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British Engines Ltd

Announce results amid continued investment in the Region

North East based engineering firm, British Engines, has announced a 12% increase in turnover for the year ended 3 May 2014. A year which saw the group increasing capital expenditure by 20%, creating over 100 new jobs and spending more than £2.4m on research and development.

The group has six north east based businesses all of whom design and manufacture technology leading products for industries including oil and gas, chemical, marine, construction and agriculture sectors.

British Engines’ results showed a 12% increase in turnover up to £156.3m and a pre-tax profit increase of £4m. This has allowed British Engines to increase the level of investment in the business and therefore in the region.

2014 has seen its Rotary Power business move into a new factory in South Shields, CMP Products expand in to a second factory in Cramlington, Stadium Packing Services increase warehouse space in Swallwell and its head office core services team move to Quorum Business Park. This has made way for significant investment in redeveloping its St. Peter’s site on Newcastle Quayside, where BEL Valves is now the sole occupier. With a further investment expected to be announced later this year.

British Engines also revealed in July that it is increasing the size of its apprenticeship intake by 50% as part of its on-going growth plans.

The engineering group has recruited more than 30 apprentices, to add to its existing 53 apprentices, who will be given the opportunity to undertake the company’s in-house Apprenticeship+ scheme, alongside the more traditional apprenticeship programme.

Alex Lamb, chairman of British Engines, said: “The business was founded more than 90 years ago on the same site BEL Valves occupies today; the North East is, and always will be, our home and for this reason we maintain a commitment to not only growing our businesses, but also investing wisely within the region.

“Our commitment to local employment, and in particular apprentices and graduates, means that we retain and nurture the very best engineering talent here in the region. More than 800 local people have undertaken the British Engines Apprenticeship Scheme. Developing this in-house programme to be one of the best engineering schemes out there is a key part of our strategy.”

British Engines’ continued growth, will also see it open additional offices abroad this year including in South Africa and Brazil.

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Centre for Life: Life Science Centre

What’s On? October – December
The ‘What’s On’ Guide below offers further details about each event for your convenience. As a Q Card Partner the Centre for Life offers Q Card Holders exclusive discount. For more information please click here.

What’s on at Life Science Centre Newcastle, NE1 4EP

(October – December)

What: October Half term
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 25 October 2014 – 2 November 2014
Opening times: Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday & Sat 10am – 6pm Thursday Late night opening 10am – 8pm (last admission 7pm) Sunday 11am – 6pm
Admission prices: Included in the Science Centre admission price: Adult £12.00; Concession: £9.50; Child (aged 2-17) £7.50; under 2s: Free; Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or one adult & 3 children): £29.50
Details: For a frighteningly good half term, visit Life! Create glowing slime in our workshops, catch a star-spangled planetarium show or spook yourself silly with the return of Frankenstein: Escape the Monster on our 4D Ride*! With all of these amazing activities, as well as the opportunity to see BODY WORLDs Vital, there’s surely something to entertain the whole family. *Please note, you must be a minimum of 1.2 metres to ride the 4D Motion Ride.
More info: life.org.uk

What: Move it!
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: Daily from 16 September 2014 – 30 November 2014
Opening times: Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday & Sat 10am – 6pm Thursday Late night opening 10am – 8pm (last admission 7pm) Sunday 11am – 6pm
Admission prices: Included in the Science Centre admission price: Adult £12.00; Concession: £9.50; Child (aged 2-17) £7.50; under 2s: Free; Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or one adult & 3 children): £29.50
Details: A brand new show in our Science Theatre, Move it! explores how your amazing body moves. Discover all the joints, muscles and nerves that make this possible in a fun, interactive environment. This show is suitable for ages 7+.
More info: life.org.uk

