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Business News

North-East electric vehicle firm Sevcon to recruit 20 skilled staff

The Northern Echo: Sevcon president and chief executive officer Matt Boyle said the firm was in the process of recruiting an additional 13 staff to support its latest project, and expects to add a further seven as it builds momentum. All will be based at the firm's Team Val

10:09am Friday 24th April 2015

AN ELECTRIC vehicle firm is recruiting an additional 20 staff at its North-East base after receiving a £400,000 grant to develop a new range of controllers.

Building society moves online - but vows to retain traditions

The Northern Echo: MEETING: Members of Darlington Building Society gather at Middlesbrough Football Club's Riverside Stadium for the mutual's annual general meeting		PICTURE: Keith Taylor

4:30pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

A NORTH-EAST mutual is moving online to help nurture the next generation of savers.

Business leader urges support for Beacon of Light

The Northern Echo:

4:01pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

ONE of the region’s most high-profile business figures has urged companies to back a £15m appeal by Sunderland AFC's charity wing to build a community education centre.

Insurance warning for users of golf buggies and mobility scooters

The Northern Echo: A new EU ruling could have implications for golfers.

2:09pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

INSURANCE experts are warning that an EU court ruling could have implications for users of golf buggies, sit-on mowers and mobility scooters.

North-East offered Heathrow advertising

The Northern Echo: The North-East is the first of six British regions offered free advertising space normally worth £500,000 for adverts that will be seen across Heathrow Airport for six weeks from May 18.

1:31pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

THE North East LEP has issued a final call for businesses to lead a major free advertising campaign to be shown to millions of passengers at Heathrow Airport for six weeks from May 18.

1,000-job potash plans get official approval

The Northern Echo:

6:20pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

PLANS for a £1.5bn fertiliser mine have been approved by a council.

Live updates from Darlington Building Society's AGM at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough FC left red-faced after failing to pay bill

11:57am Thursday 23rd April 2015

IN a first for Darlington Building Society, updates from their AGM will be tweeted live online. 

1,000-job potash plans get harbour boost

The Northern Echo: VISION: An image, provided by Sirius Minerals, showing the area where the proposed quay will be built

6:00am Thursday 23rd April 2015

PLANS for a 1,000-job fertiliser mine have gathered fresh momentum.

Tesco reports record loss of £6.4bn

The Northern Echo: The Tesco Metro store in Durham City Market Place

8:14am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

TESCO has reported a bottom-line loss of £6.4 billion for the last year. Here is a timeline showing the supermarket giant's troubles since the appointment of Philip Clarke as chief executive in 2011.

New chief at Newcastle Building Society

The Northern Echo: Andrew Haigh, will become Newcastle Building Society chief executive  following Jim Willens’ decision to step back from full time executive work after five years at the helm of the Society.

12:55pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

NEWCASTLE Building Society has appointed a new chief executive.

Praise for Peterlee 800-jobs plans

The Northern Echo: BASE: The TRW plant in Peterlee

12:45pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

BUSINESSES have received praise for plans to transform east Durham’s employment landscape.

Only one month until North-East to New York flights take-off

The Northern Echo: The Business First service on United Airlines.

12:26pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

FINAL preparations are underway ahead of the launch of the new transatlantic scheduled service from the North-East, which starts in a month.

Bank steps up bid to create new atomic age

The Northern Echo: ATOMIC AGE: Edward Twiddy, Atom Bank chief operations and innovation officer in the office of the bank in Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS

8:00am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

BOLD plans to open a new online bank in the North-East are at an advanced stage, The Northern Echo can reveal.

North East Local Enterprise Partnership reveals new interim chief executive

The Northern Echo:

2:45pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

A LOCAL enterprise partnership has announced the appointment of an interim chief executive.

Newcastle United sponsor Wonga slumps into red

The Northern Echo: Newcastle centre-half Daryl Janmaat

10:30am Tuesday 21st April 2015

CONTROVERSIAL payday lender Wonga has slumped into the red after revenues fell by almost £100m last year.

Former Vaux director joins Jarrow Brewery

The Northern Echo:

4:48pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

TROUBLED Jarrow Brewery has appointed former Vaux director Frank Nicholson as its new chairman.

