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CUTS: Oil companies have been forced to cut jobs after the price of oil fell sharply	Picture: DANNY LAWSON/PA WIRE

Falling oil prices "good for economy", says Bank chief

GROWTH: Camerons Brewery aims to expand in £30m plans		Picture: TOM BANKS

Camerons Brewery predicts "exciting times ahead" as it launches £30m expansion to buy 40 pubs

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2a l to r: Cllr Harry Trueman, Sunderland City Council with Adrian Holland and Kayleigh Johnson, both directors of Choice Future Planning (54932657)

Sunderland call centre to create 100 jobs following move from Shildon

EXPANSION: Geoff Clark, of Ravensworth Developments, Jason Devison, of Complete Office Solutions, and Naylors' Keith Stewart, pictured inside a unit at Portobello Trade Park

Office firm to create 50 jobs in Portobello Trade Park move

PRODUCTION: Workers fit the windscreen to a Nissan Juke at the Japanese firm's Sunderland plant

Sunderland-made Nissan cars push UK sales to record level

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FREEZE: The Bank of England has held interest rates again	Picture: TIM IRELAND/PA WIRE

Bank of England holds interest rates - and says rise may not happen until late 2017

STEEL: One of Tata Steel's Hartlepool Pipe Mills. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

'Perfect storm' hits Tata Steel profits

DEAL: The Kings Head Hotel, in Richmond, North Yorkshire

Richmond's Kings Head Hotel sold to The Coaching Inn Group

An artist's impression of the proposed new Heck! Food factory, which will also include a warehouse, staff gym, offices and visitor centre

"Sausage World" to be created as part of expansion plans for hugely successful family firm

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VOW: Air Products says it is focused on building both its Teesside plants

Air Products’ second Teesside plant still on hold - but bosses vow to have both sites "up and running"

BASE: Husqvarna's Newton Aycliffe plant

Aycliffe lawnmower-maker Husqvarna aims to recruit 650 staff

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TEAM: Keith Boardall, left, with deputy chief executive, Marcus Boardall

Frozen food haulier Reed Boardall expands storage base to take on more work

BASE: GlaxoSmithKline, in Barnard Castle, County Durham.

Barnard Castle's biggest employer Glaxo says new drug sales helped offset declines in older medicines

Calsonic cockpit module (54121859)

The manufacturer that helps drive Nissan Sunderland

Total Recycling Services Ltd at Yarm Road business park, Darlington has secured a £6.7m investment. (54624970)

Darlington waste firm TRS secures £6.7m boost

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CUTS: Johnson Matthey says it has benefited from more demand for its catalysts to cut car exhaust gases, but revealed other areas of its business have been hit by the lower oil price and China's economic slowdown	Picture: LEWIS WHYLD/PA

Teesside-based Johnson Matthey hit by "challenging trading" - but bosses say long-term prospects are good

WELCOME: George Rafferty, NOF Energy chief executive, speaks at last year’s conference

Shale gas in focus at NOF Energy conference

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UTC South Durham principal Tom Dower is one of the judges at Aycliffe Business Park’s Make Your Mark event . Picture: CHRIS BOOTH.

Book your place for Aycliffe Business Park’s Make Your Mark

Techconsult UK, based at the Wilton Centre near Redcar, specialises in finding candidates for highly specialised roles in the process and petrochemical, oil and gas, renewable and subsea sectors.

Wilton recruitment specialist Techconsult UK grows profits

The ten new apprentices line up with Davey Veitch (centre front) and Barry Waller (centre back) of CFB Risk Management, on the first day of their training. (54533274)

Ten Tees Valley recruits start training with Cleveland Fire Brigade

CONFIDENCE: Jeff Alexander

Construction sector optimistic, says industry boss

Mike Matthews, Nifco UK managing director writes for The Northern Echo (54512834)

A flying start to 2016

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ISAS: Brewin Dolphin's Jo Jackson

Help to buy ISAs: What you need to know

Niven Architects director Simon Crowe with his trusty sketchbook (54522912)

Architects sketch the future of Darlington

POWERHOUSE: James Ramsbotham, North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive

The role of business in the Northern Powerhouse agenda

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Ministers have nothing to apologise about over steel orders for the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Ministers have 'nothing to apologise about' over plan to use foreign steel on Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant

British Gas, which is Britain's largest energy supplier, has not yet said when the job cuts will come into force. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

British Gas axes 500 jobs, union warns thousands more to follow

HOLD: Christopher White, chairman of the North East Shadow Monetary Policy Committee

North East Shadow Monetary Policy Committee votes to hold interest rates

PolyPhotonix’s Noctura 400 sleep mask (54572091)

Netpark at Sedgefield, County Durham to host innovation supply chain conference

BP said underlying profits more than halved last year. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

BP profits plummet amid oil price fall

Sainsbury's has launched a £1.3 billion bid for Home Retail Group, owners of Argos and Homebase. Picture: PA Wire.

