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After six months and a £500k refurbishment and redevelopment programme this week the magnificent Georgian House – Doxford Hall opened its doors to the public for the very first time. The original John Dobson House is now part of the main hotel, providing a new reception, additional meeting rooms and six luxurious new bedrooms. With the opening of these new facilities Doxford Hall now has increased capacity to attract new leisure and business markets.
Entering through the Hall’s stone portico the magnificent period features on display include corniced ceilings, ornate fireplaces, stained glass windows and impressive sweeping staircase. Guests can now enjoy morning coffee, afternoon tea or a quiet drink around the fire in the former Drawing Room or Library. Seating up to twenty, the oak panelled Dining Room with its magnificent highly polished dining table will now be used for private dinners, lunches and weddings, conferences and board meetings.
There are six new bedrooms and bathrooms, which have all been brought back to their former glory, they are truly luxurious, totally individual and have state of the art services and sounds. These new additions complete and enhance the hotel’s existing facilities and without a doubt Doxford Hall, Hotel, and Spa is set to become one of the most sought after venues for business and leisure in the North East.
Commenting earlier today, General Manager David Hunter who has been overseeing this programme of development said:
“The original eighteenth century features have been carefully combined with twenty first century facilities and we are all delighted with the finished results. We now have additional public areas, where our guests can meet and relax, and much needed additional meeting and private dining rooms. Our aim is to target a range of specialist conference and leisure markets from both within and outwith the area. “
Since opening two years ago Doxford Hall Hotel has become the foremost country house hotel in North Northumberland. Located less than ten miles north of Alnwick, its facilities now include 31 bedrooms. The luxury Spa, Swimming Pool and Health Club are open to residents and non-residents a range of memerships.
The hotel is open for food and drink throughout the day, including for light lunches, suppers and dinners. Head Chef Paul Blakey is passionate about using local produce in both the AA Rosette , George Runciman Restaurant and the banqueting areas. The hotel has one of the largest private banqueting rooms in Northumberland, this The Kennedy Suite seat up to 350 people for weddings, conferences and private events.
Anyone interested in receiving further information about Doxford Hall should contact: David Hunter, General Manager on Tel. 01665 589700 or visit www.doxfordhall.com .
A group of 15 budding young entrepreneurs from Longridge Towers School near Berwick are hoping to prove they have what it takes to make it in the world of business. Next month, their candle company CC & Co, will attend a Trade Fair at the Metro Centre as part of the HSBC Young Enterprise Innovation Awards. Lead by Managing Director Blair Hutchison from Kelso they are hoping to impress the judges with their business acumen and win through to the regional finals.
Longridge Towers School is keen to encourage students to develop their business skills and they regularly take part in the competition which is designed to give secondary pupils a taste of how it feels to work in a business. Having conducted research at a school Open Morning, they hit of the idea of making candles in attractive china tea cups.They have been running the business since September Financial Director Ryan Thomas The Business is delighted that they are already in profit. Their aim is to make £250 by the end of the academic year.
Blair explains: “Young Enterprise has been very enjoyable and a great learning experience, we have had to work as a team and outside our comfort zone. One set back was the cancellation of the Christmas Fayre due to bad weather leaving us with lots of stock and nowhere to sell it. We decided to run a stall at the nativity plays and Christmas carol service and were able to make money at these events instead.”
The scheme closely reflects the A Level business and economics course that is run at the school and is overseen by Business and Economics Teacher Mrs Notman and their business mentor Mr Richard Simpson. The trade fair will take place on February 6th at the Metro Centre in Newcastle and teams that perform well are then invited to take part in the regional finals.
Mrs Notman explains, “This group of pupils has worked extremely hard looking at all aspects of their business from marketing and branding to financial control. The fact that they are already in profit is a great testament to how well they have worked as a team to run their company and we wish them every success at the trade show.”
Longridge Towers School is the only independent school in Northumberland and The Scottish Borders offering education for boys and girls aged between 4- 18 years. Set within its own magnificent grounds, it is also the only school in these areas to offer weekly and term boarding. Longridge is, for the second year running, placed top of the league tables for GCSE results in Northumberland.
