Nothing ever just happens.


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.


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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Business Networking


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:

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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Autumn Leaves Landscaping


Following on from recent posts regarding businesses within Bishop Auckland, I don’t just want to talk about the businesses in the town either.

There are some fantastic businesses within the Bishop Auckland perimeter, that are providing great services, and an exceptional high standard of workmanship too.

A perfect example of this comes from Autumn Leaves Landscaping.


Autumn Leaves Landscaping come high on recommendation, and by looking at the photos attached, it comes as no real surprise as to why.

Having formed back in 2012, the business is going from strength to strength.

Autumn Leaves Landscaping led by owner Michael Tonge, has transformed many a garden and outdoor space, within the region of County Durham, and the surrounding areas.

Providing an array of services that include but are not limited too;

Artificial Turf

Bespoke Design 

Block Paving






Water Features

Michael and his team at Autumn Leaves Landscaping live by their ethos, of providing each and every customer with a high-quality, bespoke service at a fair, competitive price.

Working alongside each customer from design stage, to create the garden of their dreams.

And the envy of their family, friends and neighbours.


Capable of undertaking projects big and small, from schools to domestic houses, Autumn Leaves Landscaping is the company of choice.

Their team have also just recently attended the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show, picking up new ideas from the industry’s best.


If you require a landscape gardener to transform your outdoor space this summer, please visit their Facebook page:

Or visit their website: to discuss your requirements and schedule in a free consultation or design.

As the above photographs show quite a transformation.

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What’s Next?


Following on from my recent blog articles, mainly promoting Bishop Auckland, a question has lead to what’s next?

The very simple answer is many things, there are so many different articles to write about in the up and coming days and weeks ahead.

The insights of views and visitors to each blog article posted in recent days is testimont that readers, not only locally, but UK and International wide too, are interested to see and hear more of what Bishop Auckland has to offer.

And Bishop Auckland has lots to tell and share, from the many businesses, and many selfless charities, to the people who go above and beyond to help their community.

Bishop Auckland is a fantastic place to live, and I’m keen to write to highlight and show off our town, to showcase what we have got to attract new visitors in, whilst reminding the community of what is here.

I recently wrote an article called;


I reached out to our community and asked if any businesses or charities would like a ‘free blog article’ written, to help promote their business or charity, to help raise more exposure or attract more visitors into the town.

And further to recent articles with Bishop Auckland Market and Smokehouse, I’ll be following up with articles with these interested parties too;

Rio Bar Cafe

Autumn Leaves Landscaping

Caps Off

Park Head Hotel

Willow Burn Hospice

Smile 4 Claire

Butterwick Hospice

Bishop Auckland and Coundon in Bloom

Alongside many others too.

I want to write and talk about our town and the many delightful walks that are on our doorstep, some that you may not have even realised were there, and others that you may have simply forgot about.

And help and promote any events that are on within Bishop Auckland too.

What’s in it for me, some people will or may ask?

As you can see nothing, I’m passionate about my town, just like you are, I want to see it stabilise, I want to see it grow, I want to see it thrive.

I want to see it progress, I want that buzz to return, I want everyone talking about it.

And the only way we can do that is to continue to promote it, ourselves, and together.

Following on from the blog I wrote about my experience as a volunteer at Kynren.

I once took a blank piece of paper and inside 12 months was a beaten finalist in a National award in London last month.

I know first hand with hard work and belief that anything can be achievable, all the while doing this whilst battling back against depression.

For me, I’ve discovered a passion through writing, it’s a focus for me, and it’s an important part of my life.

And through each article it’s showcasing any future employer exactly what I’m capable of achieving not only for myself but for their business too.

I see this as a win, win scenario, helping to support and promote Bishop Auckland, the town I live in, the town I’m passionate about, whilst continuing to rebuild my life in the process too.

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