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.

Dock marks 50 years of graft

The Northern Echo: ROYAL DAY: The Queen arrives in 1977

10:55am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

THE opening frames of the film are reminiscent of a production from British Pathé’s historic vaults. A large painted map, dominated by minute plastic vessels and conservative primary colours, is highlighted by an equally reserved host in a brown suit and spectacles.

'Dock work was hard, but we enjoyed every minute'

The Northern Echo: John Wade, front left, and Tony Shannon, front right, with fellow Tees Dock workers

6:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

As a gateway to the North-East, Tees Dock has been a crucial cog in the wheel of the region's industrial environment. The dock is now 50 years-old and Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill learns about its history, its colourful workforce and just why they had Carlsberg and caviar were on the menu

Former jockey Richard in it for long haul

The Northern Echo: RACING AHEAD: Richard Collins, above, in charge at Collins Seafoods

6:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013

As a professional jockey, Richard Collins was used to navigating a path to success. He is now plotting the route to further rewards with a seafood business serving thousands of fish and chip shops every year. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill finds out more

The numbers are starting to speak for themselves

The Northern Echo: WORK IN PROGRESS: A slab of steel on the production line

11:21am Wednesday 11th September 2013

FOR 160 years, Teesside steel was prized around the world. Gradually, the industry that two years ago looked down-andout is attracting global interest once more.

Where there’s muck there’s gas . . .

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE: The gasifier arrives on Teesside at Teesport before being transported to Seal Sands

1:53pm Wednesday 4th September 2013

IT looks like the product of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson’s imagination. Pipework crawls along the road, the trailer’s tyres keeping the precious load perfectly steady.

Thermal imaging firm ready to build on high-profile successes

The Northern Echo: LIFE-SAVER: One of the helmets with a camera that has been created by Darlington-based Solo Ti

6:00am Thursday 29th August 2013

For a firm used to detecting minute of objects on its thermal imaging technology, its global success has so far managed to slip under radar. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill learns all about Solo Ti and its impressive list of stellar clients.

Are we out of the woods yet?

The Northern Echo: HOT TOPIC: A slab of steel on the production line at SSI UK on Teesside

2:45pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

TWEETING from the comfort of his London home at the start of the parliamentary recess, Chancellor George Osborne was quick to vindicate his austerity drive as the UK moved into a second successive quarter of growth.

Economic confidence rising - but more work still remains

The Northern Echo: FACTORY MOVE: Ebac owner John Elliott in his new factory

6:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013

FALLING unemployment levels, allied to a resurgence in the housing market and increased exports, have provided the catalyst for renewed confidence in the UK's beleaguered economy.

Telecoms boss Mike dials into successful business

The Northern Echo: Mike Odysseas, from Stockton-based Odyssey Systems

6:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013

I'M late for my meeting with Mike Odysseas.

No masking firm's desire for success

The Northern Echo: THE WAY IT WORKS: Production manager Paul Hird models a 9000 series flat fold respirator

6:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013

FIBRES blend overhead, their strands knitted together to produce a brilliant white candy floss blanket.

Plans to revive a North-East industrial icon

The Northern Echo: In march, Whessoe was taken over by Samsung, pictured Samsung CEO Mr Yeon-Joo Jung and Wilf McNaughton Whessoe general manager

6:00am Wednesday 7th August 2013

ITS North-East workshops fell silent almost 25 years ago but the name Whessoe still resonates across the world. Business Editor Andy Richardson asks new owners Samsung C&T why they have bought a famous piece of North-East industrial history.

Distance is no barrier

The Northern Echo: TEAM ETHIC: Barrier chairman Robert Bowles, right, and MD Paul Harriman

2:02pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

IF the rivers of the North- East were once the arteries carrying the lifeblood of the regional economy, then the shipyards were its beating heart.

Speedway fan Keith sees paint spraying firm keep on accelerating forward

The Northern Echo: Keith Miller, managing director of Ecco Finishing Supplies with the new fire protection machine being sent to the Middle East

6:00am Wednesday 17th July 2013

KEITH Miller once worked from his bedroom with a £40 typewriter to get his firm off the ground. Now his company is renowned across the world as a specialist supplier of paint spraying and fire protection products. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill finds out about its success.

Engineer's past glory is no barrier to future success

The Northern Echo: Barrier works with the world's biggest oil companies

5:00am Wednesday 17th July 2013

IF THE rivers of the North-East were once the arteries carrying the lifeblood of the regional economy, then the shipyards were its beating heart.

