Mieka Smiles

Mieka Smiles

Mieka Smiles is a reporter specialising in family features and fashion. She has been with us since 2007.

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Personal branding and where you fit in

JUST as a business has a brand and a set of values, so do you as an individual.

Positive results from selective distribution

OVER the last five years, the volume of leaflets dropping through UK letterboxes has fallen by 11%.

teaser Lotus Lounge

Review: Lotus Lounge, Yarm High Street, Yarm

SOME new restaurants have a real buzz about them. We’d heard so many reports about the Lotus Lounge in Yarm, Teesside, we were really looking forward to visiting ourselves.

Inside the Barbour Academy

Barbour academy tailoring to needs of jobless

IT was reported only last week that the young are being hit hardest as jobless rates soar.

NHS staff get fit in the water tank at the Tyne United Rowing Club

Dipping an oar into a new way of keeping fit

BRITAIN’S rowing success at this year’s Olympics has helped to promote the sport to a whole new audience ...

Author Freya North

Interview: Best-selling author Freya North

LIFE as a Teessider can be hard. Working in Newcastle I’m repeatedly ribbed about being a ‘smog monster’ and the like.

Santoro Wine Bar & Restaurant, 56 High Street, Yarm

Review: Santoro Wine Bar & Restaurant, 56 High Street, Yarm

ON a cold and drizzly night the light coming from a cosy bistro looks all the more inviting.

Maintaining investments in a low-income environment

INTEREST rates are at all-time lows and economic stimulus via the use of quantitative easing has led to exceptionally low gilt and quality bond yields, making life for savers and investors seeking an income particularly difficult.

Putting skills building blocks in place

ONE of the North East’s leading civil engineering firms is playing its role in filling the region’s skills gap.

Ian Bergin, head of menswear at Barbour

Interview: Ian Bergin, head of menswear at Barbour

AN OLD Barbour jacket has the pattern of your life in it,” says Ian Bergin.

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