Ahead of Small Business Saturday this weekend we've pulled together our top five Christmas gift ideas from some of Middlesbrough's independent businesses. Small Business Saturday takes place each year and promotes the importance of shopping locally.
A helping hand grants scheme has opened for businesses who have not been forced to close but have been severely affected by recent restrictions. It covers hospitality, leisure, hotel, bed and breakfast, and nursery businesses impacted by Local Covid-19 Alert Level restrictions.
A wonderful ‘Winter Windowland' is set to blaze a trail of light and hope across Teesside in the run-up to the festive season. The colourful initiative is a local drive to spread yuletide cheer and community spirit following a year of upheaval and uncertainty.
Local charities have teamed up with Middlesbrough Council this winter to make sure older people receive the help they need. The new Warm and Well Winter Support Project will provide essential supplies to older people to help them stay warm, active and busy over the festive period.
More trees are urgently needed in a key part of Middlesbrough according to local Councillors. Ward members in Park End & Beckfield say new trees are urgently needed in the Netherfields area to replace those lost over the years to development, vandalism and neglect.
As part of efforts to improve the care of children in residential placements, the Council commissioned a managed team, Innovate, to focus on their needs and find them permanent homes. From July onwards, the progress of the project is estimated to have saved £385,000.
Every winter millions of people across the UK struggle to stay warm and healthy at home. Rising energy costs, low incomes and energy inefficient homes leave them unable to afford even basic household essentials like energy, food and heating.
Today, Bupa Foundation and Middlesbrough Reads announce a donation of 135 paperback copies of Bloomsbury Publishing's The Book of Hopes to 45 primary schools in Middlesbrough, providing an essential boost of hope to children during the second national lockdown.