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Business News

B&Q to close 60 stores

The Northern Echo:

9:28am Tuesday 31st March 2015

HOME improvement chain B&Q is to close as many as 60 stores over the next two years as part of a restructuring of its UK and Ireland business.

Flybe and easyjet launch more flights from North-East

The Northern Echo: More flights are been launched from at Newcastle Airport.

1:43pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

A NEW Flybe service from the North-East to London Stanstead is among the flights set to boost the regional economy, said airport chiefs.

Consett landscaping firm rolls out ambitions growth plan

The Northern Echo: (from left) Sarah Thorpe of investor UK Steel Enterprise with Joe Zazzetta of Sustain Landscapes.

1:51pm Monday 30th March 2015

A LANDSCAPING company, which counts Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United among its clients, is building a new headquarters and expects to recruit 25 staff as part of expansion plans.

Economic upturn boosts taxi firm

The Northern Echo: Mohammed Bashir, founder of Boro Taxis. Picture:Keith Taylor.

6:29pm Monday 30th March 2015

ONE of the largest taxi firms in the North-East, has reported a growth in business with the number of weekly bookings increasing by several thousand.

County Durham consultancy plans to double staff numbers

The Northern Echo: From left: Alice Allum, operations manager, Lisa Bean, managing director, Daniel Jackson, sales and marketing manager at IX7.

3:42pm Monday 30th March 2015

DIGITAL marketing agency, Digitia, has announced a rebrand and plans to double staff numbers this year.

Dock revival firm wins national acclaim

The Northern Echo: (from left) John and Harry Wilson show off their latest award.

6:11am Monday 30th March 2015

A FIRM that has helped to breath new life into docks on the Tees, Tyne and Wear has been recognised with a major industry award.

North East Automotive Alliance launched

The Northern Echo: The industry generates £7bn in sales for the North-East.

9:12am Friday 27th March 2015

A MAJOR new body to promote and support the growth of the region’s £7bn automotive industry officially opens for business today.

Business Secretary opens recycling extension

The Northern Echo: Left to right: Dr Vince Cable MP, Gareth Godwin, Manager Ward Recycling and Ian Swales MP at Ward Recycling. Pic: Keith Taylor.

1:25pm Friday 27th March 2015

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has visited the North-East to officially open a new recycling facility, which includes a £450,000 glass clean-up extension.

Construction firm helps transform Teesside

The Northern Echo: Paul Redman in front of Thirteen Group headquarters.

11:41am Friday 27th March 2015

A CONSTRUCTION company which has helped to transform parts of the region is delivering its sixth major scheme since 2011.

£6.2m boost for Darlington biologics hub

The Northern Echo:

2:15pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A NORTH-EAST centre of excellence has secured a Government cash injection to support the manufacture of new medicines.

Death knell sounds for UK coal mines

The Northern Echo:

2:24pm Thursday 26th March 2015

THE Government will not provide an extra £338m to keep UK Coal's pits at Kellingley in North Yorkshire and Thoresby in Nottinghamshire open for a further three years, ministers have announced.

First steel strike in 30 years looms

The Northern Echo: 17/09/2012 Hartlepool - new machinery at TATA Steel Hartlepool (21697107)

1:02pm Thursday 26th March 2015

STEEL workers are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute with steel giant Tata over pensions.

King George V’s telegram to go on display

The Northern Echo: King George V’s telegram to the Chamber 100 years ago.

12:54pm Thursday 26th March 2015

THE North East Chamber of Commerce is to exhibit pieces of the region’s business history at two public exhibitions as part of its 200th birthday celebrations.

Chelsea moneybags boost Burnopfield furniture and handbag repair firm

The Northern Echo: L to R: Jessica Barron, Jordan Smith and Ben Staerck.

12:42pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A North-East upholstery repair business is recruiting additional staff and expanding its premises to meet strong demand from well-heeled clients in one of London's most exclusive shopping streets.

North-East expertise gives Amec Foster Wheeler an edge

The Northern Echo: John Pearson, group president Northern Europe & CIS, Amec Foster Wheeler: "Many of our oil and gas customers are facing big challenges right now."

12:16pm Thursday 26th March 2015

CONSULTANCY and engineering group Amec Foster Wheeler said the broad range of expertise in its North-East operations would play a key role in helping the recently formed group combat the impact of falling oil prices.

