North-East train builder is ready to rumble

The Northern Echo: MAKING TRACKS: Tracks weave a route towards Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe factory

6:02am Wednesday 15th October 2014

THE Northern Echo can today exclusively reveal the latest developments at Hitachi Rail Europe’s £82m train building plant.

Breaking down the 'man's world'

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6:01am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Women are playing a growing role in the North-East construction and engineering industries. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill reports.

A licence to print money (but keep it quiet)

The Northern Echo: A rare glimpse inside the De La Rue banknote factory in Gateshead

10:27am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Business Editor Andy Richardson gets a rare glimpse inside the 50-year-old North-East factory of currency maker De La Rue.

Lighting the way to a brighter future

The Northern Echo: BRIGHT FUTURE: Andy Kay and his wife Rachel at their West Auckland-based business, AK Lighting and Signs Picture: TOM BANKS (10540733)

6:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A CLOCK hangs on the wall, its hands seemingly ticking hours behind the correct time.

Region's business stars head to London

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11:14am Wednesday 17th September 2014

SOME of the brightest business brains from the North East Chamber of Commerce membership will be hoping for a fairytale ending when they head to London to represent the region at one of the UK’s most prestigious business awards.

A company that knows what big means...

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12:03pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A North-East company that made cannonballs in Victorian times and built parts for the largest ever UK-built warship is thriving. Business Editor Andy Richardson reports

Developing the future of town centres

The Northern Echo: Philip Leech and Martin Vickerman, of Terrace Hill, at the launch of the Baltic Business Quarter in Gateshead (9731666)

6:18am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

BY the end of next year Darlington town centre will have a new leisure complex with a cinema, hotel and restaurants. Business Editor Andy Richardson talks to developer Terrace Hill.

North-East trainers engineer a future for apprenticeships

The Northern Echo: Nifco boss Mike Matthews (right) with SWDT apprentices (9595197)

2:36pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AFTER decades of neglect apprenticeships are flavour of the month. Business Editor Andy Richardson looks at one training provider adapting to the demands of a 21st century workplace.

Cracking investment to safeguard the region's biggest chemistry set

The Northern Echo: The cracker

12:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE cracker plant at Wilton is regarded as a cornerstone of the region’s chemical industry. Following a massive investment by owner Sabic, Business Editor Andy Richardson looks at what the future holds for the biggest chemistry set in the region.

Scottish independence - nonsense or the bridge to greater prosperity?

The Northern Echo: PRECISION WORK: A welder at Darlington's Cleveland Bridge

6:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

As the Scottish Referendum moves closer, Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill looks at what an independent Scotland could mean for the North-East

Leading the medical revolution

The Northern Echo: MAN WITH THE MASK: Quality technician Neil Martin with the Noctura 400. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (8508720)

10:51am Wednesday 6th August 2014

PRECEDED by the hum of its engine, a train peers into the light.

We are one North-East but don't compare us to the RDAs, says North East LEP boss

The Northern Echo: Paul Woolston new chairman of the North-Eastern LEP (8590330)

12:02pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

The head of the North East LEP tells Business Editor Andy Richardson why he wants an elected mayor and a unified North-East region.

Durham's hi tech field of dreams celebrates a decade of innovation

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7:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DECADE after the site of a former hospital was transformed into science and technology hub NETPark, Business Editor, Andy Richardson asks if County Durham’s field of dreams has delivered real economic benefit to the region.

Family firm aims to put freeze on rivals in expansion

The Northern Echo: EXPANDING BUSINESS: The EBAC watercooler production line at Newton Aycliffe. Picture: TOM BANKS (8127150)

10:17am Wednesday 16th July 2014

PARTING the blinds, Pamela Petty peers out of the window for a better look.

Crane maker takes the strain

The Northern Echo: A Liebherr crane at sea

7:02am Wednesday 9th July 2014

25 years ago, a company started making maritime cranes at a former Wearside yard that had built ships for the world. Business Editor Andy Richardson looks at how the Liebherr Sunderland works is keeping alive a proud tradition of engineering.

