Types of Retreats Located within the grounds of Minsteracres

Nestled away in the countryside on the borders of Northumberland and Durham lies Minsteracres, one of the most renowned, peaceful Christian retreat centres in the North East. Amassing 110 acres of beautiful local landscapes, you can choose from a variety of retreat houses to ensure your stay is completely tailored to whatever you require.

Working closely with volunteers across Northumberland, as well as a range of priests, religious and lay people, Minsteracres aims to provide customers with the best setting for tranquil reflection, all within a religious setting.

Upon arrival at Minsteracres, you are greeted by members of the community and are invited to take part in a range of activities, working alongside volunteers, who help to make your stay as homely as possible.

There are a variety of Christian retreat available, from holistic retreats to healing retreats, all within a very reasonable price range, starting at around £120.

During your stay, you may choose to take part in morning and evening prayer as a celebration of the Eucharist. Within the retreat centre, Minsteracres hold the values of sustainability, seasonality and simplicity, in order for guests to feel truly at one with themselves and the world throughout the duration of their visit.

Minsteracres can offer day, week- end, or week long retreats to suit your requirements and there are also venues for self- led groups, with larger accommodation for 80 guests, set across two houses.

The centre hosts events throughout the year, and as we begin to welcome the spring months, Minsteracres have a variety of events you can attend from April onwards.

To book for these events, simply fill out the online form attached to the event description.

If you would like to book, or just browse the range of activities at one of the best North- east rest centres, please visit http://www.minsteracres.org/comeonretreat.

SPMTs and Lifting Equipment from Titan Heavy Transport

Titan Heavy Transport specialise in heavy transport solutions using multi-wheeled self-propelled modular transport trailers (SPMTs), as well as a wealth of other equipment often required in major construction projects.

The company was formed in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2010, and prior to becoming Titan, all management and staff were responsible for yard movements of heavy units and ship sections before moving to mainly offshore oil and gas construction. The organisation is based upon a very efficient multi-discipline arrangement with short lines of communication and delegated responsibility.

Titan Heavy Transport, headed up by Managing Director Chris Taylor, have an extensive equipment supply. Self-propelled modular transporters are platform vehicles with a large array of wheels used for transporting massive objects like bridge sections, oil refining equipment, motors and any other objects that are too heavy to be carried by trucks. The equipment used within all projects is of the highest quality and maintained to the highest standard.

The KAMAG SPMTs use state of the art control technology that has been specially developed by KAMAG. KAMAG was founded in 1969 in Germany, belonging to the group of companies owned by the Heilbronn industrialist, Otto Rettenmaier. This group is the global leader in developing and manufacturing top class heavy goods vehicles.

The number and arrangement of SPMT equipment will always depend on the project requirements and full details of this will be supplied in each project’s individual installation manual. The SPMT units will be delivered to the site using conventional road legal flatbed trailers ready for offloading and assembly. Titan Heavy Transport provide rigging drawings, weights and dimensions for the client to safely provide lifting slings and offloading craneage which can also be found in the installation manual.

For any more information on our services, visit www.titanheavytransport.co.uk today or email info@titanheavytransport.co.uk.

Content Supplied by Millie Forster

Luxury Retreats in the Northumberland Countryside

Tucked away in deep in the dales of Beamish Valley lies the romantic Northumberland retreat, Cheviot Holiday Cottages (CHC). With its picturesque landscapes and settlements dating back to the Iron Age, the cottages provide the perfect getaway for families, couples or individuals in need of a peaceful break in the country.

CHC strives to cater for all holidaymakers with a variety of rooms available. From honeymoon cottages to a one bedroomed luxury retreat, there really is something to suit all tastes, making it the perfect setting for one of the best Northumbrian self- catering holiday cottages.

The company pride themselves on their excellent customer service and traditionally furnished properties, providing everything you could need at a reasonable price.

