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Business News

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.

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.

Graphene firm bullish on future, despite rising losses

The Northern Echo: RESULTS: John Mabbitt, Applied Graphene Materials' chief executive

10:58am Wednesday 25th March 2015

BOSSES at a technology firm behind a wonder substance say the company is in a good place to continue its expansion, despite reporting wider financial losses.

Pioneering laboratory helps find life on Mars

The Northern Echo:

11:00am Wednesday 25th March 2015

GROUNDBREAKING studies searching for life on Mars could be bolstered by work at a new laboratory at a potash mine, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Workwear firm looks to grow UK presence

The Northern Echo: EXPANSION: Alex Ingham, MI Supplies' managing director

10:00am Wednesday 25th March 2015

A NORTH-EAST workwear supplier is targeting expansion across the UK after moving into a new base.

Sunderland Marine shifting 60 jobs from Durham City to Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Sunderland Marine is quitting its offices on the outskirts of Durham City and moving to the Newcastle Quayside.

6:14am Wednesday 25th March 2015

INSURANCE company Sunderland Marine is moving from its offices near Durham City to the Newcastle Quayside.

Family firms engineer success

The Northern Echo: l to r: Councillor Harry Trueman, Sunderland City Council, Paul Almond and Hayley Almond of Temla, Dean Almond, Paul Almond and Rosalind Almond of Almet.

2:40pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

TWO engineering companies started by two generations of the same family are recruiting staff and investing in new equipment.

Faulty bolts cost Severfield £1m

The Northern Echo: Faulty bolts cost Severfield £1m

1:52pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

REPLACING huge bolts on a London skyscraper has cost structural steel firm Severfield £1m.

Darlington warehousing firm predicts further growth

The Northern Echo: Julian Brooke, managing director of Darlington's Lingfield Warehousing and Logistics, a company that’s doubled in size in the past three years.

1:46pm Monday 23rd March 2015

A SURGE in demand has led to a huge growth for a North-East warehousing business.

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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