Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Local business Egger is going from strength to strength

Egger is Tynedale and Ponteland's biggest private sector employer, with more than 700 people employed at the factory. It is brilliant to hear that the company is going from strength to strength, having reported an increase in turnover of 9% for the year to April 2018. Egger is one of Europe's most advanced wood-based panel production facilities, and I am a particular admirer of the company for its fantastic apprenticeship and employee training scheme- 10% of its workforce are currently or have been apprentices.

I am always delighted to hear of a local business achieving such success, especially when the business is such an important part of our local community and economy. Congratulations to everyone at Egger- keep up the good work!

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Funding opportunity that really could save a life

I would like to draw the attention of local community groups to an incredibly important scheme run by the North East Ambulance Service Charitable Fund. They are offering £500 in funding and support to community groups across the North East to fund new community defibrillators. Villages including Haydon Bridge, Mickley and Ovingham have already benefitted from the scheme and I would encourage other community groups to follow their lead and apply for funding by visiting the link below:



Friday, 15 February 2019

A pledge to support those who serve

The Armed Forces Covenant is a voluntary pledge not to discriminate against a member of the Armed Forces, representing a promise by the nation that those who serve who have served are treated fairly. All 407 local authorities in mainland Great Britain have pledged to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant, and over 3000 organisations have signed, including businesses and charities.

If you or a family member are a member of the armed forces or a veteran, the Armed Forces Covenant offers a wide variety of support to ensure that you are being treated fairly. Meanwhile, if you are business or community organisation, you can find out how you can get involved and become a forces friendly employer by visiting here-