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March 2017

This morning I enjoyed visiting local cheese supplier and distributor, Tom Walker & sons with the Council’s Chief Executive, Neil Schneider.  Based at Thorpe Leazes Farm in Thorpe Thewles the family business imports cheeses from all over the world and distributes them throughout the UK.  The company was formed by Tom Walker in 1982 but is now run by his sons and daughter.  It was a pleasure to meet them and learn more about the business’ success. 

Local business success is the theme of the week, as tomorrow I’m attending the Teesside Business Awards.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about the achievements of businesses based across Stockton-on-Tees, several of which are on the shortlist for various awards. 

On Friday I’ll be going along to the site in Ingleby Barwick where the new leisure facility for the town is to be built.  A group of children from All Saints Academy and Myton Park Primary School will present the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ken Dixon, with a time capsule.  I’m really interested to hear what the young people have decided to put in it ahead of works starting on the new leisure complex later this year. 

I’ll be spending some quality time with my family this weekend while also keeping up-to-date with the Boro score on Sunday.  Middlesbrough makes the journey to Swansea City on Sunday in search of a much needed three points but with the Swans also battling it out for safety at the bottom of the table its set to be a tough game. 

Back to work on Monday and that afternoon I will have my regular meeting with the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall and the Chief Executive, Neil Schneider before reviewing the items which are due to be considered by the Council’s Cabinet in the coming weeks. 

On Tuesday I’ll have an update briefing with the Council’s Director of Economic Growth and Development Services before travelling to Durham for a meeting with other local authorities across the North East to discuss collaborative procurement opportunities.

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