Friday, 31 July 2009

What is The Industrial Estate Network ?

What is the network?

It’s easy when you’re based on an industrial estate to have little idea of what’s going on around you, to have no conception of the other companies that are your neighbours and who are also likely to be operating in isolation. Do you know if the business next door provides a service that could work for you – or if your product could be used by them? Chances are you don’t which is where the Industrial Estate Network comes in.

Initially being launched to link businesses on Middlesbrough’s Riverside Park, the aim is to create a national network which will have companies based on business estates working together for their mutual benefit.

Connecting companies on the same industrial estate has endless benefits – sharing ideas and services, collaborating with each other and overall creating a strong, business community for everyone’s benefit.

If you have a business based on Riverside Park join us – together we can really connect!

What Are The Benefits?

As part of a unique network, the businesses at Riverside Park can enjoy all the benefits that meeting new contacts can bring.

As part of the Industrial Estate Network you get the following benefits:

  • Your own business page with our website to showcase your product/service.

  • An opportunity to highlight success stories, vacancies etc to other businesses

  • Shared media opportunities to promote the estate as a whole

  • Higher visibility for your business to a local, regional and national audience

  • Increased collaboration leading to increased business opportunities

  • An opportunity to promote your business as a group and on an individual basis

How Do I Join?

It couldn’t be simpler! Visit our website at and sign up. We have a number of reasonably priced packages available which also give you THREE MONTHS FREE membership.

Each package brings its own benefits and are priced to suit businesses regardless of size.
We can already count some of Riverside Parks leading organisations as our members – so make sure you don’t miss out.

And of course if you’re from another estate or another area and want to find out how we can assist you to set up an industrial estate network please get in touch.

Please contact Anna Smith - 07545 382629 or email to find out more.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Francis Fridth - Historic maps of Riverside Park Industrial Estate

Historic maps of Riverside Park Industrial Estate and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Do It By Cycle... The Riverside Route

Riverside loop - taken from Do It By Cycle.

1) Starting at the Transporter Bridge, head West on the off road cycle path along Vulcan street.

2) Turn right onto the cycle track upon reaching Teesasaurus Park.

3) Follow the cycle path West, running parallel to the River Tees. This stretch of cycle way continues for approximately 1-½ miles.

4) Upon reaching Newport Bridge, turn and head back towards Middlesbrough centre following the diversion signs currently in use. In the future, there will be cycle paths installed parallel to the railway track using the newly installed section of path heading towards Riverside park

5) Once at Riverside Park Road, cross over the railway bridge with the spiral decent, and along to Marsh Road. On Marsh Road, take the cycle path on the left, which goes under Metz Bridge. 6) Leave the cycle path, and return back onto Marsh Road, leading to Station Street and then to Zetland Road, which passes Middlesbrough train station.

7) At the traffic lights at the end of Zetland Road, turn right onto Albert Road and head into Middlesbrough Town Centre.

8) Follow Albert Road under the A66 flyover and past Middlesborough Town Hall. Just after the Town Hall, take the cycle route on the left, which goes through Central Square. MIMA is situated in Central Square, along with Central Library, Middlesbrough Crown Courts, and the infamous bottle of notes sculpture.

9) After passing through Central square, turn left on to Bright Street, and cross Marton road using the Toucan Crossing point. Follow Cargo Fleet Road, heading toward France Street Car Park, and use the brightly coloured A66 underpass, back onto Cargo Fleet Road after crossing the railway track.

10) Use the sloped bridge to gain access to Shepherdson way. Once on Shepherdson way, head North towards The Riverside Stadium.

11) Head past the Stadium, and over the bridge towards Scotts Road. Stay on Scotts Road until reaching Middlesbrough College, where you take a right turn onto Vulcan Street. Follow Vulcan Street back to the Transporter Bridge.

Other Middlesbrough Routes available click here

Monday, 29 June 2009

Trademark Search

Find out whether your business name has already been registered as a trade mark on the Intellectual Property Office website.


Taken from PDPorts News Section

BG Freight Line (BG) has launched a twice-weekly service linking Teesport with Antwerp and Rotterdam. BG, part of the Peel Ports Group, has operated a service linking Grangemouth with the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam for eleven years. The service currently employs two 366 teu (twenty foot equivalent unit) sized vessels, making three rotations a week.

BG, using local agents GAC-OBC, has now extended the service to include Teesport.

