Osborne's 'slash and burn' approach hits public sector recruitment

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.

7:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PUBLIC sector job vacancies in the North-East have been hit hard by George Osborne’s "slash and burn approach" to public services, according to recruitment firm Venn Group.

£7m trade park 'to create hundreds of jobs'

The Northern Echo: TRADE DEAL: Paul Woolston, chairman of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, left, with Geoff Clark, of Ravensworth Property Developments, at the site of Portobello Trade Park

2:07pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 200 North-East jobs will be created at a £7m trade park, enterprise bosses have revealed.

Manufacturing sector 'continues recovery'

The Northern Echo: STRONG RECOVERY: The quarterly CBI Industrial Trends Survey says the UK manufacturing sector’s recovery is continuing

11:24am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The UK manufacturing sector’s recovery is continuing at a pace, with faster growth in domestic orders and output, a report has said.

Why Atom Bank chose to start a banking revolution from Durham

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

7:02am Monday 21st July 2014

ALMOST seven years since the sight of customer’s besieging a North-East lender offered irrefutable proof that the banking industry was undergoing a sea change, Business Editor Andy Richardson talks to the people behind the region’s latest foray into the world of financial services.

Director appointed to boost North-East manufacturing

The Northern Echo: Liz Mayes is joining EEF

12:01pm Monday 21st July 2014

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has appointed a new director to give North East manufacturers a greater voice.

Vote for the North-East to win £1m prize

The Northern Echo: Hadrian's Wall near Housesteads. A section of the historic Roman stone wall fortification in Northern England started in AD 122. A UNESCO world heritage site. Sunrise or dusk. (8375577)

6:44am Monday 21st July 2014

THE beauty of North East England could be showcased to millions of travellers, if the region scoops the prize of £1m in free advertising at Heathrow Airport.

Hitachi unveils commuter train of the future to be built at North-East factory

The Northern Echo: Hitachi Rail Europe's AT200 train which will be built at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

5:10pm Monday 21st July 2014

A SOON-TO-OPEN North-East factory is closing in on a deal to build trains for London commuter lines.

More than half North-East firms showing signs of growth, says R3 report

The Northern Echo: Allan Kelly  R3's North East chairman

1:27pm Monday 21st July 2014

MORE than half of the businesses across the region are feeling direct benefits from the continuing economic recovery, according to the results of new research

Seven leading businesses pledge support to North-East entrepreneurs

The Northern Echo: Some of the leading firms that have signed up to support North-East entrepreneurs

11:17am Monday 21st July 2014

SEVEN businesses have pledged their support to entrepreneurs in the North-East by becoming corporate partners of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.

Clarke quits helm of troubled Tesco

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 27/02/13 of Tesco's Chief Executive Philip Clarke who is to step down in October. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 21, 2014. See PA story CITY Tesco. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire. (8406279)

9:46am Monday 21st July 2014

TESCO chief executive Philip Clarke is to quit as the boss of Britain's biggest supermarket.

Overseas firms create 66,000 UK jobs

The Northern Echo: John Cridland

10:07am Monday 21st July 2014

MORE than 66,000 jobs have been created in the UK by foreign businesses over the past year, government figures show.

Tombola teams up with Sunderland College

The Northern Echo: Left to right: Anne Isherwood of Sunderland College with Phil Cronin and Ian Walshaw from Tombola

7:54am Saturday 19th July 2014

AN online bingo firm has announced a partnership with Sunderland College.

Work starts on £12m training centre

The Northern Echo: The first sod was dug at the site for the new Middlesbrough College STEM Centre. (8363093)

10:04am Friday 18th July 2014

WORK has begun on a £12m centre of excellence that’s set to boost skills across science, technology, engineering and maths.

Clothes-maker aims to expand after Tesco deal

The Northern Echo: SEW BUSY: Workers at the new clothing factory AMA at Peterlee..Picture: ANDY LAMB. (1180367)

6:00am Friday 18th July 2014

A CLOTHES-MAKER says it could open new factories and create hundreds of North-East jobs after securing a major supermarket deal.

Carbon project receives boost

The Northern Echo: NEW DEVELOPMENT: Tees Valley Unlimited local enterprise partnership has appointed Pale Blue Dot Energy to push forward its carbon capture and storage scheme

6:00am Friday 18th July 2014

A DRIVE to accelerate revolutionary work on industrial emissions has moved a step forward.

