Northgate drives forward profits and sales

The Northern Echo: MOVING ON: Darlington-based Northgate is continuing to expand its UK business, with four new sites opened since the start of the new financial year, bringing its total branch network to 72.

10:17am Thursday 18th September 2014

DARLINGTON vehicle hire company Northgate PLC said it is trading in line with expectations and expressed confidence for the full year on the back of increased profit and revenue from its UK and Spanish businesses.

North-East tops unemployment and claimant tables

The Northern Echo:

10:18am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance has fallen below one million for the first time in six years, new figures showed today, but the North-East has the highest jobless and claimant rates in Great Britain.

Aircraft recycler locked out of hangar

The Northern Echo: AT WORK: Sycamore Aviation's hangar at Durham Tees Valley Airport, pictured during previous work on planes

6:01am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN aircraft breaker has been locked out of its hangar, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Rescue deal saves 800 Phone 4u jobs

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 15/09/14 of a  Phones 4U shop in Oxford Street in central London with its shutters down. The founder of Phone 4u has blamed 'extremely callous' mobile networks for the collapse of the company, which has put 5,600 jobs at risk. PRE

5:21pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DIXONS Carphone will offer to hire the 800 people who work in Phones 4U concessions at its Currys and PC World stores.

Shepherd hosts recruitment event for electricians, mates, plumbers and pipefitters

The Northern Echo: (10478521)

2:55pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

NORTH-EAST building services provider Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), in partnership with recruitment business NRL, is to host an M&E Trades Open Day, designed to match the region’s wealth of trained tradespeople with a variety of existing career opportunities.

Offshore deal 'will boost Korea work'

The Northern Echo: KOREA DEAL: Pictured front, from left to right are, Joanne Leng MBE, NOF Energy deputy chief executive, and Young-Ju Suh, KOSHIPA vice-chairman. Back row, from left to right, are Seok-Joo Chung, KOSHIPA general manager, George Rafferty, NOF Energy's c

12:23pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A NORTH-EAST offshore energy body has signed a deal to expand work between the UK and South Korea.

Baker focuses on brighter future

The Northern Echo:

6:01am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AS the recession continued to bite hard, even high street baker Greggs eventually found the squeeze too tough to swallow.

Salmond hails 'empowering moment'

The Northern Echo:

1:04pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has promised to negotiate with the rest of the UK in "comradely friendship" if there is a vote in favour of independence.

Gaming firm looks to reach new level

The Northern Echo: BUSINESS EXPANSION: Tom Beardsmore, Coatsink’s managing director, right, with Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council

11:17am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A GAMING firm aims to move up a level after revealing plans to increase its workforce.

Tackling climate change and economic growth are not incompatible

The Northern Echo: Innovative technology and new investment in cities, energy and agriculture is giving all countries opportunities for economic growth and tackling climate change, says a report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

8:39am Wednesday 17th September 2014

CHOOSING between growth and tackling climate change is a false dilemma as the two can be achieved together, a global commission has said.

Energy firms' customer woes

The Northern Echo: CUSTOMER UNREST: Npower has received the most complaints from customers, a report has said

6:01am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN energy provider that cut hundreds of North-East jobs has been criticised for its poor customer service.

Waste firm's jobs hopes

The Northern Echo: WASTE DISPOSAL: Sita UK says its factory expansion will divert up to 200,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year

6:01am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A COMPANY creating energy from waste aims to deliver 30 North-East jobs in a factory expansion.

North-East pub chain targets growth as rivals call time

The Northern Echo: Wear Inns is targeting growth amid tough market conditions

4:20am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CLAMPDOWN on cheap booze offers has been largely ignored by supermarkets, says a North-East and Yorkshire pub operator, which aims to grow in the year ahead.

City Deal is not to be sniffed at

The Northern Echo: Rachel Anderson NECC head of member relations

7:20am Wednesday 17th September 2014

IN this era of austerity and financial cutbacks, the prospect of a substantial pot of money from the Government to empower a town, city or specified area is not to be sniffed at, writes Rachel Anderson

Award for Driver Hire

The Northern Echo: Lisa Fleming

1:32pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DRIVER Hire Darlington, a franchise of the national network based on Aycliffe Business Park, has won the firm's Bronze Achievement Award for for hitting more than £300,000 in turnover.

Inflation falls to 1.5 per cent

The Northern Echo: CPP customers are to receive letters reminding them of the company's compensation package

9:51am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE inflation rate as measured by Consumer Price Index has fallen to 1.5 per cent in August, the Office for National Statistics has announced.

North-East house prices jump 9.5 per cent

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

10:35am Tuesday 16th September 2014

HOUSE prices in the North-East rose 9.5 per cent for the year to the end of July, the latest official figures have shown.