One rotation sees the first vessel call at Antwerp on Friday, Rotterdam on Saturday and Teesport on Sunday. This vessel then calls Grangemouth on Monday and returns to Antwerp for Wednesday.

The second schedule connecting Rotterdam with Teesport calls at Rotterdam on Thursday, Teesport on Friday returning to Rotterdam for Saturday. This schedule is operated by an additional vessel specifically chartered by BG to support the Teesport service.

David Robinson, PD Ports’ Group CEO, says: “BG is the only feeder company linking Teesport to the Port of Antwerp and we are delighted to welcome them to the Port. This service adds this important extra Port to those destinations already regularly served from Teesport.”

BG accepts all types of container and tank traffic. With the specially fitted vessels in the fleet, BG can offer space for 45ft long 2.55 wide high cube containers as well as any length tank or bulk container.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Twitter Marketing Article - How Nikki Pilkington uses Twitter for Business

Twitter Marketing Article - How Nikki Pilkington uses Twitter for Business

Businesses should use twitter!

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Create a webmail email on your own domain using Google

Create a webmail email account through Google made simple:

  • First of all you must own the domain you would like emails accounts for. If you do not have a domain you will need to purchase one from (our prefered supplier) cost around £6.99.
  • If you go to you can sign up for a Free Google Apps account. Among other things Google Apps allows you to set up multiple email accounts with your domain.
  • To make it work you need to add 5 MX records into your 123-Reg control panel (Click here to view MX settings ) this will point your email to Google.
  • Go to your control panel, manage domain, manage DNS, delete any current MX records. (MX Records look like ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.)
  • You will now be able to use your email account by logging into your Google Apps. (this can take upto 48 hours)w

Please click here for details on how to set up your email account in Outlook and Windows Mail.

If you have any problems please contact me at :

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Fulfilling Role for Middlesbrough Company

Taken From:

A local sandwich company is hoping to see a rise in production after moving to new premises on Riverside Park, Middlesbrough.

On A Roll has moved to a unit more than five times the size of its original space after working with Tees Valley Regeneration to secure a Selective Finance for Investment grant from One NorthEast of £175,000. The grant is provided to support expansion and company growth and will help create over 40 new jobs.

On A Roll, which counts local football clubs, schools, colleges and universities amongst its customer base, is already exceeding initial production forecasts. It is a significant step for the company which only started operating in 2007. On A Roll Managing Director James Stoddart said; "We are running on enthusiasm and momentum at the moment and are very keen to keep that going. The company is still just in its early stages of development and there are many more opportunities out there which we hope to take.

"Only last year we were buying our bread every morning from a local supermarket.. now the shopping list is a little longer but we still take pride in the freshness of our products. Today we source our ingredients from local suppliers; we're doing the same job just on a much bigger scale!"

Richard Hunter, Tees Valley Regeneration Business Investment Manager commented; "On A Roll are very ambitious and the SFI grant has helped to bring their plans to forward. Already they have installed a heat transfer system which uses waste energy from the industrial fridges to boil water then used to sterilise the plant at the end of production - it's an impressive operation to watch."

One NorthEast Director of Business and Industry, Ian Williams said; "On A Roll is a genuine local success story. It's great to see a homegrown Tees Valley company performing so well in the face of the current challenging economic conditions. i am delighted that One NorthEast has been able to support them with grant investment."

Monday, 22 June 2009

Rolling on with recipe for success - Central Middlesbrough - TS1 & TS2

A FAMILY-owned sandwich making business established less than two years ago is set for a major expansion after moving into a new £675k headquarters.

Dare you take on the bridge? - July 19th 2009

DAREDEVILS are needed to don fancy dress and abseil down the Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough.

The event, on Sunday, July 19, from 8.45am-2pm, is in aid of the Butterwick Children's Hospice. Entry is £15. For details call Steph on 01642 628930.

Dare you take on the bridge? - Central Middlesbrough - TS1 & TS2

Friday, 19 June 2009

Check HERE for Riverside New Road Developments

Check here for overview:

New Road Scheme Will Make North Middlesbrough More Accessible

Reference number: 9561
WORK on a major new road scheme to encourage regeneration and improve access off the A66 into the North Middlesbrough area starts on Monday, July 14, 2008.

The North Middlesbrough Accessibility Scheme will provide a new route from the Newport roundabout to and from the Riverside Park industrial estate. The aim is to ease congestion at the Hartington Interchange.

