Tunnel job's not taking its toll on Ron

The Northern Echo: Ron Henderson

6:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a... Tunnel manager

Richard ready to sweep up in new career

The Northern Echo: Chimney sweep Richard Bryan

6:00am Wednesday 27th November 2013

Business is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee.

Manufacturing growth slows as exports weaken

The Northern Echo: A Nissan Leaf rolls off the production line at Sunderland

10:50am Tuesday 1st October 2013

Growth in manufacturing eased slightly in September from a two-year high the month before, due to less robust export orders, a new survey.

Referee Ollie aiming for more career goals

The Northern Echo: Referee Ollie O'Brien, with his certificate from the FA confirming his promotion to higher leagues

6:00am Wednesday 28th August 2013

Business is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. In tribute to those who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill examines the unconventional and downright difficult careers in the North-East

Spencer banging the drum for instrument makers

The Northern Echo: NOTE OF SUCCESS: Spencer Gilroy in the workshop of his drum-making business, which is based in Darlington

6:00am Wednesday 7th August 2013

Spencer Gilroy runs SG Percussion, in Darlington, making unique Peruvian Cajon drums, which provide the player with bass drum, snare and tom sounds in one instrument.

Fashion designer Phil aims to be cut above rest

6:00am Wednesday 17th July 2013

Business is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to those who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill examines the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the North-East

Passion for design shone through at an early age

The Northern Echo: AT WORK: Phil Woodhead tidies seams on an overlocking machine

12:57pm Wednesday 10th July 2013

Business is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to those who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill examines unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers.

Joint effort by brothers in butcher's business

The Northern Echo: FAMILY BUSINESS: Nigel Fenwick, right, and Nick Fenwick, in the covered market, Darlington

4:38pm Friday 24th May 2013

ANYONE who has shopped Darlington’s famous covered market will be familiar with the white and blue awning of Fenwick’s family butcher.

Surfer Glenn's carving out successful career

The Northern Echo: Glenn Nary, who runs VisioNary Surfboards, ni Saltburn, east Cleveland

6:00am Wednesday 8th May 2013

Business is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. In tribute to these who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill examines the unconventional and downright difficult careers in the North-East

Firm hoping for a bit more success

The Northern Echo: IN ACTION: Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz during the Olympics

6:00am Wednesday 24th April 2013

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a... horse bit manufacturer Neue Schule, based in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, plays a key role in keeping some of the UK's elite horse riders maintain their success.

Job is mostly a walk in the park

The Northern Echo: UNDER PROTECTION: A view of Auckland Castle, from The Bishop’s Park, Bishop Auckland

10:43am Wednesday 20th March 2013

ALAN ANDERSON, 59, has lived and worked in Weardale all of his life. For the past 14 years he been park keeper at Auckland Castle, in Bishop Auckland.

Successful solicitor finds piano is key to relaxing

The Northern Echo: COMPLETE CONTRAST: Lucy Adams, solicitor and pianist, plays at Rockliffe Hall, in Hurworth, near Darlington

12:12pm Wednesday 13th March 2013

LUCY ADAMS leads a double life. During the day she is a rising star in the family law team at Tees Valley firm Archers Law.

Chris is a model industry professional

The Northern Echo: MINI MARVELS: Chris Ford at Enigma Design Services, in Leyburn, with his 3D printing machine that makes these model Russian T34-85 Second World War tanks

6:00am Wednesday 27th February 2013

Business is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to those who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill examines the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the North-East

‘Great job’ takes medic all around the world

The Northern Echo: HELPING PEOPLE: Neil Williamson his scooter

10:31am Wednesday 6th February 2013

NEIL WILLIAMS, 41, from Seaton Carew, near Hartlepool, works as an offshore medic treating the illnesses, injuries and accidents of people working on oil rigs, offshore wind farms and gas pipelines across the world.

