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

Hopes for Tees iron and steelmaking snuffed out

The Northern Echo: SSI on Teesside failed to repay loans worth £80m in June and was given a short-term stay of execution by lenders.

5:49am Tuesday 13th October 2015

SURVIVAL hopes for Teesside steelworks were yesterday snuffed out by the decision to close down Redcar coke ovens and blast furnace.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid 'stood back and let Teesside steelmaking die'

The Northern Echo: END: The South Bank Coke Ovens, which were mothballed after SSI UK's collapse. The Redcar Coke Ovens will also now close after no buyer came forward for the site	Picture: TOM BANKS

7:43pm Monday 12th October 2015

SAJID Javid stood back and let Teesside iron and steelmaking die, an angry MP last night claimed.

Redcar coke ovens and blast furnace close after no offers received for steelmaking site

The Northern Echo:

3:47pm Monday 12th October 2015

REDCAR'S coke ovens and former SSI UK blast furnace are to close.

Consett flooring store seeks apprentices

The Northern Echo: Mick Copeland, business development manager at Frank’s the Flooring Store.

2:59pm Monday 12th October 2015

FRANK'S the Flooring Store is searching for two apprentices as it approaches the opening of its new County Durham store.

Offshore firm DeepOcean UK secures Australian work

The Northern Echo: OFFSHORE: DeepOcean's Volantis vessel, pictured during a previous project

2:19pm Monday 12th October 2015

A SUBSEA firm operating out of the North-East has been awarded Australian work.

Hitachi contract helps Aycliffe's Finley Structures increase turnover

The Northern Echo: CONTRACTS: Welders at work on steel at Finley Structures' base, in Newton Aycliffe

1:43pm Monday 12th October 2015

A FAMILY-RUN company firm has hailed a record year for its steel construction division.

Own a car? Yodel to create hundreds of delivery jobs over Christmas period

The Northern Echo: JOBS: Yodel wants more staff for the Christmas period, including drivers, like Ritchie Dresser. Earlier this year, Mr Dresser was given a holiday to Mexico in reward for 42 years of service, which has included 20 years at Yodel's Gateshead service centre

12:46pm Monday 12th October 2015

PARCEL delivery firm Yodel is creating more than 350 North-East Christmas jobs.

Drugs firm Quantum Pharma secures German deal

The Northern Echo: WORK: Quantum Pharma focuses on specialist medicines

12:25pm Monday 12th October 2015

A MEDICAL firm specialising in custom prescriptions has signed a £1m deal to expand its European presence.

‘Our careers could be over’, warns former SSI UK apprentice

The Northern Echo: WILDERNESS: SSI apprentice Zach Phoenix says the firm’s liquidation could leave its former youngsters careers in ruins	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:00am Friday 9th October 2015

FORMER apprentices at collapsed steelmaker SSI could see their careers end before they start, a youngster has warned.

Ex-SSI staff find jobs at £250m Teesside energy factory

The Northern Echo: PROJECT: Construction work continues on Sita Sembcorp UK’s waste-to-energy plant, in Wilton, near Redcar

12:00pm Friday 9th October 2015

FORMER staff at the failed SSI steelworks have new jobs after joining a £250m energy development.

Jobs go as Ensus refinery remains dormant

The Northern Echo: PAUSED: The Ensus refinery, at Wilton, near Redcar

6:00am Friday 9th October 2015

WORKERS have lost their jobs at a mothballed £250m refinery, with bosses admitting they don’t know when the plant will restart production.

Darlington property firm expands with new contract

The Northern Echo: EXPANSION: BCS Preservation's accounts and office manager Michelle Davidson, with director and surveyor Aaron Davidson

6:00am Friday 9th October 2015

A PROPERTY preservation company continues to expand after securing a £200,000 local authority contract.

Sedgefield's Kromek set for US anti-terrorism deal

The Northern Echo: GLOBAL: Kromek is helping to support the fight against terror threats. Pictured are US Homeland Security police standing guard outside the federal courthouse, in Boston, at the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

12:34pm Thursday 8th October 2015

A COUNTY Durham scanner firm has moved closer to thwarting the activities of terrorists in the US.

Variety helps Teesside plastics firm dodge oil and gas woes

The Northern Echo: BANNED: Two banned from airline for 12 months after Cyprus flight disruption

12:34pm Thursday 8th October 2015

A PLASTICS firm spawned from an ICI management buyout says its versatility has helped shrug off the impact of the stuttering oil and gas sector.

Redcar Coke Ovens will burn until weekend - but future remains unclear

The Northern Echo: DECISION: The official receiver at Redcar's steelworks has bought more coal for its coke ovens - but has yet to confirm if they will continue burning after the weekend		Picture: TOM BANKS

6:17pm Wednesday 7th October 2015

THE future of Teesside steelmaking could be decided in the next 24 hours.

Mike Ashley makes new Irish signing

The Northern Echo: CRITICISED: Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley

11:50am Wednesday 7th October 2015

MIKE Ashley is heading over the Irish Sea in a £35m venture to expand his business empire.

SSI receiver poised to make final decision on survival plan

The Northern Echo: SSI's official receiver is weighing up whether to keep the ovens burning.

