Bishop Auckland and Shildon Business Network Event

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Last month I attended the Business Durham networking event for Bishop Auckland and Shildon businesses, in order to gain an insight into what this event was all about.

From my previous experience of being self-employed I was already very aware of what these type of events involved, but I was keen to go along for myself to see what benefits this event had for the local business communities.

The venue of this event was held at The Park Head Hotel at a starting time of 8.15am, usually attending breakfast networking meetings of this type you can often expect to receive a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea or coffee.

But not at The Park Head Hotel, a fantastic cooked breakfast, with a wide selection of fruit and pastries made attending all the more worthwhile.

The structure of this event can be seen below;

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Giving all attendees a good 40 minutes to get a warm drink, some breakfast, and do some networking in the room that consisted of over 30 businesses.

For me it was nice to see some familiar faces with Auckland Castle, Durham County Council and Caps Off in attendance.

A short welcome and introductions were made by both Business Durham and South Durham Enterprise Agency, before handing over to the main speaker from Auckland Castle Trust to carry out their presentation based on this occasion, regarding the development plans from Auckland Castle Trust and also taking time to highlight the ‘Kynren’ project delivered by Eleven Arches.

Once the informative presentation was complete, there was around 20 to 30 minutes at the end to do some further networking within the room, chatting to new people and making business connections.

Business Durham’s objectives for these events are each meeting is to include breakfast, networking, business support and discussions, guest speakers and more.

What I like about this event is it’s very relaxed, friendly, you have the opportunity to meet local business people all in one room, and they alternate the event venues.

This event was their second event, the first one being held at Bishop Auckland Football Club in June, enabling many businesses in both towns the opportunity to experience first-hand the many different venues and businesses for themselves.

Tomorrow sees the next Bishop Auckland and Shildon Business Network event held at The Manor House Hotel, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland, at 8.15am – 10.30am (Thursday 17th August).

With presentations taking place from Malcolm Potter of the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) informing you how you could receive a FREE Energy Audit potentially leading to practical improvements supported by Grant Funding.

Followed by John Atkinson, about the current Business Support options, for County Durham businesses available from NBSL.

If you have your own business or the business you work in is operating in the catchment area of either Bishop Auckland or Shildon, you may wish to go along to one of their free to attend events.

To register for tomorrow’s event please click on the attached link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bishop-auckland-and-shildon-business-network-17th-august-tickets-362200777320 

Otherwise you may wish to make a note of the September date of Thursday 28th September that will be held at Bishop Auckland Golf Club.

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‘Full Moon’ Street Food Market

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On Friday 11th August, Bishop Auckland’s ‘Full Moon’ Street Food Market returns, building on its first successful event last month.

Organised by The Durham Street Food Project in association with both Durham Markets and Bishop Auckland Market.

Last month’s event was a roaring success, around 9 or 10 food and drink vendors attended, and were supported by 3 acoustic performances throughout the evening.

It was great to see the Bishop Auckland Market Place a hive of activity, enjoyed by many local residents, and visitors to the area which included the Kynren show.

It was nice to see, there were many families and friends socialising within the central point of our town, soaking up the atmosphere, whilst enjoying some fabulous culinary food and hand crafted beers too.

It was a good opportunity at the end of the week to come together and enjoy a good event and catch up with people I hadn’t seen in awhile.

For me, I think this street food market compliments the town’s offerings, bringing more residents and visitors into the market place, with pubs, cafes and restaurants open providing any visitors with an alternative choice, or an opportunity to go on somewhere after.

Hopefully an event that will continue to be supported and become a monthly event in the future too.

The above images were of some of the above businesses who attended last month.

The full attendees list returning to the street market tonight are:

The Asian Project 

The French Pop Up

Crispy Conewich

Smoke Dokies

The Green Guerrilla

Barista Sisters

Mailbox

Ice Cream Van

And local Bishop Auckland businesses:

Caps Off

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The Auckland Cupcake Co.

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Belgian Waffle Tuk

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With live entertainment being provided tonight by Middlesbrough band ‘Swilly Chill’.

Heading to the event by car?

Don’t be deterred.

Yes there is another fantastic performance of the Kynren show tonight, but there are still many car parks to choose from, you may even wish to buy last minute tickets and go along to the show too, it’s highly recommended.

Castle Chard Car Park

Victoria Avenue Car Park

Kingsway Car Park

Tenters Street Car Park

All of the above Durham County Council car parks are free after 6pm, or follow the boards for payment structures prior to 6pm.

Whilst you are here you may wish to take a look in the old McIntyre’s shop in Newgate Street, where Bishop Auckland College have had an Arts Exhibition throughout the Summer.

