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The Evening & What to Expect
Awards 2019

As you enjoy a unique reception you’ll be welcomed by some of the region’s best singer-songwriters, and there will be plenty of surprises throughout the evening to keep you entertained. Once the winners have been announced you can celebrate with them on the dance floor. The Living North Grand Marquee will make for a dramatic backdrop and a truly wonderful atmosphere.

Throughout the evening you can sample the best food and drink from across the North East in several unusual pop-up locations – join us for G&Ts in the bar, or chill out with a coffee (we’ll have the best baristas on hand). From canapés, seafood, fizz, and the freshest food the region has to offer, right through to cheese and desserts, you’ll be able to mingle and explore as you enjoy the most unique celebration in the region’s calendar.


Dress Code

The official dress code of the Living North Awards is, Black, White or Something Bright. Black tie is optional but jeans and trainers are not permitted.

Order of the Evening

6.30pm

Doors Open. You will be welcomed with a Champagne reception before discovering a delicious variety of dining options prepared by some of the North East’s top chefs. Enjoy with a cocktail, a real ale or complement your meal with a choice of wine served in the many bars throughout the venue. 

8.30pm

Award Ceremony Begins.

9.30pm

Performance & Refreshments. A short interlude will welcome one of the region’s most vibrant musical acts while guests are served drinks.

9.45pm

Award Ceremony Continues.


10.30pm

Eat, Drink, Enjoy. Make the most of the unique after dinner treats from some of the best chocolatiers, cheese-makers and patisseries in the North East.

11pm

Put on Your Dancing Shoes... and savour this

truly special atmosphere.

11.30pm

Last Orders at the Bar!

Midnight

Carriages.

A collection of testimonials from some Living North Award guests

I knew the night was going to be good - in fact very good, it was over and above expectations (and they were pretty high given it was the Living North team pulling it together). The order of events, the food, music, flowing refreshments, helpful staff, the wonderful lights, just fabulous, all of it! Thank you Living North for a wonderfully different night. Ann Oliver Harvey 


Thank you for an amazing night. Living North should be so proud, it was one of the best awards nights I have ever been to, including all the ones we attend in London. Felt so proud to get an award. Gary Hooker, Hooker & Young


Winning Accommodation of the Year at the inaugural Living North Awards in 2015 was both a surprise and a real honour. The awards evening itself was a night of unparalleled celebration of North East food, song, business and talent, which we were proud to be part of, and all in a venue that had us all talking about it for weeks afterwards. The win gave our whole office a real buzz and our social media channels went crazy with messages of congratulations and people getting in touch who we hadn't heard from in ages - never a bad thing in the world of business. All in all, a thoroughly rewarding experience. Coastal Retreats

Living North is the iconic magazine in the North East, so entering our organisation in the inaugural Awards in 2015 was a great opportunity to raise our profile and promote our amazing centre at Kielder for disabled adults, children and their family and friends. A lovely evening in St Nicholas Cathedral quickly became a great evening when Calvert Trust Kielder was announced as Winner of The Changing Lives Award. We had a hugely positive response to our win and I would have no hesitation in recommending local companies to enter the 2016 Living North Awards. Calvert Trust Kielder


The Living North Awards offered Osbit a great opportunity to recognise our Executive Chairman Tony’s engineering success and charitable contributions to the region. I think that people should enter because it’s a great opportunity to recognise someone deserving and, even if they don’t win, the awards evening itself was fantastic! Osbit Power


Living North magazine has supported BoConcept In Newcastle since 2009 and we were excited when we heard about the awards night. This was a new advertising avenue to promote BoConcept in a positive and creative light. We loved being able to help promote great businesses and individuals in the North East. The event was very professionally staged in a unique setting with great atmosphere. Since the event we have had new contact from not only customers, but it has really helped make other companies aware of BoConcept and developing very strong cross-brand relationships with like-minded businesses. BoConcept

Foodie Favourite of the year
Food has always been at the heart of Living North’s pages. This award will celebrate a local producer or a specialist retailer, a farm shop or a deli which demonstrates excellence and quality in the preparation, display and promotion of locally sourced product or produce.
Bridgewater Interiors

Sponsored by:
Bridgewater Interiors

Traditionally made, timeless, timber kitchens. What makes a Bridgewater kitchen different is the level of thought that goes into every inch of the design. When you open a cabinet, know that the material it’s made from, the hinges and handles, the sizing and shelving will have gone through our minds. Function alone isn’t enough if you require a kitchen and a bespoke service with a focus on timeless looks and the highest quality materials. Bridgewater offers a full service from start to completion including a full interior design service as part of the package.
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Restaurant of the Year
The North East has seen an impressive increase in both the number and quality of its restaurants. Produce, service, interior design and the cooking are all better than ever but which restaurant most deserves this coveted award?
Walter Dix & Co

Sponsored by:
Walter Dix & Co

Walter Dix & Co are the North East’s premier cooker and refrigeration specialist. Established over 130 years ago, Walter Dix & Co are the appointed AGA distributor for the region and their expertise in this product for sales and service in the North East and North Yorkshire has become a regional institution. Cast Iron Range Cookers from AGA, Rayburn, ESSE and EVERHOT have dedicated displays in their fantastic showroom in Gateshead. More conventional cooking Ranges from leading manufacturers such as Lacanche, Rangemaster, Stoves, Falcon, Britannia and Ilve are also displayed. Walter Dix & Co also sell built in ovens, hobs, refrigeration and extraction units. Regular cookery events, offers and a dedicated cookware showroom make this a leading destination centre for anyone considering changing their appliances in the kitchen.
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Informal Dining of the year
Cafés, bistros, brasseries and pop-up restaurants of almost every type are growing in their quality and quantity but which of these is making the biggest impression on the North East’s eating scene?
Hooker & Young

Sponsored by:
Hooker & Young

Gary Hooker and Michael Young are the founders of the luxurious hairdressing brand Hooker & Young. With salons in Gosforth, Jesmond, Ponteland and Wynyard the Hooker & Young brand is synonymous with style, and they pride themselves in offering the latest hairdressing techniques to their loyal clientele. Countless British Hairdressing Awards wins, including British Colour Technician of the Year and North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year, have cemented their outstanding reputation. Gary Hooker and Michael Young are also part of an elite group of hairdressers to be nominated for the prestigious British Hairdresser of the Year. Their editorial coverage is unrivalled; front covers, seasonal campaigns and photographic shoots regularly showcase the prestigious finish the boys are renowned for.
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Pub of the Year
To survive, many pubs have had to diversify and try new ideas... food has been improved, new looks have been introduced and some have just kept providing an amazing traditional atmosphere, but which one has performed the best?
Acorn Web

Sponsored by:
Acorn Web

Acorn Web is a specialist A4 & A5 printer that is dedicated to providing the highest quality magazines, catalogues and brochures. Operating from arguably one of the UK’s lowest-cost print factories in the heart of West Yorkshire, we reinvest our lower costs in cheaper prices to support independent publishers with over 275 weekly & monthly periodicals. Offering excellent customer service and applying our wealth of industry knowledge we are the proud print partner to Living North Magazine and many other titles in the North East region.
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Hotel of the Year
Since Living North has been published some truly outstanding hotels have been opened or enhanced, helping to attract more leisure and business travel to the region. Restaurants, state-of-the-art leisure facilities and outstanding service are now key parts of creating an all-round destination but which hotel will win out?
Peter Tyson

Sponsored by:
Peter Tyson

Since opening our doors in 1966, Peter Tyson have strived to implement core family values to guarantee our customers receive the best shopping experience possible. At our showroom in Kingston Park, Newcastle, you’ll find innovative open-plan design and gorgeous furnishings. We’ve created a space where customers can shop in style and comfort, and the modern environment perfectly showcases our outstanding array of products. We only stock premium brands, so you can be sure of quality whether you’re after multi-room music systems, portable speakers, or the latest cutting-edge OLED TVs.
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Accommodation of the Year
The growth in the North East’s tourism sector has been impressive of late and this has been fuelled by improvements to and investments in many boutique hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses, but which of these smaller establishments (under 20 rooms) merits this accolade?
Phoenix Security

Sponsored by:
Phoenix Security

Phoenix Security realise the important role door supervisors and venue security staff can play in public safety and crime prevention. Our highly trained and licensed security personnel provide companies with professional security services across the UK. Our aim is to protect your business by ensuring your customers, employees, venue and all of your security needs are our number one priority. When you use Phoenix Security you will benefit from a fast, friendly and reliable service from a company with a proven track record in the security industry.
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Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
The region’s wider appeal has been recognised in many tourism awards and so much of the hard work is done by cottage owners and self catering cottage companies, as well as the many new clamping sites, holiday parks and chic shepherd’s huts all of which attract so many visitors to the area with their unique charm and home-from-home appeal. Which will be the ultimate destination?
Bidfood

