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WE ARE delighted that Santa is making a welcome return to Castlegate this Christmas! (more…)

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LOCAL Primary School pupils took to the stage at Castlegate over Christmas for mornings of carol singing and festivities. (more…)

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1After clearing out the Castlegate marketing cupboard we unearthed this promotional newspaper which was published almost 20 years ago! (more…)

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CASTLEGATE are proud to launch the ‘Cup of Festive Kindness’ community campaign which aims to benefit older people in the area, who are often isolated and less mobile members of the community. (more…)

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pop-up-page-001We are delighted to launch the Castlegate food bank collecting donations for the Billingham/Stockton Food Bank this Christmas.  (more…)

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STOCKTON INDEPENDENT and national businesses were celebrated last week at the Castlegate Retailer Awards.

We held our first ever Retailer Awards on Thursday 21st July at Stockton Masonic Hall to reward all our hardworking tenants and give them a night to remember.

The stylish ceremony was jam-packed with over 100 guests, as the winners of nine categories took to the stage to accept their awards.

The nine award categories included Best Marketing Initiatives, Shoppers Award, Best Independent Retailer, Best National Retailer, Best Safe Working, Best Retail Merchandiser, Best Food Offer, Best Community Involvement and Overall Retailer of the Year.

Winner of Best Independent Retailer, Lynn Kinnersley of Blue Corn Bakery said: “We were elated to receive this award as we were up against some very stiff competition.

“It is wonderful to have our shop recognised by our industry peers and we are very thankful to everyone who voted – we are proudly displaying our trophy in store and showing it off to all our customers!”

Fiona Boston, Manager of Faking It, who won Best Retail Merchandiser said:

“Everyone is extremely happy with the award and we loved the event, it was a brilliant way to bring all the shops together to celebrate everything that is great about Castlegate.

“It’s also fantastic that the awards give independent stores a chance to shine and compete with the large, national chains.”

Mystery shop certificates were also awarded to those who achieved high scoring and 100%, the winners included The Fish Plaice, Goldcast Computers and Bygone Bakery.

Acting Centre Manager, Tracey Surtees, said: “This was the first Castlegate Retailer Awards and we were delighted to celebrate our amazing retailers and their teams.

“The voting and mystery shops were extremely close across all categories this year which is testament to the high quality of retailers in the centre.

“From the smallest local independent to the largest nationals, everybody works tirelessly each day to deliver the best customer service and shopping experience for visitors at Castlegate – they are all winners in our eyes.”

Winners were as follows:-

Best Marketing Initiatives – The Stottie Company
Shoppers Award – B&M
Best Independent Retailer – Blue Corn Bakery
Best National Retailer– Greggs
Best Safe Working  – Bodycare
Best Retail Merchandiser – Faking It
Best Food Offer – Greggs
Best Community Involvement – Hays Travel
Overall Retailer of the Year – Boots

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SHOPPERS MIGHT have done a double take as rock legends took part in a sponsored abseil down the side of the former Swallow Hotel. 

The Castlegate Management team dressed as Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Prince, Axl Rose and George Michael in aid of Butterwick House Hospice and Great Ormond Street and helped raise more then £600.

Taking the plunge for charity, the team scaled about 70ft down the Swallow Hotel as part of ‘One Great Day’, a UK-wide annual fundraising challenge which involved over 60 shopping centre from across the country.

Dressed in frills, purple velour and bomber jackets, the management team included Centre Manager Tracey ‘Freddie Mercury’ Surtees, Marketing Manager Chantal ‘David Bowie’ Taylor, Office Manager Tracey ‘Axl Rose’ Lashbrook, Soft Services Manager Paul ‘Prince’ Meldrum and Technical Manager Graham ‘George Michael’ Brittle.

A crowd gathered around John Walker Square to watch the team abseil down the side of the Swallow, while a loud speaker system was set-up at the bottom to commentate on the event and play each rock icon’s most popular song as they jumped down.

Chantal Taylor, Marketing Manager, said: “We were sitting in the office one day and needed to come up with a fundraising idea, we just looked out of the window and saw the Swallow Hotel and thought – let’s do it! We got special permission form the landlord to do it who were excited for us to take part in such a daring feat.

