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Manufacturing is alive and kicking

The Northern Echo:

6:26am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LONG before the start of the recession there were plenty of people who would tell you that North-East engineering and manufacturing was dead, or beyond resuscitation.

Bosses pay is enough to make you sick

6:33pm Thursday 16th October 2014

ON Monday, thousands of NHS staff staged their first strike in 32 years over pay.

Can Teesside steel survive?

The Northern Echo: SSI UK last year made a loss after tax of $309.4m (£193.5m) - an improvement on the $439.2m (£275m) loss incurred the previous year.

6:27am Wednesday 8th October 2014

I AM accustomed to being spun a line, so when steel union boss Paul Warren told me on Sunday morning that despite huge losses the future of Redcar steelworks looked bright my instinct was to think – ‘I hope you are right.’

Reporting on a company of note

The Northern Echo:

6:02am Wednesday 1st October 2014

AT the risk of sounding like a latter day Ronnie Biggs I have been trying to get inside the De La Rue banknote factory for ages.

North by North-East

The Northern Echo: Northern rocks: Northeasterners Jackie and Bobby Charlton helped Leeds and Manchester become football powerhouses

6:34am Wednesday 24th September 2014

WHEN you are on holiday and somebody asks which part of Great Britain you come from do you ever answer: "The North?"

Scotland has our full attention

The Northern Echo:

6:20am Wednesday 17th September 2014

ALMOST every business story I’ve written in the past couple of weeks has required the caveat – unless Scotland votes Yes for independence.

Eco warrior or captain of industry?

The Northern Echo:

7:31am Wednesday 20th August 2014

IN addition to my business duties I now edit our paper’s monthly round-up of regional green stories, called Northern Eco.

Building for the future

The Northern Echo: Hadrian's Wall

6:10am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A STUNNING image of Hadrian’s Wall recently helped our region to win a competition for £1m of free advertising space at Heathrow Airport.

Region must find a new raison d'etre

The Northern Echo: Prime Minister Clement Attlee at the Durham Miners’ Gala

7:13am Wednesday 6th August 2014

THEY say you become more right wing as you get older.

Let’s work towards same goals

11:18am Wednesday 30th July 2014

WOULD our regional economy be stronger if we had one voice arguing the case for inward investment?

Can business parks be sexy?

The Northern Echo: Andy Worhol's Factory was legendary for its creative atmosphere.

7:32am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

HUBS, clusters, innovation hotbeds - the PR world keeps conjuring up new buzzwords to make business parks sound sexy.

Business parks are now sexy?

10:06am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

HUBS, clusters, innovation hotbeds – the PR world keeps conjuring up new buzzwords to make business parks sound sexy.

Germany gives us a lesson

10:03am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE World Cup football offered a chastening reminder that our country lacks the skills to compete with the best in the world.

Growth fund fuels London economy

The Northern Echo: Michael Heseltine claims this week's growth deals are a huge step towards rebalancing the economy.

7:02am Wednesday 9th July 2014

THERE are lots of things that I struggle to understand – the continued popularity of Michael Buble, Fabio Cannavaro’s World Cup punditry, cloud computing - the list goes on.

The rebalancing act

9:51am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

ANOTHER week and another well intentioned attempt to help the north play a bigger part in the economic recovery.

Alive and well after a century

9:33am Wednesday 25th June 2014

TUCKED away on a back street in Darlington you could easily drive past engineering firm Henry Williams Limited without realising it's there.

Jobs fund needs a rethink

10:46am Wednesday 18th June 2014

THIS week, the latest round of the Government’s flagship growth scheme is set to open amid concerns that it is woefully under-funded, and failing to create the predicted number of jobs.

Train factory could be just the start

10:32am Wednesday 4th June 2014

HITACHI’S North-East train factory might have an even bigger impact on the regional economy than first thought, it emerged last week.

Branson’s outburst unhelpful

11:27am Wednesday 14th May 2014

THEY are not big or clever but four letter words can still be headline grabbers.

Dithering over the skills timebomb

10:41am Wednesday 30th April 2014

THE country needs to find one million new, skilled engineers by the end of the decade, but the Government is dithering over a proposed centre of excellence for our region.

Northern firms celebrating royal approval

10:50am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to the North-East firms named in this week’s Queen’s Awards honours list.

Pasties may well be safe this year

The Northern Echo:

10:24am Wednesday 12th March 2014

AFTER the catastrophe of 2012 – when George Osborne targeted pies, pasties and charities – and last year’s launch of the controversial Help To Buy scheme, the smart money is on next week’s Budget being a lowkey affair.

Coal can still stir passions

10:58am Wednesday 5th March 2014

THE subject of coal continues to stir strong passions in our region.

Get involved in the new supplement

11:22am Wednesday 26th February 2014

WELCOME to your new look free 16-page Jobs&Business supplement, which brings you the latest business news, in-depth features and comment.

The reality behind the patriotic Bombardier stories

10:20am Wednesday 12th February 2014

AMASSIVE vote of confidence in British industry was how national media outlets described last week’s £1bn Crossrail train building deal, when it went to a firm in Derby.

A welcome commitment to region

12:03pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

IS the steelworks at Teesside about to have its third new owner in as many years? That was the question I put to SSI bosses when I caught up with them last week at Steel House, Redcar.

Hotspot for start-ups a great result

10:46am Wednesday 29th January 2014

DARLINGTON is a hotspot for new business start-ups.