What: Night at the Toy Store 4D Motion Ride
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: Daily from 8 November 2014 – 6 January 2015
Opening times: Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday & Sat 10am – 6pm Thursday Late night opening 10am – 8pm (last admission 7pm) Sunday 11am – 6pm
Admission prices: Included in the Science Centre admission price: Adult £12.00; Concession: £9.50; Child (aged 2-17) £7.50; under 2s: Free; Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or one adult & 3 children): £29.50
Details: A brand new show on Life’s 4D Motion Ride*! Experience every twist, turn, high and low as your seat moves in time to the 3D action on screen. You can expect to be blasted with wind, smoke and water, and you’ll even be able to smell the action! Race through a busy toy store after closing time, and see just what the toys get up to when the shoppers have gone home for the night… *Please note, you must be a minimum of 1.2metres to ride the 4D Motion Ride.
More info: life.org.uk

What: Skating@Life
Where: Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: Daily from 8 November – 22 February 2015
Opening times: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Friday & Sat 10am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm.
Admission prices: Skating Only – Adult £8.50; Concession: £7.50; Child (aged 2-17) £6.50; under 2s: £5.50; Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or one adult & 3 children): £24.50. Skating and Science Centre – Adult £12.50; Concession: £10.50; Child (aged 2-17) £9.50; under 2s: £5.50; Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or one adult & 3 children): £32.50
Details: Newcastle’s only outdoor ice rink returns for winter 2014, great fun and great exercise! Come for a spin around the ice and even treat yourself to a festive hot chocolate for a fabulous winter day out. Opening hours subject to change in cases of bad weather or for private parties, Christmas opening hours may vary. We also offer combined Skating and Science Centre packages for a great value day out, please check website for full details.
More info: life.org.uk

A Note on Pricing – Science Centre pricing correct up until 30 November including admission to the exclusive BODY WORLDs Vital exhibition. Pricing may change after the exhibition closes. We advise visitors to check www.life.org.uk for the most recent admission prices.

Events at Life:
What: Lates at Life – Halloween
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 31 October 2014
Opening times: 7.30pm – 11.00pm, pre-booking recommended.
Admission prices: Adults only (18+) – £7.50
Details: For Halloween thrills you can’t beat a visit to BODY WORLDS vital, our exhibition of real human bodies! Enjoy something a little different this Halloween come and explore all that Life Science Centre has to offer – with no kids around! Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine on arrival and groove to the sound of DJ PK!
More info or to book tickets: life.org.uk

What: Pre-School Day
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 18 November 2014
Opening times: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Admission prices: £5.50 per adult. Accompanying children (aged 4 and under) free, max three children per adult. Free for Annual Pass holders.
Details: These special events are led by a friendly Science Explainer and specially designed for young children to enjoy and explore the Science Centre. Every event is different, but could include activities such as Piccolo Music workshops, mini-beast handling and a toddler bubble disco! Access to our Hands-on Young Explorers Zone and special planetarium show, Little Bear is also available during these special days. However, BODY WORLDS Vital is not included in your pre-school ticket.
More info: life.org.uk

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‘Thank you for Cycling’

This month’s Bike Hub

This month’s Bike Hub is a themed day as a BIG Thank You from Sustrans and Quorum for cycling! Sustrans will be on hand as usual but this time they are offering a FREE Bicycle Service courtesy of Dr. Bike!!

Staff were able to register for Bike Service and over 30 cyclists received FREE services.

All staff arriving by work on bike tomorrow were entitled to a FREE breakfast sandwich courtesy of Eat@ if they stop into the Bike Hub on their way to work.

Q Card holders can receive excellent discounts at M Steels cycles, Dr Bike all year round!

Next month’s Bike Hub is centred on the theme of ‘Cycling Safety for the winter months’. So watch this space for more info!

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Great North Run Quorum Entrants

Raising money for Maggie’s Centre and other worthwhile causes

The Bupa Great North Run is the premier event in the Great Run series and firmly established as the world’s greatest half marathon.

Starting in Newcastle, the course takes in the iconic Tyne Bridge, goes through Gateshead passing the famous international athletics stadium and finishes in the coastal town of South Shields. Live music, on-course refreshments and thousands of cheering supporters will keep you motivated every step of the way.

Many world class athletes have taken on the challenge including local international and winner of the very first race, Mike McLeod as well as some of the most famous names in distance running;
Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie. The course record was set in 2011 when Kenyan Martin Mathathi stormed to victory in just 59 minutes and 27 seconds.

