Debenhams suffers profit slump

The Northern Echo: Artist's impression of Debenhams, in The Northern Echo offices. (

12:07pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

ANNUAL profits at Debenhams have fallen 24.8 per cent caused by disastrous Christmas trading.

Tesco boss to leave after profits plunge

The Northern Echo: MORE TIME: Tesco's store in Bishop Auckland. Company bosses have asked for more time to turn the business around.

10:25am Thursday 23rd October 2014

TESCO'S chairman will stand down after it announced a 91.9 per cent drop in first half pre-tax profits to £112m.

Locum doctor denies groping two female patients at gp surgeries in region

The Northern Echo: Dr Unt Tun Maung who denies sexually assaulting tow female patients

6:44am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A DOCTOR has denied allegations that he groped two female patients who presented themselves for examination for common complaints at surgeries in the North-East.

Union calls for Lloyds leak probe

The Northern Echo: PROFITS JOY: Lloyds Banking Group has posted a half-year profits of £863m

10:44am Thursday 23rd October 2014

STATE-BACKED Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut about 9,000 jobs over the next three years, it has been claimed.

Port hails record week

The Northern Echo: TRADE BOOST: PD Ports says it is working with P&O Ferries on a new service from Teesport, pictured, to Zeebrugge

11:41am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST port operator says it has enjoyed a record cargo week.

Bakery plans new jobs to continue rise

The Northern Echo: SUCCESSFUL RECIPE: Pictured from left to right are Rick McCordall, NEL Fund Managers' Jane Siddle, and Colin Coates, from the Business Investors Group Syndicate

10:15am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A BAKERY aims to create more than 40 jobs in a major expansion after receiving significant funding support.

Six-year high for car production

The Northern Echo: PRODUCTION LINE: A Nissan worker peels off a sticker to reveal the Leaf badge on another of its electric vehicles at its North-East plant

6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE first nine months of 2014 have been the best for car manufacturing for six years, despite a slight dip in production last month, figures have said.

Manufacturer predicts "great things" will follow buy-out deal

The Northern Echo: The team behind the DPE management buy-out.

6:06am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ALMOST 100 jobs have been saved and a dozen created following a management buy-out at an expanding North-East car parts manufacturer.

Clothing firm aims to secure top work

The Northern Echo: SEWING SUCCESS: Workers at The AMA Group, in Peterlee	Picture: TOM BANKS (11771209)

6:01am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A GROWING clothes-maker is aiming to strike a deal with a famous fashion brand as it continues to create new jobs, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Drugs firm's £4bn shares plan

The Northern Echo: REGIONAL BASE: GlaxoSmithKline's factory in Barnard Castle, County Durham

4:43pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A DRUGS company, which employs about 1,000 North-East workers, says it aims to return £4bn to shareholders as it continues work on an Ebola treatment.

Government 'asked to intervene' over Tata deal

The Northern Echo: JOB WORRIES: Tata Steel's Special Profiles plant, in Skinningrove, east Cleveland

2:01pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE Government must intervene in a potential steel mill sale to protect hundreds of North-East jobs, it has been claimed.

Pioneering eye mask firm's expansion plans

The Northern Echo: MASKED MAN: Quality technician Neil Martin with the Noctura 400 mask		Picture: STUART BOULTON (11605126)

10:23am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A REVOLUTIONARY firm behind blindness prevention treatment aims to treble its workforce in a new factory, The Northern Echo can reveal.

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.

Jobs go at engine maker

The Northern Echo: DRIVING FORWARD: The engine production line at Cummins, in Darlington

6:01am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST engine maker is not renewing the contracts of scores of temporary workers.

The inside story of industry in a North-East prison

The Northern Echo: (11576606)

6:50am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

“IT is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” - Nelson Mandela.

Job hopes as engineering firm expands

The Northern Echo: REGIONAL BOOST: Haden Freeman, based at Wilton, near Redcar, says it wants to grow in the region

6:01am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AN engineering firm hopes to create jobs in a North-East expansion.

Bringing subsea industry to life

The Northern Echo:

6:01am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SUBSEA experts helped bring one of the North-East’s fastest growing industries to life for young people on the verge of choosing their GCSE options.