There are a vast array of properties to choose from CHC, ranging from the romantic cottages and honeymoon cottages for two, ‘Dovecote’ and ‘The Retreat’, going up to larger cottages for up to 6 people such as, ‘Barely Mill’, ‘Bluebell Byre’ and ‘Honeysuckle Cottage’.

With CHC constantly looking to ensure that all of their properties are adequately equipped and up to date, owners have worked tirelessly to be able to offer guests the new and improved, first class ‘Gate Lodge’. As of summer 2012, the property boasted a 5* rating from Enjoy England, as well as a 100% quality grading for the third consecutive year. With an infra- red sauna and spacious layout, this luxurious retreat is the perfect cottage for couples looking for a romantic getaway. The property is fully- furnished with all the amenities you need, as well as the added extra of high- quality bicycles and helmets, should you wish to explore further.

For larger parties, the ‘Barley Mill’ property is sure to make your stay comfortable and homely, making it perfect for family holidays in Northumberland. Built in a beautiful, tranquil style, the cottage settles perfectly into the natural setting with full- height windows allowing light to stream in from every angle. There are some modern twists to the cottage, with a new American fridge/freezer being added to the kitchen as of 2016 and a 40inch flat screen television, ready with Freeview.

To plan your perfect family or romantic break, head over to http://www.cheviotholidaycottages.co.uk/ for more information.

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Aero Networks is Your Answer to Vital Business Solutions

Aero Networks offer a range of cloud services in the North East, to businesses all over the UK. Aero have worked with a range of clients from a broad range of industries such as manufacturing, legal sectors and health industries.

Large businesses, or businesses which store a large amount of sensitive information, are often worried about threats of security breaches, viruses and any other data corruptions. Aero Networks offer cloud backup in the North East, which is a reliable, safe cloud storage solution, allowing for disaster recovery solutions to help to protect your business in the event you find a breach has taken place within your system.

Online Data Backup provides an automated backup strategy across multiple operating systems and applications, you have the ability to restore single files or entire applications, so your data is available whenever you need it.

Hosted Exchange Email can enable you and your staff to access professional emails, contacts and calendars wherever you are. All you need is an internet connection, allowing you and your employee’s easy access from the office, home or when you’re on the move.

Cloud File Storage will provide you with a secure cloud based storage facility to share files and folders across multiple locations. By using this service your team can collaborate between all locations, without the need for multiple file servers.

Cloud Telecoms will enable you to improve both the productivity of your staff and also the level of collaboration across your entire organisation. This service also gives you the ability to deliver business phone extensions to any employee in any location.

Throughout all our cloud services North East a reliable internet connection is needed. The product range does give your business the opportunity to work effectively and efficiently, making your team more competent as long as you have a strong connection.

Aero’s cloud service in the North East are managed and supported by a dedicated helpdesk team, who are easily accessible and always aim for a quick response time to any queries, removing the need to worry about your businesses IT services.

We offer services across the North East, including Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Gateshead, for more information visit our website at www.aero.net or find us on Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter.

Content Supplied by Millie Forster

Forklift Hire and Sales from CMH

Over the years, North East based Complete Material handing (CMH) has prided itself on providing the best service and quality assurance for its clients looking for material handling equipment in Tyneside.

For over 14 years, CMH has been one of the highest regarded companies in the region for buying and selling operational forklifts. Their expert team are able to use their years of experience and skills within the field in order to provide the best service to their customers, who have praised the company time and time again.

Not only have CMH assisted with forklift sales throughout the region, they are also able to provide used forklift trucks and forklift hire throughout Newcastle, tailoring each operation to meet even the most specific briefs.

The company carry an extensive range of new forklift trucks, from the likes of top brands such as Linde, Caterpillar and TCM lift trucks. They are able to provide customers with competitive rates and can frequently offer special deals and discounts for their clients.

Even if your business isn’t on the look- out for a brand new piece of machinery, CMH is able to provide a wide range of second hand forklift trucks within Sunderland, as well as being able to directly discuss various finance packages if costing becomes an issue.