Sainsbury's offers £1.3bn for Argos

DRIVE: Sevcon's Matt Boyle takes a ride in a Renault Twizy. His company has expanded with the acquisition of Italy's battery charger business, Bassi

£10m Italian job "the final piece in puzzle" for Gateshead's electric vehicle firm Sevcon

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VISION: An artist's impression of the Port Clarence Renewable Energy Plant	Picture: Glennmont Partners

Middlesbrough engineer appointed to drive forward £160m Port Clarence Renewable Energy plant

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CELEBRATION: Alasdair MacConachie, cuts his cake alongside PA Jane Longstaff, financial director Catherine Sunley, Val MacConachie and Simon MacConachie

Sherwoods chief marks 35-years in motor business

BASE: EE's offices in Darlington	Picture: STUART BOULTON

BT jobs vow as it builds on deal for Darlington's EE

SUPPORTIVE: Lesley Lock, Nuffield Health’s Tees Hospital director	Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

Lesley plots Nuffield investment to continue helping others

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General: “Whether it’s the Nissan plant in Sunderland producing more cars than the whole of Italy, a super-port in Liverpool attracting more than £1bn of investment, financial services in Leeds, or Manchester launching

Business North launches to challenge and support Government’s Northern Powerhouse plan

ROLE: Andrew Hodgson has been named the new chairman of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership

North East Local Enterprise Partnership names Andrew Hodgson as new chairman

Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary will visit Redcar tomorrow. Mr Smith will join Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar on a tour of TTE Training in Middlesbrough.

"THE TV cameras might have left Redcar, but we still have thousands of families struggling and former steelworkers looking for work," says steel union leader

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CELEBRATION: Staff celebrate Air France-KLM's 500,000 passenger milestone at Newcastle Airport

Air France-KLM makes Newcastle Airport vow after passenger success

EE recently announced a multi-million pound investment programme that will see a complete refurbishment of its call centre and billing operations in Darlington.

BT completes £12.5bn merger with Darlington's largest employer EE

Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham United, has written to professional teams to warn that “cutting ourselves off from Europe would have devastating consequences” for both the economy and the competitiveness of British football. Picture: PA Wire.

Why Brexit would be bad news for Allardyce, McClaren and Karanka

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BASE: Surgo's Newcastle offices

Delight for Surgo Construction as it secures £10m work

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Chancellor George Osborne said on Twitter: "With turbulence in world, there may be bumpy times ahead. UK must stick with plan that's cutting deficit, attracting business, creating jobs."

Economy expands 0.5 per cent but George Osborne warns of 'bumpy times ahead'

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EXPANSION: Encore Packaging Solutions’ financial director, Mike Williamson, far left, and managing director Russell Croisdale, far right, celebrate its Peterlee move with Royal Bank of Scotland’s Stephanie Campbell and Lee Moody

Encore Packaging Solutions promises jobs in Peterlee move

Tony Brockley, Darlington Credit Union Chief Executive.

Darlington Credit Union reports record demand

Research carried out for the NatCen think-tank, found 73 per cent of those who want to remain in the EU think Brexit would harm the economy, and 68 per cent are convinced jobs would be lost. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

EU referendum is a battle over economic risks and immigration

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Shadow business secretary Angela Eagle accused Chancellor George Osborne of "touring China selling off any British asset he could lay his hands on to the Chinese state bank". Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Tories accused of selling the family silver after record £26.4bn of privatisations in 2015

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'RIGHT MAN': Mike Ashley takes in a Newcastle United game at St James' Park		Picture: TOM BANKS

Crowd displeaser...but Newcastle United lucky to have Mike Ashley, says former right-hand man

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BASE: Sirius Minerals aims to transform this site, near Whitby, into a £2bn potash mine. Pictured is the area last year after the business carried out underground tests

Sirius Minerals moves closer to revealing contractors for £2bn North Yorkshire potash mine

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