Sponsored by:
Bidfood

The leaders in wholesale food, drink and catering supplies, yet offering a truly local service, Bidfood supply over 45,000 food service businesses with the highest quality products. With a passion for produce and provenance, they help menus stay ahead of the curve and use the latest technology to continuously develop their offering and are leaders in the industry’s sustainability and social responsibility agenda.
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Bar of the Year
The North East has been renowned for the quality of its bars for generations. In recent years these bars have become ever more alluring and enticing to a far broader audience. Food, entertainment and exotic drinks from across the globe have all added to the overall offer. Coupled with stylish designs and outstanding service these bars have ensured the North East remains a huge draw for residents and visitors alike, but which bar is best?
Fire & Co

Sponsored by:
Fire & Co

At Fire & Co, we pride ourselves on sourcing the next trends in home interiors and passing them on to you – we have put the work in so you don’t have to. We help you find stylish furniture that works and complements your home, delivering the look you want while making it as comfortable and desirable as we can. We cater to domestic, contract and hospitality clients and pride ourselves on our laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Visit our new showroom in South Shields to meet our interior designers and discover the most unique, beautiful pieces that feel personal to you and your family, which we believe is key to making your house a home.
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Attraction of the Year
The North East is renowned for its historic buildings and castles, gardens, parks and stately homes but there is a diverse range of other cultural and contemporary attractions that have excelled over the years. Which will be the most deserving recipient of this treasured award?
Jules B

Sponsored by:
Jules B

Jules B has been dressing discerning male and female shoppers for 34 years. Started by husband and wife team Julian and Rhona Blades, the business now operates from six stores in Jesmond and Kendal in the Lake District as well as a very successful website selling all over the world. Their ethos has always been product before brand so there is always a large range of new and exclusive labels to be found instore and online. Attention to detail is paramount throughout the stores, from brand selection and interiors, to the way each purchase is packaged. The company pride themselves on personalised customer service – both instore and online – which is bespoke to the individual needs of the customer. Julian and Rhona were recognised by the fashion industry last year and received ‘A Life Time Achievement’ Award at the annual Drapers convention in London.
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Performance of the Year
Every great venue, place or space of every genre needs creativity and flair. They also need to aspire to bring the highest standards of performance and customer experience coupled with remarkable exhibitions and events of all types. We’ve witnessed many ambitious projects recently but which of these has set the highest standard.
David Summerfield

Sponsored by:
David Summerfield

David Summerfield Jewellers has been the first choice for discerning customers since 1914. For more than 100 years now we have been privileged to have played a part in your weddings, engagements, christenings and birthdays, and this is why we adore what we do. Offering sublime designer jewellery for both men and women with impeccable taste, we’re proud of our ability to match each individual to their perfect item from our huge collection of designer jewellery brands. We have an extensive range of prestigious watches, and a wide selection of engagement, wedding rings and beautifully crafted gemstones. We make it our mission to ensure you have a wonderful experience and if our customers are happy and relaxed, then so are we.
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Retailer of the Year
A nation of shopkeepers? Well there’s a fair few others working hard too but there is no doubting the huge significance of independent retailers of all types and sizes who have kept our high streets energised. Which has set the bar the highest and most deserves this award at a time when the high street is clearly under immense pressure.
Sweeney Miller

Sponsored by:
Sweeney Miller

Sweeney Miller Law is one of the region’s leading and most progressive law firms. We provide a wide range of legal services to businesses and private clients in the North East and across the UK. Our core objective is the delivery of a first class service to all of our clients whilst providing expert advice that makes a real contribution. To achieve this, we take time to get to know and understand our clients and their goals, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible and adapting to their ever-changing legal needs. Like Living North, we are an established and trusted North East brand. Having worked closely with retail clients of all sizes over the years, we are proud to sponsor the Retailer of the Year award which celebrates the retail industry and its invaluable contribution to our local economy.
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Business of the Year
Without the diversity, imagination and ingenuity of businesses across the region the North East could be a backwater. Leisure industries of all sizes, manufacturers and makers of goods, not to mention a sensational selection of small businesses and service providers, give the region energy and wealth. Which most deserves this accolade?
Spanish City

Sponsored by:
Spanish City

The iconic North East building Spanish City, is situated on the coast at Whitley Bay and is home to Trenchers Restaurant and Takeaway, 1910 Steak and Seafood Restaurant, The Champagne Bar, Valeries Tearoom, the Pancake and Waffle House and St Mary’s Lighthouse Suite. The building originally opened in 1910 and closed in 2000 after being derelict for many years, reopening in 2018 after a £10m investment. The venue benefits from original features, floor to ceiling windows and stunning panoramic views of St Marys Lighthouse, making it a picturesque venue for any special occasion.
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Entrepreneur of the Year
Bringing together our businessman and businesswoman categories this year we are seeking to applaud someone who has either started in business quite recently or who may have a string of businesses to their name. We are seeking someone inspirational who, through their business life, has made a fundamental difference to the region and is someone from whom others can take a lead.
Mill Volvo

Sponsored by:
Mill Volvo

If you thought Volvo didn’t manage smaller fleets, think again. Mill Business, now part of Stoneacre Motor Group, provides optimum levels of support for companies big or small offering a bespoke, tailored service to match a variety of financial requirements. We currently have some outstanding offers on both Business and Personal Contract Hire; with CO2 emissions from as low as 49G/KM and combined fuel efficiency up to 155.2 MPG, the all new Volvo range offers a stylish and dynamic ride to fit any lifestyle.
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Designer Maker of the Year
Behind many parts of our life we experience the can-do spirit of designers, craftsmen and women and makers who through their imagination, creative flair and design set the bar a little higher while exciting and inspiring at the same time. This award will celebrate the work of one such person or group of people.
BoConcept

Sponsored by:
BoConcept

BoConcept Newcastle makes modern design furniture available to the urban-minded customer. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the North East, with its roots from Denmark in 1952,  BoConcept offers a Home Design service for both residential and commercial customers – with fully-customised furniture and accessories collections, combining global trends with experience. Brand new larger showroom now open - second floor Fenwick Newcastle.
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Health and Beauty Award
From gyms to hair and beauty salons, fitness coaches to spas we’ve never had so much choice when it comes to looking and feeling good, but who has set the highest standards?
Ann Oliver Harvey

Sponsored by:
Ann Oliver Harvey

Ann Oliver Harvey is a vastly experienced medical technician with over 25 years in the cosmetic industry. Having spent the last 15 years practising the art of implanting pharmaceutical grade pigment into the upper dermis of the skin, Ann has gained recognition in both the medical and aesthetic industry for her skills in artistry, restoring what nature intended. Much of Ann’s work is concerned with subtly enhancing features to restore confidence in clients, whether for aesthetic reasons – thinning lips, sparse eyebrows and less than full eyelashes can all be magically improved – or for those who suffer from alopecia or who have undergone radiotherapy or surgical treatment, where reconstruction and corrective treatment can make a life changing difference. With a high profile private client base, Ann also works throughout the UK and Ireland with recognised hospital groups.
Changing Lives Award
One of our must-read features each month reflects on the extraordinary lengths people go to to make a difference to the lives of others. We have met a huge number of people, all of whom deserve an award, but on this occasion we will be selecting one very special person or organisation.
Kielder Waterside

Sponsored by:
Kielder Waterside

Kielder Waterside is a unique destination that is located on the edge of Kielder reservoir in a setting of distinctive natural beauty and is the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. Lodges are designed to complement the unique landscape, served by a passionate local community. There is nowhere else like it. As part of its ownership by Northumbrian Water, Landal Kielder Waterside is part of the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and works with the local area to support and encourage growth.
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Promise and Potential Award
A community is nothing without young people with hope, ambition and dedication backed up by an understanding that hard work and determination can win the day. Which of our many talented 15 to 25 year olds most deserves this award.
Sweeney Miller

Sponsored by:
Sweeney Miller

Sweeney Miller Law is one of the region’s leading and most progressive law firms. We provide a wide range of legal services to businesses and private clients in the North East and across the UK. Our core objective is the delivery of a first class service to all of our clients whilst providing expert advice that makes a real contribution. To achieve this, we take time to get to know and understand our clients and their goals, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible and adapting to their ever-changing legal needs. Like Living North, we are an established and trusted North East brand. Having worked closely with retail clients of all sizes over the years, we are proud to sponsor the Retailer of the Year award which celebrates the retail industry and its invaluable contribution to our local economy.
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Best Regeneration or Restoration Award
In both the public and private sectors in good times and challenging ones many places have been dramatically, sympathetically and visibly improved. This has enriched lives but which of these has made the most difference?
Finest Properties

