Breaking news Crisp factory closure is "devastating blow"

The Northern Echo:

10:24am Friday 31st October 2014

TALKS to save a famous North-East crisp factory have failed, say unions, who warned the potential loss of 104 jobs would be a "devastating blow" for workers and their families. 

Train factory is the catalyst for jobs revival

The Northern Echo: Geoff Hunton at yesterday's 'topping out' ceremony inside Hitachi's £82m Newton Aycliffe train factory. Picture by Phil Hunton.

6:20am Friday 31st October 2014

HITACHI’S £82m vote of confidence in the North-East is helping to attract other major investments to the region, said developers, who are closing in on a landmark deal set to create 4,500 jobs.

Virgin Money hails strong year

The Northern Echo: Sir Richard Branson and Jayne-Anne Gadhia. Virgin Money said underlying profits jumped to £59.7m in the first six months of the year, from £13.1m a year earlier.

4:54pm Friday 31st October 2014

NORTH-EAST bank Virgin Money has reported accelerating growth in its latest results.

Awards joy for Brewin Dolphin

The Northern Echo: Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin is closing its York office

3:41pm Friday 31st October 2014

LEADING wealth manager Brewin Dolphin is delighted that its Managed Funds Service (MFS) has won three categories at Citywire’s celebrated Wealth Manager Investment Performance Awards 2014 – retaining the Cautious portfolio and winning both the Balanced category and the Overall Large Firm Award.

Minister's 'chunky money' for A1

The Northern Echo: Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander

12:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

THE Government will use the Autumn Statement to set out plans for major road improvement projects, including the A1.

Breaking news 'Hitachi effect' could bring another 4,500 jobs

The Northern Echo: From left: Darren Cumner, Hitachi Aycliffe plant manager; Mark Perkins, of Shepherd; Geoff Hunton, Merchant Place Developments; Phil Wilson, Sedgefield MP and Keith Jordan, Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe.

10:02pm Thursday 30th October 2014

DEVELOPERS are closing in on a deal that will create up to 4,500 North-East jobs.

Hitachi factory will build and design trains

The Northern Echo: From left: Darren Cumner, Hitachi Aycliffe plant manager; Mark Perkins, of Shepherd; Geoff Hunton, Merchant Place Developments; Phil Wilson, Sedgefield MP and Keith Jordan, Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe.

3:14pm Thursday 30th October 2014

HITACHI Rail Europe today marked the first phase of its 730-jobs North-East train factory by announcing it will also be the site for its UK design office.

Cable engineer Tekmar lands major Dutch deal

The Northern Echo: Tekmar will supply its latest innovation, TekTube® , at the Westermeerwind near-shore windfarm project in the Netherlands.

10:57am Thursday 30th October 2014

MARINE engineer Tekmar Energy has won a major contract to supply its new cable protection devices for a wind farm in Dutch waters.

Barclays set aside £500m in foreign exchange probe

The Northern Echo: test

10:08am Thursday 30th October 2014

BARCLAYS has set aside £500m over the alleged rigging of foreign exchange (forex) markets which are being probed by regulators around the world.

Businesses say zero-hours crackdown will have no impact.

The Northern Echo: The Office for National Statistics says households are spending more with GDP on the increase

9:56am Thursday 30th October 2014

MORE than half of firms expect to increase their workforce in the next year although many are worried that "burdensome" employment regulations could affect their business, according to a new report.

Yorkshire and Clydesdale bank sale

The Northern Echo: Phil Mustard of Durham in action in a Yorkshire Bank 40, YB-40, match.

10:28am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks are being readied for a stock market flotation after their Australian owner confirmed plans to exit UK banking.

House prices hit all-time high

The Northern Echo: House asking prices County Durham and Teesside have among the furthest distance still to recover, according to a property website.

9:58am Thursday 30th October 2014

HOUSE prices climbed to another all-time high in October after dipping slightly the previous month, Nationwide Building Society has reported.

Atom bids to split open high street banking

The Northern Echo: L-R Edward Twiddy, Chief Innovation Officer; George Garlick, Chief Executive, Durham County Council, Anthony Thomson, Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council

12:03am Thursday 30th October 2014

NORTH-EAST bank Atom is trying to raise about £20m to support its planned launch next year.

Carbon capture can create 4,000 Tees Valley jobs

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5:28pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A CONFERENCE has heard this week how systems which stop carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere could deliver a huge jobs boost to the North-East.

Lord Jones to help launch Ebac freezer range

The Northern Echo: Lord Digby Jones

3:32pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

LORD Digby Jones will be at white goods maker Ebac next week to mark the official opening of the firm's new factory.

Yorkshire Bank could be sold

The Northern Echo: Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel takes the wicket of Glamorgan's Chris Cooke as Chris Read watches on during the Yorkshire Bank Pro40 Final at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 21, 2013. See

10:12am Wednesday 29th October 2014

NATIONAL Australia Bank is reportedly set to sell Yorkshire and Clydesdale banks when it announces full-year results this week.

