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Business News

Steel bosses meet unions to ease strike threat

The Northern Echo: BASE: Tata Steel's Teesside Beam Mill, at Lackenby, near Redcar

5:27pm Friday 22nd May 2015

STEEL bosses have met with unions in a bid to ease growing tensions over pension changes.

Lift workers threaten strike action

The Northern Echo: ACTION: Unite says staff at Kone will strike unless management relent on vehicle tracking measures. Pictured are Unite members at a separate day of action

1:06pm Friday 22nd May 2015

WORKERS at a lift company will strike for a fortnight unless a dispute is resolved, a union has warned.

Government 'will work morning, noon and night' to help dairy farmers

The Northern Echo: LICKED: Milk prices have fallen over the last year to near recession levels

6:00am Friday 22nd May 2015

THE Government must work morning, noon and night to end dairy farmers’ milk price plight, a junior minister has said.

EU referendum still on as Cameron pushes for reforms

The Northern Echo:

6:07pm Friday 22nd May 2015

PRIME Minister David Cameron says he is confident of securing reforms in Brussels, indicating he remains open to staging a referendum on Britain's EU membership next year.

Darlington engineer aiming for global success

The Northern Echo: GROWTH: Garry Ingoldsby, NEF director, says the firm is targeting global expansion

1:23pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A NORTH-EAST engineering company is aiming for global success after a new product to improve warehouse work proved popular.

Exports boost manufacturing sector

The Northern Echo: PRODUCTION: The CBI says manufacturers expect to increase production, despite Eurozone problems

2:47pm Thursday 21st May 2015

IMPROVING export orders have helped the manufacturing sector grow this month, a report has claimed.

Shepherd offloads businesses

The Northern Echo: WORK: Inside Hitachi's new factory at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

2:30pm Thursday 21st May 2015

THE company leading the construction of a North-East train factory is selling a number of its businesses.

Airline Jet2 increases Newcastle Airport flights

The Northern Echo: RISE: A Jet2 plane takes off from Newcastle Airport. The firm has increased its summer 2016 services from the region

12:46pm Thursday 21st May 2015

AN airline is increasing flights from a North-East airport.

New jobs at Teesside glass blasting firm

The Northern Echo: Gareth Godwin, manager of WRL Glass Media Ltd. Pic:Keith Taylor.

8:32am Thursday 21st May 2015

A FIRM that uses recycled glass as a cleaning product is creating jobs in response to a sharp rise in sales.

Tata returns to profit but warns of China threat

The Northern Echo: The Teesside Beam Mill at Lakenby.

7:44am Thursday 21st May 2015

TATA Steel has moved its European business into the black, but bosses warned cheap Chinese imports threatened future performance.

Warehouse firm growth 'example of Northern Powerhouse'

The Northern Echo: VISIT: James Wharton, second left, at the site of Vantec's new warehouse. He's pictured with, from left to right, Martin Kendall, Vantec Europe managing director; Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council; and Paul Woolston, chairman of th

5:59am Thursday 21st May 2015

A WAREHOUSE firm’s £23m expansion proves the might of North-East business and why the sector can get even stronger, the Government’s new Northern Powerhouse leader has said.

Union threatens steel strike over pensions

The Northern Echo: SITE: Tata Steel's Skinningrove plant, in east Cleveland

12:33pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

UNION bosses have warned a steel firm’s plants will be crippled by strike action unless management relent on changes to workers’ pensions.

From Coundon to California: Craft firm eyes US expansion

The Northern Echo: AIMS: Sara Davies, of Crafter's Companion

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

DAWN has only just broken, but Sara Davies is already up and about.

55 jobs lost at Shepherd Construction

The Northern Echo: 55 jobs lost at Shepherd Construction

2:39pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

SHEPHERD GROUP has confirmed it has cut 55 jobs at the end of a consultation process into a restructure of its construction division.

CBI urge bosses to rescue Britain's ties with Brussels

The Northern Echo: CBI President Sir Mike Rake will argue in a speech today that: "No-one has yet set out a credible alternative future to EU membership. The current alternatives are not realistic options - little or no influence and the obligation to comply with EU pr

10:22am Wednesday 20th May 2015

AN industry leader is urging businesses to "speak out early" in favour of remaining in a reformed European Union.

Newcastle United service to New York ready for take-off

The Northern Echo: FINAL preparations are underway ahead of the launch of United Airlines transatlantic scheduled service from the North-East, which starts this weekend.

