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Interior of Wildflower cafe. Brightly painted, reclaimed furniture and a small bar next to a blackboard menu.
A new vegan café, which aims to be a creative hub for Newcastle’s artistic community, has opened on Westgate Road. Wildflower, set up by artist Jessica Salmon and chef Asher Turnbull, specialises in “affordable, seasonal plant-based food”. Dishes on offer include vegan chorizo, bean pasties, and vegan cakes and toasties,...
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The popular Newcastle-based bakers Greggs has teamed up with Gateshead College to launch a nationwide apprenticeship programme. The apprentices will be trained in either retail management or retail services skills.  The bakers chose Gateshead College to help roll out its apprenticeship scheme after a competitive tendering process.  The apprentices following the retail...
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The Tyne and Wear Metro is recruiting its next generation of train drivers, who – after completing their training – will earn almost £35,500 a year. You might think that’s a pretty good wage just for driving a train, but drivers will need to cope with unsocial hours, be comfortable...
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A young business woman and Newcastle University graduate has been presented with an award by Prince Andrew.  Shantelle Million received her Young Entrepreneurs’ Award from the Duke of York in a recent ceremony at Huddersfield University.  Shantelle’s company, MiCarePlan, provides electronic systems for the care sector, making it easier for staff...
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Vodafone has said it plans to create nearly 600 jobs at Convergys contact centre in Stephenson’s Quarter in central Newcastle. This is part of a nationwide expansion by Vodafone, in which it intends to create around 2,100 jobs customer service jobs across Britain during the next two years. Convergys, a subcontractor,...
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Would you prefer your child’s teacher to say ‘bus’ or ‘baars’? How about ‘laugh’ or ‘laargh’? Research by Dr Alex Baratta at the University of Manchester suggests that trainee teachers are often asked to tone down their northern or midlands accents in the classroom. Dr Baratta found that many trainees had...
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Newcastle City Council has announced a plan to kick-start the transformation of the city centre by investing in £3-million-worth of improvements. The council hopes this will result in a centre that is cleaner, healthier and safer, and better suited to the needs of shoppers, visitors and residents. Newcastle City Council will...
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A small Newcastle crepe company has scooped a prestigious business award.  La Petite Creperie, based in Grainger Market, has clinched first place in the Newcastle Small Business of the Year 2017 competition. Six Newcastle businesses were nominated for the prize as part of the national Small Business 2nd December 2017 initiative....
Brexit hasn’t officially commenced, yet the UK is already feeling its impact — and not in a good way. The automobile industry in the northeast has felt the crunch. The Chronicle Live reports that an industry body believes that Brexit will be “ death by a thousand cuts”. This slump,...
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You might soon be able to enjoy a pint while watching a film below Newcastle’s streets in a plush underground cinema.  Everyman Cinemas has plans to open a two-screen venue beneath Newcastle’s Grey Street. The cinema would be in the basement of Earl Grey House, with its entrance behind Costa...

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