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PROJECT: The CPI is leading a scheme to use seaweed for biomethane

CPI's £3m energy sea change

APPRENTICESHIPS: Jonathan Walker, North East Chamber of Commerce head of policy and campaigns

NECC Column: The true value of apprenticeships

HOLD: Amanda Vigar, chairwoman of the North East Shadow MPC

Hold interest rates, North-East business leaders say

SITE: Tata Steel's Beam Mill, at Lackenby, near Redcar

UPDATED: Tata Steel vow as US billionaire Gary Klesch ends Long Products bid

SSI UK continues to make a loss.

Banks make extra provisions for loans to Teesside steel firm

SLOWDOWN: The UK's construction industry has suffered a drop off after the General Election lull, according a Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index survey

Housebuilders suffer from post-election lull

Graham Anderson, founder of OpenCRM

Cloud company marks 10th anniversary by launching internship programme

ENGINEERING A DEAL: Sami Edwards, General Manager of Dhabi Contracting (left) and Bryan Bunn, Managing Director of Nortech Group (right)

Teesside engineer Nortech shares its expertise with Middle East

The Best Western Grand Hotel in Hartlepool has been purchased by Shepherd Cox after a difficult six months for the hotel and its guests.

New owners of historic Hartlepool hotel plan to create jobs

The taxpayer lost £1.72 on every RBS share sold, resulting in a total loss of £1,084m on its investment in the bank. Pic: Philip Toscano/PA Wire.

Taxpayer makes £1bn loss from RBS sale

More than 650 people turned up for the tours around the school and the chance to meet former school friends before ending with a display of old photographs.

Nostalgia in the air at Stockton School

STEEL: Tata Steel Special Profiles plant at Skinningrove, east Cleveland		Picture: STUART BOULTON

Tata Steel completes Long Products move

The first slab of steel to be produced at SSI UK on Teesside.  The contiuous production of slabs begins.  nb.this is not the first slab in this picture. (33982615)

Teesside steelmaker SSI smashes production records

FOCUS: A chemical engineer oversees work in a laboratory. The CPI has worked with Tata Steel on ways to analyse steel for potential faults

Tata uses Mars technology to improve steel

DRIVING ON: Northgate has issued a €100 million (£70m), 2.38 per cent seven year debt private placement to an institutional investor.

Darlington van hire firm Northgate refinances debt facilities

Bank lending to businesses is set to grow in 2015 for the first time in seven years, an EY ITEM Club forecast for financial services report has said. Pic: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Bank lending to businesses to rise for first time since 2008

WELCOME: Steve Jones has joined Barratt Developments' North-East division as technical director

Housebuilder Barratt strengthens regional team

SLOWDOWN: The UK manufacturing sector is being held back by weaker exports, a report has said

Manufacturing 'dragging down economy'

EVENT: Nickie Gott, of She’s Gott It, with Darren Cumner, Hitachi's Aycliffe plant manager

Events firm secures Hitachi deal

The strength in Sterling continues to cause headaches for exporters trying to sell inside the Eurozone, the CBI said.

CBI says economy is on firm footing

PROJECT: Wescott industrial blasters carry out preparation on oil rig

Offshore firm's training drive

Hitachi has secured the deal to replace the 40-year-old trains on the First Great Western with faster, more efficient trains.

Hitachi wins £360m London to Cornwall train deal

Jonathan Craig, Finance Yorkshire (left), with husband and wife team James and Samantha Goodhart outside their company's new premises which are being built at Melsonby. Picture Dean Atkins.

Bon Coeur Fine Wines invests in its North Yorkshire heartland

NECC President Mike Matthews, Zoe Lewis, Middlesbrough College principal and chief executive, and Neil Powell Unity City Academy principal, with pupils.

Pupils learn about apprenticeship greats

Arnab Basu, of Kromek, said: "The Board is confident in the prospects of the business and delivering significant shareholder value.”

Kromek edges towards first profit as revenues rise

FAN: Jake Gyllenhaal, pictured in new film Southpaw, says he enjoys Greggs' baguettes

UPDATED: Bacon and eggs give Greggs breakfast boost

WORRIES: Unions say changes to Nestlé’s UK pension scheme will affect many of the firm's 2,700 staff in York and Newcastle

Unions warn over Nestlé pension scheme

Teesdale hotel becomes independent chain's first UK member outside London

Teesdale hotel becomes independent chain's first UK member outside London

DRUGS: Workers produce vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline's factory in Barnard Castle, County Durham

Glaxo targets new HIV and cancer treatments to maintain growth

David Cameron holds a news conference with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Istana, the Presidential Palace in Singapore. Pic: Stefan Rousseau/PA.

North-West businesses outnumber North-East 7 to 1 on Cameron trade mission

Andrew Haigh, Newcastle Building Society chief executive "believes passionately in the mutual sector".

Profits jump at Newcastle Building Society

(Left to right) Ian Glymond private banking manager at Lloyds Bank Emma Taylor director at LGC Trevor Graham owner of LGC and Stuart Harper regional.

Growth plans for County Durham garden centre

CONTRACT: Cleat maker Ellis has sent equipment for a power project in Sydney

Cleat firm's joy at Australian contract

WORK: Staff on a Greencore production line

Convenience market helps Consett ready meal maker

INVESTMENT: Trevor Simmons, group managing director for Bell Truck and Van, left, with Paul Cockburn, general manager of Owen Pugh and Co, with the first of the fleet of new trucks

Civil engineer welcomes first truck in £3.4m deal

PRIDE: James Ramsbotham, North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive.

NECC Column: Feeling proud of the region

L-R Joe Nalder, Hotel Manager, David Garlinge, Head Chef, Jim Conway, Deputy Hotel Manager

Darlington restaurant appoints Gordon Ramsay-trained head chef

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.

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

SITE: Stadium Group's factory, in Hartlepool

Hartlepool tech firm Stadium Group agrees £6.5m expansion

MORTGAGE BOOST: Sir Richard Branson with Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Virgin Money Chief Executive

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

ITV has acquired the maker of Poldark.

ITV profits rise 25 per cent despite ratings fall

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

Internet access helps lift EE revenues

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.

Engineering consultant JNP to expand

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

Teesside recycling firm heads Down Under

VISIT: Chancellor George Osborne, pictured during a visit to Carillion's training centre on Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough, last year. Young bricklayer Jason Crockett helps Mr Osborne along                Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Bricklayer and carpenter shortage threatens construction industry

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

North-East manufacturers 'down over North Sea slump'

ADDITIONS: Keith Redford, with Sarah Armstrong and Rebecca Carr

Housebuilder adds to North-East team

VISION: An artist's impression of the South Durham UTC, which will be built in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

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

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

Growing engineering firm creates jobs in expansion

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