Tonight they are accompanied by musicians performing until 8pm.

Alternatively, you could also pay a visit to Fore Bondgate businesses Gillian Arnold Boutique were you can see the finished article of their ‘On The Map’ project.

And Bondgate Gallery taking in their impressive collection including this outstanding Kynren painting by owner Eric Thompson.

Whatever the weather it should be another fantastic event, come along and support Bishop Auckland.

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Bishop Auckland College Performing Arts

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Last month I attended the Bishop Auckland College Performing Arts department’s ‘One Night Only’ end of year variety showcase.

As a local resident you often don’t appreciate what is right on your own doorstep, I know I didn’t, but Bishop Auckland College is the gateway to so many choices, options and most of all opportunities.

And with it, they are having such a positive impact on so many students within their college, as both their Performing Arts students demonstrated on this night, as equally as much, as the Art and Photography students have proved during their Art Exhibition within the town centre.

The ‘One Night Only’ showcase was organised and arranged by the Performing Arts department and their students, and collectively they only decided to present and perform their show 2 weeks prior to their show night.

All 11 performing students can be immensely proud of their performances on the evening.

The students performed an array of scenes, each one performed with passion, character and confidence, covering scenes from well-known shows ‘Cats’ and the ‘Lion King’ alongside pitch perfect vocals to a wide range of songs, including ‘Les Miserables’.

The audience who were filled with many family and friends as well as local residents, couldn’t help but be impressed with the students teamwork and individual abilities, especially once we had heard they had pulled together the full show in just a couple of weeks.

Bishop Auckland can be extremely proud of their next generation, as the talented students put on a fantastic showcase of choreographed dancing, singing and acting, expressing pure emotion with every piece that they performed.

The action packed showcase was well worth more than its token entry fee of £1.00 per person.

In summary for me, I attended the variety performance as I felt as a local resident that it was important to go, important to go and support the local students who learn their crafts within our own community.

What I wasn’t expecting was to be wowed with the standard of the performances, as I sat, watched, and was mesmerised by.

Well done to all Bishop Auckland College Performing Arts students and tutors, for putting on a hugely impressive show.

Bishop Auckland College is literally just up the road from where I live, no more than a 5 minute walk, but it offers so much more than just further education, apprenticeships, and a wide range of full and part time courses.

The college also caters for college students, staff and the general public with facilities that include a children’s nursery and hair and beauty salons.

To learn more about Bishop Auckland College and the courses they can provide please visit their website:

https://bacillus.ac.uk/

Their next Open Evening will take place on Tuesday 17th October 2017.

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Nothing ever just happens.

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For me personally, it’s something I have been reflecting on in the last few weeks, both about myself and of our town.

To think back, remember, realise and if I could rewind myself back to the very start.

Just over a year ago not only did I decide half heartedly may I add, to start writing entries to my own Kynren journey, but I amongst probably many of my friends and family wouldn’t have expected that I could sustain writing over a period of time, never mind that it would light a fire inside myself and create a passion.

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Nor did I ever think it would lead me to becoming a National Awards Finalist either.

Things don’t just happen, not on there own, not without personal sacrifice, hard work, determination and most of all patience.

You have to remember why you start something, ultimately it’s because you wanted to better yourself, to challenge yourself, to not limit your own capabilities.

Looking back I realise I’m in the position I’m in because of the choices I’ve made, the decisions that I’ve had to make and having the self belief to continue and remain patient, whilst the easiest thing in the world would be to stop.

I’m passionate and proud, stubborn at times too, I want the best future I can for myself and the people around me, including the community I live in.

I want to help and support, become one of the foundations to help this town stabilise itself and grow, to offer more opportunities to the next generation(s) to come.

There’s opportunity in this town, a buzz again, a community spirit, people are talking globally about Bishop Auckland and whilst our town centre isn’t quite there yet, there is certainly more to come.

There are many good people working hard in this town, residents, businesses, volunteers too, trying to make the place we call home a better place to live.

Opinions and perceptions are valid and everyone has a given right to voice them, but let’s turn them into giving Bishop Auckland it’s voice again, let’s create a positive vibe within our town, let’s all come together and help to promote positive change, let’s look towards our future rather than comparing it to our past.

What I most like, probably love about Bishop Auckland is its passion.

The passion amongst it’s people, I’ve never experienced it anything quite like it is here, the people are proud and it shows.

Yes for me I’m excited about how our developing town is changing, to how Kynren has changed us too, to how the art galleries and museums will encourage more visitors to our town with it.

