would excel during the course, and as a result she has become a cleaning and environmental services apprentice with Nordic Pioneer.

The teenager, who has just turned 19, said: “I’m really pleased Avanta recommended the Get Fit for Work programme to me. If I hadn’t attended the course I wouldn’t have found an apprenticeship that was suitable for me.

“I attended college but I found it wasn’t the right approach and I wanted something that was more hands on. The apprenticeship is perfect; I really enjoy it and I am learning lots of new skills.”

Dave Knox, assessor at Nordic Pioneer, said: “I am delighted that Sean and Emma have secured full-time employment after they worked so hard during the Get Fit for Work course.

“I found that Sean was a polite and intelligent individual who was keen to learn and gain experience in a field he is interested in. I wish them both the very best during their new jobs and I am sure they will be a great asset to the team.”

Nordic Pioneer provides various apprenticeships and training programmes across theUKto help young people back into employment.

For more information about the courses provided by Nordic Pioneer, call 01325 464800 or visit

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Eastern promise for new restaurant, Lotus Lounge

NEW restaurant, Lotus Lounge, backed by one of the stars of the region’s culinary scene is to be launched in Yarm at a glitzy VIP opening night event.

Lotus Lounge, on Yarm High Street, is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Howard Eggleston and Andy Drysdale and will bring upmarket, pan-Asian cuisine to the town for the first time.

The restaurant, located above Hide Bar, will serve up the creations of head chef Martin Moore – who formerly worked as head chef at Seaham Hall’s Ozone Pan Asian restaurant and was executive chef at luxury five star hotel Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington.

Matt Marriott, who previously managed The Keys and Osborne’s Bar in Yarm, said: “We wanted to create a fine dining, pan-Asian experience, which is something that is missing in Yarm and we hope to attract guests from far and wide to the town.

“We’re really excited to be launching the new venue and we believe it will become a leading light on the North East’s high-end restaurant circuit.”

Lotus Lounge will offer diners the chance to sample authentic dishes from across Asia in a relaxed setting featuring deep oak furniture, orchids and Buddha statues.

A roster of VIP guests, including several Premier League footballers and local celebrities, will attend launch evenings on 6th and 7th July from 6.30pm. Here they will be able to enjoy a taster menu, champagne, canapés and a free bar.

For more information on the restaurant and the launch events visit

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Sarah Millican to kick off The Darlington Comedy Festival

ImageSarah Millican, one of the nation’s most popular female comedy acts, has been announced as the headline act to kick off the biggest stand up festival Darlington has ever seen.

The TV favourite will top the bill at a charity gala event which will launch The Darlington Comedy Festival next month, organisers have revealed.

Event host Hilarity Bites is expecting to raise as much as £10,000 for local charities at the gala, on July 2nd, ahead of the month-long festival that will bring some of the funniest acts from the UK and other parts of the world, to the North East.

Hilarity Bites owner Neil Jollie said: “We’re unbelievably happy with the line-up that we’ve got on the night. In Sarah Millican we have the biggest selling female comedian of all time, but more than that, we have a local act that has been extremely supportive of us over the past few years.

“I think this is a brilliant way to mark the fifth birthday of Hilarity Bites as we welcome some old comedy friends, some new acts and also provide a great range of content, including shows for under 16’s and free shows to hopefully give new audiences the opportunity to experience live comedy.”

The comedy festival will run throughout July across several venues including Darlington Civic Theatre, Inside Out, The Art Centre and The Forum.

As well as Sarah Millican, other top acts booked for the gala event include Chris Ramsey, Jason Cook and star of BBC’s “The Magicians” Pete Firman.

In all, over 50 stand ups will take part in 21 shows during the festival, with more than 5,000 visitors expected to attend in total.

Alongside some of the best known British performers, the festival includes acts from as far afield as Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

The charity gala will be held at Darlington Civic Theatre and will raise funds for Daisy Chain, Butterwick Hospice Care, St Teresa’s Hospice and Darlington Association on Disability.

Hilarity Bites is the driving force behind Darlington’s thriving comedy scene and has brought the likes of Reginald D Hunter and John Bishop to the region during the past five years.

For more information on the gala event and the rest of the Darlington Comedy Festival, visit: or follow @DarloComedyFest on Twitter.


Here is the full list of Darlington Comedy Festival shows throughout July:


Charity Opening Gala

Darlington Civic Theatre, Parkgate, Darlington



Nick Doody, Matt Reed & MC Tiernan Douieb

Darlington Arts Centre, Vane Terrace, Darlington



Comedy Club 4 Kids

Darlington Arts Centre, Vane Terrace, Darlington



Martin Mor, Michael J Dolan & MC Tony Jameson

The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington



Ian D. Montfort & Andrew Ryan

Inside Out, Beaumont Street, Darlington



Andrew Lawrence & Chris Stokes

The Hub, Gladstone Street, Darlington



Steffen Peddie & Andy Fury

Tap & Spile, Bondgate, Darlington



Dan Nightingale & Danny McLoughlin

Seen, Beaumont Street, Darlington



Rob Deering & Ray Peacock

The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington



Pete Firman & Pete Johansson

Inside Out, Beaumont Street, Darlington



Joe Lycett & Carl Hutchinson

Seen, Beaumont Street, Darlington



Silky & Diane Spencer

Tap & Spile, Bondgate, Darlington



Hilarity Bitesize, feat. Chris Martin

The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington



Patrick Monahan & Al Pitcher

The Hub, Gladstone Street, Darlington



Hilarity Bites Special Event

Inside Out, Beaumont Street, Darlington



Tom Deacon & The Noise Next Door

The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington



Phil Ellis’s Big Fat Comedy Quiz

The Hub, Gladstone Street, Darlington



Best of Hilarity Bites New Act Competition

Seen, Beaumont Street, Darlington



Celia Pacquola & The Ginge, the Geordie & the Geek

Inside Out, Beaumont Street, Darlington



Chris Ramsey & Jason Cook

Inside Out, Beaumont Street, Darlington




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