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Business News

County Durham firm announces redundancies

The Northern Echo: Alan Needle (pictured right, with Simon Goon of Business Durham) has  been replaced as Filtronic chief executive officer with immediate effect.(19753883)

10:03am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A NORTH-EAST broadband technology company has revealed it will make redundancies as part of a cost cutting drive.

North-East coal miner makes multi-million pound investment

12:09pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

NORTH-EAST coal miner Banks has made a multi-million pound investment in its regional operations through the purchase of new trucks.

New North-East hotel opens

10:57am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A NEW 160-room hotel has opened opposite Newcastle Central station.

Manufacturing sector 'creating 5,000 jobs a month'

12:58pm Monday 2nd March 2015

THE UK manufacturing sector is creating 5,000 jobs every month as a strong domestic market fuels its expansion, a report has revealed.

Paul Stewart to help rebuild Sunderland

3:45pm Monday 2nd March 2015

A FIRM leading a £100m city transformation has made a senior appointment to drive forward its plans.

£10m Aycliffe training centre gets approval

The Northern Echo:

9:10am Friday 27th February 2015

A £10m North-East engineering training centre of excellence is on track to open in 2016, after final approval was reached on the location.

Tees Valley manufacturer Nifco beats the Germans to £50m Ford deal

7:00am Friday 27th February 2015

A NORTH-EAST car parts manufacturer, which was on the verge of collapse 10 years ago, will today announce the biggest deal in its history.

North-East workers put in average of £5,000 each unpaid overtime last year

6:08am Friday 27th February 2015

WORKERS in the North-East put in an average of almost £5,000 each in unpaid overtime last year, according to new figures.

UPDATED: 1,000-job expansion will make Dalton Park "destination of choice"

11:15am Thursday 26th February 2015

HUNDREDS of North-East jobs will be created in a £45m retail park expansion.

Traditional values pay-off for Newcastle Building Society

6:05am Thursday 26th February 2015

“I STRONGLY suspect that there will be more scandals in the industry, but they won’t involve us,” said the boss of a North-East lender which is quietly rebuilding the tattered image of financial services.

RBS reports £3.5bn loss

The Northern Echo: RBS facing allegations of 'unscrupulous' treatment of small businesses

9:01am Thursday 26th February 2015

Royal Bank of Scotland posts £3.5bn deficit, as chief executive forgoes £1m bonus

Vote for your North-East hero

6:36am Thursday 26th February 2015

WHO is your North-East hero?

Government must raise manufacturing ambitions

6:00am Thursday 26th February 2015

THE next Government must set higher ambitions to help manufacturers grow and increase the UK’s power in a reformed EU, an organisation has claimed.

250 new jobs at warehouse firm

1:03pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

A WAREHOUSE operator has created hundreds of jobs as it benefits from increased demand.

Leps face shake-up in Labour overhaul

5:59am Wednesday 25th February 2015

REGIONAL growth bodies face overhaul as Labour aims to stop the region being “kidded” by the Coalition Government, a senior minister has claimed.

Register here for a sneak preview inside Hitachi's Aycliffe train factory

6:02am Wednesday 25th February 2015

CONSTRUCTION company Shepherd is offering people from the region the chance to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of rail history in the making.

Engineer hails diversity as new contracts flow

5:59am Wednesday 25th February 2015

A FAMILY engineering firm has hailed its diversity after securing work across a number of sectors.

Minister signs deal that could create 5,000 North-East jobs

3:48pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

A DEAL has been signed to use £330m of taxpayers' cash to kick start major projects and create up to 5,000 jobs across the region.

Late payment rules will boost small firms, say ministers

The Northern Echo:

6:03am Wednesday 25th February 2015

NORTH-EAST firms have welcomed beefed-up laws aimed at tackling the scourge of late payments to suppliers.

Growth bodies 'wasting taxpayers' cash' on lobbying tactics

6:00am Tuesday 24th February 2015

REGIONAL growth bodies are wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash on lobbyists in an attempt to influence decisions, an MP has claimed.