The Bupa Great North Run is not only part of the cultural fabric of the North East, but has touched lives across the UK and around the world – last year’s event saw runners from over 40 different countries taking part.

Staff across the park took part in this fantastic challenge helping to raise money for various charities across the North East!

Team Convergys took part in the GNR raising money for Maggie’s Centre at the Freeman hospital their charity partner. They are still raising funds until the end of September to reach their target of £2750.

Sara Parker from Convergys said, “It was great to be a part of such an amazing event, especially as it was the GNR Million. Although both physically and mentally tough at times the atmosphere and enthusiasm was second to none with the crowds cheering and dishing out fruit, biscuits, and ice lollies and keeping runners cool with hosepipes throughout the entire 13.1 miles. It gives a huge sense of pride to those of us from the North East and a sense of satisfaction to those who have chosen to relocate here. All 14 runners from Convergys did a fantastic job putting in their all and most already have their name down for next year. Maggie’s is a fantastic Charity and all 10 runners were extremely proud to be representing and raising funds. Well done to all of the Convergys runners as well as the other runners on the park you all did a fantastic job.”

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Family Funday Round-up

Businesses hosting in-house across the park

After busy summer of activities the Hub decided to do a quick round-up of Family Fundays businesses across the park have been hosting in-house.

Convergys hosted a Summer Festival Event where employees were invited to bring along their families to the annual event held in the grounds of the Gosforth racecourse, a really beautiful setting! Convergys Summer Festival Double Decker bus and the bus picked up guests in Newcastle city centre stopping at FLE and CVG at Quorum before dropping at the racecourse.

Guests arrived and were greeted by members of the Convergys Experience Team and given their Convergys Festival wristbands for entry to the event along with food vouchers for the catering vendors and goodie bags for young children with the option of a candyfloss or popcorn voucher for older children.
The entertainment included:

• Live Music from: Daniel Matthews, Sam Tom-Wright and headline band Mr Funkster
• Inflatable Fun: Bouncy Castle, High Slide and Climbing Wall
• Face Painter
• Ball Pit and Soft Play for toddlers
• Children’s Entertainer who provided Balloon Sculpting and a Magic Show

In addition they had a sweetie vendor and ice-cream van on hand for sweet treats!
Helge took to the stage early on in the day and welcomed employees and their families to the event and introduced the first act Daniel Matthews (CVG employee) who kicked off the live music entertainment. A great day was enjoyed by Convergys employees and their families!

To celebrate NCFE, Reed NCFE and British Engines move to Q6 and really appreciate the fantastic facilities that they now have, NORMAN (NCFE’s social events team) organised a fantastic Family Fun day on June 14. It was held at Q6 itself on the ground floor; using all the great space they have such as the café area, meeting rooms and the outdoor spaces. They wanted to get colleagues to bring their mothers, brothers, children, mothers-in-laws or any family member they wanted to show off our lovely new building and to enjoy themselves.

There was a whole host of great entertainment for adults and children including a giant Pirate ship bouncy castle (which we spotted a few NCFER-ers enjoying a little too much!) and a small bouncy castle for the little ones.

Once everyone had arrived, grabbed a drink and tucked into some sweeties Karl Jefferies started his show which kept children (and a quite a few adults) entertained with his puppets until lunchtime!
The sun then came out as the BBQ started which was catered for by their very own Baxter Storey colleagues. Lindsey (café manager) and her team took on the big grill to feed over 100 people delicious burgers, hotdogs and chicken drumsticks.

Fay’s Painting (face painting) came down too which saw a range of butterfly and Spiderman faces running around enjoying the sunshine. At 2pm the sound of the Ice cream man tempted all the kids from the bouncy castles as they queued up to get their 99’s and ice lollies.

NCFE colleague Claire Appleby entertained children by getting creative making Father’s Day cards and even showed colleagues round our offices in an office tour.
Overall it was a brilliant day and was a great chance to get everyone together and celebrate moving into our new home. A big thanks to NORMaN for getting things organised, John Paget (facilities manager) for helping to make it happen (safely!) and SMT (NCFE’s Senior Management Team) for sticking around at the end to help tidy up!