Phones 4U boss blames 'callous networks'

The Northern Echo: SHOCK CLOSURE: Phones 4U's store, in Silver Street, Durham City

12:12pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE founder of Phones 4u says mobile networks acted callously after his firm collapsed and put 5,600 jobs at risk.

CBI calls on Scotland to see benefits of unity

The Northern Echo: CBI North-East chair Heidi Mottram has joined calls for Scotland to vote No in tomorrow's independence referendum.

3:33pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE CBI has urged the people of Scotland to remain within the United Kingdom, arguing that the Union is the best way to grow the economy and boost jobs.

Entrepreneurs prepare for awards success

The Northern Echo: Brian Bunn, Nortech

1:52pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE best of the North-East’s entrepreneurial talent will be honoured on Friday as 300 business people come together to celebrate their success.

Architect's Hong Kong success

The Northern Echo: NEW PROJECT: Ryder has been appointed to work on the Hong Kong police headquarters, in Kowloon

11:09am Tuesday 16th September 2014

AN architect behind plans for an £82m North-East train building factory has secured lucrative work in Asia.

Baker Greggs 'will remain strong in Scotland'

The Northern Echo: TASTY RESULTS: Greggs is anticipated to deliver stronger results today

5:02pm Monday 15th September 2014

NORTH-EAST baker Greggs says it will maintain its strong reputation in Scotland, despite worries over potential changes arising from the independence vote.

British Engines powers ahead with new North-East jobs, apprenticeships and investment

The Northern Echo: Among the British Engines group is the Stephenson Gobin plant in Bishop Auckland

11:23am Monday 15th September 2014

A NORTH-EAST engineering firm has increased the size of its apprenticeship intake by 50 per cent as part of its on-going growth plans.

Customer advice from Phones 4U

The Northern Echo: All existing mobile phone contracts will be honoured, Phones 4U says.

10:43am Monday 15th September 2014

HUNDREDS of jobs at Phones 4U branches across the North-East are at risk after the retailer says it was forced into administration when network operator EE joined Vodafone in cutting ties with the firm.

Scotland's economic risk 'underestimated'

The Northern Echo: Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (centre). An independent Scotland would face three major risks in oil, finance and pensions, the Centre for Policy Studies said.

9:35am Monday 15th September 2014

SCOTTISH nationalists have severely underestimated the economic risks of independence, according to a centre-right think tank.

5,500 jobs threat as Phones 4U closes shops

The Northern Echo: Phones 4u chief executive David Kassler said: "Today is a very sad day for our customers and our staff."

9:33am Monday 15th September 2014

PHONES 4u is to go into administration - placing more than 5,500 jobs at risk - after network operator EE joined Vodafone in cutting ties with the retailer.

PwC reveals increased revenues

The Northern Echo: STRONG RESULTS: Professional services firm PwC has revealed increased revenues

6:02am Monday 15th September 2014

A PROFESSIONAL services firm, which worked on the sale of a North-East waterpark, has revealed increased revenues.

Maintenance firm strengthens workforce

The Northern Echo: CITY WORK: Grahame Stone, who operates Stone Technical Services with brother, Dave, works on the dome at St Paul’s Catherdral

12:01pm Monday 15th September 2014

A FAMILY-RUN building maintenance business has strengthened its workforce.

Strong housing market 'due in Autumn'

The Northern Echo: VALUE INCREASE: House prices have increased eight per cent, according to a report

10:40am Monday 15th September 2014

THE housing market has picked up earlier than usual after the summer break in signs strong activity is set to return this autumn, a report has said.

Argos' North-East 350-job drive

The Northern Echo: FESTIVE BOOST: Argos wants about 350 North-East workers for seasonal jobs

2:18pm Monday 15th September 2014

HIGH street store Argos is creating about 350 North-East seasonal jobs.

Small firms' confidence 'improving'

The Northern Echo: BUSINESS HOPES: John Allan, FSB national chairman

11:09am Monday 15th September 2014

NORTH-EAST small businesses are some of the most confident in the country about future growth, a survey has said.

Greggs performing better than expected

The Northern Echo: Baker Greggs said sales had increased by 4.0 per cent in the 11 weeks to Sept. 13, taking growth so far this year to 3.5 per cent.

9:59am Monday 15th September 2014

GREGGS the baker expected full-year profits materially ahead of previous expectations due to a strong sales performance in its second half and lower commodity costs.

Aircraft firm's North-East commitment

The Northern Echo: PLANE RECYCLING: A Sycamore Aviation worker breaks up an aircraft at Durham Tees Valley Airport

6:01am Friday 12th September 2014

AN aircraft recycling firm has been forced to cut jobs, The Northern Echo can reveal.

