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

Carbon capture axe 'another kicking'

The Northern Echo: FLARE: The Sabic plant on Teesside lights up the night sky (30611912)

5:19am Thursday 26th November 2015

THE Government was last night accused of delivering “another kicking for Teesside” after it reneged on manifesto pledges to support clean air schemes.

Stokesley, North Yorkshire-based Quorn Foods celebrates 30 years of choosing the vegetarian option

The Northern Echo: PRODUCTION: Pieces of meat-free Quorn fall into a sorting machine ahead of packaging at its factory in Stokesley, North Yorkshire

12:51pm Thursday 26th November 2015

QUORN is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month as it looks back on its past achievements and to future plans enabling the business to continue on its journey of success.

Wharton Construction rewards staff loyalty

The Northern Echo: Top row, left to right: Kevin Dixon, Jeff Cutting, and Peter Wharton. Bottom row, left to right: David Hammond, Paul Smith, Mick Jorimann, David Jackson, and Alan Bradley.

11:25am Thursday 26th November 2015

A SUCCESSFUL construction company in the North-East has marked the loyalty of key members of staff .

Crucial Jeremie business fund remains North-East based, North-East run and fully invested into North-East companies, says LEP

The Northern Echo:

10:35am Thursday 26th November 2015

A £120m business support fund will be invested exclusively into scores of North-East companies after the North East LEP voted to keep it under local control.

Regional award winners feeling just champion

The Northern Echo: ROLE: Nifco UK's Mike Matthews will today become the new North East Chamber of Commerce president

8:12am Thursday 26th November 2015

THE stars of North-East business have been rewarded with honours.

Talks continue on future of Tata Steel's Long Products business

The Northern Echo: OPERATION: Hot saw cutting at Tata Steel's Teesside Beam Mill

8:03am Thursday 26th November 2015

TALKS to secure the future of a steel firm employing hundreds of North-East workers are continuing, as bosses strive to avoid further job losses, it was last night claimed.

North Sea operators 'still facing a market storm'

The Northern Echo: ROUGH: North Sea firms have endured a tough 2015, and many predict their woes will continue next year

6:01am Thursday 26th November 2015

NORTH Sea oil and gas firms are at rock bottom and fear further job losses, a report has warned.

£150,000 investment at Stockton warehousing firm InBond

The Northern Echo: Craig Rye, Finance Director at InBond, and Jessica Binns, InBond Customer Service Administrator.

11:37am Thursday 26th November 2015

WAREHOUSING and logistics business InBond has launched a hi-tech service for blue-chip clients taking its investment in the last 12 months to £150,000.

Wharton Construction rewards staff loyalty

The Northern Echo: Top row, left to right: Kevin Dixon, Jeff Cutting, and Peter Wharton. Bottom row, left to right: David Hammond, Paul Smith, Mick Jorimann, David Jackson, and Alan Bradley.

11:35am Thursday 26th November 2015

A SUCCESSFUL construction company in the North-East has marked the loyalty of key members of staff .

Tees carbon plan at risk as Government axes £1bn CCS competition

The Northern Echo: Chancellor George Osborne. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

5:32pm Wednesday 25th November 2015

PLANS to make Teesside the clean air capital of Europe have been dealt a severe blow by a Government decision to axe its £1 billion competition to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

George the Builder: chancellor's plan for 400,000 new homes

The Northern Echo: Chancellor George Osborne during a visit to Carillion's training centre on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough as part of an apprenticeship announcement by the company. Pictured laying a brick. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:39pm Wednesday 25th November 2015

"WE are the builders," George Osborne claimed as he laid the foundations for a housing boom, but campaigners have questioned whether the move will create more low cost homes.

Revealed: Where ICL UK potash jobs could go

The Northern Echo: OPERATION: The Boulby potash mine, which is run by ICL UK		Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:00am Wednesday 25th November 2015

THE full extent of mining job cuts can today be revealed.

Severfield will not take on work unless the numbers add up

The Northern Echo: The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is among the iconic structures Severfield has helped to build.

6:38am Wednesday 25th November 2015

THE boss of Britain's biggest steelwork contractor is prepared to walk away from "big sexy contracts" if the numbers do not add up.

Technology expert returns to ITPS

The Northern Echo: Kevin Almond, Head of Professional Services, ITPS

6:19am Wednesday 25th November 2015

NETWORKING, security and unified communications specialist Kevin Almond has rejoined technology firm ITPS to take up the senior role of head of professional services, after a four-year spell away from the business.

Opening up the North-East to global trade

The Northern Echo: Opening up the North-East to global trade

5:56am Wednesday 25th November 2015

SINCE the Chamber was formed 200 years ago, it has been working with its members to open up the region to global trade.

Osborne faces '£30 billion black hole by next General Election

The Northern Echo:

5:14am Wednesday 25th November 2015

CHANCELLOR George Osborne was dealt a blow ahead of today's Autumn Statement as experts predict he is facing a £30 billion black hole in Britain's public finances by the next election.

