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The Northern Echo: Business Editor Andy Richardson
Andy Richardson
Business Editor
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Business News

Events firm secures Hitachi deal

The Northern Echo: EVENT: Nickie Gott, of She’s Gott It, with Darren Cumner, Hitachi's Aycliffe plant manager

12:43pm Friday 31st July 2015

AN events company has secured a deal to oversee project management on the official opening of an £82m North-East train building plant.

CBI says economy is on firm footing

The Northern Echo: The strength in Sterling continues to cause headaches for exporters trying to sell inside the Eurozone, the CBI said.

6:01am Friday 31st July 2015

THE rate of economic growth strengthened in the three months to July, with business and professional services the driving force, according to the latest CBI growth indicator.

Offshore firm's training drive

The Northern Echo: PROJECT: Wescott industrial blasters carry out preparation on oil rig

12:05pm Friday 31st July 2015

AN offshore firm is opening a new head office and teaching centre in the region.

Hitachi wins £360m London to Cornwall train deal

The Northern Echo: Hitachi has secured the deal to replace the 40-year-old trains on the First Great Western with faster, more efficient trains.

10:23am Friday 31st July 2015

A TRAIN manufacturer which is creating more than 700 jobs in the North-East has won the £360m contract to make high speed trains to run between London and Cornwall.

Bon Coeur Fine Wines invests in its North Yorkshire heartland

The Northern Echo: Jonathan Craig, Finance Yorkshire (left), with husband and wife team James and Samantha Goodhart outside their company's new premises which are being built at Melsonby. Picture Dean Atkins.

6:13am Friday 31st July 2015

A FUNDING boost from Finance Yorkshire has enabled an independent wine merchant to complete its relocation to new premises.

Pupils learn about apprenticeship greats

The Northern Echo: NECC President Mike Matthews, Zoe Lewis, Middlesbrough College principal and chief executive, and Neil Powell Unity City Academy principal, with pupils.

4:52pm Thursday 30th July 2015

RECENLTY-APPOINTED North East Chamber of Commerce President Mike Matthews is using his new post to raise awareness of something he is passionate about – apprenticeships.

Kromek edges towards first profit as revenues rise

The Northern Echo: FUNDING: Arnab Basu, Kromek chief executive

4:35pm Thursday 30th July 2015

A NORTH-EAST firm that helps fight cancer, terrorism and nuclear pollution has reported rising revenues and plans for an £11m shareholder offering.

UPDATED: Bacon and eggs give Greggs breakfast boost

The Northern Echo:

8:09am Wednesday 29th July 2015

THE British breakfast staples of bacon and eggs have helped a North-East baker increase sales, with buoyant bosses not ruling out expansion into new countries.

Unions warn over Nestlé pension scheme

The Northern Echo: WORRIES: Unions say changes to Nestlé’s UK pension scheme will affect many of the firm's 2,700 staff in York and Newcastle

5:35pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

UNIONS have urged a chocolate bar maker to freeze any changes to a pension scheme, fearing workers could lose thousands of pounds in retirement cash.

Teesdale hotel becomes independent chain's first UK member outside London

The Northern Echo: Teesdale hotel becomes independent chain's first UK member outside London

3:05pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

HEADLAM Hall, near Darlington hopes to attract more visitors from overseas after it became a leading hotel chain's first UK member outside London.

Glaxo targets new HIV and cancer treatments to maintain growth

The Northern Echo: DRUGS: Workers produce vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline's factory in Barnard Castle, County Durham

2:57pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

A DRUGS firm is plotting new cancer and HIV treatments to strengthen its major healthcare divisions.

North-West businesses outnumber North-East 7 to 1 on Cameron trade mission

The Northern Echo: David Cameron holds a news conference with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Istana, the Presidential Palace in Singapore. Pic: Stefan Rousseau/PA.

1:39pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

DAVID Cameron has urged Asian firms to pump money into the North of England, but the government's first overseas trade mission to promote the so-called 'Northern Powerhouse' has been dominated by delegates from Manchester and the North West.

Profits jump at Newcastle Building Society

The Northern Echo: Andrew Haigh, Newcastle Building Society chief executive "believes passionately in the mutual sector".

10:12am Wednesday 29th July 2015

PROFITS at Newcastle Building Society are almost double last year's figure, the lender has reported this morning in its half-year results.

Growth plans for County Durham garden centre

The Northern Echo: (Left to right) Ian Glymond private banking manager at Lloyds Bank Emma Taylor director at LGC Trevor Graham owner of LGC and Stuart Harper regional.

6:51am Wednesday 29th July 2015

TWO garden centre entrepreneurs from County Durham have created 46 jobs and expanded their business.

Cleat firm's joy at Australian contract

The Northern Echo: CONTRACT: Cleat maker Ellis has sent equipment for a power project in Sydney

6:12am Wednesday 29th July 2015

A CABLE cleat maker, founded by an RAF bomber pilot, has reinforced its global reputation with work for an Australian power provider.

Convenience market helps Consett ready meal maker

The Northern Echo: WORK: Staff on a Greencore production line

6:04am Wednesday 29th July 2015

A RISING clamour for convenience foods has helped a North-East supplier increase revenues amid a challenging grocery market.

Civil engineer welcomes first truck in £3.4m deal

The Northern Echo: INVESTMENT: Trevor Simmons, group managing director for Bell Truck and Van, left, with Paul Cockburn, general manager of Owen Pugh and Co, with the first of the fleet of new trucks

6:04am Wednesday 29th July 2015

A CIVIL engineering company has received its first new vehicle as part of a £3.4m deal.

