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The Northern Echo: Business Editor Andy Richardson
Andy Richardson
Business Editor
01325 505097

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Steven Hugill
Deputy Business Editor
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Business News

BOC gas gives SSI Steel a £25m vote of confidence

The Northern Echo: Business leaders and politicians were at BOC Redcar this morning to celebrate completion of a £25m upgrade and the start of a 15-year supply deal with SSI Steel.

1:41pm Friday 3rd July 2015

Business Editor Andy Richardson was at the opening of BOC's £25m revamped gas plant that could help Teesside's industrial heavyweights to stay afloat.

15-year BOC gas deal fuels confidence at Teesside steelmaker SSI

The Northern Echo: Redcar iron and steel firm SSI, and Middlesbrough-based gas supplier BOC have signed one of the UK's largest ever gases contracts to keep the fires burning at Teesside blast furnace.

6:52am Friday 3rd July 2015

A 15 year industrial gas deal has been agreed to help safeguard the future of steelmaking on Teesside.

Hartlepool technology firm ready for China move

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

1:26pm Friday 3rd July 2015

A NORTH-EAST technology firm will complete its expansion into China later this month, bosses have said.

£10.5m cash boost for Newton Aycliffe's Ebac

The Northern Echo:

1:58pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

WHITE goods manufacturer Ebac is set for further growth after it secured a £10.5m refinancing deal.

Persimmon's sales rise as buyers confidence builds

The Northern Echo: SUCCESS: Persimmon says sales have increased as buyer confidence and a better mortgage market fuels growth in the sector

11:25am Thursday 2nd July 2015

HOME buyers with more confidence and cash have helped a housebuilder lift sales, bosses have claimed.

Acclaim for Tees Valley's Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors

The Northern Echo: Helen Lyne and Martin Levinson of Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors were both honoured at The Tees Valley Law Society Annual General Meeting.

2:04pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

TEES Valley law firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors has been honoured at The Tees Valley Law Society Annual General Meeting.

Construction sector hits four-month high

The Northern Echo: GROWING: Housebuilding helped the construction sector hit a four-month high in June

12:59pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

A STRENGTHENING residential housebuilding sector has helped drive the construction industry to a four-month high, it has been claimed.

Building society reveals finance firm agreement

The Northern Echo: DEAL: Colin Fyfe, Darlington Building Society's chief executive, left, with Paul Chafer, commercial director at Wren Sterling	Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

12:28pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

A MUTUAL is working with a planning business to offer customers greater financial advice.

Nestle workers in York and Newcastle told of plans to close pension scheme

The Northern Echo: Changes to Nestle pensions affects some of the firm's 2,700 workers in York and Newcastle.

2:00pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

NESTLE workers in the region are being told today of plans to make major changes to the company pension scheme.

£10m Durham Tees Valley Airport plans could create thousands of jobs

The Northern Echo:

3:40pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

AN airport has revealed plans to spend £10m on a business park it hopes will create thousands of jobs.

Companies rush to explore £13m NetPark expansion

The Northern Echo: FUTURE: An artist's impression of what NetPark's Explorer expansion will look like

5:31pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

A £13M innovation centre expansion is attracting huge interest from high-tech businesses looking to grow in the North-East, it has been claimed.

Blue sky thinking: Teesside bids to build Europe's first carbon capture network

The Northern Echo: Almost 10,000 jobs could be saved and created if Teesside gets the go ahead for a carbon capture network. Pic: Dave Charnley Photography Ltd

12:03am Wednesday 1st July 2015

BOLD plans to make Teesside the clean air capital of Europe by storing greenhouse gases under the North Sea will take a major step forward this morning.

Sirius bosses raise hopes over supply chain boost from £2bn mine

The Northern Echo: VISION: An artist's impression of Sirius' mine development, showing its shafts and office buildings. Whitby is to the north of the picture

5:49pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

A £2BN fertiliser mine will ignite hundreds of firms’ order books, while supporting and creating thousands of supply chain jobs, company bosses have predicted.

Middlesbrough sandwich maker creates nearly 100 jobs in £3.6m expansion

The Northern Echo: EXPANSION: Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for regeneration, left, with James Stoddart, of On A Roll, at the business’ new £3.6million site at Riverside Park, Middlesbrough

2:58pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

A SANDWICH maker says it is creating nearly 100 jobs and spending more than £3m on a new factory to maintain its growth.

Sirius shares price rockets after mine approval

The Northern Echo:

1:38pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

A MINING firm’s share price has rocketed after it was given permission to build the world’s largest potash mine.

Dynamo strengthens team to push IT work

The Northern Echo: APPOINTMENTS: Standing, from left to right are Stuart Lynn, Neil Hemming and Bob Paton. Sitting are Charlie Hoult and Giselle Stewart

12:48pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

AN IT organisation pushing to increase skills across the region has unveiled senior appointments to maintain its growth.