New Virgin Money chairman confirmed

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.

10:09am Friday 12th September 2014

VIRGIN Money geared up for its expected stock market flotation today by hiring a new chairman and revealing further progress on trading.

£25m rail centre opens

The Northern Echo: NEW PLATFORM: Network Rail has opened a £25m operation centre in the city to control operations across the length of the country

5:35pm Friday 12th September 2014

RAIL operations across the length of the country are to be controlled from York after Network Rail opened a £25m operation centre in the city.

Financial planner wins gold standard

The Northern Echo: Bob Little, Chartered Financial Planners, Kirkletham Business Park, Redcar

12:04pm Friday 12th September 2014

AN expanding North-East finance firm has been praised after achieving Chartered status, the industry’s gold standard.

Jobs fears at plumbing parts maker

The Northern Echo: CLOSURE PROPOSALS: Wavin's factory in Brandon, near Durham City

6:02am Friday 12th September 2014

NEARLY 100 North-East jobs are at risk at a heating and plumbing parts maker.

Mining firm's Scottish work

The Northern Echo: MINING WORK: Pictured from left to right are site manager Paul Dunne and environment manger Ben Anstee at the Mainshill site

3:04pm Friday 12th September 2014

A FAMILY-OWNED mining firm has secured a contract to carry out maintenance on a Scottish surface coal mine.

More than 100 North-East construction workers could be due compensation

The Northern Echo: Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey aims to set tougher targets as the market improves

11:12am Friday 12th September 2014

THE Construction Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS) is urging anyone in the North-East who worked in construction anytime up to 2009 to contact them to find out whether they are entitled to financial compensation under the recently launched scheme.

Engineering firm's China deal

The Northern Echo: REGIONAL BASE: Amec's offices at Lingfield Point, in Darlington

3:38pm Friday 12th September 2014

AN engineering firm has struck a Chinese deal.

IT company's emergency deal

The Northern Echo:

3:15pm Friday 12th September 2014

A TECHNOLOGY firm is working with a furniture retailer on IT services.

Engineering firm revels in contract successes

The Northern Echo: CONTRACT JOY: Alan Roberts, C&A Pumps and Engineering's managing director,

5:07am Thursday 11th September 2014

AN engineering firm has secured a high-profile deal to support the construction of an £82m North-East train-building factory.

Marine firm continues £25m work

The Northern Echo: HEAVY LOAD: Able UK has hailed the arrival of its new heavy load transporters

4:15pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A MARINE firm is continuing a £25m upgrade after receiving equipment to move offshore structures.

Tougher mortgage rules slow sales

The Northern Echo: Lenders have to apply "stress tests" to check that a borrower would still find their mortgage affordable if the interest rate rises.

10:09am Thursday 11th September 2014

HOUSE sales are now taking up to a month longer to go through than at the start of the year as lenders grow more cautious, surveyors have reported.

Price war savages Morrisons profits

The Northern Echo: Profits at Morrisons supermarket dived by more than half after the supermarket chain's sales were savaged in the industry's ongoing price war.

9:28am Thursday 11th September 2014

PROFITS at Morrisons have dived by more than half after the supermarket chain's sales were savaged in the industry's ongoing price war.

Valve maker aims to create 100 jobs

The Northern Echo: HANDS-ON: Apprentices receive training at BEL Valves

6:01am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A FAMILY-RUN offshore valve maker aims create up to 100 North-East in a £15m expansion.

Construction bosses get first glimpse inside Hitachi train factory

The Northern Echo: On track: Groups are given a guided tour of the main assembly area.

3:35pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE NORTH-EAST is open for business, was the message to a delegation who this week got a glimpse inside Hitachi's £82m train factory.

Housebuilder hails rising buyer confidence

The Northern Echo: BUILDING WORK: Mike Roberts, managing director at David Wilson Homes North-East, right, with John Ruddick, senior property development manager at The Banks Group, at Mount Oswald, in Durham City. Work has started on a 60-home development, which forms the

4:39pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A HOUSEBUILDER says buyer confidence is returning to the North-East market after seeing profits double.

Hargreaves optimistic despite challenging year for coal industry

The Northern Echo: NORTH-EAST coal mining and transport group Hargreaves Services reported a six per cent rise in pre-tax profits amid difficult market conditions.

7:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A FLOOD of cheap Chinese imports could result in the closure of Britain’s last independent coke works, bosses at Hargreaves Services said yesterday (TUESDAY).

Mining firm's harbour plans

The Northern Echo:

11:24am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A FIRM behind £1.5bn mine plans is holding public exhibitions on a proposed harbour.

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