Jamie aims to give food for thought

The Northern Echo: Jamie Sadler

6:00am Monday 14th April 2014

Jamie Sadler, Food Nation managing director

Travelling the world sparked food passion

The Northern Echo: ON THE MAP: Bill Oldfield

10:28am Monday 31st March 2014

BILL OLDFIELD is one of the North-East’s best known restaurateurs.

Estate agent who wants to make dreams come true

The Northern Echo: BUSINESS SENSE: Jackie Rohan

9:53am Monday 24th March 2014

FOR most of us the purchase of a house is the biggest financial step we will ever take, but it is often a decision led by the heart rather than the head.

Gary aims to lead a new future for North-East business

The Northern Echo:

5:00am Monday 17th March 2014

GARY Coyle is used to giving people what they want.

Signs of recovery but beware of sudden frost, warns local entrepreneur

The Northern Echo: Graham and Julie Howard

6:00am Monday 10th March 2014

THE head of a family-run building firm has a couple of well-chosen words to sum up talk of recovery in the regional housing market: "hype and spin."

Health and beauty entrepreneurs fight fire with Dragons' fire

The Northern Echo: Dr Ganesh Rao and Tim Harwood, founders of Newcastle-based treatmentsaver.com, who appeared on Dragon's Den

6:00am Monday 3rd March 2014

“YOU guys make me sick.”

Following the dream points way back home

The Northern Echo: PUSH AND PULL: Mike and Sally Waterston

10:21am Monday 24th February 2014

Mike Waterston, managing director of Waterstons

Pamela's committed to firm's drive for success

The Northern Echo: Pamela Petty, managing director of Ebac, with the freezers.

6:00am Monday 17th February 2014

AS the world's finest winter Olympians showcase their wares in Russia's snowcapped surroundings, the sporting stage also belonged to another North-East performer.

Katy helps youngsters read the signs for a brighter future

The Northern Echo: Katy Parkinson, pictured with Sound Training's managing director Mike Williams

6:00am Monday 10th February 2014

Katy Parkinson, founder director of Sound Training for Reading

Andy's passion for helping others

The Northern Echo: Andy Preston

6:00am Monday 3rd February 2014

HUDDLED in a sleeping bag, Andy Preston shivers as temperatures continue to plummet.

Work ethic is important

The Northern Echo: LEARN VALUES: Colin Leyden, managing director of Falck Safety Services which has sites in Billingham, near Stockton, and in Scotland

10:14am Monday 27th January 2014

Colin Leyden, managing director of Falck Safety Services

Ian committed to driving motoring business forward

The Northern Echo: Ian Griffiths, whocanfixmycar.com chief executive

6:00am Monday 20th January 2014

Meet The Boss: Ian Griffiths, chief executive of whocanfixmycar.com

Things are going just swimmingly for Keith

The Northern Echo: Keith Miller, managing director of Ecco Finishing Supplies with the new fire protection machine being sent to the Middle East

6:00am Monday 23rd December 2013

Keith Miller, Ecco Finishing Supplies managing director

Education should reflect needs of the marketplace

The Northern Echo: CRUCIAL GUIDANCE: Graeme Burnett

12:24pm Monday 16th December 2013

ADORNED in his university robes, Graeme Burnett smiles proudly for the camera. He is receiving an honorary doctorate of business administration from Teesside University, in Middlesbrough, for his achievements in the oil and aviation industry.

‘We need coherence to drive region forward’

The Northern Echo: COUNTY AMBITION: Dr Simon Goon thinks the area should shout about what it has to offer in order to compete for investment

10:33am Monday 9th December 2013

WHEN Welshman Stewart Watkins stepped down as boss of Business Durham in July, to make way for West Midlandsborn Dr Simon Goon, he left a legacy of projects that helped bring thousands of jobs to the region.

Call centre boss determined to improve industry's image

The Northern Echo: Stuart Gray of 2Touch

10:40am Monday 2nd December 2013

MOST of us have had that sinking feeling; hanging on the telephone when Vivaldis Four Seasons Spring concerto has struck up for the umpteenth

Accountant Heather is tapping into her talents

The Northern Echo: BREAKING THE MOULD: Heather O’Driscoll

6:00am Monday 25th November 2013

Heather O’Driscoll, managing partner, Waltons Clark Whitehill

Phil's the driving force behind company

The Northern Echo: Phil Medlicott, Stagecoach North-East's managing director

6:00am Monday 18th November 2013

MANAGING directors are seen as one of the main driving forces behind a company.