Every second hand truck is fully refurbished and serviced to ensure that it is of the highest standard of quality before being passed on to clients. Even if you encounter problems with your machine, CMH will be on hand with their forklift repair service, which is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This comes as standard with the purchase or hire of any forklift truck.

No matter what your business requires, CMH’s dedicated team of specialists can work closely with you to ensure only the best service. As well as providing material handling equipment throughout Tyneside, CMH are able to administer forklift training schemes in Tyneside, including driver training.

The company are also happy to offer a range of additional equipment pieces and specialised items, such as racking, manual hand pallet trucks and rough terrain material handling equipment.

For any more information or enquiries, please visit http://completematerialhandling.co.uk/

Spring Cleaning Storage Solutions from Box Express

MediumMovingPackAs we finally approach the end of a very cold Winter, many of us are finding our homes still in mild disarray from Christmas, our cupboards packed full of goodness-knows-what, and our garages a labyrinth of badly stacked beer crates and chaos. The concept of a good Spring clean seems terrifying, but necessary. But where to start? Here at Box Express, we’re here to help you finally get 2016 in order, with our top 3 tips when it comes to re-organising your home…

  1. Be Bold and Realistic

As the years go by, our homes become filled with all manner of junk that we simply don’t need. If you haven’t used that vegetable steamer in the past year, will you ever? Those skinny jeans that are 3 sizes too small are probably a dream gone by too. De-clutter, and don’t keep things around your home that are just taking up valuable space. For those sentimental items, or things that have a very specific and infrequent use (think ski jackets, fishing gear, and campaign equipment), invest in some good quality storage like the Archive Box or the Medium Tea Chest Box, and put them away tidily in your loft or garage.

  1. Give it a label

If you have decided to box items up and store them for later, then don’t expect that you’ll remember the contents of every box when you next come to use it. At the very least, label boxes by use, like ‘party supplies’ ‘John’s holiday clothes’ or ‘tools’, so that your life is made easier later down the line. Using storage boxes like the Jumbo Box or the double-walled Book Box are a great way to pack lots of things into a small space, but you’ll save tonnes of time and effort in finding things if you label your boxes to begin with.

  1. Keep It Safe

Large Bubble WrapThere’s nothing worse than the feeling of opening a storage box of your Grandmother’s china to find it broken or damaged. Make sure delicate items are packaged first in bubble wrap, then the box sealed properly with tape, to prevent unfortunate accidents. At Box Express, we not only sell high quality storage solutions, but packaging accessories too. Visit www.boxexpress.co.uk to buy online today.

So there you have it. Don’t shy away from that all-important Spring clean, and instead, embrace it with Box Express!

Look A Million Dollars on Mobile

This Christmas will see hundreds of thousands of laptops, tables and mobiles unwrapped and switched on on Christmas day. If you or your organisation have a web site you want it to look fantastic on all those devices and you know how important it is that your site looks a million dollars on mobile. Web design and mobile optimisation are also important to Calm Digital, Middlesbrough’s leading web design and digital agency. www.calmdigital.com  have been working hard at developing a team of dedicated individuals who are the best at what they do so that they can help their clients with the best responsive website design, ecommerce web development and web design.

The web, and mobile technology have had a massive effect on nearly everyone’s way of life and work in the last couple of decades. If you have a business, it needs to have a web presence so your potential clients can find it; if you have a hobby or a family spread over the county, county or continents, the web has revolutionised the way you communicate with people. From the most formal company site to the smallest of blog sites, we all have the same aim, which is to look fantastic and be as interesting as possible whilst keeping the development and design as successful as possible.

At this time of year there is a rush to select and buy last minute gifts for family and loved ones. This means that ecommerce websites are being swamped by shoppers checking for gifts and ready to spend their money. If your ecommerce web development is short of the mark you may miss out on the businesses retail season of the year. The lovely people at Calm Digital hate to think of you missing out and make it their business to be the best at creating responsive website design, ecommerce web development and mobile web design to make it really easy for people to navigate your site and spend their money on your goods – the rest is up to you.

