Entrepreneur Andy Preston says magazines like Tees Business and Tees Life are helping to celebrate everything that’s great about Teesside.
The high-profile businessman and charity leader – pictured above (right) with Cafe Lilli owner Roberto Pittalis – was the guest speaker at a networking event to celebrate the fourth issue of Tees Life, Teesside’s lifestyle magazine, which is produced by Resolution Media and Publishing.
The event, held at Italian restaurant Al Forno in Middlesbrough this week, was attended by nearly 40 people, including those from more than 20 Teesside businesses.
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They got to see the first printed copies of Tees Life, which is now being circulated across Teesside, and can also be read online by clicking here.
Referring to a recent visit to Newcastle as he began his speech, Middlesbrough-born Mr Preston – also the creator of the charity restaurant Fork in the Road – said: “Newcastle is booming. It’s becoming more vibrant, more successful and more exciting every time I visit.
“It’s going from strength to strength, and places like Middlesbrough are miles behind in my view, but things are changing. Things are improving here and I think we’re slowly starting to catch up. But there’s a lot of work to do.
“As I look around the room today, I’m reminded of the talent we have here. I see creative people, clever people who create jobs and futures and prosperity.
“Sometimes we think the council or politicians aren’t doing enough, and sometimes we think the press give us a bad reputation, but we have to forget all of that.
“We’ve got to focus on what we do, which is working really hard, creating jobs and prosperity and helping places like Middlesbrough and Stockton catch up to Newcastle, because it can be done.
“But the power to make that happen is in the hands of businesspeople, the entrepreneurs, the restaurateurs… working hard and being really ambitious. So when I see Tees Life, to me that sums it up.
“Like its sister publication Tees Business, it is bringing people together and celebrating everything that’s great about our area.”
Businesses represented at Monday’s event at Al Forno included Mandale Group, MV Print, Lexonik, Guido’s, MBHR, The Build Directory, Eighty8 Design, KINSHIP, Chadwicks Inn Maltby, Cafe Lilli, Sara Jacobs Agency, Applied Integration, Doug Moody Photography, Vintage Chartered Financial Planners, Wynyard Park, Hardwick Hall Hotel, CP Waites, Brewin Dolphin, TGI and the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
Boro legends Alan Peacock, Jim Platt and Tony McAndrew, from the Middlesbrough Former Players Association, were also special guests.
Tees Life is printed quarterly, with 7,000+ copies going to restaurants, hotels and high-end businesses and homes across Teesside including Wynyard, Eaglescliffe, Yarm, Ingleby Barwick, Wolviston, Hartburn, Nunthorpe, Linthorpe, Marton, Stokesley and Guisborough.
Promotional space is available from just £145 per issue or £60 per month – email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about getting involved in future issues.