What exactly is an InstaMeet and why are we holding one? Good question! In a nutshell, an InstaMeet is where people gather in a pre-determined place, at a set time, to take photos then upload them to Instagram. And the reason we are holding our very first InstaMeet is because it’s English Tourism Week (25th March – 2nd April) and we want to shout out about how much we love Middlesbrough…but everyone already knows we do…so we want you to join in and help us shout even louder!
Are you with us?
First things first, get the boring, factual stuff out of the way. The Love Middlesbrough InstaMeet is on Saturday 1st April, from 10 – 11.30am. We’re meeting at 9.45am at Middlesbrough Train Station (Bridge Street West entrance). And best of all, it’s free! We’ve got 25 places available and we can’t wait for you to join us!
For the very first InstaMeet we’ve selected an area close to every Love Middlesbrough lass and lad’s hearts and everyone’s favourite bridge – Middlehaven. We’ll be walking from Transporter Park to Middlesbrough College via the bridge, Vulcan Street Wall, the Dock Clock and Temenos. We’ll finish up strolling back along (also known as battling the evil wind!) Bridge Street East and towards the station to return you safely home.
DAREDEVILS of Middlesbrough and beyond are getting their fill of adrenaline at the Tees Transporter Bridge.
Working in conjunction with Roxcool and UK Bungee Club, participants with a head for heights have the opportunity to either abseil or bungee jump from the iconic Transporter Bridge.
Love Middlesbrough attended the event on Sunday 7th June to catch a snapshot of the action.
Roxcool are a local and family run firm from Billingham. Formally running since 2009, they have many years’ experience in climbing and mountaineering adventures, hosted throughout the world.
Cliff Lowther is the owner of Roxcool, who is both a Mountaineering Instructor Award holder and since 1992, has been a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. He has been working with the Transporter Bridge for over ten years:
“I first started using the Tees Transporter Bridge as an abseiling venue way back in 1994 for a charity abseil I ran for Sedgefield District Council.
“For me, the Transporter Bridge abseiling venue is one of the best, not only in the North East, but in the country. The easy access via the stairs gives the customers an opportunity to get high very quickly, which for some can be the hardest part of the day, but I think it’s an integral part of the experience.
“The new glass viewing lift will give the opportunity for those with a disability to take part in the future, too.”
Alongside the practical benefits of the bridge as a venue, Cliff praises the atmosphere at the top:
“You cannot be anything but impressed with the feat of engineering it must have taken back in 1911 to build it. The views are spectacular looking north towards Billingham and Hartlepool, east along the River Tees towards the North Sea and the chemical industry, south towards the town of Middlesbrough, Roseberry Topping and the Cleveland Hills and west back up river towards town of Darlington.
It’s not just the views around them that get people captivated – it’s the views down too.
“The walk along the gangway can be scary as the grills are completely see-through and look down to the concrete road 165 feet below. But once at the launch site, it’s just a matter of being attached to the ropes, opening the gate and we have you descending towards the safety of terra firma.”
He shared with us his some of his most unique abseils at the bridge – including a blind man and his ex-police dog, Bella.
“This abseil involved around six months of training at various venues around the North East cumulating at the Transporter. Bella was literally pulling me along the gangway to get to the launch area! You can probably see how chilled she was by her photo.”
Aside from a slight delay from the gusty weather, the day ran smoothly.
Take a look at the gallery below.
For more information about the events ran at the Tees Transporter Bridge, please contact 01642 727265.
Earlier this year, Middlesbrough Business Forum was pleased to present a business brilliance workshop to local businesses. Hosted by Harmonised World, the course aimed to awaken the business mind and help participants to excel in the job they were doing.
Attendees came away speaking highly of the mentoring and guidance they had received from the course leader – “by far the most breathtaking business seminar I have attended”.
The course covered every topic a businessperson needs to know, from marketing and sales to management to financial systems, and more, which particularly pleased one attendee who “couldn’t get enough of the subjects discussed”. Such topics were especially relevant to the self-employed business owners in attendance, and particularly useful as Middlesbrough has one of the highest rates of business start-ups in the country.
Even though attendees came from a variety of sectors across the town, from digital to retail to the charity sector, all were in agreement at just how relevant the training was for each and every one of them – “I wasn’t sure what to expect from this course but was more than pleasantly surprised at how much I learned and how many ‘light bulb’ moments I had”.
It was not just the course content which was commended for opening up new avenues of thought, course leader Haani was seen by attendees as “bursting with energy” and with a “different but effective” way of presenting his vast wealth of knowledge.
For some it was seen as a turning point in their business; for those who had tried to be “all things to all men”, it was a wake up call to reassess what they wanted to, and more importantly could, do. One impressed attendee, who rated the course 10/10 on every point, thanked Harmonised World for their insight and said that in the future they would “pick one product, one focus, and reboot and return to why, and drive that on to success”.
Not only was it an assessment of their business, but also an assessment of themselves. Many attendees wrote, impressed, of how much they had learned about themselves and their own abilities, and how such valuable insights would help them to move forward in their business.
With such excellent feedback, Middlesbrough Business Forum hope to run another event with Harmonised World soon.
Middlesbrough Business Forum received valuable support from event partners Middlesbrough Football Club who hosted the event.