Author: andrea

North East Fire Safety Inquiries Surge After Grenfell

THE Steadfast Group has reported a surge in smoke detector and fire alarm installation inquiries in the North East in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The County Durham-based security group said that calls since the fire in mid-June have come from a range of businesses and not just those with multi-storied premises as companies review their procedures. Ian Harbord, (pictured),  head of electronic systems at the Peterlee-based company, said: “You would understand anyone involved with tall buildings looking into their safety procedures but we are seeing it across the board and I don’t think that’s a bad...

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Sunderland companies benefit from Social Media Masterclass

SMALL businesses across the North East need to switch on more to the social media world and the opportunities waiting for them. That was the message from social media guru David Taylor on a visit to the region aimed at helping small and medium-sized companies understand the “new reality” of a world where business is increasingly conducted across the internet. The Kent-based social media consultant, author of several books on the subject, was speaking to an invited audience of Tyne and Wear businesses at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead at a masterclass organised by Lorraine Ellison, MD of...

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Air Compensation Claims Won’t Fly Without Proper Paperwork Says Sunderland Law Firm

WEARSIDERS are being warned to keep hold of their airline tickets if they want to claim compensation for delays later. Sunderland law firm Sweeney Miller says that the recent chaos at Heathrow and Gatwick, where an IT failure left tens of thousands stranded, has raised public awareness that passengers can now claim money back if their flights are delayed for three hours. Claims can be made up to six years after the date of the delayed flight but Sweeney Miller solicitor Lindsey Christie has warned that paperwork helps to smooth the way. She said: “For the past few years,...

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Lemon & Pomegranate Couscous Salad

Lemon and pomegranate couscous A quick and easy Moroccan couscous salad that’s great for a lunchbox or to serve with cold chicken. Ingredients 1 large or 2 small pomegranates 200g couscous 250ml boiling chicken stock or water sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 lemons, juice only 6 tbsp olive oil 4 tbsp chopped, fresh mint or coriander Large handful spinach leaves Radishes to garnish Preparation method Cut the pomegranates in half and scoop out the seeds using a teaspoon and remove the white membrane around the seeds. Technique: How to prepare a pomegranate .Watch technique 2. Place...

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Six Super Foods That Help Lower Cholesterol

CHOLESTEROL levels are something that concerns us all and some foods punch well above their weight in helping to reduce these. Choosing a healthy diet which is low in saturated fat is important in helping to keep levels low, but according to charity Heart UK, you can reduce your cholesterol levels further by including these super six foods in your every day diet. Super Food One – Soya Foods Being naturally low in saturated fat, soya foods help lower levels. The special proteins in soya also appear to influence how the body regulates cholesterol too.  Studies show you can lower your levels by...

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