The work will also involve widening the A66 in both directions between the A19 interchange and the Newport interchange to further improve the flow of traffic in and out of Middlesbrough.
The capacity of the Newport roundabout will also be increased by providing an extra lane and increasing the traffic signal control.

The scheme, which was granted final Government funding approval in June 2008, is designed to ensure that the potential of Middlehaven and Riverside Park is fully realised.

The £15.4m scheme is largely funded by the Department for Transport with £2.3m from Middlesbrough Council and other local agencies.

The works have been designed by Halcrow and will be constructed by Balfour Beatty, with White Young Green managing the project on behalf of the council.
A significant advantage of the scheme is that most of the work on the new access road can be done with minimum disruption to the travelling public.

However, in order to widen the existing A66 carriageways, single lane closures and a temporary 30mph speed limit will be necessary. These lane closures will operate tidally to minimise the effect on peak morning traffic into the town or evening traffic leaving the town.

Off-peak works will also be necessary on Newport Roundabout and in addition a temporary closure of the eastbound slip road onto the A66.

Works on the A66 is expected to last for approximately 30 weeks with the scheme completed by Spring 2010.

All businesses adjacent to the works including the Letitia Industrial Estate and Discount DIY will trade as usual.

Contact information
Issued 11/07/08 by Ross Hamilton, Communications Unit, Middlesbrough Council on 01642 729504.

Taken from Middlesbrough Councils website

Middlesbrough regeneration scheme finds contractor

An exciting mixed-use regeneration scheme has been given the green light in the north-east, with a construction firm now committed to delivering phase one of the £4 million works.Hall Construction Services will start work on Middlesbrough's Middlehaven regeneration project, which will look to transform the area around new institution Middlesbrough College – and create jobs in the process.Bridge Street East, Dock Street and the Clock Tower Square will fall within the bounds of renovation efforts, with developers looking to create a public performance space and events square.

When distinctive paving, public art, seating and trees are installed, it is hoped that the project will generate new interest in the area and pave the way for job creation in retail and other sectors.Hall, the chosen construction firm, operates builds building, civil engineering, and earthworks divisions, experiencing a positive growth period on the back of major public projects such as Middlehaven.Business development manager Tim Barrick told the Northern Echo: "We expect to hit that figure again next year at least. We have started the financial year slightly ahead of where we normally are."

Riverside Park - Improvement Grant

RIVERSIDE PARK is recognised as Middlesbrough’s prime industrial estate with a broad mix of office, warehouse and industrial space. Many improvements have been made to the site and even more are on the way!

Over the past six years the area has seen more than £2m of investment - thanks to funding from the Tees Valley Partnership Single Programme, European Regional Development Fund and contributions from Middlesbrough Council and Groundwork South Tees.

Improvements have been made to lighting, signage, landscaping and cycle routes - and there’s been a significant amount of private sector investment across the estate.

Businesses such as Intelect UK Ltd and the Gazette Media Company are just two of the developments in recent years that are regenerating key brownfield sites.

John Thompson for Intelect UK Ltd said: “Over the past few years Middlesbrough Council’s commitment and investment to Riverside Park has enabled the park to thrive.
“With the construction of the new access road from Newport Roundabout this has influenced
Intelect’s decision to commit to a £2.5m development for our office and workshop relocation.”
Other new developments include MF Sealings and Easter Park, which itself is providing new high-quality workspace.

Middlesbrough Council is actively promoting the image of Riverside Park and the environment it offers for local businesses. A Quality Agenda and Design Guide advise companies on getting the best from their building designs and materials.

Work is progressing well on the North Middlesbrough Accessibility Scheme which is putting a new access road into Riverside Park.

The rail bridge beams have been successfully lifted into position during a night time blockade on the rail track. The new roundabout on Riverside Park Road and the widening of the A66 and
Newport Roundabout are almost complete. Work continues on renewing the central reservation safety barriers. The scheme is on course for completion early in 2010. Further information on progress is available on the project website

In a recent development, an extra £500,000 is to be ploughed into making Riverside Park more attractive. The money follows a successful bid to the Working Neighbourhoods Fund, with some of the cash earmarked for the East Middlesbrough Industrial Estate. Groundwork South Tees will be managing the two-year improvement scheme.

Middlesbrough Council has also secured £240,000 cash from the Working Neighbourhood Fund to help businesses on Riverside Park improve the look and security of their premises through Employment Site Improvement Grants.