- Supported 1,526 trainees
- Delivered 6,930 training days
- Commissioned 13 new projects
- Paid out £508,000 to support this training.
- Establishing Monitor Farms in Northumberland and County Durham to act as examples of best practice farming and provide training and advice on livestock and crop management
- A Working Week in the Forest which gave people a taste of what working in the forestry industry would be like from tree felling to the manufacturing of end-products
- Introducing an IT training programme for farmers in the Durham Dales in partnership with UTASS. The scheme will allow farmers to complete required paperwork on line and communicate more effectively with their customers
- * Providing training for working farms who have diversified into tourism. In partnership with Farm Stay UK, participants will learn to add value to their businesses from improving their websites and offering on-line booking to enhancing their customer care and house keeping.
- The Rural Development Programme is jointly funded by the EU, through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, and the Government. In England, the programme will also make use of Voluntary Modulation. The RDPE 2007-2013 has a budget of £3.9 billion. This is more than double the budget available for the previous programme which ran from 2000-2006. £3.3 billion of the total budget will be allocated to agri-environment and other land management schemes. This funding will help farmers to manage the land more sustainably and deliver important outcomes on biodiversity, landscape and access, water quality and climate change. Some £600 million will be made available to make agriculture and forestry more competitive and sustainable and to enhance opportunities in rural areas.
- LandSkills North East, managed by Lantra Sector Skills Council on behalf of the Regional Development Agency, One North East, is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) which is funded by Defra and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
- Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based industries, is licensed by the UK government to drive forward the new skills, training and business development agenda for the sector.
- Lantra represents 17 industries and 1.5 million workers and volunteers in agricultural crops, agricultural livestock, animal care, animal technology, aquaculture, environmental conservation, equine, farriery, fencing, fisheries management, floristry, game and wildlife management, land-based engineering, landscaping, production horticulture, trees and timber and veterinary nursing. For more information see www.lantra.co.uk
Undaunted by the might of the X-Factor, in a race for the Christmas number one, Northumberland’s Doddington Dairy is urging people to moo-ve with the times and download their brand new single “In the Dairy”. Produced by their very own pop svengali Simon Cow, the single and accompanying video is launched today Friday 10th December on YouTube and is also available to download from www.doddingtonicecream.co.uk. All proceeds from the downloads will go to Cancer Research.
After being dominated by the X-factor, last year’s Facebook campaign opened up the Christmas chart with Rage Against the Machine getting to the number one spot. This year Doddington Dairy has high hopes of galvanizing the public and getting to Number One and highlighting rural businesses and the contribution they make to the economy.
Equally well known for its fun approach to business as for the quality of its ice-cream, Doddington Dairy producers of the internationally renowned Newcastle Brown Ale Ice Cream is always looking for new promotional ideas as Director Jackie Maxwell explains:
“We are always looking for new and innovative ideas and we thought that this was a total representation of our farming business and what we stand for. In addition we will hopefully raise a significant amount of money for a cause which is so very close to our hearts.”
The song, is a totally original composition, is the result of a long-term partnership with Rothbury based design agency Lazy Grace. Art Director, Mark Stenton, wrote the music and lyrics to the song with the whole Lazy Grace team contributing to the chorus.
Mark explains, “Doddington Dairy is certainly something to make a song and dance about so we were happy to help them out with their aim to take on the X factor and be this year’s Christmas number one. A catchy tune that captures the public imagination is one of the best ways to promote a business long term and we have had great fun working with them on this project.“
All the proceeds from the single will go to Cancer Research UK. Area Volunteer Manager, Joanne Evans, said: “I am constantly amazed at the creativity and enthusiasm of Cancer Research UK supporters and Doddington’s Dairy “In The Dairy” has truly blown us away with this innovative approach to fundraising. The moment you see the video it puts a smile on your face. It represents the human spirit and embodies what we do every day at Cancer Research UK. I hope people now embrace and download the song which will bring joy whilst raising much needed money for research into cancer. Simon Cow gets three yeses from me.”
In the Dairy is available to download from the website www.doddingtondairy.co.uk where each download costs, £1. All proceeds go to Cancer Research