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Amec, which has its European engineering division headquartered ar Lingfield Point in Darlington, last year agreed a £2bn deal to buy US firm Foster Wheeler, which has offices in Middlesbrough.

Profits dip at Amec Foster Wheeler

DEAL: PD Ports says K-Line will be bringing its huge vessels to Teesport in a new agreement

Teesport operator secures major Japanese deal

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PROPOSALS: Filtronic says its share plans will allow it to deliver more products, including its equipment for mobile phones

Sedgefield's Filtronic reveals £5.5m expansion plans

CUTS: Social housing provider Gentoo says it is having to cut jobs

'From Rolls-Royce to Robin Reliant' - union fearful over Gentoo's redundancies

SITE: Tata Steel has a number of bases in the North-East. Pictured is its Teesside Beam Mill, near Redcar

Unions fear steel industry misery in Tata restructure

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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has said he would consider women-only rail carriages to help stem a rise in assaults on public transport. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Corbyn's women-only carriage idea 'is a backward step'

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SUCCESS: Celebrating Quorum Developments' EDF contract success are, from left, John Sherban, Quorum commercial director, Paul Fothergill, Quorum technical director, and Janet Todd, NetPark manager

Software firm secures EDF contract

CHANGE: A Virgin branded East Coast train crosses the River Tyne

Stagecoach hails East Coast rail move as revenues rise

VENTURE: Ebac Group managing director Pamela Petty looks at its washing machine drums with staff member Gary Featonby at the company's Newton Aycliffe factory. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Ebac targets fridge-freezers and dryers in white goods market expansion

BACKING: SSI UK says the steel sector needs more Government support to ensure the industry's fires keep on burning

'Stop talking and start acting': Teesside steel firm warns Government

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20 per cent of customers rated Barclays service as 'poor', a survey said.

Barclays bottom of the pile in current account poll

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AMBIITIONS: Sara Davies, founder of Crafter's Companion, pictured on a TV set

Craft firm aims to build on ten-year anniversary

PLANS: An artist's impression of Sirius Minerals' York Potash Project, which will be based near Whitby

Miner gets final planning permission for £2bn development

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FACTORY: Work continues on the Sita Sembcorp waste-to-energy plant, at Wilton, near Redcar

Teesside energy plant bosses accused of 'deplorable' worker treatment

The new retail park on Albert Road will feature Aldi, Poundland and Iceland, together with a KFC Drive Thru restaurant, Card Factory, Jolleys Pet Store and a Barnados store.

Work starts on new Darlington retail park

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Northumbrian Water said its final salary pension scheme "is no longer sustainable."

Unions dismiss Northumbrian Water pensions deal as "pure greed"

Greenergy’s new intake of apprentices.

Greenergy backs apprenticeships

County Durham's Skydive Academy has been named in Small Business Saturday UK’s Small Biz 100 list.

Sky is the limit for Shotton firm

WARNING: Women are effectively working for free because of a gender divide, a report has claimed

Women 'working for free' in pay divide woe

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Robbie Bentham, plant director at Banks Mining, left, with Pirtek Tyne and Wear's Dane Middlemiss and Kevin Monaghan	Picture: Keith Taylor

Miner Banks agrees maintenance deal

REBUILDING: Npower is looking to regain customers' confidence after problems with its billing system saw thousands leave	Picture: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Npower confirms management axe

PLANS: Neil Tweddle, managing director of Godfrey Syrett, left, and Mark Coulter, of Silverstone, survey the Belmont Industrial Estate site

Furniture maker expands North-East business

ARRIVAL: Wates Construction's Steven Bell

Building firm targets North-East growth

BASE: SSI UK's plant, at Redcar

Steel industry "fighting for its life", says Redcar steel maker SSI UK

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ATOMIC: Durham-based Atom Bank is recruiting dozens of customer service staff. Picture: TOM BANKS (30259473)

Durham bank launches recruitment drive

David Cameron meets apprentices employed by KLM Engineering but government figures show apprenticeship numbers fell sharply for the second year running in spite of the government making workplace training a cornerstone of its jobs policy. Picture: Stefan

Cameron bids to boost flagging apprentice numbers

Paul Massara, the chief executive of Npower, is reportedly on the verge of being ousted by the Big Six energy company’s German owners.