Energy consultancy targets more customers as revenues rise

The Northern Echo:

10:26am Tuesday 21st April 2015

AN energy and utilities consultancy firm says it will continue targeting new customers after reporting strong financial results.

Potash firm starts £38m development

The Northern Echo: PROJECT: ICL Fertilizers has started work on its £38m expansion

10:07am Tuesday 21st April 2015

A POTASH firm says it has started work on a £38m development to dominate the global fertiliser market.

Exports help push firms to Queen's Awards joy

The Northern Echo: WARSHIP: The Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier during construction. It was built by Newport News Shipbuilding, which Unison worked with on machinery capable of bending eight inch piping and large-bore tubing

10:06am Tuesday 21st April 2015

NORTH-EAST companies have received Royal acclaim for helping maintain the North-East’s exporting prowess.

Subsea firm's £1.5m expansion plans

The Northern Echo: GROWTH: Scott Macknocher, Ennsub managing director, centre, with company technical director Paul Lavelle, left, and operations director, Gordon Conlon, in front of a launch and recovery system

2:06pm Monday 20th April 2015

A SUBSEA company says it will create jobs and strengthen production after announcing a £1.5m finance deal.

The Northern Echo: Sirius

1,000-job potash plans get official approval
PLANS for a £1.5bn fertiliser mine have been approved by a council.

Spotlight On

Don't panic Captain Mainwaring, but banking is changing forever

The Northern Echo:

6:06am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

AS Durham's Atom Bank prepares to crack open the banking industry, Business Editor Andy Richardson looks at the transformation of financial services.

We ask North-East businesses - EU in or out?

The Northern Echo: Alastair Wilson

6:08am Wednesday 15th April 2015

TONY Blair last week told an audience in County Durham that David Cameron's pledge to hold a referendum on Britain's EU membership would cause economic chaos.

Talking Business

It's all going Wonga

The Northern Echo: Wonga's deal with Newcastle United has drawn widespread criticism.

6:09am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

NEWCASTLE United players and fans could soon have a new name on the front of their football shirts.

Are EU in or out?

The Northern Echo: Photo PA Wire.

6:03am Wednesday 15th April 2015

LAST month, a photographer in China captured on film the extremely endangered ili pika, a tiny, teddy bear-like mammal that has not been spotted in more than two decades.


Three years of building a strong foundation

The Northern Echo: WORK: Sharon Seymour, from NHS County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, shows pupils bandaging and slinging techniques during a previous Foundation for Jobs event

3:29pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

FOUNDATION for Jobs, the youth employment project launched by a partnership including The Northern Echo, has worked with nearly 5,000 young people in its first three years.

Pupils pilot deep sea robots

The Northern Echo: Pupils pilot deep sea robots

5:05pm Thursday 9th April 2015

PRIMARY school engineers designed and tested their own subsea robots as part of a project designed to captivate an interest in science and maths at an early age.

Personal Finance

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.

Decisions you make when you retire affect you and your family for the rest of your life

The Northern Echo: Bob Little, Chartered Financial Planners, Kirkletham Business Park, Redcar - Robert Little (centre) (20362708)

6:38am Wednesday 11th March 2015

NEXT month, April the Government will announce the final rules about how you will be able to access your personal pension from the age of 55 onwards, writes Robert Little of Bob Little, Chartered Financial Planners,


Right stock selection will put you a fairway to success

The Northern Echo: 'THE VALUE OF SPORT': Brewin Dolphin's Gary Welford

6:00am Wednesday 15th April 2015

THE weekend just gone marks the start of my golf season, yes, I am a fair weather golfer, writes Gary Welford, an investment manager at Brewin Dolphin in Newcastle.

First past the poll

The Northern Echo: ELECTION: Samantha Dolby, of Brewin Dolphin

10:00am Wednesday 8th April 2015

AND we’re off.


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

Alan's passion to drive forward mail firm

The Northern Echo: INVESTMENT: Alan Purvis, MetroMail’s managing director

6:00am Monday 13th April 2015

ALAN Purvis has a habit of telling his staff to get on their bikes.

Building the next big beast of North-East business

The Northern Echo: Andrew Richardson, deputy chief executive of Utilitywise.

6:30am Tuesday 7th April 2015

IF you are planning to build a bastion of North-East business success then you might as well model yourself on the best.


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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