Firm’s years of hard graft gone to waste

11:35am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

IT took 12 years of hard graft for the Fin Machine Company, in Seaham, to win its first Queen’s Award, but only a few weeks for US investors to leave the firm battling for survival.

Government must stop dithering over new skills centre

The Northern Echo:

11:36am Wednesday 15th January 2014

THE Government has been dithering for weeks over a bid to establish a new engineering technical college in this region.

Nice work if you can get it

11:06am Wednesday 8th January 2014

USAIN BOLT is paid a reported £3m to don a Richard Branson-style beard and act as the face of Virgin’s media campaign.

Foundation for Jobs campaign marks an award-winning year

The Northern Echo: George Lizun (corr), a pupil at Firthmoor Primary School, crosses a 14-metre suspention bridge, built by the school, in Darlington College as part of the Foundation for Jobs.

6:00am Wednesday 8th January 2014

FOUNDATION for Jobs, the national award winning programme to tackle youth unemployment, has now worked with more than 2,500 young people.

Ending the year with a bit of good news

11:45am Wednesday 18th December 2013

YOU wait all year for some cheerful stories from the construction trade, and then two turn up on the same day.

Old favourites still big earners

10:52am Wednesday 11th December 2013

IN today’s centre pages we begin our twopart review of 2013.

Energy prices up as jobs are sent to India

The Northern Echo: Worcester energy company npower to cut 1,400 jobs

10:51am Wednesday 4th December 2013

ENERGY bills are fast becoming the new poll tax – a hugely unpopular burden on households that has created a political battleground.

Dumbing down for education on the cheap

The Northern Echo: An Academy posted an advert this month to recruit an unqualified match teacher

12:05pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

I SAW a job advert last week for an unqualified maths teacher.

Osborne still needs to do more for UK

11:19am Wednesday 20th November 2013

WOODY ALLEN, in the prologue to his Oscar-winning comedy Annie Hall, tells a great old vaudeville joke, which contains a profound truth.

This is no time for gimmicks

The Northern Echo: GAS: Can we do anything to keep energy prices down?

11:54am Wednesday 13th November 2013

NPOWER chief executive, Paul Massara last week dismissed giving up his £150,000 annual bonus in response to fury over rising energy prices as a "gimmick."

Cutting EU ties would be disastrous for North-East

The Northern Echo: AT LAUNCH: From left, James Wharton, MP for Stockton South, Alistair Dormer, Executive Chairman from Hitachi Europe, Patrick McLoughlin, transport minister, Business Secretary Vince Cable and Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield

6:00pm Tuesday 5th November 2013

HOW many secretaries of state does it take to open a train factory?

Upbeat Osborne’s economic spin wearing thin

10:38am Wednesday 30th October 2013

GEORGE ORBORNE seems pretty good at covering things up.

Exclamations of discontent

The Northern Echo: Biff! Bang! Pow! Batman and Robin's punch-ups were punctuated by exclamation marks

6:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

ARE you suffering from a nasty dose of bangorrhea?

Time for take-off?

The Northern Echo: TROLLY POOR SHOW: Airport has missed out on Government help

10:23am Wednesday 9th October 2013

WHAT took you so long? That was my reaction to the story in Tuesday's Northern Echo that bosses at Durham Tees Valley Airport are drawing up a masterplan to safeguard the site.

PM looks for a TV quick fix

The Northern Echo: Karren Brady at Holly House Hospital

1:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

DOES David Cameron think that an array of celebrity faces will give his feeble business policies more clout?

Di Canio has had his chips

The Northern Echo: SUNDERLAND MANAGER: Paolo Di Canio

6:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013

A STAFFING crisis on the Echo sportsdesk saw me drafted in on Saturday to temporarily reprise my role as a football writer.

More to life than a healthy bank balance

11:44am Wednesday 18th September 2013

A GROUP of Darlington College journalism students visited The Echo offices last week. It remains to be seen if they have made the right choice of career but good luck to them all.

No passion from the floor

11:13am Wednesday 11th September 2013

THERE was standing room only at Newcastle’s Centre for Life last Friday as business and council leaders gathered to hear an update on the Lord Andrew Adonis Report.

Wonga’s profit report comes as no surprise

12:29pm Wednesday 4th September 2013

PAYDAY loan firm Wonga didn’t make it into today’s supplement, as it’s in our main paper, but wherever it goes, there’s usually critcism not too far behind.

Undeniably good news... but do not be fooled

The Northern Echo: The closed JJB sports store on Hard Ings Road, Keighley

2:02pm Thursday 29th August 2013

A YEAR ago, JJB – once the biggest sports retailer in Britain – collapsed with the loss of 2,000 jobs during a dreadful spell for shopworkers as scores of famous names succumbed to the high street slump.

Carmaker keeps the faith with region’s workers

2:52pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

WHERE would the regional economy be without Nissan? The firm’s Sunderland plant employs more than 6,000 workers and supports up to 30,000 jobs across the region’s supply chain.

View from the train looks very promising

11:48am Wednesday 14th August 2013

THE view from a train window has provided the inspiration for some memorable poetic musings.

No time to carp over foreign jobs

12:36pm Wednesday 24th July 2013

LITTLE Englanders may carp when firms fall into foreign hands, but more than 1,000 North- East jobs have been secured in the past week by overseas investment.

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