Npower boss facing the axe following profits drop

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WORK: Quantum Pharma focuses on specialist medicines

New drugs leave medical firm Quantum in good health

PRODUCTION: Workers fit a dashboard to a Nissan Qashqai at the firm's Sunderland plant. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says UK car making remains strong, despite a slowdown in July

Production falls but car industry 'still strong'

ENCOURAGEMENT: The CBI says the manufacturing sector has grown steadily

Manufacturers benefit from exports rise

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SITE: An artist's impression of Sirius' new mine. Whitby is to the North of the picture

Potash firm reveals extended multi-billion dollar US deal

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VISION: An artist's impression of the new CPI Formulation Centre, which is planned for Netpark, in Sedgefield, County Durham

CPI builds on plans to make Sedgefield UK innovation hotspot

Maersk Training in Newcastle is taking part in the Life Raft challenge.

Maersk Training join life raft challenge

VENTURE: Pictured outside Finbarr’s at West Park are Gillian Moir, from Swinburne Maddison, left, with Barry O’Leary, and Swinburne's Victoria Walton

Caterer launches Darlington venture

SKILLS: Andrew Robson, head of training operations at the North East Chamber of Commerce

Time to focus on apprenticeships

Areas of the North York Moors and Teesside, are poised to be awarded fracking licences. Pic: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Fracking fears for North Yorkshire and Teesside

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BUILDING: Persimmon says its ten-year plan is working after reporting strong results

Housebuilder Persimmon hails strong results

WORRIES: The Institute of Motor Industry fears businesses will struggle to recruit apprentices, due to Government shortcomings. Pictured are youngsters at South West Durham Training in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

Government 'failing' on apprenticeships

GROWING: PD Ports is buying new cranes for Teesport, just weeks after upgraded a quayside

Port hopes crane deal will lift container work

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PROGRESS: Nick Morton of TRM, left, with Zuer Qi and Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader at Sunderland City Council

Manufacturer makes Chinese move

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A member of the Bank of England's rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), said that waiting too long for an increase risked undermining the recovery. Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Bank of England warns of 'sunburn'

SWITCH: Andrew Chambers, Arc Wealth Limited's managing director, outside its new Darlington office

Wealth firm makes Darlington switch

DEAL: Tekmar previously worked on the Anholt offshore wind farm, based in the Kattegat Sea, between Denmark and Sweden

Marine engineer's Dutch delight

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The former Vaux site is the first of three that will be transformed as part of Siglion’s £100 million-plus regeneration of Sunderland.

Sunderland's £100m revamp to be unveiled

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Darlington law firm Latimer Hinks has written to George Osborne urging him to take a fresh look at legislation announced in his emergency Budget.Pic: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Darlington law firm urges Osborne to rethink Inheritance Tax changes

EXPANSION: (L-R): Rachael Hall (specialist financial advisor), David Barber (specialist financial adviser), Eamonn Gallagher (Director) and Christine Tarran-Walker (Director).

Aycliffe firm celebrates first anniversary by expanding team

UK firms are increasingly confident about exporting goods and services, but are being hit by problems recruiting skilled staff, according to a new study from the British Chambers of Commerce Pic: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Firms warns over skills shortages

Asda says it will commit to paying 28p per litre for its milk.

Asda increases milk price 'to help farmers'

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(left to right) Neil Maddison, Club Ambassador, Shaun Simmonds, Sponsorship Manager for Marathonbet and Neil Bausor, Chief Executive. The one year partnership will see the North Stand at the Riverside Stadium renamed the Marathonbet North Stand

Middlesbrough confirm North Stand name change

Rockliffe Hall’s spa manager, Victoria Lees, said: “This has been in the planning and development for five years so it’s incredibly exciting to now see it all coming together."

Million pound ‘spa garden’ launches at Rockliffe Hall

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