'Mind reading' bank Atom brings 400 jobs to the North-East

The Northern Echo:

12:00am Friday 18th July 2014

UP to 400 jobs will be created when the world’s first “telepathic” bank opens its UK headquarters in the North-East next year.

Task group looks at housing sector

10:02am Friday 18th July 2014

BUSINESSES can help build a case for more development in the North-East housing market.

Software firm benefits from China visit

10:02am Friday 18th July 2014

A SOFTWARE firm is expanding after a move into China.

Sports Direct raises profits bar

The Northern Echo:

10:55am Thursday 17th July 2014

RETAILER Sports Direct has revealed record-breaking profits as a strong market compensated for England's World Cup flop.

Journalist, humorist and consultant comes to Darlington

The Northern Echo: Teesside University Darlington Campus

6:31pm Thursday 17th July 2014

RENOWNED humorist, business leader and journalist Guy Browning will be speaking at Teesside University’s next Business Exchange.

'The tempered temptations of Sports Direct'

The Northern Echo:

11:20am Thursday 17th July 2014

Sports Direct founder and maligned Newcastle United supremo Mike Ashley decided to forego his involvement in an employee share scheme, which would have seen him pouch a pay out of several tens of millions, as part of the wider strategy of rewarding the company’s 3,000 permanent staff with close to £200m in shares should earnings double by 2019.

Port welcomes special service

The Northern Echo: MAJOR VISITOR: The Port of Tyne welcomes the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics vessel

4:14pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A NORTH-EAST port has broadened its horizons after welcoming a vessel carrying construction equipment.

Port operator's £3m expansion

The Northern Echo: REGIONAL GATEWAY: Teesport, which is operated by PD Ports

9:59am Thursday 17th July 2014

A PORT operator is building a £3m rail terminal as it looks to increase work across the country.

Warner rebuffs Murdoch offer

The Northern Echo: Rupert Murdoch

6:16pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

US media company Time Warner has rejected an initial takeover approach from rival 21st Century Fox estimated at £46.6bn.

Family firm starts freezer venture

The Northern Echo: EXPANDING BUSINESS: Pamela Petty, Ebac managing director, pictured at the firm's new Norfrost chest freezer factory in Newton Aycliffe. Picture: TOM BANKS (8127225)

6:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FAMILY-RUN manufacturing firm has officially started its long-awaited venture into the freezer industry, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Apprenticeship drive 'key to employment lift'

The Northern Echo: The Federation of Small Businesses says smaller firms are facing an increasing shortage of skilled workers

1:12pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

NORTH-EAST companies are increasingly turning to apprenticeships as official figures hail the region’s employment level as a record high.

Refinery spearheads company growth

The Northern Echo: The Ensus plant at Wilton, near Redcar

6:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FIRM leading the rebirth of a mothballed £250m North-East refinery says the site has been the catalyst for increased production and revenues.

Focus on overseas markets

The Northern Echo: MARKET VISITS: David Coppock, UKTI’s North-East regional director

2:24pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

NORTH-EAST companies can explore new business opportunities in Asia and Europe.

Pioneering work brings rewards oil consultants

The Northern Echo:

10:14am Wednesday 16th July 2014

HELPING to prevent disasters in the oil and gas industry has brought a North-East firm the highest business accolade and a growing order book.

Mike Ashley walks away from Sports Direct bonus windfall

The Northern Echo:

9:49am Wednesday 16th July 2014

TYCOON Mike Ashley has withdrawn his controversial participation in the firm's bonus scheme, despite winning approval from shareholders.

Raise a half full glass to the region

The Northern Echo: James Ramsbotham with Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge in the background

6:32am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE North-East was once the powerhouse of British industry, the engine of the country that even supplied its own fuel in the coal we extracted from beneath our feet, writes James Ramsbotham, NECC chief executive.

Helmet firm revs up for expansion

The Northern Echo: FULL THROTTLE: A biker races in a Reevu helmet, complete with its rear view vision technology

6:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A COMPANY behind the world’s first rear vision motorcycle helmet is aiming for global success after seeing sales rise.