Sponsored by:
Finest Properties

Finest Properties is an innovative and dynamic independent estate agency, specialising in the marketing of distinctive, high quality properties across the North of England and Scottish Borders. The past few years have seen major changes in the estate agency business and unfortunately many companies have not moved with the times or adopted modern ideas. The team at Finest Properties understand what is required to best present properties and target them to the correct demographics. Honesty, integrity and forward-thinking are at the forefront of our business. Our mission is to provide a professional service and evidence of this has been supported by many excellent testimonials received from satisfied clients.
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Best Programme at a Venue Award
Across the North East are venues of all sizes offering a contrasting mix of cultural, sporting and mixed use performance and arrangement. Some host international events and performers, others stage occasions that celebrate the best of the region’s talent. Which, however, has provided the best programme over the last year?
Bradley Gardens

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Bradley Gardens

Bradley Gardens is a hidden luxury that tells a rare story, situated on the edge of the Tyne Valley this walled garden was once a working kitchen garden for Bradley Hall. Moving forward 270 years this once thriving kitchen garden is now home to a bustling café and various shops hidden from sight through the garden walls. At Bradley Gardens we believe that the finer things in life should come to you naturally.
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Contribution to the North East Award
Since Living North has been publishing there have been dramatic and lasting improvements to our lives and community, but which person or organisation deserves this one off award for a truly outstanding contribution?
Alexander Carrick

Sponsored by:
Alexander Carrick

As master craftsmen of fine Northumbrian kitchens and furniture, Alexander Carrick has a reputation for creativity, quality and durability. For over 37 years, the dedicated team of highly skilled designers and carpenters have been hand making bespoke, traditional solid hardwood, hand painted and contemporary furniture for discerning customers from across the region. Customers are invited to visit the company’s showroom and workshop in Corbridge to start the creative and design process, working closely with the team to create Alexander Carrick kitchens and furniture, to a completely unique design tailored to their own space and needs.
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Lifetime Achievement Award
There are many heroes in the region, some well known and celebrated, others who are little known, but their achievements are many and varied: who will receive this, our most prestigious presentation of the evening?
Living North

Sponsored by:
Living North

Living North is privileged to be part of the rich and varied landscape that is the North East of England. From our very first edition we have made it our business to promote the individualism that makes our region what it is, and to showcase the beauty and diversity of the area that lies between the Tweed and the Tees. The leading lifestyle magazine in the North East, every month we bring our readers the most positive news from around the region, promoting people, places and businesses big and small, all of which have a tremendous impact on the way we live, showing the rest of the country just what an amazing place the North East is.Over the 16 years that Living North has been part of the scene, we have met, seen and written about so many amazing people and organisations, all very different, some well known, others not so – but all with a genuine passion for the North East. We have never been big on the celebrity thing, although we have delighted in meeting many who have that claim to fame, and what we wish to celebrate here is one individual or entity who we feel has made a real difference to everyone who lives and works in this very special part of the country.
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Burtree Puddings
Hepple Spirit Co
Tyne Bank Brewery
Chocolate Fayre
Lixir Tonic
Block & Bottle
North Acomb Farm Shop
Spurreli
Fat Lass Preserves
Proven Goods Co
Seaweed & Co
NOVELTEA
Craggs & Co
Black Storm Brewery
Mr Wolf Urban Spice Man
Dreamworld Cakes
Bridgewater Interiors

Sponsored by:
Bridgewater Interiors

Traditionally made, timeless, timber kitchens. What makes a Bridgewater kitchen different is the level of thought that goes into every inch of the design. When you open a cabinet, know that the material it’s made from, the hinges and handles, the sizing and shelving will have gone through our minds. Function alone isn’t enough if you require a kitchen and a bespoke service with a focus on timeless looks and the highest quality materials. Bridgewater offers a full service from start to completion including a full interior design service as part of the package.
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House of Tides
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The Raby Hunt
1910 Steak & Seafood
The Roxburgh
Forge at Middleton Lodge
The Potted Lobster
Restaurant Hjem
Peace & Loaf
The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall
Parichat at Sohe
The Rabbit Hole
Träkol
Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant
Walter Dix & Co

Sponsored by:
Walter Dix & Co

Walter Dix & Co are the North East’s premier cooker and refrigeration specialist. Established over 130 years ago, Walter Dix & Co are the appointed AGA distributor for the region and their expertise in this product for sales and service in the North East and North Yorkshire has become a regional institution. Cast Iron Range Cookers from AGA, Rayburn, ESSE and EVERHOT have dedicated displays in their fantastic showroom in Gateshead. More conventional cooking Ranges from leading manufacturers such as Lacanche, Rangemaster, Stoves, Falcon, Britannia and Ilve are also displayed. Walter Dix & Co also sell built in ovens, hobs, refrigeration and extraction units. Regular cookery events, offers and a dedicated cookware showroom make this a leading destination centre for anyone considering changing their appliances in the kitchen.
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Aidan’s Kitchen
OMNI café
Colmans Seafood Temple
The French Quarter
Papa Ganoush
Riley’s Fish Shack
Scream for Pizza
Cook House
The Fork In The Road
Blacks Corner
The Beaumont Hexham
Harissa Mediterranean Kitchen
Fenwick Food Hall
Kiln
Whitechurch Durham
ROUTE
Hooker & Young

Sponsored by:
Hooker & Young

Gary Hooker and Michael Young are the founders of the luxurious hairdressing brand Hooker & Young. With salons in Gosforth, Jesmond, Ponteland and Wynyard the Hooker & Young brand is synonymous with style, and they pride themselves in offering the latest hairdressing techniques to their loyal clientele. Countless British Hairdressing Awards wins, including British Colour Technician of the Year and North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year, have cemented their outstanding reputation. Gary Hooker and Michael Young are also part of an elite group of hairdressers to be nominated for the prestigious British Hairdresser of the Year. Their editorial coverage is unrivalled; front covers, seasonal campaigns and photographic shoots regularly showcase the prestigious finish the boys are renowned for.
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The Bay Horse at Hurworth
The Broad Chare
Chadwicks Inn Maltby
The Staith House
The Beehive, Earsdon
The Feathers Inn, Hedley on the Hill
The Rat Inn at Anick
The Black Bull Inn, Lowick
The Ship Inn, Wylam
The Otter and Fish, Hurworth
The Crown at Mickleton
Acorn Web

Sponsored by:
Acorn Web

Acorn Web is a specialist A4 & A5 printer that is dedicated to providing the highest quality magazines, catalogues and brochures. Operating from arguably one of the UK’s lowest-cost print factories in the heart of West Yorkshire, we reinvest our lower costs in cheaper prices to support independent publishers with over 275 weekly & monthly periodicals. Offering excellent customer service and applying our wealth of industry knowledge we are the proud print partner to Living North Magazine and many other titles in the North East region.
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Rockliffe Hall
Langley Castle hotel
Wynyard Hall
Jesmond Dene House
Seaham Hall
Matfen Hall
Beamish Hall Hotel
Middleton Lodge
Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland
Le Petit Château
Crathorne Hall Hotel
Peter Tyson

Sponsored by:
Peter Tyson

Since opening our doors in 1966, Peter Tyson have strived to implement core family values to guarantee our customers receive the best shopping experience possible. At our showroom in Kingston Park, Newcastle, you’ll find innovative open-plan design and gorgeous furnishings. We’ve created a space where customers can shop in style and comfort, and the modern environment perfectly showcases our outstanding array of products. We only stock premium brands, so you can be sure of quality whether you’re after multi-room music systems, portable speakers, or the latest cutting-edge OLED TVs.
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Beadnell Towers
Forty Winks Guest House & Residence
The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk
The Impeccable Pig
The Devonport
The Pickled Parson of Sedgefield
The Cookie Jar
High Force Hotel
Walwick Hall
The Red Lion Inn, Alnmouth
Phoenix Security

Sponsored by:
Phoenix Security

Phoenix Security realise the important role door supervisors and venue security staff can play in public safety and crime prevention. Our highly trained and licensed security personnel provide companies with professional security services across the UK. Our aim is to protect your business by ensuring your customers, employees, venue and all of your security needs are our number one priority. When you use Phoenix Security you will benefit from a fast, friendly and reliable service from a company with a proven track record in the security industry.
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Coastal Retreats
Coquet Cottages
Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages
Chesters Stables
The Artists Pad
North Shire
Huts in the Hills
Kielder Waterside
Wild Northumbrian
Stablewood Coastal Cottages
Bidfood