7:06am Wednesday 20th May 2015

DIRECT flights from the North-East to New York take off this weekend.

Engineer starts £30m bypass work

The Northern Echo: PROJECT: Martin Forster, Owen Pugh Contracts' general manager, on site at the Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

A CIVIL engineering firm has started work on a £30m transport scheme.

Mothballed refinery owner hit by £40m losses

The Northern Echo: SITE: The Ensus factory, in Wilton, near Redcar

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

THE owners of a dormant North-East refinery have been stung by losses of more than £40m.

£23m expansion delivers 120 warehouse jobs

The Northern Echo: OPENING: Vantec is building a third site in Sunderland. Pictured at the opening of its second base in the region in 2013 is Akira Koyama, Vantec Corporation president, painting a good luck Japanese Daruma doll. He is watched by, from left to right, Martin

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

A WAREHOUSE firm says it will deliver 120 North-East jobs in a £23m expansion.

Time for less talk and more action

The Northern Echo: ACTION: Jonathan Walker, North East Chamber of Commerce head of policy and campaigns

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

THE Northern Powerhouse was given plenty of airtime during the election campaign, writes Jonathan Walker, North East Chamber of Commerce head of policy and campaigns.

The Northern Echo: David Cameron

EU referendum still on as Cameron pushes for reforms
PRIME Minister David Cameron says he is confident of securing reforms in Brussels, indicating he remains open to staging a referendum on Britain's EU membership next year.

Spotlight On

Recovery accelerates at Redcar car parts maker

The Northern Echo: The wind turbine can generate up to 60 per cent of ElringKilinger's renewable energy.

6:06am Wednesday 20th May 2015

Business Editor Andy Richardson sees how ElringKlinger in Redcar is driving a revival of North-East manufacturing.

Electric engineer leading a new industrial revolution

The Northern Echo: LEADER: Matt Boyle, Sevcon's president and chief executive, pictured in a Renault Twizy

12:55pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

THE shipyards were once the heartbeat of North-East industry.

Talking Business

EU trouble is brewing

The Northern Echo:

6:54am Wednesday 20th May 2015

IT is almost impossible to get a decent cup of tea on the Continent, said David Cameron during a visit last week to the world’s biggest tea bag factory.

Power to make a difference?

The Northern Echo: James Wharton arrives in Downing Street this morning for talks Prime Minister David Cameron where he was made Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government with responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse. Pi

5:51am Wednesday 13th May 2015

LAST autumn, Chancellor George Osborne began to use a phrase that attempted to sum up his vision for a more prosperous north of England.


Hub scheme expands to increase IT skills

The Northern Echo: SCHEME: Michael Carrick, Newcastle IT Apprentice Hub trainer, with his students

12:44pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A SKILLS drive to fill thousands of North-East IT vacancies has been backed by a local authority.

Manufacturing skills get the Go Ahead

The Northern Echo: Go Ahead Training: (from left) Zane Simane, Shaun Stuart and Dave Spensley.

6:10am Wednesday 13th May 2015

MANUFACTURING skills are set for a major boost with the launch of a new company.

Did you miss...?

The Northern Echo: Ensus

Mothballed refinery owner hit by £40m losses
THE owners of a dormant North-East refinery have been stung by losses of more than £40m.

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,


Stand and deliver

The Northern Echo: Oliver York is a Trainee Investment Manager at wealth management firm, Brewin Dolphin.

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

THE resounding victory for the Conservative Party at the General Election triggered what can only be described as a relief rally for UK equities.

Greece: Europe’s troublesome toddler

The Northern Echo: GREECE: Brewin Dolphin's Jeffrey Ball

6:00am Wednesday 13th May 2015

SUPERNANNY has a number of theories as to how to deal with a tantrum; give the child some control of the situation, give them a distraction, ignore them or, if it is really embarrassing, just pick them up and go home.


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

Jo's not taking a backward step in company's growth

The Northern Echo: MEET THE BOSS: Jo Hand

6:00am Monday 18th May 2015

JO Hand isn’t one for taking a backward step.

Steel research chief helps firms test their mettle

The Northern Echo: Band memebers take part in the 129th Durham Miners' Gala in Durham City. (25347216)

6:02am Monday 11th May 2015

“THEY spend their lives in dark, with danger fraught,


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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