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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Making a difference to business

MEMBERS of a regional enterprise network have released figures for the first time on their combined efforts to sustain entrepreneurship and drive start-up activity in the North East.

Make the most of plentiful support

GETTING a business up and running can be a tough challenge but, once a company is established in its marketplace, most want to maximise their potential and continue to develop and grow.

Down-to-earth solutions

MANY of you will be delighted to read that even lawyers haven’t been immune to the ravages of the latest recession but, looking ahead, I think all of us with a vested interest in the North East’s economic performance have reasons to be cheerful.

THIS listed property is perfect for tenants looking for a country home.

The Grade II-listed part-Jacobean home includes a five-bedroom house and adjoining two-bedroom cottage.

THE Government’s promise of ‘no more red tape’ for private landlords has been welcomed by industry experts.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) dubbed it “a promising start to a more positive relationship between coalition ministers and the private rented sector”.

New build has a family focus

FAMILIES looking for a new home with plenty of character may now have the perfect solution.

IT is a rarity to be able to enjoy countryside walks from the end of your street, while also having premier shopping destinations only 15 minutes’ drive away.

But buyers at the Oaklands development, courtesy of Meadowcroft Homes, are sure to be impressed.

Lets with Pets may be just what you’re looking for

IF the thought of clawed carpets and smelly settees put you off ever renting your property to pet owners then a new pet-friendly lettings partnership may make you think again.

THIS Grade II-listed lodge house is in an idyllic yet convenient location.

The property is nine miles from Newcastle, 16 miles from Durham and 14 miles from Newcastle International Airport.

THIS detached property is within private gardens, nestled in the village of Low Westwood, near Hamsterley Mill.

Accommodation includes an entrance hallway, lounge opening to twin sun terraces, second reception room, dining room and kitchen.


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