Tree surgeon Alistair a real high-flyer

The Northern Echo: BARK TO THE FUTURE: Alistair Magee makes a convincing argument for becoming a tree surgeon

6:00am Wednesday 30th January 2013

Business is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to those who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Business Writer Steven Hugill examines the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the North-East

Neigh pain, neigh gain

The Northern Echo: THOROUGHBRED THERAPIST: Equine physiotherapist Lee Clark applies Kinesio tape to a horse at their stables at Sadberge, near Darlington

10:51am Wednesday 16th January 2013

GETTING a horse to do situps is all in a day’s work for Lee Clark, 38, who runs a specialist clinic in the North-East.

You’d better watch out

The Northern Echo: MAKING A LIST: Santa Claus

11:57am Wednesday 19th December 2012

Tell us a bit about your job.

The wedding dress fairy godmother

The Northern Echo: BIG DAY: Dress designer Rebecca Lombard-Earl in her studio and, below, one of her designs

6:00am Wednesday 12th December 2012

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a... dress fairy godmother?

Former speed merchant still cutting quite a dash

The Northern Echo: OFF AND ON DUTY: Bespoke tailor John Blades who still retains a passion for fast cars

12:43pm Wednesday 5th December 2012

AFIRM shake of the hand on an agreed price that is not greedy has been the business foundation for John Blades, the bespoke tailor now celebrating his 50th year in business.

I’m deaf, so don’t shout

11:34am Wednesday 28th November 2012

DAVID HUGILL, 46, is a deaf and blind community support worker for Darlington Borough Council.

Martin gets hands-on in timely profession

The Northern Echo: SECONDHAND EXPERT: Valuer Martin Dunn studies an 18-carat gold oyster perpetual, day date, Rolex

11:54am Wednesday 21st November 2012

IF you have ever wondered if that old watch gathering dust in a drawer might be worth a few bob, then a chat with Martin Dunn might be in order.

Bow wow wow factor

The Northern Echo: CANINE INSPIRATION: Wendy Prosser with Tinkerbell

11:16am Wednesday 14th November 2012

WENDY PROSSER, 49, who lives in Dormanstown, near Middlesbrough, is a professional dress-maker, who has produced a line of clothes for pets, including dogs and horses WHAT made you think of making clothes for dogs?

Bling your bike

The Northern Echo: Bling your bike

6:00am Wednesday 7th November 2012

Ever wondered what it’s like to be... a bike blinger?

Lynda helping to shed light on soldiers’ role

The Northern Echo: BUSY ROLE: Lynda Powell outside the museum

10:41am Wednesday 24th October 2012

HOW did you become a museum curator?

From Basra to Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: A DIFFERENT FRONTLINE: Michael McCabe, whose training and experience is giving him a head start with his recently launched risk management business

11:22am Wednesday 10th October 2012

MICHAEL McCABE, 30, from Spennymoor, County Durham, is taking his experience of safeguarding troops in war zones to provide cutting-edge security services to companies.

Ever wondered what it's like to be a...voiceover artist

The Northern Echo: VOICEOVER ARTIST: Emma Hignett

10:12am Wednesday 3rd October 2012

EMMA Hignett's voice is hard to avoid. Her announcements on London's buses make sure the capital's six million commuters and tourists don't miss their stops.

Ever wondered what it's like to...help children be better citizens?

The Northern Echo: David Foster teaches children about citizenship

8:00am Wednesday 26th September 2012

Deputy Business Editor Lauren Pyrah takes a look at the unconventional, alternative or down right difficult careers in the region's economy. This week she speaks to David Foster, 48, who works for Fabrick Housing as a Peer Kids programme co-ordinator.

Ever wondered what it's like to be an... auctioneer?

The Northern Echo: PERSONAL SERVICES: David Elstob, of Thomas Watson Auctioneers

10:00am Wednesday 12th September 2012

Business isn't always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North-East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Deputy Business Editor Lauren Pyrah takes a look at the unconventional, alternative or down right difficult careers in the region's economy.