Northgate in gear to drive forward success

The Northern Echo: DRIVING FORCE: Business features pictures of Darlington-based Northgate vehicle hire. Picture: TOM BANKS (7632376)

9:57am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Founded in a Darlington home, Northgate Vehicle Hire is now a UK market leader. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill hears how it's expanding while staying true to its North-East heartland.

Henry Williams forging for the future

The Northern Echo: ELECTRIC ARC: Welding a gully cover at Henry Williams in Darlington. PICTURE: Stuart Boulton (6856298)

9:50am Wednesday 25th June 2014

HENRY Williams Limited has been engineering for the railway for more than 100 years. Business Editor Andy Richardson hears how the Darlington firm is forging a future for itself.

Nuclear vision powered by £8m factory

The Northern Echo: FACTORY EXPANSION: Billy Meijer, Darchem managing director, left, talks to apprentice James Kenny and Energy Minister Michael Fallon about an Aro engine mixer

10:51am Wednesday 18th June 2014

DOMINATING the sprawling site, Darchem’s new £8m plant is a visual marker of the firm’s intentions.

Subsea factory rises from depths to continue firm's growth

The Northern Echo: WORK STARTS: Darlington Council leader Bill Dixon and Subsea Innovation MD Martin Moon cut the turf at the new Subsea Innovation factory site

10:28am Wednesday 11th June 2014

WADING through the mud, Martin Moon’s spade glints in the watery winter sunshine.

Opportunities are crystallising for Kromek

The Northern Echo: Arnab Basu, of Kromek, with the liquid scanner used in airports

10:25am Wednesday 4th June 2014

FROM thwarting terrorists to aiding the early detection of cancer cells County Durham technology firm Kromek has lifesaving markets worth billions within its grasp. Andy Richardson visits an 11-year-old company that is finally coming of age.

Family firm steels itself for the future

The Northern Echo: RIOT AFTERMATH: Fire crews clean up damaged shops on the Meadow Well estate, in North Shields, in September 1991

11:47am Wednesday 28th May 2014

RAMPAGING through the streets, the violence quickly escalated.

Historic Shepherd leads the revival of North-East train building

The Northern Echo: General view of the site of Hitachi train factory in Newton Aycliffe. (6285403)

1:00am Wednesday 21st May 2014

A COMPANY history that stretches back 124 years, and a Hornby model train, helped a builder in Darlington to land the contract for Hitachi’s European train plant. Business Editor Andy Richardson talks to Shepherd Construction’s Neil Matthias, and Steve Joyce about a job that will bring train-building back to its County Durham birthplace.

Lift maker is maintaining its ascent

The Northern Echo: Ian Bowers, boss of Pickering Lifts, StocktonPicture: ANDY LAMB

6:02am Wednesday 14th May 2014

IT is a true reflection of the old meeting the new. Symbolic of the past, a revered wooden lift occupies a small corner of the factory.

Breaking new ground in robotic engineering

The Northern Echo: Andrew Whitwell, Labman managing director

6:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014

IF science fiction has taught us anything it is that, one day, robots will rule the world.

Feeling the benefits of youthful exuberance

The Northern Echo: CHANGING PERCEPTIONS: Chris Goodyear, whose work has seen an increase in the number of potential adopters come forward, particularly through Twitter and Facebook

6:00am Wednesday 30th April 2014

CHRIS Goodyear turns on its head the traditional perception of an intern as a young graduate carrying out menial roles in a large company for no pay in the hope of landing a permanent job.

Turbine project 'will blow winds of change through industry'

The Northern Echo: The Teesside wind farm, off the coast of Redcar

6:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The Teesside wind farm, off the coast of Redcar, will play a key role in the UK energy development. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill look at the project's importance

Aiming to grow after Government backing

The Northern Echo: GLOBAL COMPANY: The TRW plant in Peterlee

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Robert Young is buoyant. A senior figure at third-generation firm Hydram Engineering, Mr Young's excitement is palpable as he reveals the company's expansion and job creation plans.