The Northern Echo: Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart to help rebuild Sunderland
A FIRM leading a £100m city transformation has made a senior appointment to drive forward its plans.

Spotlight On

Games company enjoys an epic journey

The Northern Echo: ACTION: A shot from Epic’s forthcoming Fortnite game

10:25am Friday 27th February 2015

GAMERS across the globe have explored the alien world of Sera and fought alongside Marcus Fenix against the marauding Locust Horde, but few would guess the massively successful Gears of War franchise has roots in the North-East.

Truck company drives on to enhance global reputation

5:57pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

“THERE is a little piece of Peterlee in every part of the world.”

Talking Business

Ticket agencies are taking us for a ride

The Northern Echo: George Harrison moaned about spurious charges in The Beatles song Taxman. PA photo:  Apple Corps.Available. (19304647)

6:18am Wednesday 25th February 2015

DJ John Peel memorably described the debut performance by Seventies supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer as a "waste of electricity".

Coals not goals

6:04am Wednesday 18th February 2015

THERE was a time when coal mining was the most important thing in North-East life - even more important than football.


High Force draws from regional talent pool

The Northern Echo: L-R Matthew Hammond, Neil Sim, Tom Horsfield, Bob Redfern (managing director), Emma Whelan and Joe O'Sullivan.

6:58am Wednesday 25th February 2015

A CHEMICALS research specialist has recruited five recent graduates and placement students from universities in the region to support its expansion plans.

Accusations that apprenticeships are losing status

The Northern Echo: Labour's business spokesman Chuka Umunna. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

7:30am Wednesday 11th February 2015

NEW concerns have been raised about the quality of apprenticeships.

Did you miss...?

The Northern Echo: Gary Holmes

£10m Aycliffe training centre gets approval
A £10M engineering centre of excellence is expected to open next year after bosses reached a decision on its location.

Personal Finance

The new plan for getting older

The Northern Echo: SAVINGS: The Government is giving people more freedom and choice over their savings pots

6:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

IN just over a couple of months' time, the Government's retirement revolution will be under way, giving people aged 55 and over much more freedom and choice over their savings pots.

Finding a healthy balance

The Northern Echo: CPP customers are to receive letters reminding them of the company's compensation package

6:00am Wednesday 21st January 2015

AS the new year gets under way, many of us have our fingers crossed we'll be feeling better off financially in 2015, especially as the economy continues to recover.


Deflation threat adds to uncertain mood

The Northern Echo: MARKET FOCUS: Samantha Dolby

5:59am Wednesday 25th February 2015


A Premier League premium

6:00am Wednesday 18th February 2015

DOES the inflated nature of the Premier League extend beyond wages, transfer fees and egos to broadcasting rights?


The Northern Echo: Pictures: Hitachi train factory development

Pictures: Development of the Hitachi train factory at Newton Aycliffe
View pictures charting the development of the Hitachi train factory at Newton Aycliffe from the archaeological dig in 2013 to its present stage.

Latest: Hitachi development updates

Meet The Boss

Golfer Ben pitching in to help family firm

The Northern Echo: GOLFER: Ben Crosby

6:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

“FOR the one that makes it, there are thousands who don’t.”

A lifelong link to water

6:02am Monday 23rd February 2015

IF you were making a film about Claire Sharp’s life then the opening scene would show the heroine as a child standing outside her family home and tossing a pebble that plops into the sea below.


Firms combine to support acquisition

The Northern Echo: L to R: Matt Waters  Craig Malarkey TBI and Doug Bedford, picture Keith Taylor.

6:17am Wednesday 14th January 2015

TILLY Bailey & Irvine solicitors and Evolution business and tax advisors have teamed up to help an ambitious new holding company to complete its second acquisition.

Ward Hadaway strengthens property team

The Northern Echo: NEW RECRUITS: (from left) Joe Phelan and Jonathan Yates have joined the property department at Ward Hadaway.

8:20am Wednesday 10th December 2014

A GROWING revival in the property finance sector has led to law firm Ward Hadaway expanding its specialist property business services team.

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