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Teachers tour Nissan to learn better careers advice

Nissan and other firms will talk to teachers about how their pupils can get jobs in manufacturing Credit: PA

Teachers from across Sunderland are visiting the Nissan car factory today to learn more about jobs in manufacturing - in the hope that they will give students better careers advice.

They will also listen to talks from other local manufacturing firms. It is the first event of its type to target teachers, rather than students themselves.

The organisers, Work Discovery Sunderland, hope it will help young people in the area find jobs with local businesses.

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Sunderland firm has a lot of bottle

Mark Potts and Martin Thornton of Contract Bottling with Cllr Harry Trueman of Sunderland City Council. Credit: Contract Bottling Ltd

Sunderland firm Contract Bottling Ltd has announced that it has doubled its workforce and now plans to expand even further having invested over £2m in equipment since 2012, producing record sales for the company.

Full-time employee numbers have risen from 30 to 60, and the numbers of bottles produced by the plant has grown from 15 million to 52 million in the last two years.

The company’s turnover has also grown from under £6m to over £10.6m.

Contract Bottling is now looking to expand its plant in Riverside Road in 2015.

The firm makes, fills and bottles a wide range of flavoured and natural spring waters and soft drinks for its customers, which include national supermarket chains and cash and carry operators.

It also produces over 4,000 pallets of cordial which are shipped out to Saudi Arabia each year in glass bottles as a premium product.

It’s great news that a Sunderland-based company is leading the UK, and thriving from its base in the city. Contract Bottling Ltd should be congratulated for the commitment and passion of its staff which have won it loyal customers and unprecedented soft drinks sales this year. It’s even better news that the company is aiming to expand, to create more job opportunities and productivity in the city.”

– Cllr Harry Trueman, Deputy Leader, Sunderland City Council

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Re-ballot for Barbour warehouse workers

Barbour workers returned to work last week Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Workers who have been involved in strike action at the clothing firm Barbour, are to be re-balloted today.

The staff, who work at a distribution warehouse in Gateshead, returned to work last week after agreeing a deal with management.

Barbour says the workers will be re-balloted on an extension to that agreement, specifically in relation to working hours.

The dispute centred on the introduction of a two-shift system at the warehouse.

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Le Tour brings in record number of holidaymakers

A record number of tourists visited Yorkshire last year, due in no small part to the county hosting the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Le Tour brings in record number of tourists

From January to September overseas visits to Yorkshire went up by 12 per cent to 1.08 million and these tourists spent a total of £465 million. The strongest growth in visits came from Australia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and USA.

Holiday visits in particular, across the first nine months of 2014, saw a significant jump of 32 per cent and the amount spent by tourists whilst holidaying went up by 70 per cent. Strong holiday visit growth came from France, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain and USA.

In the third quarter, covering July, August and September, there were 472,000 overseas visitors to the county, breaking previous records and up 19 per cent on 2013. A total of £230m was spent during this three-month period up one per cent on 2013.

Yorkshire is playing a big part in helping to drive Britain's record tourism boom. Last year's Tour de France Grand Depart showcased the best of this wonderful region to the world and now it is about keeping up that momentum. It is why we have launched a £10 million fund to help strengthen tourism in the North and why the Deputy Prime Minister and myself have met key stakeholders in Sheffield, including Welcome to Yorkshire's Gary Verity, to discuss what more can be done to help further growth in the region.

– Tourism Minister Helen Grant

Yorkshire’s global profile has never been higher – and this is further evidence of the huge beneficial impact of bringing the world’s largest annual sporting event to the county. We know when visitors from around the world come to Yorkshire to see it for themselves they fall in love with the county, which in turn helps drive up repeat visits. The new Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race starting this May will help us capitalise on the foundations already laid.

– Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire
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