Persuasion PR - Press Releases

From market trader to gold mine owner

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
David (left), with Curtis (centre) and Jake (right) at the mine

  A former North West market trader with a keen eye for a deal is buying a gold mine in Africa.   David Webster, who began his working life at the age of 14 on the family’s household goods stall at Toxteth sand Great Homer Street Markets in Liverpool, honed his business skills in the cut and thrust arena of buying and selling the bare necessities of life.   Using the experience to develop his entrepreneurial skills he created, over a quarter of a century,

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Transforming Teesside’s housing options

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Taking a socially distanced tour of the Kirkleatham Green site are: L/R Jason Berry, Graeme Reay, Land Director with Sigma Capital; Sean Egan and Dave Brown, Construction Director with Vistry Partnerships North East.

    The first homes on the only North East new build housing development specifically designed to offer properties of all tenures are nearing completion.   Vistry Partnerships North East’s £55 million Kirkleatham scheme, on the edge of Redcar will eventually provide 375 properties - 187 for private sale, 80 for private rent and 108 for shared ownership and affordable rent.   Having

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Art set to enhance city’s open spaces.

Friday, September 25, 2020
Steve Birch (left), Development Manager at Sheffield Housing Company and Andrew Skelton, Public Art Officer with Sheffield City Council.

  An innovative arts programme is set to make its mark in Sheffield, encouraging people to enjoy the superb outdoor spaces the city offers.   Funded by Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) – a joint venture between Sheffield City Council, private developer Keepmoat Homes and Great Places Housing – the initiative will help transform green open space adjacent to SHC’s Cutler’s View, Bluestones and East Hill Gardens housing developments in the Norfolk Park area.   Andrew Skelton, Public

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A bit of dirt never hurt!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
(L-R) Geoff Scott, Social and Economic Impact Manager with Keepmoat Homes and Collierley Nursery & Primary School pupils Jessica, Kodie, Noah and Judah.

  With children slowly returning to education, a North East developer is helping one County Durham school get back to nature.   Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC) - a partnership between Durham County Council and Keepmoat Homes – normally builds new homes but instead has constructed a composting patch and bug hotel at Collierley Nursery and Primary School in Dipton.   The feature will complement the school’s outdoor play area - also donated

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The butterfly effect!

Friday, September 18, 2020
Pictured on the Ayton Park development site, where a detailed search earlier revealed evidence of the threatened Dingy Skipper butterfly are (l/r); Mike Perkins, Cllr. Kevin Johnston and Andrew Rennie.

  A leading North East regeneration and housing specialist is investing in schemes to help a threatened butterfly spread its wings and to create ecological attractions for local communities.   Vistry Partnerships North East has provided nearly £60,000 to protect the Dingy Skipper butterfly, which is in severe decline and to enhance the natural woodland adjacent to a new Washington development.   As part of a

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Stephen’s will to help COVID-19 health workers

Monday, August 24, 2020
313 Financial’s Stephen Dixon

  A financial services business in County Durham has already saved NHS and pharmacy workers a combined £50,000 in fees by offering a will writing service free of charge.   And with the offer to be widened to all North East based emergency services personnel, that have been working through the Covid-19 crisis, 313 Financial’s Stephen Dixon, is hoping to help even more people take care of something that often slips down the priority list.   He says: “When the pandemic first hit I think it brought into focus how events can

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New housing scheme to deliver £300k community boost

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Pictured at Sunderland's new housing project at Ayton Park are (L/R), Sean Egan, Managing Director Vistry Partnerships North East; Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chris Jamieson, Vistry Site Manager.

  A North East housing project is set to deliver thousands of pounds for community initiatives as part of a planning agreement between the council and developer.   A residential scheme being led by regeneration and housing specialist Vistry Partnerships North East, on the former grounds of Ayton School in Washington, will provide more than £300,000 towards educational, environmental and leisure initiatives in

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Storyteller sits comfortably at Northumbrian school

Thursday, August 6, 2020
A group of children from Belsay School enjoy a story in their social bubble with Reception Class Teacher Demi Houghton (seated in chair) and Countylife Homes’ Charlotte Woodcock.

A school visit to a new development in Northumberland generated a ‘moving story’ for a very special chair.   Children from Belsay School visited Countylife Homes’ Belsay Bridge development last year, to learn about how homes are constructed and while touring the show home, one particular item of furniture caught the eye of teacher and pupils alike.   “There was this lovely big armchair and we all thought

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Wetland project would ease flood risk

Monday, August 3, 2020
This SuDS scheme at the Manor shows how new drainage projects can also enhance quality open spaces.

An innovative water management scheme, designed to ease pressure on Sheffield’s sewer system, is being proposed as part of plans to build 148 new homes in the city.   The sustainable urban drainage system – or SuDS – would reduce the flow of water in Kirkbridge Dyke, in Manor Fields Park, when there is increased flow due to heavy rain.   A permanent shallow pond and new wildlife habitat would be created within the park. Normally this would hold

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Fire Service answers developer’s safety call

Thursday, July 30, 2020
Andrew Rennie (right) alongside Assistant Chief Fire Officer, John Baines.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service answered the call from a North East regeneration and development specialist to strike a deal which has improved both site and fire safety.   By agreeing a licence for nearly 1.4 acres of unused land, adjacent to Tynemouth Community Fire Station, Vistry Partnerships North East was able to create a much improved access to a development adjacent to Stanton Road.   Rather than construction traffic using this road to reach the site, it will instead use Preston North Road

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