Durham Tees Valley Airport bids for business boost

The Northern Echo: The new aviation development team, from left to right: Declan Maguire, Chris Harcombe and Ton Henshaw.

9:48am Thursday 26th March 2015

BOSSES at Durham Tees Valley Airport said new appointments in its Aviation Development Department will strengthen efforts to move the site back into profit.

North East LEP to appoint interim boss

The Northern Echo: Paul Woolston new chairman of the North-Eastern LEP (8590330)

3:25pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

AN interim chief executive will be appointed within the next month to lead the North East LEP as the recruitment of a permanent appointment continues.

Turbine parts firm starts factory work

The Northern Echo: VISION: Jan Kjærsgaard, Bladt Industries’ chief executive, left, with Ray Taviner, OSB's operations director	Picture: David Wood

6:00am Wednesday 25th March 2015

THE transformation of a mothballed North-East wind turbine parts plant is under way, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Peers savage HS2 high-speed rail scheme

The Northern Echo: The flagship scheme - to link London and Yorkshire - may not be needed to ease overcrowding and will fail to narrow the North-South divide, their highly-critical report has concluded.

5:39am Wednesday 25th March 2015

BILLIONS of pounds earmarked for the HS2 high-speed rail project will be better spent on faster routes across the North, peers suggest today.

Hitachi Aycliffe train factory connects to rail network

The Northern Echo: (From left) Robert Clayton, test manager, Hitachi Rail Europe, and Simon Turner, project manager at Story Contracting, fitting the final pandrol clip to connect the Hitachi train factory at Newton Aycliffe to the rail network.

4:37pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

THE REVIVAL of North-East train building reached a significant milestone today when the Hitachi Rail Europe factory was connected to the national rail network.

The Northern Echo: Nasa Boulby

Pioneering North-East laboratory helps find life on Mars
THE transformation of a mothballed North-East wind turbine parts plant is under way, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Spotlight On

Turbine firm powering ahead on Teesside

The Northern Echo:

12:48pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

A Danish steel contractor is bringing a mothballed factory back to life by creating a hub for the manufacture of wind turbine parts. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill reports.

Winds of change at Cleveland Potash

The Northern Echo: POTASH: A worker stands next to refined potash in a silo store

11:34am Thursday 19th March 2015

THE gusts can blow strong at Boulby.

Talking Business

Changing face of apprentices

The Northern Echo: Changing face of apprentices

6:35am Wednesday 11th March 2015

IF I asked you to draw a picture of an apprentice what would it look like?

Sir John puts Chancellor on the spot

The Northern Echo: (19561044)

6:06am Wednesday 4th March 2015

THANK god for Sir John Hall. As a Sunderland fan who can’t abide the Metrocentre that is a phrase I thought I would never write.


Darlington College apprentice carves out career in cabinet-making

The Northern Echo: (from left) Former Darlington College apprentice Heath Chadwick, 37, now co-director of bespoke furniture makers Mark Asplin Whiteley Limited, of Whitby, with cabinet maker Tom Jenkinson, 25, of Egton in front of a bespoke Zebrano Oak and Walnut cigar cab

7:55am Wednesday 18th March 2015

A BESPOKE furniture maker with links to royalty is urging young people to think about carving out a career in cabinetry.

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.

Did you miss...?

The Northern Echo: Newcastle Airport

Heathrow expansion the ticket for Newcastle Airport's growth
NORTH-EAST airport bosses have backed fresh plans to extend Heathrow and give the region and its businesses a gateway to international markets.

Personal Finance

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,

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.


Will Morrisons get left on the shelf?

The Northern Echo: Samantha Dolby. (1229467)

5:06am Wednesday 18th March 2015

IT has been another tough week for the nation’s high-streets.

Sainsbury's warns of difficult market

The Northern Echo: BATTLE: Sainsbury's says market conditions remain tough

11:30am Tuesday 17th March 2015

SUPERMARKET Sainsbury's has warned of a continuing difficult market after posting a fifth successive quarter of falling sales.


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

Meet the boss who swapped the senior service to financial services

The Northern Echo: ADVICE: Phil Morris, chief executive Gale and Phillipson.

6:02am Monday 16th March 2015

FROM a foray in the armed forces to a successful career in financial services, Phil Morris has never been afraid to tackle a challenge.

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.”


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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