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Gentoo is a people centred business, passionate about making a difference to society.

We are a social business with a vision to improve people’s lives through a range of housing and social investment initiatives. We invest in People, the Planet and Property to make a difference to the way people live their life. This is the driver for everything we do - We call this being an ‘Art of Living’ business.

Nationally, we campaign and influence strategies about safety support and crisis and through our Genie product we aim to help more people into home ownership. We are one of the biggest employers and landlords in Sunderland.

Our Group of companies comprise;

  • Gentoo Living - our social investment, independence and enterprise division
  • Gentoo Green - the Group’s environmental sustainability division
  • Gentoo Homes - a residential property development company
  • Gentoo Genie - a provider and administrator of home purchase plans
  • Gentoo Construction - a design, build, repair and maintenance contractor
  • Romag Limited - the only UK owned provider of solar photovoltaic and specialist glass
  • Astley Limited - a nationwide designer, supplier and installer of external envelope, thermal improvements and facade solutions
  • Gentoo Sunderland - a registered provider of social housing with some 30,000 homes and over 70,000 customers in and around the Sunderland area
  • West of Scotland Housing Association - a registered provider of social housing in and around Central and West of Scotland, managing 3,000 homes

To support and empower our tenants and neighbourhoods we run many health and wellbeing programmes and community events. This is supported by work and learning and financial workshops.

We all have an opportunity to make a huge difference to individuals and the society of which we are all a part. To find out more about us and how you can get involved in some of our initiatives please visit, follow us on Twitter @gentoogroup or join us on Facebook.

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Rivergreen Developments plc

What We Do

Design and build homes
Design, build and manage commercial property
Operate serviced offices
Design and build ICT facilities
Provide consultancy and project management services

What We Believe In

Well designed development
Sustainable development
Ethical business practices
Above all, our people

Where We Do Business

Although north east England is the main geographic focus of our activities, we see ourselves as a European company. We have undertaken projects in London and several European countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland.

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Springboard Sunderland

Springboard Sunderland Trust started in December 1975 as a joint project between Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and Sunderland Borough Council Social Services Department. The original plan was to provide work experience and training for young people interested in a career in care under the Job Creation Programme. Since then Springboard has grown into a large and vibrant organisation with excellent premises, and facilities across the north east in Sunderland, South Tyneside, Peterlee and Hartlepool, where we organize training for people of all age groups and volunteering opportunities through Action Sunderland for 18-24 year olds.

We also own and run Allenheads Lodge Activity Centre in Northumberland, where Springboard learners or members of the public can experience a variety of fun or development activities.

We work closely with local employers to provide work experience and job opportunities for all our learners. At Springboard we create opportunities for people to achieve their educational, employment and personal goals. In 2003 more than 2,300 people worked and volunteered with Springboard in the north east.

Whether you are looking for a job, want to gain experience or a qualification contact the Springboard centre nearest to you.

We are committed to equal opportunities and strive to ensure that no learner or member of staff is discriminated against. We do not treat people unfairly due to their religion, colour, sex, age or regardless of their sexual preference. We expect learners, staff and placement providers to uphold this commitment and avoid discriminating language or behaviour.

Springboard Sunderland Trust is fully committed to the concept of the safe learner, providing and ensuring that its Staff, Visitors, Volunteers and Contractors have a Safe and healthy place in which to work and train.

My Club Betting logo (MCB) is a specialised communication company providing a free betting service to any club, from elite to grassroots level.

MCB provide a one-page betting website, personalised with club logo and colour scheme. The service enables clubs to retrieve a percentage of bookmakers’ profits, which can be used to aid grassroots funding.

MCB has arrangements with a fully licensed bookmaker, Kingmaker Limited, who provide the odds and the bookmaking service.  Supporters will be dealing directly with them, opening an account with them and placing bets with them.

As an added incentive, clubs that sign up a certain amount of members to the MCB service will qualify to receive a selection of kit and equipment, thanks to various deals with kit manufacturers.

The service is digital, so all players must register online with a credit card, thus preventing minors from accessing service. is the Official Betting Partner to the Rugby League World Cup 2013.

Visit for further details, or call 01883 332652.

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Demolition Contractors & Building Reclamation

Nordem demolition contractors and building reclamation was formed five years ago and has been a Limited company for the past three years. We undertake a large variety of demolition contracts, both commercial and industrial, and can offer this service anywhere in the North East and the UK. Whatever the project scope, from total demolition, building reclamation and site clearance to asbestos removal and building reclamation, we can offer the expertise you need.

  • Industrial Demolition Contractors

  • Commercial Demolition Contractors

  • Building Reclamation Contractors

  • Licence Asbestos & Toxic Waste Contractors

  • Bulk Excavation & Site Clearance Services

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Les Potts 4 Wheel Drive Limited

Established in 1997, we have delighted over 4000 customers with our first class service and competitive pricing. Our service and parts facilities are in modern 4,000 sq ft industrial premises, which boast state of the art workshop and diagnostic equipment.

The employees at Les Potts 4 Wheel Drive have over 100 years experience working with Land Rovers from the early series vehicles, right up to Range Rover Sport, Freelander 2 and Puma Engined Defender.

We provide fixed price servicing on all Land Rover models and we guarantee that all work is carried out to the manufacturer s specification using only genuine parts and high quality Castrol lubricants on Land Rover vehicles covered under the manufacturer's warranty.

Our passion is delighting our customers with our service. As well as guaranteeing a first class job on your vehicle, we provide a free collection and delivery service anywhere in the North East. We also have free courtesy cars available to give you the freedom to carry on with your life while your car is being serviced or repaired.

Alternatively, you can take advantage of our 'While you wait' service where you can enjoy a coffee and relax in front of the TV or read our selection of magazines.

Finally, we carry out complimentary check-overs for winter motoring and summer holidays including free MOT pre-tests.

Most importantly of all we have a dedicated and well-trained team, who are the best in the business - and we've earned the national awards to prove it.