Sponsored by:
Bidfood

The leaders in wholesale food, drink and catering supplies, yet offering a truly local service, Bidfood supply over 45,000 food service businesses with the highest quality products. With a passion for produce and provenance, they help menus stay ahead of the curve and use the latest technology to continuously develop their offering and are leaders in the industry’s sustainability and social responsibility agenda.
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Alvinos
Arch2 Brewpub and Kitchen
By The River Brew Co.
Old Toms
The Cluny
The Nuthatch
The Poison Cabinet
Stack Newcastle
Tin of Sardines
Tiger Hornsby
Poetic License bar
Fire & Co

Sponsored by:
Fire & Co

At Fire & Co, we pride ourselves on sourcing the next trends in home interiors and passing them on to you – we have put the work in so you don’t have to. We help you find stylish furniture that works and complements your home, delivering the look you want while making it as comfortable and desirable as we can. We cater to domestic, contract and hospitality clients and pride ourselves on our laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Visit our new showroom in South Shields to meet our interior designers and discover the most unique, beautiful pieces that feel personal to you and your family, which we believe is key to making your house a home.
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Great North Museum: Hancock
The Bowes Museum
Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
Durham Cathedral
The Alnwick Garden
Victoria Tunnel
Raby Castle, Park & Gardens
Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort
Jules B

Sponsored by:
Jules B

Jules B has been dressing discerning male and female shoppers for 34 years. Started by husband and wife team Julian and Rhona Blades, the business now operates from six stores in Jesmond and Kendal in the Lake District as well as a very successful website selling all over the world. Their ethos has always been product before brand so there is always a large range of new and exclusive labels to be found instore and online. Attention to detail is paramount throughout the stores, from brand selection and interiors, to the way each purchase is packaged. The company pride themselves on personalised customer service – both instore and online – which is bespoke to the individual needs of the customer. Julian and Rhona were recognised by the fashion industry last year and received ‘A Life Time Achievement’ Award at the annual Drapers convention in London.
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Bodies of Evidence at Palace Green Library
Clear White Light at Live Theatre
European Rugby Union Cup Finals, Newcastle
Now You See Me at Lindisfarne Castle
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Mouth of the Tyne Festival
Kynren by Eleven Arches
Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour at Laing Art Gallery
South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade 2019
The Festival of Thrift
GemArts Masala Festival
David Summerfield

Sponsored by:
David Summerfield

David Summerfield Jewellers has been the first choice for discerning customers since 1914. For more than 100 years now we have been privileged to have played a part in your weddings, engagements, christenings and birthdays, and this is why we adore what we do. Offering sublime designer jewellery for both men and women with impeccable taste, we’re proud of our ability to match each individual to their perfect item from our huge collection of designer jewellery brands. We have an extensive range of prestigious watches, and a wide selection of engagement, wedding rings and beautifully crafted gemstones. We make it our mission to ensure you have a wonderful experience and if our customers are happy and relaxed, then so are we.
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Buy the Kilo
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For the Love of the North
ibbi
Jules B
North East Art Collective
Karpet Mills
Fire & Co
Peter Tyson
Rutherford & Co
Forum Books
Master Debonair
Sweeney Miller

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Sweeney Miller

Sweeney Miller Law is one of the region’s leading and most progressive law firms. We provide a wide range of legal services to businesses and private clients in the North East and across the UK. Our core objective is the delivery of a first class service to all of our clients whilst providing expert advice that makes a real contribution. To achieve this, we take time to get to know and understand our clients and their goals, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible and adapting to their ever-changing legal needs. Like Living North, we are an established and trusted North East brand. Having worked closely with retail clients of all sizes over the years, we are proud to sponsor the Retailer of the Year award which celebrates the retail industry and its invaluable contribution to our local economy.
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J Barbour & Sons
Greggs
Lanchester Group
Ringtons
Malhotra Group
Hays Travel
Simpsons Malt
Tharsus
Cussins
Tombola
Goodfellow & Goodfellow Ltd
Thompsons of Prudhoe
Spanish City

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Spanish City

The iconic North East building Spanish City, is situated on the coast at Whitley Bay and is home to Trenchers Restaurant and Takeaway, 1910 Steak and Seafood Restaurant, The Champagne Bar, Valeries Tearoom, the Pancake and Waffle House and St Mary’s Lighthouse Suite. The building originally opened in 1910 and closed in 2000 after being derelict for many years, reopening in 2018 after a £10m investment. The venue benefits from original features, floor to ceiling windows and stunning panoramic views of St Marys Lighthouse, making it a picturesque venue for any special occasion.
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Chris Reed
Gavin Sewell
Ian Griffiths and Alistair Preston
Joanne Miller and Matthew Rees
Jonathan Grubin
Kim Scott
Richard Shell
Mick Armstrong
Elise Lane
Charlotte Bailey and Sean Ali
Isabella West
Mill Volvo

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Mill Volvo

If you thought Volvo didn’t manage smaller fleets, think again. Mill Business, now part of Stoneacre Motor Group, provides optimum levels of support for companies big or small offering a bespoke, tailored service to match a variety of financial requirements. We currently have some outstanding offers on both Business and Personal Contract Hire; with CO2 emissions from as low as 49G/KM and combined fuel efficiency up to 155.2 MPG, the all new Volvo range offers a stylish and dynamic ride to fit any lifestyle.
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Nick James Design
Salome Designs
Alexander Carrick
Glen Anthony Watches
Susi Bellamy
Graham Warren Furniture and Lighting
Light Up North
Mowlem & Co
The Hand Dyed Shoe Company
BoConcept

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BoConcept

BoConcept Newcastle makes modern design furniture available to the urban-minded customer. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the North East, with its roots from Denmark in 1952,  BoConcept offers a Home Design service for both residential and commercial customers – with fully-customised furniture and accessories collections, combining global trends with experience. Brand new larger showroom now open - second floor Fenwick Newcastle.
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Hooker & Young
Mr Tillys
Noa Vee
Alpha Male Grooming
City Retreat
Simon Berry Optometrist
Hooker & Young Skin
Brow Wow Bar
The Cosmetic Dental Clinic
The Wonderful Wig Company
Yoga Therapies
Ann Oliver Harvey

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Ann Oliver Harvey

Ann Oliver Harvey is a vastly experienced medical technician with over 25 years in the cosmetic industry. Having spent the last 15 years practising the art of implanting pharmaceutical grade pigment into the upper dermis of the skin, Ann has gained recognition in both the medical and aesthetic industry for her skills in artistry, restoring what nature intended. Much of Ann’s work is concerned with subtly enhancing features to restore confidence in clients, whether for aesthetic reasons – thinning lips, sparse eyebrows and less than full eyelashes can all be magically improved – or for those who suffer from alopecia or who have undergone radiotherapy or surgical treatment, where reconstruction and corrective treatment can make a life changing difference. With a high profile private client base, Ann also works throughout the UK and Ireland with recognised hospital groups.
Beach Access North East
Children’s Heart Unit Fund: CHUF
Dragonfly Cancer Trust
Graham Wylie Foundation
Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre
NE Youth
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
Smell the Roses
Tynedale Hospice at Home
St Oswald’s Hospice
Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care
Kielder Waterside

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Kielder Waterside

Kielder Waterside is a unique destination that is located on the edge of Kielder reservoir in a setting of distinctive natural beauty and is the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. Lodges are designed to complement the unique landscape, served by a passionate local community. There is nowhere else like it. As part of its ownership by Northumbrian Water, Landal Kielder Waterside is part of the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and works with the local area to support and encourage growth.
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Joseph Laws
Maggie Whitehead
L Devine
Katy Read
Sam Fender
Tosan Evbuomwan
Phil Brantingham
Sweeney Miller

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Sweeney Miller

Sweeney Miller Law is one of the region’s leading and most progressive law firms. We provide a wide range of legal services to businesses and private clients in the North East and across the UK. Our core objective is the delivery of a first class service to all of our clients whilst providing expert advice that makes a real contribution. To achieve this, we take time to get to know and understand our clients and their goals, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible and adapting to their ever-changing legal needs. Like Living North, we are an established and trusted North East brand. Having worked closely with retail clients of all sizes over the years, we are proud to sponsor the Retailer of the Year award which celebrates the retail industry and its invaluable contribution to our local economy.
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The Auckland Project
By The River Brew Co.
Darlington Hippodrome
Durham Cathedral
Spanish City
Royal Grammar School
STACK Newcastle
Eagles Community Arena
Northern Spire
The City Baths, Newcastle
Finest Properties