The sign of a really successful strategy from an organisation or brand is one that moves seamlessly across all types of platform. In a world where branding has become the most important aspect of marketing in so many ways, your visual message must be consistent all the way from your brochures, letterheads and business cards, thorough to your web site (ecommerce or otherwise), mobile (responsive) site, social media and on line newsletters and moblie apps.

Calm Digital love to develop and they love to design. They have many years of experience in Middlesbrough, throughout the UK and internationally, so you can trust them with your project and they will work with you to make effective use of your budget and goals, making 2016 a very successful year all round. Visit www.calmdigital.com to find out more.

Getting Started with Pay Per Click Marketing

Pay Per Click Marketing – or PPC – can be tricky, especially if you’ve just started out with your business or you’re looking for new ways to promote your brand online. It’s a term usually used to describe services offered by Google Adwords, whereby a business owner pays Google a small fee every time a user clicks on an advertised link to their website – paying per click, if you like!

In order to get the most out of PPC, you will normally need some sort of training, which can be time consuming and a little complicated. You’re having to deal with brand new metrics that can require a bit of thinking – like ‘average cost per click’, ‘quality score’ and ‘impressions’. Many, and we don’t blame you, choose to boycott the learning of this stuff all together, and hire a PPC Management team (like Zebra!) to look after it for them. However, if you’re feeling brave, and want to give the world of PPC Marketing a go, then here’s a few handy tips to get you started.

To start off with, you need to establish a strategy and work out how you’re going to measure your success as accurately as possible. First of all, you need keywords which relate to the most popular products or services that your business has to offer, and ones that you want to be found for online. So, for example, if you own a gift shop you could choose ‘birthday cards’ or ‘wrapping paper’ as a search term that your target market would use to find you. You can then input these words, and variations of the phrases, into Google Adwords who will tell you how much, these words will cost you to rank for every time someone clicks on your ad.

Sounds simple enough so far? We’re just getting started! Google Adwords also allow you to add ‘modifiers’ to you keywords, to help you access a broader demographic or eliminate terms you don’t want to appear for from your portfolio. Back to the gift shop example, you may not sell ‘flowers’, so you could use this as a negative keyword, eliminating your appearance for those searching for that term.

Within your Adwords account, you’ll create ‘campaigns’, usually split between the product types you offer (like cards, wrap, etc) and then by sub category (birthday, get well, Valentine’s etc), which will help you decide and track your budget allocation on a daily basis.

Starting to sound a little more complex? Don’t panic. We know it’s a minefield, which is why Zebra offer full PPC Management Courses to help you get up to speed with managing your account, and fast.

We can also offer in-depth keyword research and PPC strategy definition which will tell you the popularity of certain keywords surrounding your business, the average cost-per-click and the competition for that particular search term, all of which are vital snippets of information in those early strategy-construction days.

PPC is a great way to help you find out what works for your business and give you some deeper insight into what your customers want. If this sounds like something that would be useful to you, contact Zebra today to discuss your options. If you’d rather free up some time, you can even leave it to us and we’ll even manage your whole account for you!

We’re a sociable bunch over here at Zebra and we’d love to have a chat and hear your ideas if you need some advice. Give us a call on 0191 261 2252 or come and say hello on Twitter @the_zebras!

Are you looking for a sweet surprise for your Valentine?

Love is in the air around this time of year and Bah Humbugs aim to make it one to remember!

Retro_table_RS_ReSizedBah Humbugs are a traditional sweet shop in Yorkshire with scrumptious sweet treats to satisfy your sweetheart’s sweet tooth.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to show how you feel, and traditional sweets are a quirky and thoughtful way to let someone know how truly special they are to you.

Maybe you have your eye one someone but you haven’t made your move? What are you waiting for! Give them a hint with Love Hearts – an old classic and a fun, fruity and fizzy way to say how you feel.