Ever wondered what it's like to be an...App Creator

The Northern Echo: DIGITAL FUTURE: Gary Boon, who runs Shout Digital, of Newcastle

3:09pm Wednesday 5th September 2012

Business isn’t always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North-East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Deputy Business Editor Lauren Pyrah takes a look at the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the region’s economy.

Passion for bread puts wind in your sails, even at 3am

1:13pm Wednesday 29th August 2012

SCOTT HAYWARD, 38, is head baker at the Clervaux Artisan bakery and cafe, in Darlington.

Around the houses

The Northern Echo: Home visits: Cheryl Carter, housing officer at Darlington Borough Council

2:03pm Thursday 23rd August 2012

Business isn’t always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North- East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Lauren Pyrah takes a look at the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the region’s econom y

Ever wondered what it's like to...clean drains

The Northern Echo: CLEANING UP: Jim Rust

8:00am Wednesday 15th August 2012

It's a really interesting industry to work in. I came from an engineering manufacturing consultancy background and through a series of events, I ended up working in the drainage industry in 2004. I joined Dyno-Rod in 2010.

Ever wondered what it's like to be a...Milliner

The Northern Echo: HATS OFF: Rebecca in her studio.

10:47am Wednesday 8th August 2012

Business is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North-East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Lauren Pyrah examines the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the region's economy

Ever wondered what it's like to be..A sommelier

The Northern Echo: Grace Matterson 21-year-old  from Billingham is one of the UK's youngest trained Sommeliers,she works at Rockliffe Hall

9:36am Wednesday 1st August 2012

BUSINESS is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee.

Ever wondered what it's like to be a...Goldsmith

The Northern Echo: Goldsmith and jeweller Mark Lloyd

4:54pm Wednesday 4th July 2012

MARK Lloyd began his career working as an apprentice at his local jewellers. He is now a goldsmith and owner of Mobeus jewellers in Hartlepool, re-modelling jewellery and creating bespoke commissions in the workshop at the back of his store.

Ever wondered what it's like to be a...Industrial Cleaner

The Northern Echo: MISSION TO CLEAN: Yvonne Budgen, left, and Gillian Millington

2:30pm Wednesday 27th June 2012

Business is not always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North-East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Lauren Pyrah examines the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the region’s economy.

Ever wondered what it's like to be a...Beekeeper

The Northern Echo: Colin Hinde checks up on the bees and their progress at Lingfield Point

12:18pm Wednesday 13th June 2012

Business is not always about boardrooms and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North-East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Lauren Pyrah looks at the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the region’s economy.

Ever wondered what it's like to be a...Pop Concert Booker

The Northern Echo: DRIVING FORCE: Gary Hutchinson

6:19pm Monday 11th June 2012

Business is not always about boardrooms and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North-East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Andy Richardson looks at the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the region’s economy

Ever wondered what it's like to be a...Recycling Manager

The Northern Echo: ME AND GILBERT: Former rugby professional Brett Cullinane at K&B Recycling, where he works as a recycling manager

6:01pm Thursday 31st May 2012

Business isn’t always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North-East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Andy Richardson takes a look at the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the region’s economy.

Ever wondered what it's like to be a...Cruise Ship Captain

The Northern Echo: ON THE BRIDGE: Captain Hamish Elliott, on the Seabourn Sojourn with his wife, Gail

6:00pm Friday 25th May 2012

Business isn’t always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North-East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, Andy Richardson takes a look at the unconventional, alternative or downright difficult careers in the region’s economy.

Ever wondered what it's like to be an...Animal Handler

The Northern Echo: Jay Gunn with his meerkats

10:01am Wednesday 16th May 2012

Business isn't always about boardrooms, briefings and black coffee. So, in tribute to the North-East men and women who take a more unusual approach to enterprise, this week, Lauren Pyrah talks to Jay Gunn, who owns and runs Darlington-based Jay's Animal Encounters.



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