Two years on and SSI’s mettle is still being tested

The Northern Echo: IMMEDIATE TARGETS: SSI chief executive Win Viriyaprapaikit

10:58am Wednesday 9th April 2014

This month marks the second anniversary of the rebirth of steelmaking in the North-East. Business Editor Andy Richardson looks at a momentous period in one of the region’s most important industries

An electric car that doesn’t need a sales plug

The Northern Echo: READY TO GO: Assembly line workers at the Nissan plant in Sunderland

10:23am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A year after David Cameron visited Sunderland to launch the Nissan Leaf electric car, Business Editor Andy Richardson checks on the progress of the hatchback that put the North-East at the centre of a motoring revolution

Distribution firm committed to delivering success

The Northern Echo: Managing director Gary Dawson at the Tees Riverside Intermodal Park as the groundwork is done in preparation for a new rail-served automotive steel store

6:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

A leading distribution specialist across road, rail, land and sea, AV Dawson stands as a dominant figure on the River Tees. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill find out out how the firm is navigating further routes to success

Firm looks to make North-East clothing industry fashionable again

The Northern Echo: Members of the British alpine ski team wear their Shildon-made Astraka furs at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid

6:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Once a heartland for making clothes, the North-East went out of fashion when companies moved work abroad. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill finds out how the industry is being reborn in the region

Forgotten fuel that’s still in a rich seam

The Northern Echo: FUELLING EMPLOYMENT: Hargreaves Services, which continues to employ 3,000 people in coal mining from its base in County Durham

11:03am Wednesday 5th March 2014

COAL mines were hell, according to George Orwell, who was awestruck by the subterranean world of “heat, noise, confusion, darkness, foul air, and, above all, unbearably cramped space”.

The storm weathered, Whessoe has wind in its sails

The Northern Echo: BOLD VISION: Steve Kim, chief executive of Whessoe Engineering

12:03pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

THE ambitions of a famous North-East engineering firm can be summed up by an A4 document which hangs on the wall of its boardroom.

Constructing a solid platform for success

The Northern Echo: SPARKING TO LIFE: A worker at the OGN’s busy Hadrian Yard

11:08am Wednesday 19th February 2014

A week after a former Tyneside shipyard wins another huge offshore oil and gas contract, Business Editor Andy Richardson looks at the revival of an industry which has come back from the brink

Family transport firm playing the long game

The Northern Echo: Nigel Cook, Elddis Transport's managing director

6:00am Wednesday 12th February 2014

Bryn Littleton meets a North-East haulage firm that's still delivering the goods

Ellis aims to power on with success

The Northern Echo: Richard Ellis, front centre, with Ellis' management team

5:00am Wednesday 5th February 2014

Protecting power cables for global firms, Ellis has come a long way since it sparked into life as the venture of a RAF pilot. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill talks to managing director Richard Shaw about its success

Pioneering food waste plant set for official launch

The Northern Echo: The Emerald Biogas plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

6:00am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

AN £8m anaerobic digestion plant will be officially launched this week, turning thousands of tonnes of food waste into energy and fertiliser. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill looks at its potential and why the plant is receiving support from a celebrity campaigner

From teen trainspotter to career highlight

The Northern Echo: DIGGING DEEP: Archaeologist and project officer Damion Churchill shows MP Phil Wilson their finds, which included 20 Saxon roundhouses and axe heads, on the site of the new Hitachi factory, in Newton Aycliffe

10:16am Wednesday 15th January 2014

Geoff Hunton played a crucial part in persuading Hitachi to build a train factory in Newton Aycliffe. Andy Richardson, Business Editor, talks to the developer who is retiring from his role as director of Merchant Place Developments

Business leaders looking to the future with new optimism

The Northern Echo: IMMEDIATE TARGETS: SSI chief executive Win Viriyaprapaikit

11:36am Wednesday 8th January 2014

WIN VIRIYAPRAPAIKIT, group chief executive and president, commented on the challenges which lie ahead for SSI UK.