Or perhaps you feel like spicing things up with something a little different this Valentine’s Day? Give your Valentine Bah Humbugs Swedish Cherry & Chilli Liquorice – a real tempting tongue-tingling treat! The unique combination of sweet and spicy are a perfect match of mouth-watering flavours.

If you’ve found your perfect match and you’re already planning your beautiful wedding, Bah Humbugs wedding favours are the ideal addition to make your day extra special and give day the extra wow-factor. Wedding carts come with a selection of treats sure to delight your guests and add flair to your colour scheme. With over 400 different sweets, chocolates, toffees and lollipops and jellybeans to choose from, you and your guests will be spoilt for choice!

retro_sweets_hamper_re_sized2Maybe you’re looking for something as unique and sweet as the person you have in mind? As a leading supplier of retro sweet hampers in the UK, you can select up to six sweets for your sweet hamper gift from the sweet shop online and let Bah Humbugs work their magic and do the rest. Bah Humbugs also offer thoughtfully created assortments of mints, toffee and fudge to indulge your Valentine with their favourite treats. For a love of sweets that’s sure to last a lifetime, The Giant Sweet Hamper will surprise your loved one with an arrangement of boiled sweets, sour sweets, lollipops, toffees and fudges.

Shop now in time for Valentine’s Day at the Bah Humbugs website at www.bahhumbugs.com and be sure to catch up with new and offers on the Bah Humbugs Twitter page @bahhumbugs.

Forklift Trucks: The 100 Year Success Story

logoWe all know what a forklift truck is and what it’s used for, but what some of us don’t know is that not all equipment is the same so it’s important that you find the right one for the job.

There are a number of different classifications, sizes and power sources that go into these machines. Whether for use inside or outside, this piece of equipment is a vitally important part of many industries.

Consider the mechanics of a forklift – a relatively small piece of equipment, with the capability to lift maximum loads of thousands of pounds into the air reaching the upper stories of buildings, without suffering from the strain. Without them, construction, manufacturing, automotive, shipping and many other industries would not be able to function.

In 1917, the earliest version of forklift truck – originally known as the Tructractor – was created by the Clark Company who manufactured axles. They made the equipment to quickly, safely and efficiently move heavy loads and materials around their warehouse. In its early days, the Tructractor was not able to move materials off the ground, only from place to place at ground level. Soon this started to have a boost in productivity and revenue for the Clark Company, and other businesses became keen to have their own. In 1923 the machine progressed to lifting loads off the ground to just above the height of the truck itself.

Between the 1950s and 1980s lift capacity and health and safety support was developed, and by this time the machine was used all over the world. The forklift truck has been a relatively quick success story over the last 100 years or so, and continues to improve.

Complete Material Handling Ltd provide new and refurbished forklift trucks for sale in Sunderland and across North East England. CMH Limited also offer forklift servicing and maintenance on all of their trucks for sale and hire. All machines are serviced to the highest standard by a team of expertly trained, well-experienced technicians in their in-house workshop.

As customer service is first priority to Complete Material Handling, the team are on hand for call outs to support you if you have issues on-site to help you to avoid lost time. All machines come with a guaranteed 24 hour breakdown service, 7 days a week. You are guaranteed to have an engineer with you within 4 hours, any time day or night.

For businesses who are taking on new staff, Complete Material Handling are one of the only forklift truck companies in the North East to offer complete forklift training courses which provide operators with all of the essential skills necessary to work safely and efficiently. After completing the training, your business will be provided with a legal certification and the knowledge that the job will be done safely and well.

So, if you require forklift rental, new or second hand forklifts in Sunderland and across the North East, or any other service, visit the Complete Material Handling website or call 0191 447 2770 and the one of the team will be happy to help.