Learning factory for the next generation

The Northern Echo: GIVING SOMETHING BACK: Bill Marley

11:04am Monday 11th November 2013

A GRANDFATHER is using the contacts he built up over decades working in North- East manufacturing to help the next generation get a start in life.

Rising legal eagle with heavy metal penchant

The Northern Echo: TAKING OVER: Kathryn Taylor will lead the business on a growth strategy

12:31pm Monday 28th October 2013

IF you dare venture into the ear-bleeding world of the heavy metal gig, there is fair chance that you will bump into Kathryn Taylor.

Charles' passion for perfection

6:00am Monday 21st October 2013

CHARLES Merchie life revolves around perfection.

A passion to help others learn and grow

The Northern Echo: Darren Race, managing director of e4 Learning Solutions, in County Durham and North Yorkshire, and chairman of South Durham Business Network and South Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Forum

6:00am Monday 14th October 2013

Darren Race, managing director of e4 Learning Solutions, in County Durham and North Yorkshire, and chairman of South Durham Business Network and South Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Forum

Footballer Sean scores with new business goal

The Northern Echo: Sean Sowden, left, with Tim Williams

6:00am Monday 7th October 2013

DASHED dreams and failed forays into the footballing world.

Factory dreams lead to quality achievements

The Northern Echo: LIKES ORDER: Valda Goodfellow decided against following her artistic father and siblings, in favour of a career in business

12:38pm Monday 23rd September 2013

TEENAGE rebellion takes many forms, but there cannot be many 14-year-old girls who have harboured dreams of one day running their own factory.

Inflation rate falls to 2.7 per cent

9:59am Tuesday 17th September 2013

INFLATION measured by the consumer prices index fell to 2.7 per cent in the year to August, from July's figure of 2.8 per cent.

Fisherman Andrew delighted as business continues to land success

The Northern Echo: GOOD ADVICE: Andrew Ellis was guided by a family friend

6:00am Monday 16th September 2013

ADRENALIN-FUELLED adventures come in various guises.

Cricket-loving Carl bowled over by firm's success

The Northern Echo: Carl Henderson, from Stokesley-based Hendersons Carpet and Flooring

6:00am Monday 9th September 2013

CARL Henderson has experienced both sides of the cricketing spectrum, despite spending very little time at the crease.

Dentist Paul riding high with successful sailing career

The Northern Echo: Paul Averley

6:00am Monday 2nd September 2013

THE dentist's chair.

Jane offers a helping hand to business

The Northern Echo: Jane Reynolds, Tees Valley Business Manager, North-East Finance

12:21pm Friday 23rd August 2013

Jane Reynolds, Tees Valley Business Manager, North-East Finance

Sharing wealth with the developing world is accountant's dream job

The Northern Echo: Patricia Alexander, managing director of North-East-founded Shared Interest, a fair trade finance organisation

1:00am Monday 19th August 2013

FOR the first half of her career Patricia Alexander's answer to the classic dinner party question "What do you do for a living?" was the conversation-stopping "I'm an accountant." 

Simon committed to helping North-East businesses grow

The Northern Echo: Simon Hamilton

6:00am Monday 12th August 2013

SIMON Hamilton has come a long way since his first job.

Maintaining high rush of adrenalin is Stuart’s aim

The Northern Echo: SAILING ALONG: Stuart Anderson's off-duty pursuits include crewing a yacht

9:51am Monday 5th August 2013

FROM tearing through challenging rally stages in a modified Hillman Imp, to facing one of the world’s toughest yacht races, Stuart Anderson has always enjoyed the adrenalinfuelled side of life.

From serving tables to communicating success

The Northern Echo: POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Mike Odysseas set up Stockton-based telecommunications company Odyssey Systems

12:18pm Monday 22nd July 2013

MIKE ODYSSEAS has come a long way since spending his teenage years working as a waiter all hours in a Greek restaurant in Stockton.

Charl’s aim is to try to tackle training needs

The Northern Echo: TRAINING FOR TOMORROW: Charl Erasmus, chief executive of South West Durham Training, left, with Terry Scuoler, chief executive of manufacturers’ organisation EEF, and trainees at a prizegiving at South West Durham Training last year

11:20am Monday 15th July 2013

GROWING up in South Africa, a youthful Charl Erasmus was putting his exuberance to great use on the rugby field.