Wearside manufacturer ticks off bucket list

The Northern Echo: Alex Roberts, HSM commercial director (left) and John Whitehall, HSM managing director.

7:52am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A MANUFACTURER of digger buckets has seen a major order leave for a Siberian mining project.

Business hub will give town 'piece of the action'

The Northern Echo: NEW BUILD: Darlington Borough Council's director of economic growth, Ian Williams, left, with David Howell, North East Business and Innovation Centre director of operations, outside Darlington's new Business Growth Hub  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (11912

6:01am Wednesday 29th October 2014

TOWERING above existing buildings, Darlington’s Business Growth Hub is starting to dominate the skyline.

North-East heavy industry prepares for winter chill

The Northern Echo: Industry at the Wilton site on Teesside. (7937272)

4:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

NORTH-EAST industry is braced for a winter of interruptions as it bears the burden of looming electricity shortages and a Government pledge to safeguard household supplies.

Coal is key to UK energy supply, says mining boss

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12:22pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have approved plans to dig about 290,000 additional tonnes of coal at a North-East surface mine which developers said sustains about 150 jobs.

Mild weather melts Next profits

9:50am Wednesday 29th October 2014

BRITAIN'S Indian summer will knock £25m off profits at Next after the sustained period of mild weather saw its sales performance melt away.

Venturefest reaps rewards for North-East business

The Northern Echo:

9:27am Wednesday 29th October 2014

VENTUREFEST North East, the region’s innovation conference, took place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead last week, bringing together more than 500 entrepreneurs and business people to hear all about the latest thinking on innovation and how it can be applied in a business context.

NECC Column: Flying the flag for the North-East

The Northern Echo: FEEL SORRY: James Ramsbotham, North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive, says he feels sorry for people in the South-East who have to rely on the North-East for energy and water

6:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

LUNCH with friends is always a pleasant experience, particularly if there is something to celebrate, writes James Ramsbotham, North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive.

Lloyds to cut 9,000 jobs and 150 branches

The Northern Echo: test

9:05am Tuesday 28th October 2014

LLOYDS Banking Group has confirmed 9,000 job cuts and the closure of 150 branches over the next three years.

Property deal marks firm's return to Darlington

The Northern Echo: (left to right) George Penrice, Victoria Bollands,  Alan Cowie and  David Fairley.

5:52pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

SANDERSON Weatherall has grown its property services division with the acquisition of a Tees Valley firm.

Osborne must use Autumn Statement to empower North-East, says NECC

The Northern Echo: Chancellor George Osborne

11:09am Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE Chancellor must empower business to drive forward economic growth when he makes his Autumn Statement announcement on December 3.

Clive Owen marks 20 years of success

The Northern Echo: Terry Doyle with his team at Clive Owen & Co LLP in York.

3:36pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A FIRM of accountants and business advisers in York is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

From Middle East to North-East

The Northern Echo: L-R Louise Hardy and Lilla Preston from the North East BIC, Bob Beresford from UKTI and entrepreneurs Meriem Debbagh and Eman Nasr. Credit; Ian McClelland Photography.

11:25am Tuesday 28th October 2014

OVERSEAS entrepreneurs have been given an insight into UK business culture and made new contacts, during a visit to the

Russia problems hit BP profits

The Northern Echo: BP generated strong cashflow despite lower oil prices.

10:27am Tuesday 28th October 2014

BP has increased its dividend for the third quarter despite falling oil prices and a 19 per cent drop in profits.

Revenue soars at Utilitywise

The Northern Echo: From left, Andrew Richardson, Adam Thompson and Geoff Thompson, from Utilitywise.

9:19am Tuesday 28th October 2014

NORTH-EAST energy consultant Utilitywise has almost doubled its revenue and seen pre-tax profits leap 76 per cent as it gears up for further growth.

Engineer backs apprentices

The Northern Echo: Express Engineering’s Nicolas Grimshaw (front left) and Elliot Brown (front right) with their fellow new apprentices who have started with the company this year.

3:13pm Monday 27th October 2014

ELEVEN new apprentices have joined the oil and gas division of a rapidly expanding engineer.

FSB launches social media campaign

The Northern Echo: The FSB's #ibacksmallbusiness campaign forms the centrepiece of its work in advance of the 2015 General Election.

10:07am Monday 27th October 2014

THE Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is launching a new campaign putting prospective politicians in direct contact with small businesses on social media.

Beckham is top entrepreneur

The Northern Echo:

2:08pm Monday 27th October 2014

SPICE Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham has topped a list of Britain's 100 foremost entrepreneurs in 2014, according to a leading business magazine.