To the Welcome Building, I’m already looking forward to experiencing the view from the watch tower platform for the very first time.

I’m excited about the potential, I’m excited about new investors who have and are setting up new businesses in our town.

And for me as a resident, what can I do?

I can always do more…

I can promote.

I can encourage.

I can support.

I can look to reach out to the bigger brands, investors, developers and businesses via social media platforms and encourage them to take a look at Bishop Auckland as their next location.

All things I’ve already been doing.

In order to have the town we want, we have to collectively support the one we have, in order to help it grow.

Bishop Auckland is more than just charity and betting shops and takeaways too.

Although each in their own right is a business, each having an impact on our community and we need them, we need them to encourage more businesses into our town.

Progress is happening within the town, perhaps not as quickly as some may like but it is happening, and it will continue to happen too.

The market is back, and it’s gradually growing.

Collectively now is the time to continue to promote what we have, to encourage those interested parties to join us, and help us to develop our hometown.

And that’s exactly what I will continue to do, I will continue to write free blogging articles on behalf of businesses, charities and the community, to help and promote them and raise their exposure, which in turn will hopefully continue to attract new customers and visitors into our town, as much as I hope new investors will too.

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‘On The Map’ by Gillian Arnold

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You may have heard about the ‘On The Map’ project in the last few weeks, that is being delivered by local designers Gillian Arnold, based at 2B, Fore Bondgate, in Bishop Auckland.

But what is it all about?

‘On The Map’ is a community project bringing together collective works from a diverse range of people from Bishop Auckland.

Building a large collaborative map, this will be printed, and delivered to every Bishop Auckland household, with the original on display in a pop-up gallery shop in town.

The map’s project core objective is to highlight the beauty of the town including Bishop Auckland’s rich historical past, it’s very exciting present and even looking forward to a bright future.

Gillian really wanted to find a way to make sure as many residents in Bishop Auckland as possible have access to the map and this project.

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On The Map is focused around the Bishop Auckland area, with hand drawn locations and landmarks that represent the area and the town.

The scale of the map however, is huge.

The overall banner will be hung on fabric stretching around 3 metres x 3 metres.

Gillian Arnold are looking for people to draw their favourite shop, landmark, or house.

By picking up a pen, pencil, crayon, charcoal, paintbrush or anything else, and hand draw for their chance to see their work become part of this large 3 metre square map in a new pop-up gallery shop in the town, and printed and distributed to every house in Bishop Auckland.

Gillian has been leading workshops involving people from all parts of the community and many schools, creating individual drawings of buildings, cultural landmarks, people, items and objects to bring Bishop Auckland to life in a new and artistic way.

The greatest part about the map, is the people who are making it, this is a map for the community and town that has been made by hundreds of people living with its borders.

Nearly all the individual drawings have been based on Gillian’s own photography, after spending several days photographing every building and cultural landmark in the town.

 

 

Taking all the hand drawn elements and comprising them into a map to represent the entire town is a huge task.

Gillian and her team have been working around the clock scanning, scaling, sizing and loving the hundreds of drawings that have been made so far.

They have also had no shortage of people willing to donate their time to help them along, which has been fantastic to see.

The map will be published in The Bishop Press on their 15th of July edition with an editorial on the project and will be hanging in the Gillian Arnold Boutique throughout the summer when Kynren is on.

Prints will be available of the map after the project is completed and all profits from the sale of art prints will be given to newly setup Pineapple Castle C.I.C. by Gillian Arnold to help fund future community orientated projects and disadvantaged people in Bishop Auckland.

Gillian Arnold are asking people to send scans of their work by no later than Saturday 8th July to them as either a message on Facebook, or emailed to: onthemap@gillianarnold.com or bring the picture to the Gillian Arnold shop at 2B Fore Bondgate.

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Gillian said about the map:

“At first the map was largely about tackling aspects of negativity in the public’ opinion about all of the changes that have happened in Bishop Auckland.

Now that the project is underway, after working with so many amazing people and seeing how many people have reached out to be involved, I can see this map is more about reinforcing the positivity, because there really is so much of it out there”.

For more information for the ‘On The Map’ project please click on their Facebook link, or alternatively for more information on Gillian Arnold, please click on the link for their website.

https://www.facebook.com/onthemap.bishop/

http://www.gillianarnold.com

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Bishop Auckland College Art Exhibition

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Last month, Bishop Auckland College Art students took centre stage in Bishop Auckland, by opening a pop-up art and photography exhibition in the old McIntyre’s building.

Over 40 students have exhibited work, that is accessible for the public to walk in and view free of charge.

