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Broken Bonds?

The Northern Echo: Nick Williams, assistant director at Brewin Dolphin

10:21am Friday 22nd August 2014

AT their most recent meeting the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee surrendered their unanimity on keeping rates as they are, voting 7-2 in favour of no change, rather than the preceding three years of 9-0 landslides, writes Nick Williams, an Assistant Director at Brewin Dolphin in Newcastle.

Chocolate factory to be converted

The Northern Echo: The famous Terrys of York chocolate factory

3:14pm Friday 22nd August 2014

BUILDER Henry Boot ?is to start work ?on the former Terry’s chocolate factory in York? early next year.

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.

Institution of Civil Engineers appoints new regional director

The Northern Echo: Penny Marshall

10:59am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has appointed experienced civil engineer Penny Marshall as its director for the North-East and for Yorkshire and Humber.

Newcastle Airport tops Which? magazine poll

The Northern Echo:

12:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

NEWCASTLE International has topped a Which? magazine readers poll as the best large airport in the UK.

Students steered towards career in engineering

The Northern Echo: DRIVING AMBITION: (L-R) ElringKlinger (GB) Year in Industry students Rohan Gill, Ben Russell, Daniel Wilson & Connor Jackson.

11:57am Friday 22nd August 2014

AN ENGINEERING company celebrating its fiftieth year on Teesside has welcomed the latest set of recruits onto its established ‘Year in Industry’ undergraduate programme this summer.

Co-op bank reports £75m loss

The Northern Echo: Co-operative Bank today reported a pre-tax loss of £75.8m for the first half of 2014.

9:40am Friday 22nd August 2014

TROUBLED lender the Co-operative Bank has reported a £75.8m pre-tax loss for the first half of the year but said it was encouraged by its progress since it was rescued from near-collapse last year.

Overseas visitors flock to the region

The Northern Echo: TOURISM SURGE: Harry Potter links with locations such as Alnwick Castle are among the draws for overseas visitors.

12:03am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE holiday business is booming in North Yorkshire and the North-East with overseas visitors flocking to the area and their numbers soaring.

House asking prices in County Durham and Teesside lag behind pre-recession levels

The Northern Echo: House asking prices County Durham and Teesside have among the furthest distance still to recover, according to a property website.

12:03am Friday 22nd August 2014

HOUSE sellers' asking prices in London and the Home Counties have made the strongest gains since the financial crisis struck, while those in County Durham and Teesside have among the furthest distance still to recover, according to a property website.

Nissan halts car making at Sunderland plant

The Northern Echo: The Nissan factory in Sunderland.

5:01pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PRODUCTION at Nissan's Sunderland car factory has been temporarily halted costing the company thousands of pounds.

Trainers join forces to boost workplace skills

The Northern Echo:

11:02pm Thursday 21st August 2014

TWO of the region’s training providers have joined forces to equip more young people with practical workplace skills.

GCSE results: proportion of A* to C grades rises

The Northern Echo:

9:46am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE proportion of GCSE exams awarded at least a C grade has risen amid concerns that changes to the exam system would hit results.

Start-up support is just the tonic for Durham gin maker

The Northern Echo: JUST THE TONIC (Left to right): Jessica Tomlinson, Jon Chadwick, and Lynne Burns.

10:41am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE first legal distillery launched in County Durham since the reign of Henry VIII is set to expand its range.

Engineering college gets Ofsted approval

The Northern Echo:

11:22am Thursday 21st August 2014

AN engineering college is celebrating an outstanding Ofsted inspection report following a year of improvements.

Employers not checking degrees

The Northern Echo: Employers assume job applicants are telling the truth about their degree

11:04am Thursday 21st August 2014

A THIRD of employers assume job applicants are telling the truth about their degree and do not ask to see proof of their qualifications, according to new research.

Cuddly Katie's air ambulance adventures could entertain Prince George

The Northern Echo: CUDDLY CUSTOMER: Katie the Bear

6:08pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A CHILDREN’S book chronicling the adventures of the Great North Air Ambulance Service’s latest recruit could soon appear on the shelves of a future king.

Powerful vaccum cleaners banned by EU

The Northern Echo:

3:56pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Vacuum cleaners are rather like hi-fi systems - the more power you've got the better they are. But not any more.