“We thought it would be dramatic and look cool, so we got the management team together, decided to dress up as rock icons and take the plunge!”

Graham Brittle, Technical Manager,  added: “It wasn’t too bad, i’ve done it before a few years ago, when I was in the Royal Air Force. We’re collecting money for the charities under One Great Day, so we all decided to get together and jump off the Swallow Hotel, it was great fun.

“We have a close relationship with Butterwick and being able to raise money for the amazing team and all their wonderful work is very heartwarming.”  

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12img_0012AS PART of Ready, Steady, Grow we asked local school children to design us a summer allotment. (more…)

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A STOCKTON shopping centre is backing the future of the town by supporting the BID.

Castlegate Shopping Centre, one of the town’s biggest stakeholders, are enthusiastic about the Business Improvement District (BID) campaign.

Tracey Surtees, Acting Centre Manager, said: “Stockton is a great town, but it could be greater and greatness can only be achieved by working together.

“I’ve lived in the town all my life, shopped in Stockton all my life and have always supported the town and its fantastic range of stores. People are very nostalgic about Stockton but we need to look to the future and in my opinion the BID is really our one chance to make it happen.”

Shops included in the BID process are those retailers with a rateable value of £5000 and over with a levy of 1.5% if the BID is successful. In a shop unit that has a rateable value of £5000 that works out at £75 per year.

For that small investment their voice can be heard on matters ranging from town centre promotions, making the town more accessible and convenient and tackling the town’s perception problems.

“We need to do something and we need to do something together, being apathetic and just talking about problems doesn’t solve anything. Having been a small business owner in my past, I understand there can be a self-preservation mind-set from small independent businesses, but we’ve got to join forces,” added Tracey.

“Here at Castlegate we are looking at the bigger picture and looking at it strategically, if the rest of Stockton do well, we do well.

Voting closes on Thursday 19th May so there’s still time to make your voice heard. For more information visit www.stocktonbid.co.uk.

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Castlegate Amazon LockersSTOCKTON SHOPPERS now have a self-service delivery location enabling them to pick up their parcels when they want thanks to the Amazon lockers based at Castlegate. (more…)

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IN A BID to conquer stroke, residents in Stockton are invited to free blood pressure testing by the Stroke Association and Rotary GBI on 18th April 2015 at Castlegate. (more…)

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THE CUSTOM of giving from customers was truly heartfelt with over £4,000 raised for local charities in the weeks leading up to Christmas at Castlegate. (more…)

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WE BROUGHT festive cheer to local elderly residents at our second annual Community Christmas Event. (more…)

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CASTLEGATE Shopping Centre is celebrating Small Business Saturday this weekend to encourage customers to support their independents with a free gift incentive. (more…)

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A NEW initiative to support the talents of the region’s future fashion designers has been secured for CCAD through the patronage of Castlegate Shopping Centre.

The Stockton-based shopping centre has become a patron of the college committing £10,000 in the form of a donation to sponsor 26 mannequins for the students to exhibit their work and promote CCAD’s final show in 2014.

The 2013 Graduate Fashion exhibition launched in October and will run for around 8-weeks, before being followed by an exhibition from the BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation and Design programme.

Included within the current exhibition is an eclectic mix of individually designed, contemporary men’s, women’s and children’s wear collections that have been exhibited at Graduate Fashion Week in London and are now open to public view on the upper floor gallery of Castlegate’s Spencer Market Hall.

Castlegate Shopping Centre Manager, Karen Eve said: “This is a great project for Castlegate and CCAD to work together.

“It provides the students with an amazing gallery space to showcase their creative skills and at the same time offers our customers the opportunity to enjoy art and design.”

“We are extremely grateful for this opportunity at Castlegate Shopping Centre” adds Vicky Wake, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Fashion Enterprise programme at CCAD.

“The exhibition is an innovative way to provide the students and the College to access premium retail space that is not something we could ever afford to buy.

“It allows CAAD to demonstrate how we endeavor to bring the work our students produce to a local business and the community.”