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PARTNERSHIP: Mike Ashley and John Irving share a joke in the Newcastle United directors' box	Picture: PA

Newcastle United ‘lucky to have’ Mike Ashley

•	RESAMPLE: Zoe Sherris examines some of the samples used for testing at Axiom Engineering Associates. (52536285)

Who do you call? The failure detectives

COMMUNITY FOCUS: Colin Fyfe, Darlington Building Society Chief Executuve

Darlington Building Society - 160 years of sharing

Industry at the Wilton site on Teesside.... (51296523)

A year of change for the North-East economy

EXPLORATION: Orcalight has gained much repute for its diving lights

Lighting the way: Putting the spotlight on County Durham's innovators

The key business stories of 2015: Numbers 10 to 2

The key business stories of 2015: Numbers 10 to 2

The biggest story of 2015: The death of Tees steel

The biggest story of 2015: The death of Tees steel

VENTURE: Ebac's Pamela Petty, pictured with some of its washing machines	Picture: STUART BOULTON

That was the remarkable year that was

BUSY: Vessels lined up at the Port of Sunderland

Not all plain sailing, but Port of Sunderland aims to grow

FURNACE: Two tonnes of molten steel is poured from Cook Defence Systems' Stanhope furnace into the crucible	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Stanhope firm's work ethic keeps the Army on right tracks

Local skills have helped make Durham City a UK first in renewable energy.

Creating innovation and preserving the best of the old

EXPERTISE: Pump engineer Dan Hepplestone at work

Pump firm's award-winning excellence is driven by staff

Chancellor George Osborne announces plans to boost infrastructure during the National Infrastructure Commission at the National Railway Museum in York. Picture: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

Pressure mounts on Osborne to offer North-East an autumnal boost

A business feature on Henry Williams Ltd on Dodsworth Street in Darlington. The new forging hammer suite, producing forged gears. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (43458257)

Darlington engineering stalwart is a testing ground for new ideas

EXPERTISE: DeepOcean's Havila Phoenix carries out wind farm work

Darlington's DeepOcean UK: A firm not happy simply treading water

HISTORY: A Greggs shop in the 1970s

The glorious rise of Greggs of Gosforth

The Likely Lads Bob and Terry. "Not exactly Omar Shariff."

SSI - how the dream turned into a nightmare

FOUNDATIONS: A digger breaks ground at the site of the new South Durham University Technical College. Pictured are MP Phil Wilson, UTC principal Tom Dower, Gestamp Tallent's David Pearson, Councillor Simon Henig, leader of Durham city Council, Gary Holmes

Engineering careers for the next generation

EXPERTISE: A worker oversees production of a part at GT Group, in Peterlee	Picture: TOM BANKS

GT Group: A global front runner in a specialised field

NSK Bearings Europe has been producing vehicle bearing products in Peterlee since 1976

The second coming of regional manufacturing

Phil Kite, Reece Group MD

Ambitious Reece engineers move to historic site

The field near Newton Aycliffe before Hitachi began building its manufacturing plant. Picture: Philip Hunton.

Rail boss wants to create a legacy of North-East engineering

PRODUCT: Ebac's Ian Hartnell packs one of the company's washing machines		Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Ebac looking to clean up with white goods adventure

CAREER: Rachel Hoggett, who works in civil engineer Owen Pugh's aggregates division

Hardly the second-class career route...


New centre celebrates heroism of the Aycliffe Angels

County Durham's Altec engineers a bright future

County Durham's Altec engineers a bright future

MEDICATION: Workers in Quantum Pharma's aseptic area

Burnopfield medical firm precisely what doctor ordered

COMMITTED: Brian Manning, Esh Group chief executive

Building a brighter future

TEAM: Pictured from left to right are Beanies team members Vicky Cooper, Stephanie Stayman, James Robinson, Lee Hull and Andrew Fenner

Meet the coffee company that's full of beans

Stan Higgins, chief executive of NEPIC.

Stretching the horizons of Teesside industry

ATOMIC: Edward Twiddy, Atom Bank director in the office of the bank in Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS (30259363)

Ambitious Atom Bank approved as UK’s first digital-only lender

PLANS: An impression of Sirius' material handling site, on Teesside. The buildings, in the foreground, include crushing and milling, screening, granulating and storage areas. Pictured in the top right is Redcar steelworks, with Teesport to the far left

Decision time looms for Sirius' potash proposals

BASE: The vast warehouse at Zyro, in Darlington	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (28081666)

Cycling firm goes up through the gears

Awaiting caption.

Leading the fight against corporate espionage

VISIT: MP James Wharton, front, with from left to right, Martin Kendall, Vantec Europe's managing director, Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, and Paul Woolston, chairman of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Building the Northern Powerhouse

The wind turbine can generate up to 60 per cent of ElringKilinger's renewable energy.

Recovery accelerates at Redcar car parts maker

LEADER: Matt Boyle, Sevcon's president and chief executive, pictured in a Renault Twizy

Electric engineer leading a new industrial revolution

Douglas Kell  CECA (NE) (24807825)

Four decades of building the North-East

FOCUS: Keith Miller, managing director at Ecco Finishing Supplies, in Middlesbrough, in front of some of its equipment

Joint venture is passport to uncharted waters

IN a speech last year George Osborne called for a return to Dad’s Army-style banking, championing Captain Mainwaring as a role model for lenders to emulate as a means of repairing their fractured relationship with customers.

Don't panic Captain Mainwaring, but banking is changing forever

Alastair Wilson

We ask North-East businesses - EU in or out?

A plasma cutter at IK UK

Pig maker is bringing home the bacon

Nissan production line. The automotive industry generates £7bn in sales for the North-East.

Driving a new revolution in North-East industry

HISTORY: Previous wind turbine transition pieces made by Bladt Industries

Turbine firm powering ahead on Teesside

POTASH: A worker stands next to refined potash in a silo store

Winds of change at Cleveland Potash

PROGRESS: Work continues on the £38m CPI National Biologics Centre, in Darlington.	Picture: ANDY LAMB (20116954)

CPI Darlington: Ingenuity at work

Worker Adam Moffat brings goods into the Nifco UK factory at Eaglescliffe. (19566759)

How Nifco became the poster boy for the rebirth of British manufacturing

ACTION: A shot from Epic’s forthcoming Fortnite game

Games company enjoys an epic journey

PRODUCTION LINE: Workers tend to parts on a Caterpillar truck	Picture: DAVID WOOD (17397291)

Truck company drives on to enhance global reputation

WINGING IT: The cast of Catch-22 perform in front of a full-scale model of a World War Two bomber. The plane transported by Darlington company Wicked, which helps production companies put on scores of shows across the UK

Transport firm enjoys a Wicked time in spotlight

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