Yachtsman Stuart enjoys adventurous side of life

The Northern Echo: Stuart Anderson, managing director of Wilkinson Maintenance, cleans son Chris' rally car

6:00am Monday 15th July 2013

Stuart Anderson, managing director of Wilkinson Maintenance

Family business flourishes under commitment to high quality

The Northern Echo: Fred Jones, director of F Jones Cleveland, in Middlesbrough

6:00am Monday 8th July 2013

VERONA, Italy.

Boxer Francis hopes to carry on knocking out rivals in security industry

The Northern Echo: SECOND COMING: Born-again Christian and former boxer Francis Jones, who has set up a security firm in Darlington

6:00am Monday 24th June 2013

BAYING for blood, the crowd gets louder, the atmosphere crackles in a mix of excitement, anxiety and fear.

John's old-fashioned values continue to reap rewards

The Northern Echo: John Crummie

6:00am Monday 17th June 2013

IT has stayed with him forever. John Crummie may have changed from the eight-year-old boy he once was, but the mantra once pinned to the wall of his father's drapery store certainly hasn't.

Cleaning boss Martin hopes to continue climbing ladder

The Northern Echo: Martin Ferguson, MJF managing director

6:00am Monday 10th June 2013

IT'S 4am and the freezing winter's snow blanket has again spread itself thick.

‘Dignity and respect are most important things’

The Northern Echo: COMBINED EXPERIENCE: Glenn Pickersgill with, from left, Heritage directors Sally Pickersgill, Amanda Jackson and Michelle Fenwick

11:43am Monday 3rd June 2013

MANY of us will spend our twilight years in a r e t i r e m e n t home but Glenn Pickersgill had the unusual experience of growing up in one.

Hotel boss: Plenty of room to succeed in life

The Northern Echo: RISE TO TOP: Tracey Campbell, general manager of Aston Hotel, in Darlington

3:25pm Friday 24th May 2013

“IF you never try then you’ll never know. Don’t live with regrets.” That was the philosophy instilled in Tracey Campbell, general manager of Aston Hotel in Darlington, from a young age.

Comic Bob’s brother opts for a career spent in print

The Northern Echo: IN PRINT: Richard Mortimer, managing director of HPM Group, based in Newton Aycliffe

9:56am Monday 20th May 2013

HIS more famous brother may have swapped a promising law career for madcap TV comedy, but Richard Mortimer has reaped the benefits of being with the same company for 45 years.

Asda chief joins trust to get youngsters into retail

The Northern Echo: Andy Clarke, chief executive of Asda

10:15am Monday 13th May 2013

THE UK boss of one of the world’s biggest employers believes a tough start in life should not prevent young people from building successful careers.

Letting agency boss John is a real knockout

The Northern Echo: John Paul, managing director of Castledene Group

6:00am Tuesday 7th May 2013

THE arena is a cauldron of tension and excitement.

Vikki aims to build on strong foundations at recycling firm

The Northern Echo: Vikki Jackson-Smith, from J&B Recycling

5:00am Monday 15th April 2013

MEET THE BOSS – Vikki Jackson-Smith, managing director of J & B Recycling, in Hartlepool

Chris reaches for sky in new role

The Northern Echo: Chris Alexander, left, with Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council

6:00am Monday 8th April 2013

AS the jets disappear over the horizon, their weaved patterns of kaleidoscopic entrails signal the end of Sunderland International Airshow.

Ruth was ahead of her time with salon choice

The Northern Echo: CUT ABOVE: Ruth Roddam in the Saks salon, in Houndgate, Darlington

10:29am Tuesday 2nd April 2013

IT was a tough decision. Ruth Roddam had always harboured dreams of becoming a hair stylist, and now this was her opportunity.

Former factory worker Tony now a financial high-flier

The Northern Echo: Tony Slimmings, director at WR Financial Management

6:00am Monday 25th March 2013

MEET THE BOSS: Tony Slimmings, director at WR Financial Management

Retail mission to keep the customer satisfied

The Northern Echo: CAREER CHANGE: Debbie Anderson used to be a police officer

12:33pm Monday 11th March 2013

THE world of shopping is constantly changing. Customers, given free rein by the evergrowing digital age, can buy their favourite items without even stepping over their front doorstep.

Lorna's love of food helps market flourish

The Northern Echo: COUNTING UP: Lorna Jackson rejoices at visitor numbers for Saltburn Farmers’ Market

6:00am Monday 4th March 2013

MEET THE BOSS: Lorna Jackson, organiser of Saltburn Farmers' Market

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