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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

Darlington restaurant appoints Gordon Ramsay-trained head chef

The Northern Echo: L-R Joe Nalder, Hotel Manager, David Garlinge, Head Chef, Jim Conway, Deputy Hotel Manager

2:10pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

A GORDON Ramsay-trained chef has joined the team at a North-East hotel and restaurant.

Nissan and Komatsu sign up for region's first automotive expo

The Northern Echo: EXPO: (l to r) Nissan’s vice president for manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Peter Howe, managing director at Komatsu UK, with Nissan and Komatsu vehicles.

12:41pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

NISSAN, Jaguar Land Rover and Komatsu will headline the region’s first automotive expo.

Hartlepool tech firm Stadium Group agrees £6.5m expansion

The Northern Echo: BASE: Stadium Group's factory, in Hartlepool

11:22am Tuesday 28th July 2015

A GROWING technology firm is continuing its expansion after agreeing a £6.5m deal to buy a power company.

North-East bank Virgin Money sees profits soar after strong mortgage growth

The Northern Echo:

9:36am Tuesday 28th July 2015

A RISE in mortgage lending helped North-East bank Virgin Money report a sharp 37 per cent increase in underlying pre-tax profit in its latest results.

ITV profits rise 25 per cent despite ratings fall

The Northern Echo: ITV has acquired the maker of Poldark.

2:25pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

HALF-year profits at ITV have risen by 25 per cent to £391m as it benefited from an improved television advertising market and earnings from production companies it has bought.

Internet access helps lift EE revenues

The Northern Echo: BASE: EE's offices in Darlington	Picture: STUART BOULTON

12:37pm Monday 27th July 2015

A TELECOMS firm central to a £12.5bn takeover says its superfast internet access has lured more customers and increased revenues.

Engineering consultant JNP to expand

The Northern Echo: Colin Cook (right) of JNP Group is welcomed to the Innovation Centre in Hartlepool as its very first tenant in 2005, by Simon Hamilton, now UK Steel Enterprise’s managing director.

3:42pm Monday 27th July 2015

ENGINEER JNP Group is marking the 10th anniversary of the opening of its Teesside office by announcing an expansion.

Teesside recycling firm heads Down Under

The Northern Echo: RIVALS: England and Australia may be battling in the Ashes, but Teesside's WRL Glass Media is forging links Down Under. Pictured is England's Jimmy Anderson celebrating after taking the wicket of Australia's David Warner

2:17pm Monday 27th July 2015

A NORTH-EAST firm is exporting Down Under as it aims to dive into a £300m market.

Bricklayer and carpenter shortage threatens construction industry

The Northern Echo: Chancellor George Osborne during a visit to Carillion's training centre on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough. Pictured laying a brick with level 3 bricklayer Jason Crockett. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

11:31am Monday 27th July 2015

A SHORTAGE of carpenters and bricklayers threatens recovery in the building trade, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

North-East manufacturers 'down over North Sea slump'

The Northern Echo: SLOWDOWN: The slump in the North Sea oil and gas sector has dented North-East manufacturers' confidence, a report has claimed

6:00am Monday 27th July 2015

NORTH-EAST manufacturers may lead the way on European exports, but they lag behind the rest of the UK on business confidence, a report has claimed.

Housebuilder adds to North-East team

The Northern Echo: ADDITIONS: Keith Redford, with Sarah Armstrong and Rebecca Carr

3:29pm Monday 27th July 2015

A HOUSEBUILDER has added to its senior team in a North-East office.

£10m engineering centre 'will give youngsters better careers'

The Northern Echo: VISION: An artist's impression of the South Durham University Technical College

6:00am Saturday 25th July 2015

A NEW North-East engineering centre of excellence will provide youngsters with better skills than mainstream education, it has been claimed.

Growing engineering firm creates jobs in expansion

The Northern Echo: GROWING: Members of Retroflo's workforce, pictured alongside vans at its South Hetton base

3:03pm Friday 24th July 2015

A MECHANICAL and engineering company is creating jobs to fuel its expansion.

Newcastle Airport celebrates 80th anniversary

The Northern Echo: HISTORY: Newcastle Airport has served the region since July 26, 1935

5:19pm Friday 24th July 2015

THE North-East’s largest airport will celebrate its 80th anniversary this weekend (Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26).

Drainage firm adds to team

The Northern Echo: TEAM: Paul Laidler, left, with Chris Raby and Paul Bowers

3:56pm Friday 24th July 2015

A CIVIL engineering company’s emergency drain clearing division has added to its team and upgraded its technology.

Tees Valley regeneration body reveals new chairman

The Northern Echo: ROLE: Paul Booth is taking over from Sandy Anderson as TVU chairman

1:00pm Thursday 23rd July 2015

A REGENERATION body has appointed a new chairman as it bids to increase regional investment and job creation.