Warning over construction skills shortage

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

9:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE construction industry is facing a real skills shortage, a report has warned.

Firm has designs on international growth

The Northern Echo: (8208494)

6:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

WITH a portfolio of projects stretching from Morpeth to Mongolia, Gradon Architecture is a local firm with a global outlook.

Fears over next-generation manager shortage

10:13am Wednesday 16th July 2014

COMPANIES are not investing enough to develop the next generation of managers even though a million new business leaders will be needed in the next few years, according to a new report.

Inflation rises to 1.9 per cent in June

The Northern Echo: The Consumer Prices Index rose to 1.9%, up from 1.5% in May, according to the Office for National Statistics.

9:58am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE rate of UK inflation rose sharply in June, pushed up by consumer spending on clothing and footwear, food and non-alcoholic drinks, official figures show.

Ice cream boss steps down

The Northern Echo:

10:10am Tuesday 15th July 2014

ENTREPRENEUR James Lambert will retire as non-executive chairman of R&R Ice Cream, it has been confirmed.

Engineering firm's £1m expansion

The Northern Echo: MAJOR EXPANSION: Geoff Turnbull, GT Group chairman, left, and John Lamb, Alpha Process Controls' managing director, with a testing unit

6:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

AN engineering firm has built a £1m test centre to expand its hazardous materials division into the marine sector.

Carney cool on house prices action

The Northern Echo: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England at the cricket ground in Chester-le-Street.

4:37pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

BANK of England Governor Mark Carney has said there is no need to reverse the rise in house prices.

Centre for technologies of the future gets the go ahead

The Northern Echo: Professor Graham Henderson

9:50am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A NEW centre to support emerging industries, which have the potential to create thousands of North-East jobs, has been given the go ahead.

Safety centre opens

The Northern Echo:

9:48am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A £2.5m offshore survival training centre, which will train thousands of offshore workers how to survive in an emergency at sea, has opened its doors for business.

Restoration firm secures new work

The Northern Echo: CAPITAL PROJECT: Paul Tinkler, of Stone Technical Services, works on Westminster Central Hall

6:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A FAMILY-RUN building restoration and maintenance firm has secured work on landmark buildings.

Take the fear out of exporting, says NECC

The Northern Echo:

9:50am Tuesday 15th July 2014

ACTION is needed to take the fear out of exporting, said North-East businesses leaders, as a new survey showed the benefit of overseas trade links.

Inflation to ease rate rise fears

The Northern Echo: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England.

6:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE UK's longest stretch of low inflation for nine years is expected to be confirmed today.

Engineer secures Polish work

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

6:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

AN engineering firm employing hundreds of North-East workers has secured a deal to support Poland’s first nuclear power plant development for more than ten years.

Japanese cars top reliability test

The Northern Echo: DRIVING FORWARD: A Nissan worker fits a dashboard to a Leaf electric car at the firm's Sunderland plant

6:01am Tuesday 15th July 2014

JAPANESE cars, including models made in the North-East, are the most reliable, while UK vehicles are the worst, a report has said.

Business broadband isn't up to speed

The Northern Echo: The Federation of Small businesses (FSB) in the North East is calling for Government to adopt much more ambitious targets for rolling out high speed broadband for businesses across the region.

5:20pm Monday 14th July 2014

THE North East’s broadband isn't up to speed, said the Federation of Small businesses (FSB) in the North East , which called for Government to adopt much more ambitious targets for rolling out high speed services.

Sports Direct goes Down Under

The Northern Echo:

11:49am Monday 14th July 2014

RETAILER Sports Direct is expanding Down Under in a deal with an online discount firm.

Airport plans 'on wing and prayer'

The Northern Echo: HUB HOPE: Durham Tees Valley Airport would benefit from a new hub airport in the South-East, a report has said

10:51am Monday 14th July 2014

PLANS to expand UK airport capacity are based "on a wing and a prayer" and "not rooted in the real world", two environmental groups have warned.

Energy customer complaints soar

The Northern Echo: HEATING UP: Customer complaints over energy companies are at their highest, the Energy Ombudsman has said

11:13am Monday 14th July 2014

CUSTOMER complaints about energy companies have increased to their highest ever level, according to the Energy Ombudsman.

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