Housebuilder hails strong North-East market

The Northern Echo: (11967439)

1:49pm Monday 27th October 2014

THE North-East housing market is looking stronger than ever, according to national homebuilder Taylor Wimpey.

Lloyds staff braced for job cuts

The Northern Echo: test

1:37pm Monday 27th October 2014

STATE-BACKED Lloyds Banking Group is reportedly expected to announce thousands of job cuts as it publishes latest financial results with a strategic update tomorrow.

Team appointed to support Tees Valley SMEs

The Northern Echo: Gillian Baker, Stephen Carey and Graeme Foster

1:26pm Monday 27th October 2014

A PARTNERSHIP that supports small and medium-sized businesses has welcomed on board three new team members.

Start spreading the news: New York route will boost exports

The Northern Echo: l to r: David Laws, Iain Malcolm and Bob Schumacher.

5:05pm Monday 27th October 2014

BUSINESS leaders have warmly welcomed the prospect of direct flights to the North-East's biggest single trade partner as a gateway to potentially lucrative export links.

Construction firm secures education work

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6:00am Monday 27th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST construction firm has strengthened its order book with work on schools and colleges.

Royal visitor hears about firm's ambitious growth plans

The Northern Echo: From left to right: Colin Billiet, managing director, nano-porous solutions ltd, HRH Duke of Kent and John Pearson, research and development manager, nano-porous solutions ltd.

9:40am Friday 24th October 2014

HIS Royal Highness the Duke of Kent this week checked on progress at an innovative North-East engineer that plans to treble staff numbers in the next four years.

Making a stand: Oktoberfest showcases regional manufacturing

The Northern Echo: LtoR – Jordan Hughes, Kaylan Jackson, Andrew Golightly, Kieran Scott, Connor Howard

6:05am Friday 24th October 2014

AS engineering and manufacturing emerges from the downturn, Business Editor Andy Richardson spoke to delegates and exhibitors at Oktoberfest 2014.

GDP up 0.7 per cent but recovery is slowing

The Northern Echo: A new report says North-East jobseekers are paying the price of George Osborne's 'slash and burn' approach to the public sector.

10:33am Friday 24th October 2014

THE pace of the UK recovery slowed in the third quarter of the year as manufacturing posted its weakest performance since the start of 2013, official figures showed today.

Construction firm's Middlehaven work

The Northern Echo: Aerial view including an artist's impression of the Sainsbury's supermarket at the Gateway Middlehaven development.

1:10pm Friday 24th October 2014

A CONSTRUCTION firm has been appointed to create a Teesside retail park.

Steel unions call for rethink on Tata sell-off

The Northern Echo: Workers at Teesside Beam Mill at Lakenby, will be affected by the potential sale announced by Tata steel today.

10:10am Friday 24th October 2014

UNIONS have voiced concern about Tata Steel’s plans to sell part of its business which employs hundreds of North-East workers and warned of possible industrial action over pensions.

Ministry of Defence workers strike again

The Northern Echo: ON GUARD: A Foxhound light protected patrol vehicle roams an area close to the Patrol Base Wahid, in Helmand, Afghanistan. DSG is responsible for maintaining such vehicles

2:28pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

MINISTRY of Defence vehicle repair staff have taken further strike action.

Exports 'could hit' manufacturing growth

The Northern Echo: SCALING BACK: Growth in manufacturing has eased, according to a study

12:38pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A LACK of new export orders is threatening to hit UK manufacturing growth, a report has warned.

Debenhams suffers profit slump

The Northern Echo: Artist's impression of Debenhams, in The Northern Echo offices. (

12:07pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

ANNUAL profits at Debenhams have fallen 24.8 per cent caused by disastrous Christmas trading.

Tesco boss to leave after profits plunge

The Northern Echo: MORE TIME: Tesco's store in Bishop Auckland. Company bosses have asked for more time to turn the business around.

10:25am Thursday 23rd October 2014

TESCO'S chairman will stand down after it announced a 91.9 per cent drop in first half pre-tax profits to £112m.

Union calls for Lloyds leak probe

The Northern Echo: PROFITS JOY: Lloyds Banking Group has posted a half-year profits of £863m

10:44am Thursday 23rd October 2014

STATE-BACKED Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut about 9,000 jobs over the next three years, it has been claimed.

Port hails record week

The Northern Echo: TRADE BOOST: PD Ports says it is working with P&O Ferries on a new service from Teesport, pictured, to Zeebrugge

11:41am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST port operator says it has enjoyed a record cargo week.

Bakery plans new jobs to continue rise

The Northern Echo: SUCCESSFUL RECIPE: Pictured from left to right are Rick McCordall, NEL Fund Managers' Jane Siddle, and Colin Coates, from the Business Investors Group Syndicate

10:15am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A BAKERY aims to create more than 40 jobs in a major expansion after receiving significant funding support.

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