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Finest Properties

Finest Properties is an innovative and dynamic independent estate agency, specialising in the marketing of distinctive, high quality properties across the North of England and Scottish Borders. The past few years have seen major changes in the estate agency business and unfortunately many companies have not moved with the times or adopted modern ideas. The team at Finest Properties understand what is required to best present properties and target them to the correct demographics. Honesty, integrity and forward-thinking are at the forefront of our business. Our mission is to provide a professional service and evidence of this has been supported by many excellent testimonials received from satisfied clients.
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Darlington Hippodrome
Laing Art Gallery
Northern Stage
Sunderland Empire
Theatre Royal
Tyneside Cinema
The Hullabaloo
Sage Gateshead
Wylam Brewery
The Word, National Centre for the Written Word
Bradley Gardens

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Bradley Gardens

Bradley Gardens is a hidden luxury that tells a rare story, situated on the edge of the Tyne Valley this walled garden was once a working kitchen garden for Bradley Hall. Moving forward 270 years this once thriving kitchen garden is now home to a bustling café and various shops hidden from sight through the garden walls. At Bradley Gardens we believe that the finer things in life should come to you naturally.
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Ann Cleeves for Vera
Charlie Hoult
Jonathan Ruffer
Northumberland National Park
Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust
Newcastle University
Terry Laybourne
The Institute of Transplantation
New Writing North
Alexander Armstrong
Natural History Society of Northumbria
Alexander Carrick

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Alexander Carrick

As master craftsmen of fine Northumbrian kitchens and furniture, Alexander Carrick has a reputation for creativity, quality and durability. For over 37 years, the dedicated team of highly skilled designers and carpenters have been hand making bespoke, traditional solid hardwood, hand painted and contemporary furniture for discerning customers from across the region. Customers are invited to visit the company’s showroom and workshop in Corbridge to start the creative and design process, working closely with the team to create Alexander Carrick kitchens and furniture, to a completely unique design tailored to their own space and needs.
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Living North

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Living North

Living North is privileged to be part of the rich and varied landscape that is the North East of England. From our very first edition we have made it our business to promote the individualism that makes our region what it is, and to showcase the beauty and diversity of the area that lies between the Tweed and the Tees. The leading lifestyle magazine in the North East, every month we bring our readers the most positive news from around the region, promoting people, places and businesses big and small, all of which have a tremendous impact on the way we live, showing the rest of the country just what an amazing place the North East is.Over the 16 years that Living North has been part of the scene, we have met, seen and written about so many amazing people and organisations, all very different, some well known, others not so – but all with a genuine passion for the North East. We have never been big on the celebrity thing, although we have delighted in meeting many who have that claim to fame, and what we wish to celebrate here is one individual or entity who we feel has made a real difference to everyone who lives and works in this very special part of the country.
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Tyne Bank Brewery

Tyne Bank Brewery

The brainchild of Julia Austin, Tyne Bank Brewery began back in 2011, but only found its home, a 13,000-square-foot warehouse on the edge of Ouseburn, in 2016. Since then it has fast become the perfect place to enjoy a beer where it’s made, or to immerse yourself in a fascinating brewery tour. Hosting regular events showcasing some of the region’s best musicians, food vendors, artists and artisan producers too, over the years the brewery has become much more than simply a place to enjoy a pint.
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Bridgewater Interiors

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Bridgewater Interiors

Traditionally made, timeless, timber kitchens. What makes a Bridgewater kitchen different is the level of thought that goes into every inch of the design. When you open a cabinet, know that the material it’s made from, the hinges and handles, the sizing and shelving will have gone through our minds. Function alone isn’t enough if you require a kitchen and a bespoke service with a focus on timeless looks and the highest quality materials. Bridgewater offers a full service from start to completion including a full interior design service as part of the package.
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Restaurant Hjem

Restaurant Hjem

Alex Nietosvuori started his culinary career working in the two Michelin-starred restaurant, Daniel Berlin Krog, and adopted a nose-to-tail approach to minimal-waste cooking. Earlier this year, he made the move to Wall, in Hexham, bringing his Scandinavian flair and exceptional culinary skills to the North East, and has since captured the attention of critics nationwide.
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Walter Dix & Co

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Walter Dix & Co

Walter Dix & Co are the North East’s premier cooker and refrigeration specialist. Established over 130 years ago, Walter Dix & Co are the appointed AGA distributor for the region and their expertise in this product for sales and service in the North East and North Yorkshire has become a regional institution. Cast Iron Range Cookers from AGA, Rayburn, ESSE and EVERHOT have dedicated displays in their fantastic showroom in Gateshead. More conventional cooking Ranges from leading manufacturers such as Lacanche, Rangemaster, Stoves, Falcon, Britannia and Ilve are also displayed. Walter Dix & Co also sell built in ovens, hobs, refrigeration and extraction units. Regular cookery events, offers and a dedicated cookware showroom make this a leading destination centre for anyone considering changing their appliances in the kitchen.
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Scream for Pizza

Scream for Pizza

Vicky and Alex began their journey by stripping back the art of pizza and perfecting its constituent parts – amazing dough, bright and balanced tomato sauce and high-grade mozzarella – in their van at events across our region. Their rise in popularity and the high demand for unique flavour combinations – take the Brooklyn Bee, with chilli honey and salami, for instance – led them to turn to bricks and mortar, opening their first permanent outpost earlier this year in Sandyford. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve more recently taken up residency in the kitchen of Newcastle’s Market Shaker too.
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Hooker & Young

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Hooker & Young

Gary Hooker and Michael Young are the founders of the luxurious hairdressing brand Hooker & Young. With salons in Gosforth, Jesmond, Ponteland and Wynyard the Hooker & Young brand is synonymous with style, and they pride themselves in offering the latest hairdressing techniques to their loyal clientele. Countless British Hairdressing Awards wins, including British Colour Technician of the Year and North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year, have cemented their outstanding reputation. Gary Hooker and Michael Young are also part of an elite group of hairdressers to be nominated for the prestigious British Hairdresser of the Year. Their editorial coverage is unrivalled; front covers, seasonal campaigns and photographic shoots regularly showcase the prestigious finish the boys are renowned for.
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The Bay Horse at Hurworth

The Bay Horse at Hurworth

With over a decade of experience running this award-winning 15th century pub in Hurworth, the team at The Bay Horse continue to experiment with new flavours and cooking methods using locally-sourced produce, serving both modern dishes and classics with an authentic Bay Horse twist.
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Acorn Web

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Acorn Web

Acorn Web is a specialist A4 & A5 printer that is dedicated to providing the highest quality magazines, catalogues and brochures. Operating from arguably one of the UK’s lowest-cost print factories in the heart of West Yorkshire, we reinvest our lower costs in cheaper prices to support independent publishers with over 275 weekly & monthly periodicals. Offering excellent customer service and applying our wealth of industry knowledge we are the proud print partner to Living North Magazine and many other titles in the North East region.
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Middleton Lodge

Middleton Lodge

Middleton Lodge is a stunning Georgian country retreat set in 200 acres. Family-run, the super-stylish accommodation is found in various, beautifully-restored buildings across the estate. The attention to detail here makes Middleton Lodge stand out, and with the three-AA Rosette restaurant The Forge, treatment rooms, meditation and pilates classes all on offer, there’s no reason to leave except to borrow one of the bikes to explore the surrounding grounds.
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Peter Tyson

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Peter Tyson

Since opening our doors in 1966, Peter Tyson have strived to implement core family values to guarantee our customers receive the best shopping experience possible. At our showroom in Kingston Park, Newcastle, you’ll find innovative open-plan design and gorgeous furnishings. We’ve created a space where customers can shop in style and comfort, and the modern environment perfectly showcases our outstanding array of products. We only stock premium brands, so you can be sure of quality whether you’re after multi-room music systems, portable speakers, or the latest cutting-edge OLED TVs.
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The Pickled Parson of Sedgefield

The Pickled Parson of Sedgefield

Formerly The Crosshill Hotel, The Pickled Parson of Sedgefield is a beautiful, listed building with nine individually-designed rooms. Focusing on a pared-back approach but with real creature comforts, an excellent job has been done of refurbishing and modernising this luxury pub with rooms.
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Phoenix Security

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Phoenix Security

Phoenix Security realise the important role door supervisors and venue security staff can play in public safety and crime prevention. Our highly trained and licensed security personnel provide companies with professional security services across the UK. Our aim is to protect your business by ensuring your customers, employees, venue and all of your security needs are our number one priority. When you use Phoenix Security you will benefit from a fast, friendly and reliable service from a company with a proven track record in the security industry.
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Chesters Stables

Chesters Stables

Reborn following a full renovation in 2018, the seven luxurious, self-catering Stable Suites offer a real home-from-home experience for guests of all ages. Guests can call upon their own designated driver to take them to enjoy the wealth of luxuries at nearby Walwick Hall Hotel, while the accommodation provides all the peace and privacy you could wish for.
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Bidfood

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Bidfood

The leaders in wholesale food, drink and catering supplies, yet offering a truly local service, Bidfood supply over 45,000 food service businesses with the highest quality products. With a passion for produce and provenance, they help menus stay ahead of the curve and use the latest technology to continuously develop their offering and are leaders in the industry’s sustainability and social responsibility agenda.
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By The River Brew Co.

