Penny's passion to engineer sector's bright future

The Northern Echo: Penny Marshall

6:00am Monday 13th October 2014

WE all have a morning routine.

Tanja's building links across the world

The Northern Echo: WORLDWIDE WORK: Tanja Smith, of Gradon Architecture, is heading to Mongolia to help the firm's presence in the country

11:12am Monday 6th October 2014

Tanja Smith, chartered architectural technologist and associate at Gradon Architecture

Driving forward in the car industry

The Northern Echo: AUTOMOTIVE FOCUS: David Cann, Mecaplast general manager

6:00am Monday 15th September 2014

THE UK’s car industry is continuing to drive forward, with North-East firms key components in the acceleration.

Cricket boss aims to deliver first class future

The Northern Echo: David Harker, Durham County Cricket Club's chief executive. (10050022)

6:35am Monday 8th September 2014

MOST businesses are results-driven, but Durham County Cricket Club chief David Harker faces a range of tricky challenges that would tax the most unflappable of batsmen.

Pianist changes tune after meeting a hero

The Northern Echo:

9:53am Monday 11th August 2014

Nathanael Allison, managing director, Industrial and Marine Hydraulics

A helping hand for business start-ups

The Northern Echo: Denise Fielding, director of operations at East Durham Business Service

7:31am Monday 4th August 2014

NEW businesses are the lifeblood of a healthy economy but the failure rate of start-ups is enough to give any prospective entrepreneur palpitations.

Bob aims to instil passion for region into next generation

The Northern Echo: PEOPLE FOCUS: Bob Paton, managing director of Accenture's North-East delivery centre

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

BOB Paton’s passion for the region is clear.

Delivering a taste of France to the North-East

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN TIOKET: Frederic and Jane Robineau, previously pictured highlighting the first year of their business' cafe by putting golden tickets into chocolate bars

6:00am Monday 14th July 2014

FREDERIC Robineau is an elusive man to tie down. A message comes back that he’s too busy to talk. However, for a man who doesn’t own a mobile phone, it’s not an intentional ploy to dodge a journalist’s questions.

Tunnel boss helps keep the region on the move

The Northern Echo: TUNNEL VISION: Rachel Turnbull, TT2 chief executive

9:52am Monday 30th June 2014

BY the time most of us are enjoying a mid morning cuppa about 17,000 vehicles will have travelled through the Tyne Tunnels.

Look elsewhere for celebrity gossip, says chauffeur firm boss

The Northern Echo: Brian Rudd, the managing director at Parkers Executive Chauffeurs

9:48am Monday 23rd June 2014

IF you ask any of Brian Rudd’s drivers: "Have you had any famous people in the back your car?” you can expect to be met with stony silence.

Mandy is flying the flag for more business success

The Northern Echo: Mandy Scott, founder of AA Flags, in Consett

10:04am Monday 9th June 2014

MANDY SCOTT has made flags to entertain millions. Her company, AA Flags, in Consett, County Durham, is responsible for colourful displays for Royal celebrations and international sporting events.

Stephen's commitment to helping others

The Northern Echo: HELPING OTHERS: Stephen Bell OBE, group chief executive of Changing Lives

6:00am Monday 26th May 2014

AS a youngster, Stephen Bell OBE gave his all on the sports field.

Mike Lever, director of New Results Training

The Northern Echo: Mike Lever, director of New Results Training

9:52am Friday 9th May 2014

TRAINING company director Mike Lever describes the trigger which led up to him changing the direction of his working life.

Stephen hoping to unlock further success

The Northern Echo: Stephen Wylde

6:00am Monday 5th May 2014

STEPHEN Wylde was once employed by companies focused on protecting people's wealth.

Meet The Boss - Barbara Johnson

The Northern Echo: Barbara Johnson from the Morritt Hotel

6:00am Monday 28th April 2014

WHEN Barbara Johnson first took over The Morritt Hotel in Teesdale in July 1994 it had no bookings, six bottles of wine in the cellar and three staff.

Fiery character Andrew committed to growing business

The Northern Echo: Andrew Nicholson

6:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THERE are some bosses who are known for their fiery character.

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, 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, chief executive

6:00am Monday 20th January 2014

Meet The Boss: Ian Griffiths, chief executive of

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.

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