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Mar 282013
 

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Prime Minister David Cameron has visited the Nissan car plant in Washington Road, Sunderland, SR5 3NS for the official launch of production of the Nissan Leaf. The new version of the 100% electric car has more than 100 modifications and will roll off the line at the company’s record-breaking Sunderland plant.

In 2012 its factory floor produced more than 500,000 cars, a first for a car plant in the UK. The Sunderland factory will now produce every single Nissan Leaf that is sold in Europe. It marks the culmination of a £420 million investment in the model by the Japanese company and around 2,500 jobs in the North East are supported by the production of the car in Sunderland.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Nissan’s record-breaking year last year is a success story for UK volume car manufacturing and demonstrates how our automotive industry is competing and thriving in the global race. I warmly welcome the production of the new electric LEAF model and battery plant at Sunderland.”

Nissan Sunderland SR5 3NS

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Mar 272013
 

   Home > Tyne & Wear > Newcastle International Airport

The low-cost budget airline EasyJet operates eleven flights per day departing from Newcastle International Airport. That’s more than 450,000 passengers each year flying direct to and from Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast International, Bristol, Faro, Geneva, Jersey (as of yesterday 26th March 2013), Málaga, Malta, Minorca, Nice and Palma de Mallorca.

Low-cost airline EasyJet has celebrated its tenth anniversary at Newcastle International Airport, Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 8BZ with its inaugural flight to Jersey. Since it began operating from Newcastle upon Tyne in 2003, more than 13 million passengers have travelled through the airport with the airline. It initially served just seven destinations, but Jersey is now its thirteenth.

Newcastle International Airport believes the success of EasyJet has made air travel more accessible to people in the region and encouraged other airlines to set up routes to and from the city. Newcastle Airport’s operations director Richard Knight said: “The market’s quite young for low-cost travel, it wasn’t that long ago when we couldn’t afford to go on our summer holidays all over Europe. I think EasyJet and other airlines have really opened up those opportunities to people in the North East. EasyJet have proven there is a market and that has helped attract other airlines to the region.”

Hugh Aitken, EasyJet’s UK commercial manager added: “We’re proud of what we’ve done to make travel easy and affordable in the North East. We’ve been growing a lot in the last year, Newcastle upon Tyne is absolutely in the middle of that as we look at new opportunities.”


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Mar 262013
 

   Home > Tyne & Wear > Newcastle upon Tyne > Blog: New Bar To Open At St James’ Park

Newcastle United St James' Park Exterior

The Newcastle United ticket office at St James’ Park, St James’ Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST will undergo a £300,000 transformation as developers turn it into a terrace bar. Sodexo Prestige, which operates the catering and events at Newcastle United, is turning the ticket office at the south west corner of the ground into the 700-capacity bar. It is due to open in time for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham on Sunday 7th April 2013.

As well as creating thirty new jobs at the football club – bringing the number of catering and events staff at NUFC up to 700 – the development will also give supporters an extra option on match days while providing a new space for parties and other informal social occasions, complementing existing event facilities.

Derek Llambias, Newcastle United’s managing director, said: “The terrace is a stylish new development at St. James’ Park and one that we are particularly excited about. We wanted to create a lively venue for supporters to meet on match days before and after our games. It adds an important new dimension to the stadium and will improve the facilities that we already have in and around St. James’.”


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Mar 262013
 

   Home > Tyne & Wear > South Shields > South Tyneside College

Entrance to South Tyneside College St George's Avenue South Shields NE34 6ET

An article in the Shields Gazette today…

South Tyneside College is scrapping A-levels. The “gold standard” qualifications will no longer be offered from September, with the college instead focusing on vocational provision. About 90 students and 17 lecturers are affected by the changes. School-leavers who want to take A-level courses will now have to fight for a place at one of the borough’s two sixth forms or travel to Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead or North Tyneside.

A South Tyneside College spokesman said: “We have decided to reshape, strengthen and expand our curriculum to focus on vocational education that meets the needs of employers and universities. We strongly believe this will provide our students with an excellent and ‘best possible’ career route into higher education and employment. This means we are replacing our A-level provision with more vocational-led courses.”

Students who have applied to take AS-levels at the college, in St George’s Avenue, South Shields, in September will be offered vocational alternatives. Those who are due to progress to A2 – the second year of their A-levels – will be able to complete their studies at the college.

Business lecturer John Heywood, branch secretary of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), said the A-level team was informed of the move at a meeting on Thursday. Staff have been told they will be redeployed. He said: “I think it is tragic that we lose our gold standard provision. These are the courses that will get students into university. I think it is an absolute tragedy for the borough, the college, students and staff.”

The number of students taking A-levels at the college has dwindled from almost 300 in 2009 to just 48 now, with a further 36 doing other courses, plus an A-level to enhance their main course. The college’s A-level pass rate last year was 99.1 per cent. It said “every possible support” is being given to current and prospective students, and that it is liasing with other A-level providers to give them a full range of alternative options.

Harton Technology College in Lisle Road, South Shields, NE34 6DL and St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive School in Mill Road, Hebburn, NE31 2ET are the only other sixth form providers in the borough. Whitburn C of E Academy in Nicholas Avenue, Whitburn, Sunderland, SR6 7EX has been granted permission to open a sixth form from September 2014, but plans are in the very early stages.

Three secondary schools – Boldon School in New Road, Boldon Colliery, NE35 9DZ; South Shields Community School (formerly Brinkburn Comprehensive School) in Nevinson Avenue, Whiteleas, NE34 8BT and St Wilfrid’s RC College in Temple Park Road, South Shields, NE34 0PH – offer some post-16 provision.


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Mar 252013
 

   Home > Tyne & Wear > Sunderland > Blog: New Restaurant Planned For National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre Sunderland

Sunderland Association Football Club aka SAFC subsidiary 1879 Events Management have today announced that they have won the contract to run the restaurant at The National Glass Centre on Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL when it re-opens in the summer. Formerly the Throwing Stones restaurant, the new eatery will be part of a £2.25million investment programme in the Glass Centre which includes remodelled galleries and improved educational facilities at the centre.

The National Glass Centre was taken over by the University of Sunderland in 2010 with it’s redevelopment supported by Arts Council England through it’s award of a £750,000 improvement grant. The Heritage Lottery Fund also backed the redevelopment of the centre, providing £250,000 towards improvements. Director of the National Glass Centre James Bustard commented “Everyone involved in the redevelopment of the centre is thoroughly enthused about the reopening in the summer, and about its future success. We are extremely confident that the new-look centre will further enhance the region’s cultural offer while helping to reinforce ourselves as the leading centre for glass in the UK.”

It is hoped that “a first-class food offering will help strengthen visitor numbers, which can only benefit the city as a whole.” – Gary Hutchinson, commercial director at SAFC. “1879 Events Management is delighted to be providing such an important service to National Glass Centre at such an exciting time in its development. We’re proud to be in partnership with both National Glass Centre and the university on this venture.” The opening of the restaurant, to be named National Glass Centre Brasserie, is scheduled for summer 2013. It hopes to attract lovers of high-quality food and to be added to the list of premium restaurants in the region. Both daytime and evening menus are to be heavily influenced by local and regional fayre. A first class food offering is also expected to help strengthen visitor numbers which can only benefit the city of Sunderland as a whole.


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