If your business is interested in taking up the Employment Site Improvement Grant for premises on Riverside Park, call Lisa Rigg, Business Development Officer at Middlesbrough Council on 01642 729544 or e-mail

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Investment Opportunities on Riverside Park

Location profiles - Riverside Park

Situated to the west of Middlesbrough town centre, Riverside Park has become one of the town’s key business locations. As home to approximately 250 companies and employing over 4,000 people, it is now playing a major part in the continual economic development of Middlesbrough.

As well as offering a wide variety of modern multi-purpose business units, Riverside Park’s location makes it ideal for companies working in the transport and logistics industry. AV Dawson takes full advantage of the location to offer its clients a full range of road, rail and sea transport solutions.

Riverside Park has recently been the focus of a major scheme to improve access, security and the environment, enhancing properties across the estate. The work does not end with these improvements, and Middlesbrough Council has further initiatives planned for future development.

Riverside Park is owned by private sector.

In 2001, Middlesbrough Council, with British Business Parks identified that the estate was ripe for renaissance.

Riverside Park had begun life as an Enterprise Zone. This meant that it attracted a wide range of different private sector owners. Not unsurprisingly, this meant there was no ‘joined up’ approach to estate management, investment and promotion. This affected the property market and at one time 40 per cent of the business units were vacant and brownfield sites undeveloped.
A survey (commissioned by Middlesbrough Council) highlighted several key areas for improvement, including: access; the physical environment; the condition of brownfield sites; security and the public’s and business community’s perceptions of the area.

Taken from Middlesbrough Councils Website.

Riverside Park the location for business

Eveining Gazette Article

Riverside Park is growing and is nearing full occupancy to be the second largest employment zone in Middlesbrough.

The reasons that so many companies are selecting Riverside Park as a location are clear. It is close to the town centre, adjacent to the flagship Middlehaven development and has an established infrastructure. Middlesbrough Council is committed to creating the right environment for business through a number of targeted initiatives.

What's been happening?

Improvements to the area have included the introduction of new contemporary lighting, various environmental improvements and the introduction of CCTV within the core area of Riverside Park. These Fund, Sport England, Groundwork improvements are being extended to the boundary with Greater Middlehaven. This has all been made possible with funding from the Tees Valley Partnership Single Programme, European Regional Development South Tees and contributions from Middlesbrough Council, of over £3 million.

Who's involved?

An active business forum have been heavily involved in deciding the new image for the estate which also sees the adoption of the Riverside Park logo. This logo will soon be seen on the entrance banner drums, which will be installed over the coming months.

What's being done about transport?

Access improvements are forthcoming, with a highway improvement scheme of £11 million due to be completed over the next few years, which will include a direct access road to Riverside Park.

On your bike

Middlesbrough's section of the Eight Bridges Cycleway is now complete. Not only is this an excellent alternative route to work, but the cycleway also provides sustainable healthy links to a number of watersports related facilities along this section of the river, that provide opportunities for participation in activities such as sailing, sailboarding, rowing, white water rafting, water skiing etc.

The 17-kilometre route enables cyclists, walkers and people with disabilities to gain access to the River Tees to celebrate the river, with fine views of the historic Transporter and Newport Bridges as well as more modern crossings such as the Tees Barrage.

How much further will the current funding go?

The final stages of the current regeneration projects include the installation of contemporary signage, further environmental improvements and the renaissance of Teessaurus Park. There is also grant funding available for businesses within the Greater Riverside Park area for external improvements.

The future

An action plan for Riverside Park is being prepared to continue to secure financial support to transform the area into one of Middlesbrough's most desirable out-of-town sites.
To date, occupancy has increased by over 25pc and many new developments are in the pipeline. However, there are still a wide variety of units and a mix of development sites available.

* For further information or for business support and advice, please contact Middlesbrough Council on 01642 729007.

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Dinosaur Park - Teesaurus Park

An eight-foot high stegosaurus stands with her baby on the south bank of the river Tees, with the cooling towers of Haverton Hill in the background.
Teessaurus Park was opened in 1979, and at first featured only one T-rex sculpture.
In 1987 the life-size, steel skeletons of dinosaurs including stegosaurus, brontosaurus, brachiasaurus and a mammoth were added.
The sculptures were built by workers on the government Youth and Employment Training Scheme at Amarc Training and Safety.
Sadly the park is a less popular attraction now than it once was, as its condition has deteriorated.
The sculptures are all sprayed with graffitti, and the gardens are overgrown and filled with litter.