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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

Why was SSI allowed to keep running up debts?

The Northern Echo: SHUT DOWN: Business minister Anna Soubry MP: “There are a lot of businesses in Britain and we can’t be expected to know what is going on in all of them.” Picture: CHRIS BOOTH.

8:24pm Friday 2nd October 2015

AFTER SSI fell victim to unsustainable debts, Business Editor Andy Richardson asked why the firm wasn't helped earlier.

Power struggle for future of Teesside steel as Thai banks step in

The Northern Echo: SSI UK

5:50am Friday 2nd October 2015

A BITTER struggle for the future of steelmaking on Teesside is taking place after rescue attempts in the UK were thrown off course by SSI’s banks.

Exclusive: Eleventh-hour bid to rescue Redcar steelworks from collapse

The Northern Echo:

6:30am Thursday 1st October 2015

A NORTH-EAST company will this morning make an eleventh hour bid to rescue Redcar steelworks from collapse, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Teesside energy firm rejects union wage plea

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

12:39pm Thursday 1st October 2015

BOSSES behind a £250m energy Teesside plant have refused to bow to union demands over a pay wrangle.

Rescue plan for steel firm unveiled

The Northern Echo: A North-East company has stepped forward with a rescue deal to keep the fires burning at SSI Redcar until a buyer can be found to restart iron and steelmaking.

5:35am Thursday 1st October 2015

A RESCUE plan for Teesside steelworks will be put before the government today in a last ditch bid to save the troubled SSI plant and hundreds of jobs, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Manufacturing sector 'hit by weaker exports and spending'

The Northern Echo: SLOWDOWN: The UK manufacturing sector is being held back by weaker exports, a report has said

11:07am Thursday 1st October 2015

STAGNATING exports and weaker consumer spending have forced the UK manufacturing sector down to a three-month low, a report has revealed.

Quorn Foods pledge to stay in Stokesley following £550m sell-off

The Northern Echo:

9:34am Thursday 1st October 2015

MEAT substitute company Quorn Foods will continue to be based in North Yorkshire after being sold to a Philippines firm for £550m

Steel minister in Redcar for emergency talks on SSI

The Northern Echo: WORRIES: Dark clouds hover over the SSI site in Redcar	Picture: TOM BANKS

3:38pm Wednesday 30th September 2015

THE steel minister is travelling to Redcar this afternoon for emergency talks on the future of SSI.

More on board as Hitachi looks to quadruple Aycliffe workforce

The Northern Echo: ON TRACK: Hitachi is continue to build its workforce as it prepares to start making trains

10:16am Wednesday 30th September 2015

A TRAIN builder is pushing ahead to quadruple its workforce as production draws nearer.

Nissan breaks records ahead of Sunderland Infiniti start

The Northern Echo: POTENTIAL: Left, Roland Krueger, Infiniti president, alongside a Q30. Above, Nissan's Sunderland factory makes a number of vehicles, including the Juke

10:20am Wednesday 30th September 2015

THE endeavours of North-East workers have helped a car maker break new ground ahead of its drive into the deluxe vehicle sector.

Accountants move north for roles with Clive Owen in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Left to right: Martin Hobson, Kevin Shotton and Ian Jarvis. Picture: Keith Taylor.

3:26pm Wednesday 30th September 2015

TWO senior accountants have relocated to the north to join independent accountants and business advisory firm, Clive Owen LLP.

£38m Darlington medical base 'can be world leader'

The Northern Echo: OPENING: The Centre for Process Innovation's £38m National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, in Darlington	Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

3:24pm Wednesday 30th September 2015

A £38M centre of excellence can revolutionise medicines and put the North-East at the vanguard of global health treatments.

Closer ties are the way forward

The Northern Echo:

7:53am Wednesday 30th September 2015

MY enthusiasm for the Rugby World Cup is a little low at the moment, after England threw away a winning position against Wales at the weekend.

Can Mr Win rescue Tees steelmaking again?

The Northern Echo: Win Viriyaprapaikit, SSI Group's chief executive and president.