'Jail for bankers' stance softened

The Northern Echo: GROWTH WARNING: 	The EY ITEM Club's Autumn forecast has predicted lower GDP growth than the Bank of England, pictured, the CBI or the International Monetary Fund

5:28pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE Bank of England's deputy governor has apparently softened its stance on plans to jail reckless senior bankers after a City backlash.

Bus regulation deal taken to next stage

The Northern Echo: BUS REGULATION: Bus companies are unhappy at the plans to take services back under council control.

4:59pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

COUNCILLORS have backed plans which would see bus services taken back under local authority control.

Rockliffe Hall reveals new chief executive

The Northern Echo: NEW POSITION: Eamonn Elliott, Rockliffe Hall's new chief executive

2:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A FIVE-STAR North-East hotel and spa resort has appointed a former footballer as its new chief executive.

New firm's award hopes

The Northern Echo: AWARD HOPE: Craig Curtis, head of operations, left, with managing director Mark Chalmers

2:10pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NEW North-East transport business is hoping to drive forward its start after being nominated for an award.

Bank forecasts growth slowdown

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

11:44am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE Bank of England has marked down its growth expectations for the economy, saying there is little scope to raise interest rates as eurozone woes weigh on the UK's prospects.

North-East manufacturers announce plans to invest and recruit

The Northern Echo: DPE is investing in new machinery and recruiting staff.

6:29am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

OPTIMISM is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions and expand premises.

Pressure mounts on the Bank of Mum and Dad

The Northern Echo: PARENTS' WORRIES: Jo Jackson, Brewin Dolphin's head of financial planning, says parents are delaying retirement to help their children

6:01am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AN exclusive survey, carried out by YouGov on behalf of Brewin Dolphin, shows parents of today’s under-18s in the North are planning to delay retirement, compromise their lifestyle and dip into their hard earned pension pots and home equity to give their children and grandchildren a step up on the ladder.

Bus firm's apprenticeship drive

The Northern Echo: SKILLS DRIVE: Pictured back row, from left to right, are Go North East's Colin Barnes and Keith Robertson, with apprentices Daniel Marsden, Michael Ord, Joseph Denny, Tyrone Doran, James Harrison, Anthony Sloan, Robert O'Byme and Gavin Batie, curr

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A BUS operator has invested in an apprenticeship programme to tackle an industry skills shortage.

Companies 'must act' on skills gap

The Northern Echo: APPRENTICESHIP COMMITMENT: Mike Matthews MBE, Nifco UK managing director and European operations officer

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SKILLS shortages could present the largest risk to the North-East’s economic stability in generations, a car parts firm boss has warned.

Packaging firm's new apprentices

The Northern Echo: NEW FACES: Encore's new apprentices. Pictured from left to right are Sean English, Joe Tighe and Dylan Pearson

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A PACKAGING and envelopes firm has taken on new apprentices.

College partnership helps NHS apprentices

The Northern Echo: CAREER BOOST: Newly appointed healthcare assistant apprentices are pictured with Susan Errington, executive director of business development at Derwentside College, and Mike Wright, executive director of nursing at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundat

6:01am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MORE than 40 jobs have been created in a partnership between the NHS and a North-East college.

NECC column: Exploring overseas markets

The Northern Echo: EXPORT FOCUS: Brian Dakers, NECC international trade manager

6:01am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

STEPPING up to the podium to speak at a major conference can be intimidating for even the most hardened speaker, but thankfully I managed to calm Lord Heseltine down as he filled the role of my warm-up act at the Annual Global B2B Conference, in London.

Ottawa in lockdown as soldier shot dead by gunman

The Northern Echo:

10:16pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A CANADIAN soldier shot at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has died.

Miner's aim to lead UK industry

The Northern Echo: FINANCIAL WARNING: Hargreaves Services says its production division has been hit by pricing pressures and bad weather

4:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MINING firm says it is well positioned to spearhead the UK market’s long-term future, despite ongoing market volatility.

Ministers given four point plan to unlock North-East growth

The Northern Echo:

10:32am Tuesday 21st October 2014

NORTH-East businesses have presented the Government with a four-point plan to empower the region and deliver sustainable economic growth.