'This cannot be a simple numbers game where businesses are clobbered to pay for apprenticeships,' say manufacturers

The Northern Echo: Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director general, said: “the cumulative burden of the living wage, apprenticeship levy and business rates risk hurting competitiveness.” Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

7:31pm Wednesday 25th November 2015

A NEW apprenticeship levy on company payrolls will raise £3 billion a year and fund three million apprenticeships, the chancellor has announced.

Osborne will vow to turn generation 'rent into generation buy'

The Northern Echo:

10:35am Wednesday 25th November 2015

GEORGE Osborne will pledge to "turn generation rent into generation buy" under plans in the mini-Budget for the largest affordable housebuilding programme in more than 30 years.

'Losing steelworks was like losing an arm' - ex-SSI workers' express relief over new Wilton jobs

The Northern Echo: FUTURES: Former steelworkers at SSI UK have got jobs at the new Merseyside Energy Recovery plant, at Wilton. Pictured is project director, Andy Stokes, with ex-SSI staff Jamie Templeton, Ian Knight and Sara Dowse	Picture: TOM BANKS

6:03pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

CLOSE to Redcar’s collapsed steelworks, a £250m energy plant dominates the Teesside skyline.

Spanish lender BBVA buys £45m stake in County Durham bank Atom

The Northern Echo: ATOMIC: In the office of Atom bank in Durham City. Spanish bank BBVA has bought a near-30 per cent stake in the UK’s digital-only lender. Picture: TOM BANKS.

9:28am Tuesday 24th November 2015

NORTH-EAST lender Atom, the UK’s first all-digital bank, has been boosted by a £45m investment from Spain's second-largest bank.

Spotlight On

Stanhope firm's work ethic keeps the Army on right tracks

The Northern Echo: FURNACE: Two tonnes of molten steel is poured from Cook Defence Systems' Stanhope furnace into the crucible	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

10:36am Wednesday 25th November 2015

YOU wouldn’t know it was there.

Creating innovation and preserving the best of the old

The Northern Echo: Local skills have helped make Durham City a UK first in renewable energy.

5:33am Wednesday 18th November 2015

AS the Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association Awards highlight some of the stars of North-East construction, The Northern Echo business desk looks at projects that are preserving historic gems and creating innovation.

Talking Business

China crisis hits British steel power

The Northern Echo: Queen Elizabeth II introduces Chinese President Xi Jinping (centre) to  dignitaries during the official welcome ceremony at Horseguards Parade in London, on the first official day of the Chinese state visit. Picture: Alastair Grant/PA Wire

5:44am Wednesday 21st October 2015

CHINA’S President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan last night slept in the same bed as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

A bad day to bury good news

The Northern Echo: The North-East is now a 'former' iron and steelmaking region.

6:25am Wednesday 14th October 2015

TROUBLED, beleaguered, embattled, but not without hope.


Engineers of the future take advice on board

The Northern Echo: MPs Jenny Chapman and Phil Wilson visit the new engineering classroom at Hurworth School. Pictured is student Felicity Nkomo	Picture: TOM BANKS

4:02pm Wednesday 11th November 2015

TEENAGE pupils were told how engineering firms need young people with skills and imagination as a major school facility opened.

New initiative set to bridge the skills gap

The Northern Echo: SUCCESS: Youngsters build a bridge during last year's event

6:44pm Wednesday 14th October 2015

SCHOOL pupils are to be inspired to fill a civil engineering skills gap when they build a working suspension bridge from scratch.

Did you miss...?

The Northern Echo: Merseyside Energy Recovery

'Losing steelworks was like losing an arm' - ex-SSI workers' express relief over new Wilton jobs
CLOSE to Redcar’s collapsed steelworks, a £250m energy plant dominates the Teesside skyline.

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.


The knack of investing at the right time

The Northern Echo: Samantha Dolby

11:09am Thursday 12th November 2015

SEASONAL significance? Fancy a return of more than 200 per cent?

National Grid lines up £10bn gas sale

The Northern Echo: National Grid's gas business owns 82,000 miles of pipeline, and delivers gas to about 11 million domestic, industrial and commercial customers.. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

9:46am Tuesday 10th November 2015

NATIONAL Grid has announced the potential sale of a majority stake in its gas distribution business in an effort to rebalance its portfolio.

Meet The Boss

The Northern Echo: Michael Dickson

Meat the boss: Michael Dickson of Dickson Pork Butchers
AT the start of my telephone interview with Michael Dickson I am feeling a bit peckish.


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

North Yorkshire office with eco-friendly credentials

The Northern Echo:

9:18am Wednesday 14th October 2015

SITUATED in a rural location just two miles from the A1/A66 junction at Scotch Corner is an office which boasts exceptional environmental credentials.

Hidden gem of Newcastle’s Quayside

The Northern Echo:

9:20am Wednesday 14th October 2015

NUMBER 17 Trinity Chare, Newcastle, occupies a relatively unknown part of Newcastle’s quayside.