By The River Brew Co.

The containers underneath the iconic Tyne Bridge that make up By The River Brew Co. contain a thriving community of bars, a restaurant (featured in the Michelin Guide 2020, no less), plus a coffee house, the Backyard Bike Shop, and the vibrant Hawker Market. The 20 keg lines featuring the latest releases in fresh craft beer in the bar are certainly something to write home about.
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Fire & Co

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Fire & Co

At Fire & Co, we pride ourselves on sourcing the next trends in home interiors and passing them on to you – we have put the work in so you don’t have to. We help you find stylish furniture that works and complements your home, delivering the look you want while making it as comfortable and desirable as we can. We cater to domestic, contract and hospitality clients and pride ourselves on our laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Visit our new showroom in South Shields to meet our interior designers and discover the most unique, beautiful pieces that feel personal to you and your family, which we believe is key to making your house a home.
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Great North Museum: Hancock

Great North Museum: Hancock

The Great North Museum: Hancock remains one of the leading family destinations in the North East, with a varying programme of exhibitions, expert talks, courses and activities. This year, the jewel in its crown has been the visit from ‘Dippy’ – the Natural History Museum’s famous, 21-metre-long Diplodocus skeleton – which enjoyed six months at the Hancock as part of its first ever UK tour, helping the museum to record its highest number of visitors over the summer holidays in a decade.
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Jules B

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Jules B

Jules B has been dressing discerning male and female shoppers for 34 years. Started by husband and wife team Julian and Rhona Blades, the business now operates from six stores in Jesmond and Kendal in the Lake District as well as a very successful website selling all over the world. Their ethos has always been product before brand so there is always a large range of new and exclusive labels to be found instore and online. Attention to detail is paramount throughout the stores, from brand selection and interiors, to the way each purchase is packaged. The company pride themselves on personalised customer service – both instore and online – which is bespoke to the individual needs of the customer. Julian and Rhona were recognised by the fashion industry last year and received ‘A Life Time Achievement’ Award at the annual Drapers convention in London.
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Bodies of Evidence at Palace Green Library

Bodies of Evidence at Palace Green Library

Human remains found under Palace Green Library in 2013 were identified by archaeologists from Durham University as belonging to prisoners of war from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. Bodies of Evidence brought together material from collections across the UK to piece together their identities and the remarkable stories of the survivors.
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David Summerfield

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David Summerfield

David Summerfield Jewellers has been the first choice for discerning customers since 1914. For more than 100 years now we have been privileged to have played a part in your weddings, engagements, christenings and birthdays, and this is why we adore what we do. Offering sublime designer jewellery for both men and women with impeccable taste, we’re proud of our ability to match each individual to their perfect item from our huge collection of designer jewellery brands. We have an extensive range of prestigious watches, and a wide selection of engagement, wedding rings and beautifully crafted gemstones. We make it our mission to ensure you have a wonderful experience and if our customers are happy and relaxed, then so are we.
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Jules B

Jules B

Winners of one of the fashion retail industry’s highest accolades, Julian and Rhona Blades of Jules B were awarded Drapers Independents Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. It is hardly surprising to those who know them that their passion, enthusiasm and commitment to independent retail has been recognised, and at a time when so much of the high street is struggling. A formidable team, their instinctive talent for recognising what is needed to make a store successful, their ability to adapt and evolve, and their focus on quality and understanding of brands keeps them ahead in the competitive world of fashion retail.
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Sweeney Miller

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Sweeney Miller

Sweeney Miller Law is one of the region’s leading and most progressive law firms. We provide a wide range of legal services to businesses and private clients in the North East and across the UK. Our core objective is the delivery of a first class service to all of our clients whilst providing expert advice that makes a real contribution. To achieve this, we take time to get to know and understand our clients and their goals, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible and adapting to their ever-changing legal needs. Like Living North, we are an established and trusted North East brand. Having worked closely with retail clients of all sizes over the years, we are proud to sponsor the Retailer of the Year award which celebrates the retail industry and its invaluable contribution to our local economy.
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Greggs

Greggs

Greggs is loved by millions. Famous for its traditional pasties, the high street brand has over 1,850 shops nationwide and continues to compete successfully in the food-on-the-go market, making clear their commitment to the customer by ensuring good, freshly-prepared food is accessible to everyone. Constantly developing new products in response to changing consumer tastes, they have recently become known for their innovative and hugely effective marketing strategy.
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Spanish City

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Spanish City

The iconic North East building Spanish City, is situated on the coast at Whitley Bay and is home to Trenchers Restaurant and Takeaway, 1910 Steak and Seafood Restaurant, The Champagne Bar, Valeries Tearoom, the Pancake and Waffle House and St Mary’s Lighthouse Suite. The building originally opened in 1910 and closed in 2000 after being derelict for many years, reopening in 2018 after a £10m investment. The venue benefits from original features, floor to ceiling windows and stunning panoramic views of St Marys Lighthouse, making it a picturesque venue for any special occasion.
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Jonathan Grubin

Jonathan Grubin

Jonathan is founder and CEO of SoPost, a Newcastle software firm which allows companies to connect with their customers online and offer them sample products. SoPost tripled its turnover last year and was ranked the 13th fastest growing tech firm in the UK – it now employs people in Newcastle, London, Edinburgh and New York. Jonathan also works hard to help and support entrepreneurs starting on their journey in the North East.
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Mill Volvo

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Mill Volvo

If you thought Volvo didn’t manage smaller fleets, think again. Mill Business, now part of Stoneacre Motor Group, provides optimum levels of support for companies big or small offering a bespoke, tailored service to match a variety of financial requirements. We currently have some outstanding offers on both Business and Personal Contract Hire; with CO2 emissions from as low as 49G/KM and combined fuel efficiency up to 155.2 MPG, the all new Volvo range offers a stylish and dynamic ride to fit any lifestyle.
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Alexander Carrick

Alexander Carrick

Having been in business since 1984, Alexander Carrick are celebrating 35 years of creating individually handcrafted furniture, and are known across the North East for their stunning bespoke kitchens, bedrooms and studies. Based at their workshop in the heart of Northumberland, they are active supporters of vocational learning, providing apprenticeship programmes to help keep the art of Northumbrian cabinet making alive in the region.
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BoConcept

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BoConcept

BoConcept Newcastle makes modern design furniture available to the urban-minded customer. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the North East, with its roots from Denmark in 1952,  BoConcept offers a Home Design service for both residential and commercial customers – with fully-customised furniture and accessories collections, combining global trends with experience. Brand new larger showroom now open - second floor Fenwick Newcastle.
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Simon Berry Optometrist

Simon Berry Optometrist

Shortlisted for the Independent Practice of the Year at the National SightCare Awards 2019, Simon Berry Optometrists are renowned for providing ground-breaking, specialist eye care. Founder of the practice Simon has been dedicated to research and innovation in optometry for over 20 years and, earlier this year, he invented the Visual Fixation System to make eye tests easier for patients with a learning disability or dementia.
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Ann Oliver Harvey

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Ann Oliver Harvey

Ann Oliver Harvey is a vastly experienced medical technician with over 25 years in the cosmetic industry. Having spent the last 15 years practising the art of implanting pharmaceutical grade pigment into the upper dermis of the skin, Ann has gained recognition in both the medical and aesthetic industry for her skills in artistry, restoring what nature intended. Much of Ann’s work is concerned with subtly enhancing features to restore confidence in clients, whether for aesthetic reasons – thinning lips, sparse eyebrows and less than full eyelashes can all be magically improved – or for those who suffer from alopecia or who have undergone radiotherapy or surgical treatment, where reconstruction and corrective treatment can make a life changing difference. With a high profile private client base, Ann also works throughout the UK and Ireland with recognised hospital groups.
NE Youth

NE Youth

NE Youth is the North East’s leading youth development charity supporting young people and youth organisations. The charity has worked with over 80 youth and community sports clubs across the North East to deliver quality programmes, making a positive difference to the lives of young people in our region.
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Kielder Waterside

