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Graduate joins government leaders in business debate

Jules Quinn set up her business in 2011 Credit: TheTeaShed

A Northumbria University graduate is to speak alongside government leaders at a conference focussing on the future of British business.

Jules Quinn set up her own business, design-led tea company TheTeaShed, with the help of Northumbria University in 2011.

She will be taking part in a panel discussion at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference in London next week.

The conference, which brings together the country’s business and political leaders, will focus on how Britain’s next government can encourage a pro-enterprise, pro-growth landscape for business.

Jules was named the Young Business Woman of the Year in 2014 and was selected by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and UKTI to launch the government’s Business is GREAT initiative last year, which named her one of the top 10 female entrepreneurs to watch in 2015.

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.

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


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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