Lloyds to axe hundreds of jobs

The Northern Echo: Lloyds said about 635 jobs will be lost as part of reductions announced last October. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7021128)

12:24pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

LLOYDS Bank is to cut hundreds of jobs in its retail and other divisions.

Northpoint take offices at Business Central, Darlington

The Northern Echo: CENTRAL MOVE: Northpoint has taken office space at the new Business Central officeBusiness Central Darlington offers support to new businesses. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:15pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

NORTHPOINT, the business restructuring and insolvency advisors, have taken office space at the new Business Central office development in Darlington, adding to its Newcastle base.

Airport fire trainer Serco hails turnaround

The Northern Echo: SUPPORT: German airport staff work with an instructor at the International Fire Training Centre, based at Durham Tees Valley Airport

12:06pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

AN outsourcing firm running a North-East fire safety base says its turnaround plans are getting the business back on track.

From Liberty Ships to Space Ships

The Northern Echo: Dr René Hoyle is the principal materials and corrosion engineer at Axiom Engineering Associates, based on the Bowesfield Industry Estate, Stockton.

11:04am Wednesday 1st July 2015

ONE of the country’s leading forensic materials scientists is set to give a seminar at the Wilton Centre, on Teesside, this week.

The Northern Echo: Nestle

Nestle workers in York and Newcastle told of plans to close final salary pension scheme
NESTLE workers in the region are being told today of plans to make major changes to the company pension scheme.

Spotlight On

Ambitious Atom Bank approved as UK’s first digital-only lender

The Northern Echo: ATOMIC: Edward Twiddy, Atom Bank director in the office of the bank in Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS (30259363)

11:32am Wednesday 1st July 2015

As Atom Bank secures a licence to trade, Business Editor Andy Richardson hears about the ambitions of Durham City's digital lender.

Decision time looms for Sirius' potash proposals

The Northern Echo: PLANS: An impression of Sirius' material handling site, on Teesside. The buildings, in the foreground, include crushing and milling, screening, granulating and storage areas. Pictured in the top right is Redcar steelworks, with Teesport to the far left

10:24am Wednesday 17th June 2015

CHRIS Fraser leans back in his chair, briefly pausing to recall the exact phrase he wants.

Talking Business

President hits the right note

The Northern Echo: CHAIN OF OFFICE: Mike Matthews (right) and Dave Laws with NECC chairman Lucy Winskell.

6:59am Wednesday 10th June 2015

AS job titles go ‘The Immediate Past President of the North East Chamber of Commerce’ is a bit of a gob-full.

New Lep boss has premier passion

The Northern Echo: "I have the best job in the North-East," says Bob Paton (right), pictured with Paul Woolston, chairman of the North East LEP.

6:10am Wednesday 3rd June 2015

STEVE McClaren, Sam Allardyce, Patrick Vieira, Sean Dyche, Martin Jol... the list of names being linked with the managerial vacancies at Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United grows longer and less thrilling by the day.


Building firm's awards success

The Northern Echo: SUCCESS: Randall Orchard's Darragh Spencer, second left, pictured alongside Alan O’Neile, from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, Graeme Newton, managing director of Randall Orchard, and former England rugby union player Brian Moore

11:28am Wednesday 1st July 2015

A BUILDING firm is toasting a double awards success.

College targets female engineers

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool College teamed up with the Women’s Engineering Society to run a taster day of activities to promote engineering as a potential career to 14 to 16-year-old girls.

8:02am Wednesday 1st July 2015

A COLLEGE is introducing teenage girls to the possibilities of a career in engineering in a bid to close both the gender and skills gaps.

Did you miss...?

The Northern Echo: Newcastle Airport

North-East welcomes third Heathrow runway recommendation
NORTH-EAST businesses have welcomed the Airports Commission decision to back a third Heathrow runway saying it will safeguard vital trade links and boost the regional economy.

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.


Where's the best place for your money?

The Northern Echo: Where's the best place for your money?

4:00pm Friday 3rd July 2015

‘Gary, where do I put my money?’

Political uncertainty dogs the market

The Northern Echo: Samantha Dolby is an Investment Manager at Brewin Dolphin.

6:20am Wednesday 1st July 2015

WHAT I am about to tell you will not come as a surprise, writes Samantha Dolby, an investment manager at Brewin Dolphin in Newcastle.

Meet The Boss

The Northern Echo: Tony Hobbs

Tony' commitment to the IT crowd
TONY Hobbs was more than content with his job. Working at the £340m Fujitsu microelectronics plant in the 1990s, he was a manufacturing team leader, and never thought he would see that career cut short. But that’s when it all changed.


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

Iconic landmark site

The Northern Echo:

7:14pm Friday 3rd July 2015

THE Ness Factory at Croxdale will be an iconic landmark for many who regularly commute on the A167 to Durham and Newcastle.

Modern, self-contained units now on the market

The Northern Echo:

7:12pm Friday 3rd July 2015

LAMBERT Smith Hampton has received revised instructions to market the attractive Halegrove Court office scheme at Bowesfield in Stockton.