NECC Column: Feeling proud of the region

The Northern Echo: PRIDE: James Ramsbotham, North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive.

6:02am Wednesday 29th July 2015

WE’RE well and truly into the second half of our 200th anniversary year and it’s been both a time of celebration and a time to reflect, writes James Ramsbotham, North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive.

Darlington restaurant appoints Gordon Ramsay-trained head chef

The Northern Echo: L-R Joe Nalder, Hotel Manager, David Garlinge, Head Chef, Jim Conway, Deputy Hotel Manager

2:10pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

A GORDON Ramsay-trained chef has joined the team at a North-East hotel and restaurant.

Nissan and Komatsu sign up for region's first automotive expo

The Northern Echo: EXPO: (l to r) Nissan’s vice president for manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Peter Howe, managing director at Komatsu UK, with Nissan and Komatsu vehicles.

12:41pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

NISSAN, Jaguar Land Rover and Komatsu will headline the region’s first automotive expo.

The Northern Echo: Hitachi

Hitachi wins £360m London to Cornwall train deal
A TRAIN manufacturer which is creating more than 700 jobs in the North-East has won the £360m contract to make high speed trains to run between London and Cornwall.

Spotlight On

Burnopfield medical firm precisely what doctor ordered

The Northern Echo: MEDICATION: Workers in Quantum Pharma's aseptic area

6:04am Wednesday 29th July 2015

ANDREW Scaife takes a pause, stopping himself just in time.

Building a brighter future

The Northern Echo: COMMITTED: Brian Manning, Esh Group chief executive

2:56pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

SPARE a thought for the venue announcer.

Talking Business

Nifco is impossible to ignore

The Northern Echo: CAN'T BEAR TO WATCH: England manager Bobby Robson hangs his head after his team's elimination from the Italia 90 World Cup on penalties to West Germany. Photo Credit should read: Peter Robinson/EMPICS.

6:52am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

THE summer of 1990 is most often recalled for Gazza’s tears, Pearce and Waddle’s missed penalties (or missed ‘pelanty’ in the latter’s case) and Pavarotti’s lung busting turn that for a few months made opera the new rock ‘n roll.

Blue sky thinking

The Northern Echo: FLARE: The Sabic plant on Teesside lights up the night sky (30611912)

4:08pm Monday 6th July 2015

PIE in the sky the sky, or the key to safeguarding and creating thousands of jobs in our region?


Pupils become bio-scientists for the day

The Northern Echo: LEARNING: Carmel's Ryan Gilligan

6:02am Wednesday 29th July 2015

SCHOOL pupils became bio-scientists for a day ahead of the opening of a major new facility for companies in the sector.

Paul goes back to apprentice roots to build company

The Northern Echo: EXCITED: Paul Hammerton is delighted to have been made managing director at Walter Thompson

6:01am Wednesday 29th July 2015

A FORMER apprentice aims to use his experience of building a career to strengthen a construction firm after taking on a senior role.

Did you miss...?

The Northern Echo: Lanchester Garden Centre

Growth plans for County Durham garden centre
TWO garden centre entrepreneurs from County Durham have created 46 jobs and expanded their business.

Personal Finance

Advice on life insurance

The Northern Echo: Robert Little of Bob Little & Co, Chartered Financial Planners, Kirkletham Business Park, Redcar.

5:50am Wednesday 10th June 2015

MANY of our new clients already have life insurance policies in place when they first come to see us and naturally assume their family is covered should the worst happen, writes Robert Little of Bob Little & Co Chartered Financial Planners.

Don't sleepwalk into a pension tax trap

The Northern Echo: Bob Little of Bob Little & Co financial planners based in Prospect House Kirkletham Business Park, Redcar. Pic Doug Moody.

6:26am Wednesday 8th April 2015

THE arrival of the new tax year means millions of people are now able to take advantage of the much heralded pension freedom rules.


Risks of delaying starting your pension savings

The Northern Echo: PENSIONS: Jo Jackson, head of financial planning at Brewin Dolphin, in Newcastle

6:02am Wednesday 29th July 2015

IT’S easy to convince yourself there are better things to do with your money today than planning for say, 30 years’ time.

Unless you're James Bond, buy a Nissan

The Northern Echo: GREECE: Brewin Dolphin's Jeffrey Ball

6:00am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

"I’M sorry, it’s dead.

Meet The Boss

The Northern Echo: David Anderson

Cycle firm boss builds a bespoke business
AS all good rock n rollers know, less can often mean more.


£360m - Hitachi wins London to Cornwall train deal

The Northern Echo:

12:24pm Thursday 30th July 2015

A TRAIN manufacturer which is creating more than 700 jobs in the North-East has won the £360m contract to make high speed trains to run between London and Cornwall from 2018. 

Hitachi impressed by calibre of North-East workers

The Northern Echo:

5:20pm Wednesday 10th June 2015

BOSSES at train company Hitachi Rail Europe have been delighted by the high calibre of local people applying for jobs at their soon-to-open County Durham factory.

Commercial Property

Demand sees rents increase

The Northern Echo:

12:04pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

ACCORDING to one of the area’s leading commercial property agents, increased take up and demand could see rents for smaller industrial units in Teesside top £5psf in the next 12 months.

Sale is a good sign for investment market

The Northern Echo:

3:46pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

BILFINGER GVA, acting on behalf of clients of LaSalle Investment Management, have sold a retail and office investment in Newcastle city centre following high levels of interest.