6:18am Wednesday 7th October 2015

A DECISION is expected from the official receiver by the end of this week that will shed light on whether steelmaking on Teesside has any future.

Darlington Arts Centre revamp firm hails profits rise

The Northern Echo: PLANS: An artist's impression of planned retirement homes at the former Darlington Arts Centre

1:06pm Wednesday 7th October 2015

A RETIREMENT home builder bidding to transform Darlington’s former arts centre into accommodation says rising demand has bolstered its finances.

Aycliffe filtration company expands with £350,000 move

The Northern Echo: EXPANSION: Pictured from left to right are Oberlin Filter project manager Mark Blewitt, managing director Alistair Jameson, and sales engineer Mike Johnson. They are standing next to the firm's 100th filtration system, inside its new 11,000sq ft premises

6:00am Wednesday 7th October 2015

A FILTRATION firm has undergone a £350,000 expansion.

Legal firm secures deal to maintain expansion

The Northern Echo: DEAL: Chris Newton, left, with Calder Meynell partners Kerri Calder and Howard Meynell

12:23pm Wednesday 7th October 2015

A LAW firm has bought a rival to maintain its growth.

The Northern Echo: Finley Structures

Hitachi contract helps Aycliffe's Finley Structures increase turnover
A FAMILY-RUN company firm has hailed a record year for its steel construction division.

Spotlight On

SSI - how the dream turned into a nightmare

The Northern Echo: The Likely Lads Bob and Terry. "Not exactly Omar Shariff."

6:10am Wednesday 7th October 2015

Bob: "As far as women are concerned you are hardly Omar Shariff are you?"

Engineering careers for the next generation

The Northern Echo: FOUNDATIONS: A digger breaks ground at the site of the new South Durham University Technical College. Pictured are MP Phil Wilson, UTC principal Tom Dower, Gestamp Tallent's David Pearson, Councillor Simon Henig, leader of Durham city Council, Gary Holmes

1:02pm Wednesday 30th September 2015

TOM Dower is having trouble with his tie.

Talking Business

Who is to blame for SSI's demise?

The Northern Echo: Unless Thailand-based SSI can repay bank loans its position as owner of Redcar steelworks is in peril.

8:42am Wednesday 7th October 2015

WHO is to blame for the demise of SSI?

Why has Cameron snubbed SSI?

The Northern Echo:

11:39am Wednesday 30th September 2015

–“REDCAR steelworks is not a part of the Northern Powerhouse plan,” a prominent Tees Valley Tory activist and business owner told me last week.


Lisa's determination delivers new job

The Northern Echo: ROLE: Lisa Matthews, of Guisborough, who secured a PA job after studying with Pitman Training		Picture: DOUG MOODY PHOTOGRAPHY

4:15pm Wednesday 30th September 2015

DETERMINATION and a will to succeed has helped a North-East woman earn a new job.

Wave of new recruits to bolster ranks of finance company teams

The Northern Echo: TEAM: Baker Tilly's trainees include, from left, Jack Smith, Rory Sewell, Amy Thorns, Danielle Carrick, Shea Waters and David Matthias

4:16pm Wednesday 30th September 2015

AN accountancy firm has taken on eight trainees to strengthen its North-East team.

Did you miss...?

The Northern Echo: Quorn

Quorn Asia-bound to build on £550m deal
A MEAT substitute firm will continue creating jobs in the region to maintain its standing as a leading light in Northern business, its boss has vowed.

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.


Paying for university is no fun for parents

The Northern Echo: Jo Jackson is Head of Financial Planning at wealth management firm, Brewin Dolphin in Newcastle.

11:13am Tuesday 6th October 2015

UNIVERSITY is fun! Financing University? Not so much, writes Jo Jackson is Head of Financial Planning at wealth management firm, Brewin Dolphin in Newcastle.

North-East has the building blocks to become a powerhouse

The Northern Echo: The North-East has the building blocks in which it can make the Northern Powerhouse work, says Samantha Dolby.

5:31am Wednesday 30th September 2015

THE Northern Powerhouse is once again back in the news.

Meet The Boss

The Northern Echo: David Land

David’s drive to help businesses grow
DAVID Land is running late for a meeting.


Cameron welcomes train manufacturing back to the North-East

The Northern Echo: OFFICIAL: The opening of the new Hitachi Rail Europe plant at Newton Aycliffe. Guests including David Cameron and George Osborne. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (37454809)

6:17pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

“I WASN'T going to miss this for the world,” said the Prime Minister, as he welcomed train building back to the North-East.

Rail boss wants to create a legacy of North-East engineering

The Northern Echo:

5:25am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

AS Hitachi Rail Europe prepares to open its new Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility, Managing Director Karen Boswell speaks exclusively to Business Editor Andy Richardson.

Commercial Property

Spectrum deal done

The Northern Echo:

10:56am Wednesday 30th September 2015

BILFINGER GVA, acting on behalf of Regent Capital for a private property syndicate, has secured the investment sale of the Spectrum 8 Building, pictured, in Spectrum Business Park, Seaham.

Pubs offer a great investment

The Northern Echo:

11:09am Wednesday 30th September 2015

JAMES A Baker, a firm of chartered surveyors in the licensed, leisure and commercial sectors of the property market, operates from offices in London, Bath, Birmingham and Wetherby.