Panel Products and Sheet Materials Directly to the Trade

North East Sheets and Panels Ltd (NESP) are a favourite of tradesmen who are looking to supply their customers with kitchen, bathroom and lighting solutions that reflect the highest quality at the fairest price.

For almost 20 years, NESP have been supplying panel products created by some of the world’s leading manufacturers, including Blum, Reginox, Getacore and are a Mistral worktop supplier.


Blum’s TANDEMBOX, METABOX & LEGRABOX box systems are designed to meet the different design demands placed on furniture. Blum drawers operate using motion technologies make opening & closing furniture easier, matched with award winning design to ensure full satisfaction for your customers.


As a Getacore Worktops supplier, NESP can give you full access to a range of products constructed using only solid surface materials, food safe to EN 1186 and EN 13130 standards. Processed like solid wood, Getacore worktops are modern in appearance, and offer a hygienic alternative to real wood worktops.


As one of the oldest chipboard and MDF manufacturers in the world, it’s clear to see why FINSA is the number one choice for MFC sheets and boards, flat-pack cabinets and carcasses here in the UK. As a FINSA supplier, the NESP website, www.nesp.co.uk contains a comprehensive catalogue of base units, wall units and tall units, PVC edged with 18mm self-assembly. NESP even offer a cut and edge service for the MFC sheets and boards, and are one of the stockists in the North to have the popular FINSA Superpan MFC.

FINSA Superpan is an exclusive product manufactured and patented by FINSA, combining the advantages of both MDF and chipboard panels.  SuperPan consists of two thin external MDF faces and a chipboard core coated with a decorative paper so the surface is flatter and enables easier cutting, significantly reducing the likelihood of surface chipping, giving a better finish and increasing tool service life for our customers.


NESP are a Thermopal supplier, offering a range of 18mm MFC products ideally suited to planners, interior fitters and architects, meeting BS EN 14322 requirements. These moisture resistant grade panels are low-cost, and can be sealed with colour matched ABS. All Thermopal products are PEFC accredited.

For more information on the extensive range of panels, sheets, accessories and lighting solutions offered by NESP, please visit www.nesp.co.uk.

Increase your visibility in search engines

Calm LogoResponsive Design means you can manage one website with a single set of hypertext links; therefore reducing the time spent maintaining your site. This allows you to focus on link outreach with a consolidated Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) strategy. SEO campaigns can be time consuming and costly, but by creating a responsive site, all of your efforts can be focussed on a single site, with unified strategy and tactics across devices.

Content is vital in SEO, good quality content which is regularly released improves your search engine ranking page positioning, therefore a further advantage of responsive design is that fewer resources can be wasted in low-level duplication of content across sites, the content need only be applied to a single site, increasing your chances or a higher search engine ranking.

Additionally Google suggests that mobile optimised, responsive sites are featuring prominently in localised search results. This is obviously of huge significance to high street and online retailers, amongst other burgeoning mobile use cases.

Save time and cost on mobile development

A primary benefit of adopting a responsive design is that it takes less time than creating an additional stand-alone mobile site, which has been the traditional approach. Testing across a number of websites also increases your development, support and maintenance overhead. As styles are re-used and optimised by device standardised testing methodologies can also be used.

Save time and cost on site management

Clients will also find it much easier and less time consuming to manage and maintain a single site,  with much less content to manage. Additionally a single administrative interface can easily be optimised, using layout and workflow tools to manage the correct content, or site templates that are being used for different devices. Business logic can be applied such that the overall multi-device experience can be significantly enhanced within a single administration.

Enhance user’s offline browsing experience

Responsive design allows site owners to deliver quality content to audiences across devices, the offline browsing capabilities of HTML5 mean that sites can be easily accessed ‘on the go’. As HTML5 enabled tablets and smart phones proliferate this will become increasingly important.  Email newsletters, and content contained in hybrid HTML5 web applications will increasingly be consumed on the move and in the absence of an internet connection.

For more information on the web design services offered from Calm Digital such as websites and web applications, visit http://www.calmdigital.com/.

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