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Excel Signs & Exhibitions

Excel Signs & Exhibitions, Birtley

Address: Unit 55, Birtley Business Centre, Birtley, Co. Durham. DH3 1QT

Telephone: 0191 417 1452 / 07903 950 514



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Twitter: @ExcelSignsNE


Established in 2003, Excel Signs & Exhibitions is one of the North’s leading sign, graphic and exhibition manufacturers & installation companies.

Based in Washington and Birtley, Tyne & Wear, we offer both national and international signage services including exhibition stand design, manufacturing and installation by our fully insured teams.

We manufacture all types of bespoke signs & exhibition stands across all sectors including Sport, Retail, Oil and Gas, Property and Transport. As a sign specialist, we can do it all – Halo-effect 3D built-up signs with LED lighting, large format full-colour printing, exhibition graphics, exhibition stand building, vehicle livery including fleets and full body wraps, building wraps using banner tension systems, digital wallpaper and a huge range of Health and Safety products.

Excel sets itself apart from the common sign-maker/printer by offering complete signage services, from initial design consultation to manufacturing and installation. Our sign fitters are fully certified in PASMA, IPAF, CSCS, S.P.A, ROSPA, IRATA and First Aid. Our technical expertise in surveying, concept design and installation will ensure we meet your bespoke requirements and adhere to our stringent quality control systems, providing our customers on-time and on-budget signs that stand the test of time.

Ian Bell Motorcycles

Ian Bell Motorcycles, Bedlington

Address: 62 Rothesay Terrace, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 5PU

Telephone: 01670 822 311



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Twitter: @IanBellYamaha


For over 40 years, award-winning dealership Ian Bell Motorcycles has been a family-run business serving the North East.

Thanks to our customers, we were the first Yamaha dealer to win the CSI award for excellence in customer satisfaction, and we reclaimed the award again in 2013. We are equipped to undertake all insurance work, dyno and engine tuning, race preparation, alarm installation, tyre fitting, MOT and collection services.

Our Bedlington showroom stocks some of the market's top brands including oils from Motul and Yamalube, tyres from Avon, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Michelin and Pirelli, gear from RST, AGV, Arai and Bell, exhausts from Akrapovic, Yoshimura and Remus, as well as many more parts and accessories.

As well as supporting  solo road racing, short circuit and British Sidecar Championship winning bikes and outfits, Bell Racing is actively involved in both two and three-wheeled motorsport. With Isle of Man TT, Southern 100 and British Championship sidecar wins under its belt, Ian Bell Motorcycles is well-equipped to bring its highly-successful racing and track pedigree to flawless road and track bike preparation.

Ian Boldy Superbike Photography

Ian Boldy Superbike Photography, Peterborough

Address: Peterborough, UK

Telephone: 07961 555668



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Twitter: @ianboldy1

Professional freelance photography…

About Ian:

A very talented bike photographer within any paddock, he has covered thousands of motorsport events from the Isle of Man TT to Thundersport GB.

He recently became a veteran when his 22-years of service in the Royal Air Force concluded. During his time in the RAF he completed many tours of duty in areas like the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Sardinia, Northern Island, his most recent being four tours of Afghanistan.

Ian is an accredited photographer with the Thundersport GB Championship where he works with the media team. He also works for numerous race teams and manufacturers within the series.

Catch up with him out and about in the Thundersport GB paddock during the 2017 season.

Malcolm Rathmell Sport

Malcolm Rathmell Sport, Harrogate

Address: Thornton Grove House, Harrogate HG3 3JW

Telephone: 01423 772 885



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Twitter: @MRS_LTD


Malcolm Rathmell Sport is one of the UK's leading off road racing, trials motorcycle, accessories and parts businesses.

Operated through a large dealer network in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the business has built close ties with many of the country's highest-profile distributors. From tools to tyres and boots to bikes, they have access to everything you need in order to get out the door and on two wheels.

With roots in Malcolm Rathmell's trials career, where he won six British Championships between 1971 and 1981, MRS started as importers of Aprilia trials bikes in 1991. They then took on Scorpa from 1994 to 1999 and now are the UK's sole official importer for the Spanish-built trials & enduro motorcycle brand Sherco.