Triumph for twin schools in GCSEs

The Northern Echo: HAPPY DAYS: Jumping for joy, L-R, Northallerton College students Kiesha Hoggart, Martin James, Anna Ridings, Sophie Trueman, Rachael Chapman, Katherine Saunders, Ellen Palmer, Abbie Grange, Georgina Watkiss, Jack Brent, Maya Dorling, and George McNaught.

3:12pm Thursday 21st August 2014

TWO North Yorkshire schools celebrated their GCSE results after a pioneering partnership helped produce star performances.

Government posts surprise deficit

The Northern Echo: A new report says North-East jobseekers are paying the price of George Osborne's 'slash and burn' approach to the public sector.

11:42am Thursday 21st August 2014

GOVERNMENT finances are still in worse shape than they were a year ago showing the scale of the task facing the Chancellor as he tries to meet his fiscal target.

Lottery Draw

The Northern Echo: Emergency services attempt to rescue a canoeist who had got into difficulties on the swollen River Tees, at a stretch of rapids known as Whorlton Lido near Barnard Castle, County Durham this afternoon (Sat) before the Great North Air Ambulance airlifted t

11:36am Thursday 21st August 2014

The Great North Air Ambulance lottery draw for Wednesday, August 20, are: £200 N41948, Hartlepool; £100 N32206, Workington; N45344 Guisborough; N33086 Driffield; £25: N03472 Hexham; N04994 Stockton; N12092 Ferryhill; N31194 Hartlepool plus 50 other £10 numbers. For a full list of winners visit

One in five North Yorkshire workers are self-employed - but North-East lags behind

7:04am Thursday 21st August 2014

UP to one in five workers in North Yorkshire are their “own boss”, new figures show – but the North-East lags behind in the self-employment boom.

MPC split fuels prospect of interest rates rise

The Northern Echo: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England at the cricket ground in Chester-le-Street. (9045547)

10:05am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TWO members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise interest in August, the first time in three years policymakers have backed a rise.

Tories attacked over regional development funding

The Northern Echo: Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has said Labour would "act where this Government has failed" and devolve £30 billion of Whitehall funding to English regions to help stimulate growth.

12:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE Government's flagship regional development scheme is "mired in chaos and delay" and £900 million behind schedule in attracting private investment, Labour has claimed.

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.

Call to tackle infrastructure problems

The Northern Echo: STAG RETURN: Louts caused misery on flight

6:02am Wednesday 20th August 2014

MANUFACTURERS have called for the creation of a permanent UK Infrastructure Authority to address the nation’s long-term strategic requirements, and encourage vitally needed investment to support growth and competitiveness.

Balfour rejects last-ditch offer

The Northern Echo:

9:44am Wednesday 20th August 2014

BALFOUR Beatty today spurned a last-ditch attempt by Carillion to keep alive the prospect of a £3 billion merger, a day before the deadline for any deal expires.

Business Angels

The Northern Echo: Gary Welford, assistant investment manager at Brewin Dolphin.

6:35am Wednesday 20th August 2014

IT'S the kind of investment that everyone dreams of: a £4,000 stake to help your partner’s friend start a business that nets you millions of pounds in return, writes Gary Welford, assistant investment manager at Brewin Dolphin.

Engineering apprenticeship success

The Northern Echo: ENGINEERING TALENT: From left,  Angela Fleming, business development officer at Derwentside College, with Simon Howard, operations manager at Pinnacle Re-Tec and apprentices Samantha Johnson and Adam Panting

5:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FEMALE student has beaten all the males on her course by winning an apprenticeship with a leading north east engineering firm.

Commercial director leaves Durham Tees Valley Airport

The Northern Echo: Andy Foulds has left his position as Commercial Director at Durham Tees Valley Airport

4:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DURHAM Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) has confirmed that Andy Foulds, commercial director has left the business to pursue new opportunities.

Outlook healthy for manufacturers, say CBI

The Northern Echo: Stock pictures of the production processes at the Nissan plant in Sunderland.  This picture shows the Paint Plant. (8590375)

12:30pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE outlook for manufacturing output growth in the next three months is strong, despite an easing of pace over the past quarter, the latest CBI survey shows.

Victorians worked into their 90s

The Northern Echo: Pity Me - Pitmen at Framwellgate Colliery around 1823. Many Pity Me miners worked at the colliery - courtesy of Michael Richardson, from his book Memory Lane Durham City

9:59am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE number of older people working has declined since the end of the 19th century when the Victorians worked in physically-demanding jobs such as mining and farming into their 80s or 90s.