Boost for banknote printer De La Rue as it secures new orders

The Northern Echo: BASE: De La Rue's Gateshead factory

11:45am Thursday 23rd July 2015

A BANKNOTE maker, forced to slash North-East jobs amid falling profits, has secured a string of fresh orders as it looks to steady its financial position.

Car production reaches highest half year output since recession

The Northern Echo: Nissan in Sunderland produces about a third of all cars made in the UK.

6:32am Thursday 23rd July 2015

THREE cars were built in the UK every minute in the first six months of the year after the best half-yearly production output since 2008, new figures have shown.

Middlesbrough plastics firm creates jobs

The Northern Echo: Simon Belcher in action at Donington

5:16pm Thursday 23rd July 2015

AN environmentally-friendly construction firm has created jobs after launching in the region.

Drive to cut emissions helps chemicals firm

The Northern Echo: FOCUS: Johnson Matthey is enjoying successes from the drive to cut vehicle emissions

4:28pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

AN ongoing drive to lower vehicle emissions has continued to strengthen a chemicals firm.

The Northern Echo: George Osborne

Bricklayer and carpenter shortage threatens construction industry
A SHORTAGE of carpenters and bricklayers threatens recovery in the building trade, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Spotlight On

Building a brighter future

The Northern Echo: COMMITTED: Brian Manning, Esh Group chief executive

2:56pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

SPARE a thought for the venue announcer.

Meet the coffee company that's full of beans

The Northern Echo: TEAM: Pictured from left to right are Beanies team members Vicky Cooper, Stephanie Stayman, James Robinson, Lee Hull and Andrew Fenner

10:21am Wednesday 15th July 2015

AS you might expect from a company with an unlimited access to caffeine, the atmosphere as you walk into Darlington-based, Beanies The Flavour Co., is buzzing.

Talking Business

Nifco is impossible to ignore

The Northern Echo: CAN'T BEAR TO WATCH: England manager Bobby Robson hangs his head after his team's elimination from the Italia 90 World Cup on penalties to West Germany. Photo Credit should read: Peter Robinson/EMPICS.

6:52am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

THE summer of 1990 is most often recalled for Gazza’s tears, Pearce and Waddle’s missed penalties (or missed ‘pelanty’ in the latter’s case) and Pavarotti’s lung busting turn that for a few months made opera the new rock ‘n roll.

Blue sky thinking

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

4:08pm Monday 6th July 2015

PIE in the sky the sky, or the key to safeguarding and creating thousands of jobs in our region?


Students get under bonnet to boost career prospects

The Northern Echo: LEARNING: Darlington School of Mathematics and Science students get under the bonnet at Vauxhall dealer Sherwoods. Pictured are Rebecca Smith, Kristen Morrison, Nizam Uddin and Carl Younghusband

6:06am Wednesday 15th July 2015

PUPILS set to make important career choices were given first-hand insight into automotive industry life on a visit to a leading car dealership.

Ex-apprentice Craig lands £70m maintenance role

The Northern Echo: TEAM: Dodds Brown property and facilities management team. Pictured from left to right are Richard Wilson, Nicole Turner, Sarah Slorach and new facilities manager Craig Parrish.

3:08pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

A FORMER engineering apprentice has taken on a new role overseeing £70m maintenance work.

Did you miss...?

The Northern Echo: Port Clarence

£160m Teesside energy plant moves closer
WORK to build a £160m North-East power station could start this year, The Northern Echo can reveal.

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.


Unless you're James Bond, buy a Nissan

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

6:00am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

"I’M sorry, it’s dead.

Royal Mail posts flat revenue figures

The Northern Echo: Royal Mail's trading update came ahead of the final sell off of the government's 15 per cent stake in the 500-year old company.

10:05am Tuesday 21st July 2015

ROYAL Mail has reported flat revenues in the three months to 28 June as UK letter volumes continued to decline.

Meet The Boss

The Northern Echo: Steve Haworth

Running fast to stay ahead - the tech boss looking to the future
THESE are exciting times for Steve Haworth, the chief executive officer of North Yorkshire technology firm TeleWare.


Hitachi impressed by calibre of North-East workers

The Northern Echo:

5:20pm Wednesday 10th June 2015

BOSSES at train company Hitachi Rail Europe have been delighted by the high calibre of local people applying for jobs at their soon-to-open County Durham factory.

Hitachi ramps up East Coast train tests

The Northern Echo: TESTING: Hitachi's Class 800 train is put through its paces

6:00am Thursday 14th May 2015

TESTS are continuing on an inter city express train, which will be made in the North-East and deliver high-speed services to the East Coast Main Line.

Commercial Property

Sale is a good sign for investment market

The Northern Echo:

3:46pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

BILFINGER GVA, acting on behalf of clients of LaSalle Investment Management, have sold a retail and office investment in Newcastle city centre following high levels of interest.

Automatic planning consent is not enough

The Northern Echo:

3:50pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

THE Government’s latest proposal to introduce automatic planning consents on brownfield land is a welcome addition to policy designed to speed up housing delivery.