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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

HISTORY: Newcastle Airport has served the region since July 26, 1935

Newcastle Airport celebrates 80th anniversary

TEAM: Paul Laidler, left, with Chris Raby and Paul Bowers

Drainage firm adds to team

ROLE: Paul Booth is taking over from Sandy Anderson as TVU chairman

Tees Valley regeneration body reveals new chairman

BASE: De La Rue's Gateshead factory

Boost for banknote printer De La Rue as it secures new orders

Nissan in Sunderland produces about a third of all cars made in the UK.

Car production reaches highest half year output since recession

FAST-PACED: British Touring Car Championship driver Simon Belcher, pictured during a previous race meeting. The driver is now being sponsored by Middlesbrough's Plastrex, which has launched in the town and created new jobs

Middlesbrough plastics firm creates jobs

BENEFIT: Johnson Matthey says demand for its catalysts has helped sales grow

Drive to cut emissions helps chemicals firm

The Institute of Directors’ Chief Economist, James Sproule, said the Bank of England needs to start “normalising” interest rates now.

Carney warned: 'Raise interest rates now or the Bank of England will be defenceless when the next crisis strikes'

Steve Hare, Sage Chief Financial Officer.

North-East software firm Sage on track

Shepherd has led construction of Hitachi's train factory at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

Building firm Shepherd agrees to be bought by Wates

Nifco boss Mike Matthews is in advanced talks to start building the firm's third new factory in four years.

Nifco makes long term commitment to region

PROJECT: An artist's impression of the biomass plant at Port Clarence

£160m Teesside energy plant moves closer

SITE: Tata Steel's special profiles plant, in Skinningrove, east Cleveland		Picture: STUART BOULTON

Billionaire steel talks continue as jobs lost

PROMOTIONS: (left to right) Lee Stamp, David Hammal, Gareth Marshall and Susan McNair.

PwC invests in North-East

PROJECT: Pictured, from left to right, at the start of building work are Chris Parson, from Turner Townsend Project Management, Chris McDonald, Materials Processing Institute chief executive, and Stephen Payne, of Meldrum Construction

Teesside research centre work could deliver £170m boost

Council Leader Paul Watson took to the controls of an excavator to signal the start of the New Wear Crossing construction project in Sunderland.

Sunderland's new £100m link

DRIVING AMBITION (from left) Neil Sowerby – it should be Neal Walker, Scania (Great Britain), Executive Regional Director (North Region). Picture: Keith Taylor.

Esh Winning firm shows driving ambition

HISTORY: Siglion wants to redevelop the former Vaux Brewery site. The Vaux name is well-known in the region, with the company formerly sponsoring Sunderland AFC's shirts, shown here in 1990 against Queens Park Rangers

Talks planned over £100m Sunderland deal

EQUIPMENT: DeepOcean UK's jet trencher, the UT-1, which it uses on energy contracts

Darlington subsea firm secures Belgian work

CALL: John Cridland, CBI director general

Government warned over foreign workers cap

RATES: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, pictured at Durham County Cricket Club's Chester-le-Street ground during an exclusive interview with The Northern Echo last year

Carney hints on interest rate rise

SITE: Tata Steel's Hartlepool Pipe Mill

North-East workers safe in steel firm job cuts

PROJECT: Construction work continues on Sita Sembcorp UK’s waste-to-energy plant, in Wilton, near Redcar

Teesside energy firm dismisses fresh worker allegations

PRAISE: Tom Blenkinsop has praised Anna Soubry's attitude towards the steel industry

North-East MPs hail 'breath of fresh air' steel minister

DISASTER: Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring against England at the Brazil World Cup. Sports Direct says its has enjoyed a strong year, despite the impact of England's performance at the tournament

Workers benefit as Sports Direct shrugs off World Cup woes

PROJECT: The topside is installed on the BP Clair Ridge. MTE's scope of supply included lightweight blast-rated external firewalls, wind walls and heat shields

Darlington offshore protection firm's multi-million pound work

SITE: Tata Steel's Special Profiles plant at Skinningrove, east Cleveland	Picture: STUART BOULTON

Union pensions vote ends Tata strike threat

CONTRACTS: Welders at work on steel at Finley Structures' base, in Newton Aycliffe

Aycliffe family firm secures school deals

SUCCESS: Subsea Innovation's managing director, Martin Moon, pictured on one of its launch and recovery systems	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Darlington subsea firm's project delight

CHANGE: Tim Johnson, 1825 North-East managing director, left, and his deputy Peter Heckingbottom

Bishop Auckland wealth firm changes name in Standard Life deal

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