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EXPANSION: Mike Ashley's Sports Direct empire is opening a store in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley makes Catterick move

GROWTH: Pictured from left to right are managing director, Frances Reed, Pearson owner, Stephen Hayward, and Stephen Reed, operations director

Third generation removals firm creates jobs in expansion

CHANGES: Boris Johnson has urged George Osborne to cut the 45p top rate of tax to 40p

Boris: Pay living wage then cut tax

PRODUCTION: Workers at Nissan's Sunderland plant spray a Qashqai

Sunderland-based Nissan boosts UK new car figures

Business leaders and politicians were at BOC Redcar this morning to celebrate completion of a £25m upgrade and the start of a 15-year supply deal with SSI Steel.

BOC gas gives SSI Steel a £25m vote of confidence

Redcar iron and steel firm SSI, and Middlesbrough-based gas supplier BOC have signed one of the UK's largest ever gases contracts to keep the fires burning at Teesside blast furnace.

15-year BOC gas deal fuels confidence at Teesside steelmaker SSI

BASE: Stadium Group's factory, in Hartlepool

Hartlepool technology firm ready for China move

PROJECT: Ebac's Pamela Petty looks through a washing machine front panel with production line worker John Race. The firm has agreed a refinancing deal

£10.5m cash boost for Newton Aycliffe's Ebac

SUCCESS: Persimmon says sales have increased as buyer confidence and a better mortgage market fuels growth in the sector

Persimmon's sales rise as buyers confidence builds

Helen Lyne and Martin Levinson of Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors were both honoured at The Tees Valley Law Society Annual General Meeting.

Acclaim for Tees Valley's Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors

GROWING: Housebuilding helped the construction sector hit a four-month high in June

Construction sector hits four-month high

DEAL: Colin Fyfe, Darlington Building Society's chief executive, left, with Paul Chafer, commercial director at Wren Sterling	Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

Building society reveals finance firm agreement

Changes to Nestle pensions affects some of the firm's 2,700 workers in York and Newcastle.

Nestle workers in York and Newcastle told of plans to close pension scheme

BLUEPRINT: An artist's impression shows how Durham Tees Valley Airport's master plan could take shape

£10m Durham Tees Valley Airport plans could create thousands of jobs

FUTURE: An artist's impression of what NetPark's Explorer expansion will look like

Companies rush to explore £13m NetPark expansion

Almost 10,000 jobs could be saved and created if Teesside gets the go ahead for a carbon capture network. Pic: Dave Charnley Photography Ltd

Blue sky thinking: Teesside bids to build Europe's first carbon capture network

VISION: An artist's impression of Sirius' mine development, showing its shafts and office buildings. Whitby is to the north of the picture

Sirius bosses raise hopes over supply chain boost from £2bn mine

EXPANSION: Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for regeneration, left, with James Stoddart, of On A Roll, at the business’ new £3.6million site at Riverside Park, Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough sandwich maker creates nearly 100 jobs in £3.6m expansion

PROJECT: An artist's impression of how the Sirius mine will look

Sirius shares price rockets after mine approval

APPOINTMENTS: Standing, from left to right are Stuart Lynn, Neil Hemming and Bob Paton. Sitting are Charlie Hoult and Giselle Stewart

Dynamo strengthens team to push IT work

Lloyds said about 635 jobs will be lost as part of reductions announced last October. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7021128)

Lloyds to axe hundreds of jobs

CENTRAL MOVE: Northpoint has taken office space at the new Business Central officeBusiness Central Darlington offers support to new businesses. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Northpoint take offices at Business Central, Darlington

SUPPORT: German airport staff work with an instructor at the International Fire Training Centre, based at Durham Tees Valley Airport

Airport fire trainer Serco hails turnaround

Dr René Hoyle is the principal materials and corrosion engineer at Axiom Engineering Associates, based on the Bowesfield Industry Estate, Stockton.

From Liberty Ships to Space Ships

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “There will be local political opposition to the third runway, but this must be overcome, as the building of the runway will be in the national interest.”