It all started on a £40 Argos typewriter

The Northern Echo: ENJOYING SUCCESS: Keith Miller, managing director of Ecco Finishing Supplies, of Middlesbrough, with abrasive blast units

12:50pm Wednesday 10th July 2013

PROWLING the route ahead, the armed guards move into position, their target vehicle now only feet away as they prepare to make their incisive move.

We want to be up, up and away

The Northern Echo: Aircraft breakers Sycamore Aviation who operate at Durham Tees Valley Airport

6:16pm Wednesday 3rd July 2013

As Durham Tees Valley Airport waits to hear if its bid for vital Government funding has succeeded, Business Editor Andy Richardson takes a look at the latest plan to rescue the ailing site.

An international friendship built on a foundation of business and enterprise

The Northern Echo: PROVIDING A WARM WELCOME: Former Durham County Council chief executive Kingsley Smith and his wife Sayoko with their commendation from the Japanese Embassy

12:32pm Wednesday 26th June 2013

FOR generations there have been strong commercial links between Japan and the North-East. When Victorian industrialist Lord Armstrong won orders to build ships for the Japanese navy, he would invite the dealmakers back to his home in Jesmond Dene, Newcastle, to sign the contract.

Coal is on the up

The Northern Echo: HARD AT WORK: Park Wall North, the Tow Law opencast mine

11:46am Wednesday 19th June 2013

MUCH has been said about the slow decline of mining in the UK, especially since the death of Margaret Thatcher.

Roman Empire hopes to continue march forward

The Northern Echo: Roman Showers managing director, David Osborne

6:00am Wednesday 12th June 2013

WITH an enviable product range, fruitful forays into the homewares market and a successful factory on the other side of the world, this Roman Empire looks set to continue its relentless march forward.

The UK is literally blowing away the competition

The Northern Echo: SPECIALIST TEAM: Steel River Consultants, from left, Chris Dixon, Graham Tyerman, Nicky Beddard, Rob Dotchin, and Dave Lidford

3:37pm Monday 10th June 2013

Britain is leading the world in the drive towards developing a low carbon economy. Nigel Burton reports on how a company on Teesside is helping to make it possible

Why keeping it in the family makes brilliant business sense

The Northern Echo: FAMILY FOUNDERS: The great grandfather, grandfather and father (all called George Tulip) of Stephen and Richard Tulip.

12:28pm Thursday 30th May 2013

Two-thirds of all small businesses in the UK are family firms. Business Editor Andy Richardson looks at a sector which has shown remarkable resilience in the recession.

Waste-to-energy plant bosses can't wait to start work

The Northern Echo: TAKING SHAPE: The Emerald Biogas plant on Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate, in County Durham

6:00am Wednesday 22nd May 2013

PIERCING changeable skies and withstanding inclement conditions, it once stood like a beacon, a dominant structure overshadowing its environment with ease.

Could Stockton's 'best kept secret' get today's youngsters off their Xboxes

The Northern Echo: Welder Wayne beach undertakes work on a winch drum. Pictures: Chris Booth

6:00am Wednesday 15th May 2013

A key component in the global energy industry, 100-year-old engineering company Francis Brown Limited has stood the test of time. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill finds out how the family-run company, founded with a shop selling wire rat traps, is now preparing for future growth.

‘We can handle the big bucks’

The Northern Echo: IMPRESSED: Stephen Catchpole

2:21pm Thursday 9th May 2013

THE grand unveiling of Lord Andrew Adonis’ economic masterplan for the north of the region saw the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (Lep) hog the regional development spotlight last month. Business Editor Andy Richardson asked Stephen Catchpole, managing director of TVU, what the plans mean for the Tees Valley and if the two Leps are rivals or potential partners.

North-East stairlift maker, which supplies products across the world, aims to continue rise

The Northern Echo: HIVE OF INDUSTRY: Inside the Meditek factory in Newton Aycliffe

6:00am Wednesday 1st May 2013

IT was incessant. Starting slowly, it had built into a crescendo, a perpetual shrill that became just too unbearable to take.

Should we fly the flag for EU or go it alone?

The Northern Echo: BIG EXPORTER: David Cameron at Nissan, in Sunderland, which exports a large percentage of its vehicles to the EU. But the Prime Minister says the EU must change

10:47am Wednesday 24th April 2013

TO steal a line from John Cleese’s character in Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, what has being a member of the EU ever done for us?



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