6:41am Tuesday 29th September 2015

THE Thai steel man who was hailed a saviour when he rescued Redcar blast furnace from mothballing in 2011 yesterday took the decision to mothball the works himself.

Unions call for "forensic wage audit" into Tees energy plant

The Northern Echo: ACTION: Sita Sembcorp UK has rejected union complaints about wage rates at the £200m plant being built on the Wilton complex, near Redcar. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH.

3:20pm Tuesday 29th September 2015

CRUNCH talk are due to be held tomorrow (Wednesday) in a bid to ensure an independent audit of wage rates is carried out at the £200m energy-from-waste plant being built at the Wilton complex on Teesside.

PM promotes Northern Powerhouse in New York

The Northern Echo: David Cameron is promoting the Northern Powerhouse toUS businesses. picture: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert.

3:01pm Tuesday 29th September 2015

DAVID Cameron has been promoting the North-East car making industry to business leaders in New York.

Construction underway at Charles Clinkard’s £3m Tees head office

The Northern Echo: Charles Clinkard, managing director of the family footwear firm, checks on progress at the company’s new £3m head office and warehouse in Middlesbrough.

12:53pm Tuesday 29th September 2015

SHOE retailer Charles Clinkard has started building work on its new £3m head office and warehouse.

Storage firm completes £500,000 Darlington office overhaul

The Northern Echo: Dainton Self Storage moved into the old Amec site, off Yarm Road, in Darlington last month and has transformed the run down interior into self storage facilities and office space for rent.

12:43pm Tuesday 29th September 2015

A STORAGE company is open for business after it completed a £500,000 overhaul of former engineering offices.

Suppliers braced for impact of SSI woes

The Northern Echo: SSI recently agreed a new seven year deal with Teesport operator PD Ports.

5:49am Tuesday 29th September 2015

THE impact of SSI’s troubles will be felt at suppliers, the local council, and across the North-East economy, where almost 6,000 jobs and billions of pounds of exports are at risk.

Hydromchem boss is a corporate high flier

The Northern Echo: High flier: Bill Abbott set up Hydrochem back in 1987 having spent many years working as a chemical engineer across the Middle East.

6:38pm Tuesday 29th September 2015

A COMPANY boss is hoping to take his firm to new heights after recovering from serious health problems to return to the hot seat.

The Northern Echo: Nigel Perry

£38m Darlington medical base 'can be world leader'
A £38M centre of excellence can revolutionise medicines and put the North-East at the vanguard of global health treatments.

Spotlight On

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.

GT Group: A global front runner in a specialised field

The Northern Echo: EXPERTISE: A worker oversees production of a part at GT Group, in Peterlee	Picture: TOM BANKS

10:43am Wednesday 23rd September 2015

GEOFF Turnbull doesn’t seem to be listening.

Talking Business

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.

Steel story seeks happy ending

The Northern Echo: The first slab of steel to be produced at SSI UK on Teesside in April 2012. The plant's importance to regional pride is enormous.

6:23am Wednesday 16th September 2015

WHEN a family firm in Thailand rescued Redcar steelworks five years ago it was a fairytale ending to the region’s Save Our Steel campaign.


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: SSI UK

Can Mr Win rescue Tees steelmaking again?
The fate of Tees steel could depend on the next move by SSI President, Win Viriyaprapaikit. Business Editor Andy Richardson looks at the reclusive Thai businessman.

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.


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.

How Jeremy Corbyn will affect the UK stock market

The Northern Echo: 'CORBYN EFFECT': Brewin Dolphin's Jeffrey Ball

10:54am Wednesday 23rd September 2015

THE issues clogging the headlines are commonly hot topics for discussion when meeting our clients and over the last month there has been one topic that has loomed large; Jeremy Corbyn becoming the new Labour leader.

Meet The Boss

The Northern Echo: Craig Keenan

Craig's career dishes up much enjoyment
CRAIG Keenan will always remember the moment when cooking as a full-time profession appeared on his horizon.


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.