North-East welcomes third Heathrow runway recommendation

DRIVING FORCE: Northgate plans to open another 14 branches Picture: TOM BANKS

Northgate wants the rest of the UK to look like North-East

Mike Matthews, managing director of Nifco, writes a monthly column for The Northern Echo.

'Occasionally in business the key is to be bold'

FLARE: The Sabic plant on Teesside lights up the night sky (30611912)

Teesside's breath of fresh air

FRYING ACE: Chef Chris Coleman has taken up his new role at ROF 59 on Aycliffe Business Park.

Bill Clinton's burger chef joins team at former Aycliffe bullet factory

ABERDEEN MOVE: Bryan Bunn, Managing Director of The Nortech Group has expanded operations into Scotland.

Nortech expands into granite city

TRAIN OF THOUGHT: Rachel Anderson, NECC head of member relations.

Does Darlington have Xanadu attitude?

MEDIA TEAM (Left to right): Russell Borthwick, Steve Underwood, Kevin McEwan.

Former Trinity Mirror North East boss joins media agency

ElringKlinger has installed a new press to support a major contract with Jaguar Land Rover.

ElringKlinger presses ahead with expansion

SUMMIT: TVU managing director Stephen Catchpole said: “With the Budget being held as the same day as our Tees Valley Business Summit, it made sense to incorporate Budget Live as one of the keynote sessions.”

Tees Valley Business Summit to host Budget Live event

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

Telecoms boss warns rivals over takeover opposition

WORK: Clugston previously carried out work on the Exelby Services, on the A1 at Leeming, in North Yorkshire

North-East work lifts Clugston to record high

Plans for this year's Durham Oktoberfest have been announced which will showcase the region's strengths within these important sectors.

Date confirmed for eighth Oktoberfest engineering and manufacturing expo

Mike Matthews, managing director of car parts manufacturer Nifco UK, has agreed to write a monthly column for The Northern Echo.

Acclaimed business leader signs for The Northern Echo

MOVING ON: Darlington-headquartered commercial van hire business Northgate has hailed "another year of progress" after reporting a huge increase in both profit and turnover

UPDATED: Darlington-based Northgate wants the UK to follow its North-East lead

VISION: A futuristic vision of how the CPI says medical treatments could change with tailored treatments for patients

CPI plots new venture to revolutionise medical treatment

Rod Taylor of Peterlee-based Seward said: "Our presence in the UK will remain as strong as it always has been."

Peterlee manufacturer Seaward bought by Germans

Sunderland door maker starts recruitment drive

Sunderland door maker starts recruitment drive

HISTORY: Joiners pictured outside T Manners' offices in Peel Street, Bishop Auckland, where the company has founded

Family builder strengthens order book with £7m work

BEACON (left to right): Sandy Anderson, Chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited, Mike Matthews, NECC President, Alison Thain, CBI North East Chair, Ted Salmon, North East Chair of FSB and Graham Robb, IOD North-East chairman, launch the TVU Annual Report from t

Tees Valley Unlimited helps power jobs and growth

David Cameron has pledged to create 3 million apprenticeships in this parliament, but numbers have been falling for three years.

Fears for North-East skills as apprentice numbers fall almost 4,000

TEES POWERHOUSE: left to right: Sandy Anderson, Chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited, Mike Matthews, North East Chamber of Commerce President, Alison Thain, CBI North East Chair, Ted Salmon, North East Chair of Federation of Small Businesses and Graham Robb

Powerhouse minister praises impact of Tees Valley Unlimited

HIT FOR SIX: Batsman Nicko Wilson of Brewin Dolphin and wicket keeper Michael Richardson celebrate the new deal.

Durham County Cricket Club's perfect match

TEAM HOTEL: (left to right) Gary Hutchinson, Paul Walker, Gavin Richardson and Ian King, director of Opus.

Opus scores Sunderland stadium hotel contract

A study by the TUC found that if average earnings had grown at the same rate as in the years before 2008, workers would be on £95 a week more. PA Photo.

Workers '£95 a week worse off'

MP Nick Smith, former member of Public Accounts Committee, said: "George Osborne needs to pull his socks up and get to grips with this.Amazon has to pay its fair share." Pic: PA Wire.

Fresh anger at Osborne's failure to tackle Amazon tax bill

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