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Kielder Waterside

Kielder Waterside is a unique destination that is located on the edge of Kielder reservoir in a setting of distinctive natural beauty and is the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. Lodges are designed to complement the unique landscape, served by a passionate local community. There is nowhere else like it. As part of its ownership by Northumbrian Water, Landal Kielder Waterside is part of the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and works with the local area to support and encourage growth.
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Phil Brantingham

Phil Brantingham

Phil began his rugby journey as an eight-year-old at Morpeth Rugby Club, before joining the Newcastle Falcons academy in 2016. Having been mentored by well-respected rugby roach Jim Pollock at Royal Grammar School, the prop has grown into a talismanic captain for his school’s first team, as well as becoming a regular fixture in England’s under-18 side.
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Sweeney Miller

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Sweeney Miller

Sweeney Miller Law is one of the region’s leading and most progressive law firms. We provide a wide range of legal services to businesses and private clients in the North East and across the UK. Our core objective is the delivery of a first class service to all of our clients whilst providing expert advice that makes a real contribution. To achieve this, we take time to get to know and understand our clients and their goals, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible and adapting to their ever-changing legal needs. Like Living North, we are an established and trusted North East brand. Having worked closely with retail clients of all sizes over the years, we are proud to sponsor the Retailer of the Year award which celebrates the retail industry and its invaluable contribution to our local economy.
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Spanish City

Spanish City

After lying empty for 16 years, Spanish City was re-opened in July 2018 after a £10 million restoration, attracting 16,000 visitors in its first weekend. At the heart of Whitley Bay’s Seafront Master Plan, the project carefully restored many original features and created new spaces to house two restaurants, a tearoom, event spaces and a Champagne bar.
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Finest Properties

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Finest Properties

Finest Properties is an innovative and dynamic independent estate agency, specialising in the marketing of distinctive, high quality properties across the North of England and Scottish Borders. The past few years have seen major changes in the estate agency business and unfortunately many companies have not moved with the times or adopted modern ideas. The team at Finest Properties understand what is required to best present properties and target them to the correct demographics. Honesty, integrity and forward-thinking are at the forefront of our business. Our mission is to provide a professional service and evidence of this has been supported by many excellent testimonials received from satisfied clients.
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The Word, National Centre for the Written Word

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word

Earlier this year, The Word welcomed its one millionth visitor since opening in 2016, which is perhaps the greatest testament to the breadth of its attraction. Alongside being a fully-functioning library, their rolling programme of imaginative events, performances and exhibitions ensures visitors of all ages return time and again, and opening their top-floor events space, The Round, last summer has allowed for larger attractions and audiences.
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Bradley Gardens

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Bradley Gardens

Bradley Gardens is a hidden luxury that tells a rare story, situated on the edge of the Tyne Valley this walled garden was once a working kitchen garden for Bradley Hall. Moving forward 270 years this once thriving kitchen garden is now home to a bustling café and various shops hidden from sight through the garden walls. At Bradley Gardens we believe that the finer things in life should come to you naturally.
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Terry Laybourne

Terry Laybourne

In 1992 Terry Laybourne bought the first Michelin star to the North East with his 21 Queen Street restaurant, in 1999 he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to the restaurant industry, and he was given a Lifetime Achievement accolade in the 2007 Northern Hospitality Awards. Reluctant as he is to take any limelight as head of 21 Hospitality Group, his numerous restaurants, including Broad Chare, St Vincent, Salt Water Fish and Porterhouse Butcher & Grill, continually receive plaudits and are considered amongst the best in the region. And his influence on our foodie scene doesn’t end there, as Terry can lay claim to being the inspiration and mentor behind many of the North East’s leading chefs today.
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Alexander Carrick

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Alexander Carrick

As master craftsmen of fine Northumbrian kitchens and furniture, Alexander Carrick has a reputation for creativity, quality and durability. For over 37 years, the dedicated team of highly skilled designers and carpenters have been hand making bespoke, traditional solid hardwood, hand painted and contemporary furniture for discerning customers from across the region. Customers are invited to visit the company’s showroom and workshop in Corbridge to start the creative and design process, working closely with the team to create Alexander Carrick kitchens and furniture, to a completely unique design tailored to their own space and needs.
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The Institute of Transplantation

The Institute of Transplantation

The UK’s first ever Institute of Transplantation opened its doors at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in 2011, but pioneering transplantation began much earlier here with the first heart transplantation in 1985, quickly followed by the UK’s first successful paediatric heart transplant and Europe’s first lung transplant two years later. With over 30 years of experience The Freeman Hospital is a national leader in the UK in solid organ transplants and has a shared vision to provide the very best outcome through transplantation through leadership, boldness and a willingness to change established practice for optimum results, essentially giving the gift of life. The new purpose-built facilities, fully integrated support services and incredible staff contribute to a holistic transplantation centre at the forefront of research and education.
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Living North

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Living North

Living North is privileged to be part of the rich and varied landscape that is the North East of England. From our very first edition we have made it our business to promote the individualism that makes our region what it is, and to showcase the beauty and diversity of the area that lies between the Tweed and the Tees. The leading lifestyle magazine in the North East, every month we bring our readers the most positive news from around the region, promoting people, places and businesses big and small, all of which have a tremendous impact on the way we live, showing the rest of the country just what an amazing place the North East is.Over the 16 years that Living North has been part of the scene, we have met, seen and written about so many amazing people and organisations, all very different, some well known, others not so – but all with a genuine passion for the North East. We have never been big on the celebrity thing, although we have delighted in meeting many who have that claim to fame, and what we wish to celebrate here is one individual or entity who we feel has made a real difference to everyone who lives and works in this very special part of the country.
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Bridgewater Interiors

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Bridgewater Interiors

Traditionally made, timeless, timber kitchens. What makes a Bridgewater kitchen different is the level of thought that goes into every inch of the design. When you open a cabinet, know that the material it’s made from, the hinges and handles, the sizing and shelving will have gone through our minds. Function alone isn’t enough if you require a kitchen and a bespoke service with a focus on timeless looks and the highest quality materials. Bridgewater offers a full service from start to completion including a full interior design service as part of the package.
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Walter Dix & Co

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Walter Dix & Co

Walter Dix & Co are the North East’s premier cooker and refrigeration specialist. Established over 130 years ago, Walter Dix & Co are the appointed AGA distributor for the region and their expertise in this product for sales and service in the North East and North Yorkshire has become a regional institution. Cast Iron Range Cookers from AGA, Rayburn, ESSE and EVERHOT have dedicated displays in their fantastic showroom in Gateshead. More conventional cooking Ranges from leading manufacturers such as Lacanche, Rangemaster, Stoves, Falcon, Britannia and Ilve are also displayed. Walter Dix & Co also sell built in ovens, hobs, refrigeration and extraction units. Regular cookery events, offers and a dedicated cookware showroom make this a leading destination centre for anyone considering changing their appliances in the kitchen.
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Hooker & Young

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Hooker & Young

Gary Hooker and Michael Young are the founders of the luxurious hairdressing brand Hooker & Young. With salons in Gosforth, Jesmond, Ponteland and Wynyard the Hooker & Young brand is synonymous with style, and they pride themselves in offering the latest hairdressing techniques to their loyal clientele. Countless British Hairdressing Awards wins, including British Colour Technician of the Year and North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year, have cemented their outstanding reputation. Gary Hooker and Michael Young are also part of an elite group of hairdressers to be nominated for the prestigious British Hairdresser of the Year. Their editorial coverage is unrivalled; front covers, seasonal campaigns and photographic shoots regularly showcase the prestigious finish the boys are renowned for.
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Acorn Web

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Acorn Web

Acorn Web is a specialist A4 & A5 printer that is dedicated to providing the highest quality magazines, catalogues and brochures. Operating from arguably one of the UK’s lowest-cost print factories in the heart of West Yorkshire, we reinvest our lower costs in cheaper prices to support independent publishers with over 275 weekly & monthly periodicals. Offering excellent customer service and applying our wealth of industry knowledge we are the proud print partner to Living North Magazine and many other titles in the North East region.
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Peter Tyson

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Peter Tyson

Since opening our doors in 1966, Peter Tyson have strived to implement core family values to guarantee our customers receive the best shopping experience possible. At our showroom in Kingston Park, Newcastle, you’ll find innovative open-plan design and gorgeous furnishings. We’ve created a space where customers can shop in style and comfort, and the modern environment perfectly showcases our outstanding array of products. We only stock premium brands, so you can be sure of quality whether you’re after multi-room music systems, portable speakers, or the latest cutting-edge OLED TVs.
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Phoenix Security