North-East faces challenges for a brighter future

The Northern Echo: STAR GUEST: David Cameron at the announcement that Nissan will make the first mass market electric car. Behind him is the production line with workers fitting out a Nissan Leaf

11:51am Wednesday 18th December 2013

WHEN I noticed that the reporter who had signed-in at Nissan’s reception desk before me was a bloke called Xavier Champagne I suspected that this was not going to be a typical day on the North-East business beat.

North-East sectors expanding towards 2014

The Northern Echo: ROCK SOLID: A worker in Cleveland Potash, which is planning a £300m investment

11:00am Wednesday 11th December 2013

It has been another year of successes and challenges for North-East businesses. Business Editor Andy Richardson and Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill look back at the region’s industry sectors in 2013

Calling George Osborne. Do you read us loud and clear?

The Northern Echo: WILL HE LISTEN? Chancellor George Osborne, who presents his Autumn Statement tomorrow

10:42am Wednesday 4th December 2013

As the Chancellor comes under increasing pressure to announce some growth-boosting measures and get a grip on energy prices in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement, Business Editor Andy Richardson and Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill ask the North-East business community what George Osborne should do to kickstart the economy

Meat the company that’s a cut above

The Northern Echo: WINNING CUSTOMERS: From left, Jamie Freeman, Sam Wass and Dan Freeman

11:12am Wednesday 27th November 2013

BELIEF in a product is one of the prerequisites of good business. It’s not essential, but it certainly helps to sell something if you know that the goods you’re selling are the best.

Artisan baker is making some dough

The Northern Echo: BREAD HEAD: Rick McCordall, director of Clervaux Artisan Bakery and Cafe, with a responsible retailer award

11:24am Wednesday 20th November 2013

DARLINGTON’S Clervaux artisan bakery and cafe is the kind of place that every town should have. And Rick McCordall’s plan could see many more springing up across the region, serving handmade breads, tasty savouries and scrumptious scones.

Plans could make Aycliffe business park largest in North-East

The Northern Echo: Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe factory hopes to secure a contract extension to secure the future of 730 workers

6:00am Wednesday 13th November 2013

HANDED a cup of coffee for warmth, Vince Cable wandered indoors, its shelter providing the perfect place to escape the freezing temperatures.

Sara's crafting herself a real bright future

The Northern Echo: PRODUCT RANGE: Some of the company’s items

6:00am Wednesday 6th November 2013

She once dreamed of being a teacher, but Sara Davies is now a real-life lesson in how to succeed as an entrepreneur. Setting up a crafting business in her bedroom, the company is now an international force used by millions of enthusiasts. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill finds out more

Former fighter jet pilot Dan sees construction company soar

The Northern Echo: Dan Robinson, pictured with a F22 Raptor

6:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013

Dan Robinson loves adventure, the outdoors and travelling. Sitting behind a desk as chairman of a North-East construction company isn't perhaps his natural habitat.

Bridge builder is on the up

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Bridge welders work on a section of the new Forth Road Bridge

6:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

"WERE good at building big things here," says Cleveland Bridge boss Brian Rogan, as he stands in the shadow of one of the massive U-shaped steel sections that will shortly bear the weight of the new Forth Road Bridge.

Doing brisk business during the downturn

The Northern Echo: James Lumb and Jonny Marston of KPMG

12:18pm Wednesday 16th October 2013

INSOLVENCY practitioners (IPs) are often portrayed as the grim reapers of the business world.

A whole new world of opportunity for creative design firm

The Northern Echo: A scene from The Realm, showing the Tyne Bridge and The Sage music centre

6:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013

FROM the golden Halls of Asgard, through the scream-filled corridors of Arkham Asylum via a zombie-infested holiday island and an alternate reality reclaimed by nature - one North-East company does not so much have the world at its feet as numerous worlds in its hands, writes Bryn Littleton.

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