Training scheme for businesses operating in the region's Protected Landscape

The Northern Echo:

5:43am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE Northern Lands Partnership has launched a training scheme for businesses operating in the region's Protected Landscapes.

Train travellers' pick of the pubs

The Northern Echo: The Head of Steam in Durham

5:32pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

TRAIN passengers have been picking the region’s best pubs.

North-East councils allow meetings to be filmed

The Northern Echo: PUBLIC ACCESS: Darlington Borough Council has joined other authorities in the region in allowing its meetings to be filmed.

4:21pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNCILS in the region have agreed to allow the public to film their meetings after the Government ordered local authorities to improve access to voters.

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.

Gold price fall hits pawnbroker

The Northern Echo:

12:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FALL in the price of gold and intense competition left Britain’s biggest pawnbroker nursing a sharp slide in halfyear profits.

New recruits at chemicals firm

The Northern Echo: Apprentices aand managers at Lucite Plant,  New Road, Billingham
Pic by Doug Moody Photography 9/8/14 (9335955)

12:02pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

CHEMICAL company Lucite International has taken on a team of talented new recruits.

Parents facing strict new terms

The Northern Echo:

12:04pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE summer break gives many parents a welcome opportunity to spend some extra time with the children. But it also means spending a lot of extra money, something which spirals even more in the final few weeks, with the shopping list of new uniforms, stationery, books and excursions.

"The minefield of calculating holiday pay just got tougher", warns Darlington law firm

The Northern Echo: Nick Poole, Partner in the Commercial Department at Latimer Hinks Solicitors.

12:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

LATIMER Hinks Solicitors is warning employers to review their holiday pay structures following a significant ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Thai economic recovery is good news for Teesside steel

The Northern Echo: Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha,l who led the military takeover of Thailand.

11:56am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THAILAND'S economy avoided a technical recession in the second quarter, suggesting the country may be back on the path to growth following a military coup in May.

Carillion sweetens Balfour Beatty offer

11:53am Wednesday 20th August 2014

CARLILLION last night (TUESDAY) raised its offer for Balfour Beatty for the third time, offering new terms that value its rival at more than £2bn.

Super Sam beats the boys to apprenticeship

The Northern Echo:

12:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FEMALE student has beaten all the males on her course by winning an apprenticeship with a leading North- East engineering firm.

Ward Hadaway agrees deal with business network

The Northern Echo: (from left) Steven Roper of Ward Hadaway, Vince Vallely of Gateshead Council and Paul Scope of Ward Hadaway.

7:56am Wednesday 20th August 2014

WARD Hadaway has teamed up with Gateshead Business network to become the organisation's official legal partner.

Rug firm rolls out growth plans

The Northern Echo: Modern Rugs new premises in Newton Aycliffe.

7:29am Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN ONLINE retailer of rugs is expanding into much bigger premises after running out of floorspace.

Decision time for A-level students

The Northern Echo: Lucy Humphreys, NECC Policy Adviser.

7:19am Wednesday 20th August 2014

MANY of us will recall the clammy hands, the lip-biting and the long walk to school the morning of A-Level results day, writes Lucy Humphreys, NECC Policy Adviser.

Gordon Brown adds to team

The Northern Echo: (9327809)

12:02pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

LAW firm Gordon Brown, has appointed Andrea Hanna as associate solicitor of the firm.

Free business advice sessions

11:57am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FREE two-day master class which promises to help businesses grow and meet their commercial objectives is being offered to businesses in October.

Wood Group benefits from US shale boom

11:57am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE owner of a North-East industrial coatings firm has reported a 10 per cent rise in revenues on the back of activities in US shale gas market.

Ineos plans to tap shale gas in Scotland

11:53am Wednesday 20th August 2014

CHEMICAL firm Ineos has bought the majority share of a shale gas exploration licence close to its Grangemouth plant in Scotland.

Wharton Construction starts work on Yarm School's new music facility

The Northern Echo: MUSIC MAKERS: (From Left) Sean Potter, site manager, Matthew Wharton, director, Wharton Construction, Peter Wharton, director, Wharton Construction and Alan Hodgson, estates manager, Yarm School.

12:25pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A FAMILY-RUN building firm has started work on a £3m music teaching school.

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