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Phoenix Security

Phoenix Security realise the important role door supervisors and venue security staff can play in public safety and crime prevention. Our highly trained and licensed security personnel provide companies with professional security services across the UK. Our aim is to protect your business by ensuring your customers, employees, venue and all of your security needs are our number one priority. When you use Phoenix Security you will benefit from a fast, friendly and reliable service from a company with a proven track record in the security industry.
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Bidfood

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Bidfood

The leaders in wholesale food, drink and catering supplies, yet offering a truly local service, Bidfood supply over 45,000 food service businesses with the highest quality products. With a passion for produce and provenance, they help menus stay ahead of the curve and use the latest technology to continuously develop their offering and are leaders in the industry’s sustainability and social responsibility agenda.
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Fire & Co

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Fire & Co

At Fire & Co, we pride ourselves on sourcing the next trends in home interiors and passing them on to you – we have put the work in so you don’t have to. We help you find stylish furniture that works and complements your home, delivering the look you want while making it as comfortable and desirable as we can. We cater to domestic, contract and hospitality clients and pride ourselves on our laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Visit our new showroom in South Shields to meet our interior designers and discover the most unique, beautiful pieces that feel personal to you and your family, which we believe is key to making your house a home.
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Jules B

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Jules B

Jules B has been dressing discerning male and female shoppers for 34 years. Started by husband and wife team Julian and Rhona Blades, the business now operates from six stores in Jesmond and Kendal in the Lake District as well as a very successful website selling all over the world. Their ethos has always been product before brand so there is always a large range of new and exclusive labels to be found instore and online. Attention to detail is paramount throughout the stores, from brand selection and interiors, to the way each purchase is packaged. The company pride themselves on personalised customer service – both instore and online – which is bespoke to the individual needs of the customer. Julian and Rhona were recognised by the fashion industry last year and received ‘A Life Time Achievement’ Award at the annual Drapers convention in London.
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David Summerfield

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David Summerfield

David Summerfield Jewellers has been the first choice for discerning customers since 1914. For more than 100 years now we have been privileged to have played a part in your weddings, engagements, christenings and birthdays, and this is why we adore what we do. Offering sublime designer jewellery for both men and women with impeccable taste, we’re proud of our ability to match each individual to their perfect item from our huge collection of designer jewellery brands. We have an extensive range of prestigious watches, and a wide selection of engagement, wedding rings and beautifully crafted gemstones. We make it our mission to ensure you have a wonderful experience and if our customers are happy and relaxed, then so are we.
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Sweeney Miller

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Sweeney Miller

Sweeney Miller Law is one of the region’s leading and most progressive law firms. We provide a wide range of legal services to businesses and private clients in the North East and across the UK. Our core objective is the delivery of a first class service to all of our clients whilst providing expert advice that makes a real contribution. To achieve this, we take time to get to know and understand our clients and their goals, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible and adapting to their ever-changing legal needs. Like Living North, we are an established and trusted North East brand. Having worked closely with retail clients of all sizes over the years, we are proud to sponsor the Retailer of the Year award which celebrates the retail industry and its invaluable contribution to our local economy.
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Spanish City

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Spanish City

The iconic North East building Spanish City, is situated on the coast at Whitley Bay and is home to Trenchers Restaurant and Takeaway, 1910 Steak and Seafood Restaurant, The Champagne Bar, Valeries Tearoom, the Pancake and Waffle House and St Mary’s Lighthouse Suite. The building originally opened in 1910 and closed in 2000 after being derelict for many years, reopening in 2018 after a £10m investment. The venue benefits from original features, floor to ceiling windows and stunning panoramic views of St Marys Lighthouse, making it a picturesque venue for any special occasion.
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Mill Volvo

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Mill Volvo

If you thought Volvo didn’t manage smaller fleets, think again. Mill Business, now part of Stoneacre Motor Group, provides optimum levels of support for companies big or small offering a bespoke, tailored service to match a variety of financial requirements. We currently have some outstanding offers on both Business and Personal Contract Hire; with CO2 emissions from as low as 49G/KM and combined fuel efficiency up to 155.2 MPG, the all new Volvo range offers a stylish and dynamic ride to fit any lifestyle.
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BoConcept

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BoConcept

BoConcept Newcastle makes modern design furniture available to the urban-minded customer. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the North East, with its roots from Denmark in 1952,  BoConcept offers a Home Design service for both residential and commercial customers – with fully-customised furniture and accessories collections, combining global trends with experience. Brand new larger showroom now open - second floor Fenwick Newcastle.
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Ann Oliver Harvey

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Ann Oliver Harvey

Ann Oliver Harvey is a vastly experienced medical technician with over 25 years in the cosmetic industry. Having spent the last 15 years practising the art of implanting pharmaceutical grade pigment into the upper dermis of the skin, Ann has gained recognition in both the medical and aesthetic industry for her skills in artistry, restoring what nature intended. Much of Ann’s work is concerned with subtly enhancing features to restore confidence in clients, whether for aesthetic reasons – thinning lips, sparse eyebrows and less than full eyelashes can all be magically improved – or for those who suffer from alopecia or who have undergone radiotherapy or surgical treatment, where reconstruction and corrective treatment can make a life changing difference. With a high profile private client base, Ann also works throughout the UK and Ireland with recognised hospital groups.
Kielder Waterside

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Kielder Waterside

Kielder Waterside is a unique destination that is located on the edge of Kielder reservoir in a setting of distinctive natural beauty and is the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. Lodges are designed to complement the unique landscape, served by a passionate local community. There is nowhere else like it. As part of its ownership by Northumbrian Water, Landal Kielder Waterside is part of the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and works with the local area to support and encourage growth.
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Sweeney Miller

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Sweeney Miller

Sweeney Miller Law is one of the region’s leading and most progressive law firms. We provide a wide range of legal services to businesses and private clients in the North East and across the UK. Our core objective is the delivery of a first class service to all of our clients whilst providing expert advice that makes a real contribution. To achieve this, we take time to get to know and understand our clients and their goals, building long-term relationships to deliver the best results possible and adapting to their ever-changing legal needs. Like Living North, we are an established and trusted North East brand. Having worked closely with retail clients of all sizes over the years, we are proud to sponsor the Retailer of the Year award which celebrates the retail industry and its invaluable contribution to our local economy.
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Finest Properties

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Finest Properties

Finest Properties is an innovative and dynamic independent estate agency, specialising in the marketing of distinctive, high quality properties across the North of England and Scottish Borders. The past few years have seen major changes in the estate agency business and unfortunately many companies have not moved with the times or adopted modern ideas. The team at Finest Properties understand what is required to best present properties and target them to the correct demographics. Honesty, integrity and forward-thinking are at the forefront of our business. Our mission is to provide a professional service and evidence of this has been supported by many excellent testimonials received from satisfied clients.
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Bradley Gardens

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Bradley Gardens

Bradley Gardens is a hidden luxury that tells a rare story, situated on the edge of the Tyne Valley this walled garden was once a working kitchen garden for Bradley Hall. Moving forward 270 years this once thriving kitchen garden is now home to a bustling café and various shops hidden from sight through the garden walls. At Bradley Gardens we believe that the finer things in life should come to you naturally.
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Alexander Carrick

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Alexander Carrick

As master craftsmen of fine Northumbrian kitchens and furniture, Alexander Carrick has a reputation for creativity, quality and durability. For over 37 years, the dedicated team of highly skilled designers and carpenters have been hand making bespoke, traditional solid hardwood, hand painted and contemporary furniture for discerning customers from across the region. Customers are invited to visit the company’s showroom and workshop in Corbridge to start the creative and design process, working closely with the team to create Alexander Carrick kitchens and furniture, to a completely unique design tailored to their own space and needs.
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Living North

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Living North

Living North is privileged to be part of the rich and varied landscape that is the North East of England. From our very first edition we have made it our business to promote the individualism that makes our region what it is, and to showcase the beauty and diversity of the area that lies between the Tweed and the Tees. The leading lifestyle magazine in the North East, every month we bring our readers the most positive news from around the region, promoting people, places and businesses big and small, all of which have a tremendous impact on the way we live, showing the rest of the country just what an amazing place the North East is.Over the 16 years that Living North has been part of the scene, we have met, seen and written about so many amazing people and organisations, all very different, some well known, others not so – but all with a genuine passion for the North East. We have never been big on the celebrity thing, although we have delighted in meeting many who have that claim to fame, and what we wish to celebrate here is one individual or entity who we feel has made a real difference to everyone who lives and works in this very special part of the country.
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