But MRS isn't just about bikes – they offer the complete range of Gaerne Off Road Boots, Airoh Off Road Helmets, Kini clothing, Gibson Tyres, Galfer Brakes, AJP/Braktec, HZ/Neox Goggles, RQF, Clice Clothing, Technomousse, Forcefield Body Armour, Nau Helmets, Domino, Leonelli, and Ipone Oil.

Throughout the years, the business has developed a key team of riders from the lowest level up to the highest, including World Enduro Champion Stefan Merriman, multi British Trials Champion Steve Saunders, five-time British Trials Champion Graham Jarvis and a team of National and British Championship riders in trials and enduro.

The Comet at Hurworth

The Comet at Hurworth is a free house offering some of the finest ales, draught beers, spirits and local country pub fare in the region.

The Comet, Darlington

Address: 16 Tees View, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2DH

Telephone: 01325 722228



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The Comet at Hurworth is a free house offering some of the finest ales, draught beers, spirits and local country pub fare in the region.

Offering friendly service and good quality traditional home-cooked foods, the former coaching house is less than two miles from Croft Circuit, making it a favourite among visiting racers and locals alike.

Lesley Jones has successfully run The Comet for 2 years and with it she brings a sense of fun to the pub with her love of objects which you see upon entering the pub and restaurant.

Having gained previous experience in the hospitality business by working at Crombies restaurant in Darlington for 24 years, Lesley has also completed a chef's course so that she can be hands on with all the locally sourced, good quality food she serves.

The Comet is proud to be featured in the 2016 Good Beer Guide.

The Croft Hotel

The Croft Hotel, Croft-on-Tees

Address: The Croft Hotel, Croft-on-Tees, Darlington, DL2 2ST

Telephone: 01325 720319



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Twitter: @CroftHotel


The Croft Hotel is a grade II listed hotel situated near Darlington offering intimate, luxurious accommodation in close proximity of Darlington.

The Hotel is also perfectly situated to explore Richmondshire and the surrounding areas such as the fabulous golf course at Rockliffe Hall & the Croft Circuit.

Each of The Croft's 24 hotel bedrooms has been furnished to the highest of standards, ensuring an elegant and relaxing stay for the duration of your visit. The Hotel boasts a variety traditionally decorated Executive bedrooms, whilst also offering a choice of contemporary rooms which have a distinctive, stylish decor throughout. Designed for work and leisure, all our bedrooms have flat-screen LCD TV's, broadband access and desk space.

In its historical and homely location, the hotel also plays host to a brand new bar and grill, offering an all day menu showcasing signature modern and traditional dishes, which feature seasonal British produce sourced from select artisan producers and local farmers.

Traditional English breakfast is served daily, while our continental selection includes a variety of cold meats, cheeses, pastries and fruits.

Chris Swinton 2W’s Blind Photography

Chris Swinton 2W's Blind Photography, Stockport

Address: Stockport, UK



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Twitter: @CS2WsBlindPhoto

Freelance motorsports photography…

About Chris:

Chris Swinton is the UK's only blind bike sport photographer, fighting to defy odds and change what people think by taking good pictures.

Sitting there being told 'you can't' and 'you won't' led him to a bush just outside Milntown on the Isle of Man TT course, ready to take his very first pictures. Now, five years later, his images are regularly featured in both online motorcycle media outlets and local newspapers.

Chris will be supporting a handful of riders who will be displaying the Blind Photographer logo on their person or bike in 2019 as he ventures from Three Sisters to Aintree, Darley Moor, Thundersport and more in a quest for the best shots.

One of Chris's main aims is to help others in similar situations, and on his quest he will be supporting sensory loss charity Walthew House in Stockport and The Billy Redmayne Memorial Fund, named after the up-and-coming Manxman who lost his life in an incident at Oliver's Mount in 2016.

A Charity Gallery on Chris's website features a large array of signed BSB and Road Racing prints, which are ready to bid on in support of his nominated causes - check out his website above for more.

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