The students have excelled themselves with the guidance and support from lecturers Julie Scorer, Art and Design, and John Alderson, Photography.

For me, as a local resident of Bishop Auckland it’s a fabulous idea, to use such an iconic venue, which is light and airy, with fantastic acoustics to showcase the work of local students.

If you’ve had the opportunity to visit the exhibition in the last few weeks, you’ll quite agree we have some fantastic, and talented creative students coming to the fore within our town and community.

With over 100 exhibition pieces from photography, abstract art, objects, clothing and fabric there is  a vast array of creative talent within the room to come in and see.

Whether it’s photography.

Or drawings and artwork.

Come in and be inspired.

Today, the students came together with Gillian Arnold to give up their free time to collaborate with their ‘On The Map’ project.

Gillian gave a talk about the inspiration behind the project and set the students off drawing some local landmarks, shops and businesses within the location of Bishop Auckland.

With some fantastic artwork, produced over a couple of hours to be included in the project.

Bishop Auckland College Art Exhibition runs until Monday 17th July, open from 11am-3pm.

Why not come along and show your support to our local students and our local community.

To learn more about Bishop Auckland College and the courses they can provide please visit their website:

https://bacoll.ac.uk/

Or alternatively, they have an open evening on Tuesday 11th July.

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Business Networking

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Networking is vital for any business, meeting new people, striking up conversations, looking for opportunities and building new relationships.

Last month I attended the DL Business Expo held at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington organised for it’s 7th yearly event by the Darlington Business Club.

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From being self employed in my past, this event was always in my calendar, the main reason I attended this time around was to catch up with some familiar faces, talk about the benefits of blogging for businesses, and to speak to any recruitment companies in the room.

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The Northern Echo arena is a great venue for an event of this scale, good road links, plenty of parking, and plenty of space for each exhibitor.

Darlington Business Club have used this venue for last 4 or 5 years having previously used Darlington College in the past.

Through the double doors you’d find a friendly registration team waiting to check you in, providing you with all the information you need.

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The DL Business Expo organise a range of guest speakers for seminars on the day, featuring professionals talking about a wide range of topics from marketing, including tips on how to get your business noticed, workplace wellbeing, and emotional intelligence for business were some of the seminars this time around.

And in previous years there has been many different guest speakers to reassure or inspire you too.

The event itself was held on the second floor, where around 60 businesses attended to exhibit within two large rooms.

And each of the seminars held on the third floor.

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From my experiences being self employed I always found this event beneficial to attend, you always learnt something or met someone new who could be beneficial going forward for your business.

But one thing I have always thought, and on this day was no different.

Why couldn’t Bishop Auckland organise an event like this, to showcase what Bishop Auckland businesses have to offer their community and surrounding areas?

That answer is no reason.

It’s a question and answer I’d like to put right.

From my time volunteering with the Bishop Auckland Town Team, I personally wanted to give back to my town, and try and help it grow, to try and help it to attract new visitors.

My main focus was to work within the business community, but from a personal point of view I just didn’t know how I could play a part to influence that.

Now, through my writing, I am doing just that, working alongside local businesses and charities within the whole perimeter of Bishop Auckland, to provide free blog articles to promote what Bishop Auckland has to offer it’s residents, and what it can offer those outside of the area too.

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Currently Bishop Auckland is light on the ground with business networking.

The BNI group offer subscribed breakfast networking in neighbouring areas such as The Manor House Hotel in West Auckland and Redworth Hall Hotel.

And just recently Business Durham had arranged a breakfast networking event held at Bishop Auckland Football Ground for Bishop Auckland and Shildon only, businesses to attend.

Their next event is on Thursday 6th July to be held at The Park Head Hotel, further details can be found here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bishop-auckland-and-shildon-business-network-6th-july-2017-tickets-34855448585?aff=erelexpmlt

But in regards to an actual exhibition bringing together the businesses of Bishop Auckland under one roof, that at present is clearly lacking, whilst other town’s are excelling.

I’d like to see an event that is open to all, an event whereby it’s not just business to business, it’s all businesses, all charities, all training providers showcasing themselves to all.

An exhibition organised not for profit, to support all the businesses of our town, to engage with employers, recruiters and training and apprenticeship schemes.

The ability to identify with the person rather than a business card or an advert in a paper.

I want the town to continue to grow together and strengthen close bonds and roots.

Too many events have an angle to try and offer something different.

Why try and be different?

When each of us are unique.

For me, I see this as a long term goal, but one I’m keen to work towards, because Bishop Auckland is a great place to live, we have some fantastic businesses and some amazing people who continue effortlessly to make a difference within our community, and that deserves to be showcased in itself.

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