Bus operator's revenue boost

The Northern Echo: DRIVING FORWARD: Go-Ahead says pre-tax profits increased 45 per cent to £91.2m for the year to June 28

2:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TRAVEL operator running buses across the North-East says its regional services have boosted revenues.

Carpetright founder steps down

The Northern Echo: test

10:22am Tuesday 21st October 2014

CARPETRIGHT boss Lord Harris of Peckham has called time on more than 50 years in the carpet trade by announcing he is to leave the business he founded 26 years ago.

North East Equality Awards winners revealed

The Northern Echo: Mark Savage (11712448)

10:07am Tuesday 21st October 2014

EMPLOYERS and individuals have been rewarded for their strong commitment to equality and diversity.

Police deny withholding evidence and staging cover up of deer bludgeoning

The Northern Echo:

8:07am Tuesday 21st October 2014

SENIOR police officers insisted last night they had thoroughly investigated claims two officers bludgeoned a deer to death with crowbars.

MPs to vote on whether Thatcher Government misled country over Miners' Strike

5:59pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

MPs will vote next week on whether the Thatcher Government “misled the public” about its conduct during the miners’ strike.

Fabrication firm's helideck work

The Northern Echo: SAFETY FIRST: Pictured on the helideck are, from left to right, Steve Hadwin, offshore industrial fire tutor, Paul Hutchinson, D&S Construction Services' project manager, and Chris Brown, technical services manager

3:53pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FABRICATION and engineering firm secured a large contract to work on a renowned training base.

Costa sales keep Whitbread on boil

The Northern Echo: ARRIVING INN: An artist's impression of the Feethams Leisure Development, in Darlington, including a new Premier Inn hotel

3:48pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

PREMIER Inn and Costa Coffee owner Whitbread said profits have lifted by nearly a fifth.

New plans for derelict North-East hotel

The Northern Echo: The Swallow Hotel in Stockton has stood empty for the last five years.

11:34am Monday 20th October 2014

A DERELICT North-East hotel is set to become accommodation for 130 students following a change of ownership.

Funding delight for vehicle firms

The Northern Echo: PULLING POWER: Worker Adam Moffat brings goods into Nifco UK's newest factory

6:01pm Monday 20th October 2014

THREE North-East vehicle parts firms will share millions of pounds of Government funding to address skills shortages and strengthen the UK automotive industry.

Job hopes in food producer deal

The Northern Echo: FOOD PRODUCTION: Production line workers pictured previously at Tanfield Foods, in Consett, County Durham

2:43pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CONVENIENCE food maker has revealed plans to create North-East jobs after buying a specialist firm.

Royal Mail seeks 19,000 Christmas temps

The Northern Echo: The Royal Mail has started its annual recruitment drive to help with the Christmas post, saying 19,000 temporary jobs will be available. The positions will start in mid-November until early January, with work peaking in December.

10:02am Monday 20th October 2014

ROYAL Mail has started its annual recruitment drive to help with the Christmas post, saying 19,000 temporary jobs will be available.

Funding for steel towns

The Northern Echo: Peter Taylor (left) with Simon Hamilton.

1:39pm Monday 20th October 2014

BUSINESSES in the North will be amongst those to benefit from a new £6m scheme launched by UK Steel Enterprise.

Lecturers back industrial action

5:41pm Monday 20th October 2014

ACADEMIC staff at the universities of Newcastle , Durham and York have voted for industrial action in a row over changes to pensions.

Nortech launches new division

The Northern Echo: The Nortech team

2:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

ENGINEERING design and project management company Nortech has launched a new division to serve the oil & gas industry as well as new and emerging sectors.

UK growth 'will slow down sharply'

The Northern Echo: GROWTH WARNING: 	The EY ITEM Club's Autumn forecast has predicted lower GDP growth than the Bank of England, pictured, the CBI or the International Monetary Fund

11:21am Monday 20th October 2014

UK growth will slow down sharply next year amid political uncertainty at home and abroad, a leading business group has predicted.

Energy firm's Grid work

The Northern Echo: ENERGY WORK: Fastflow pictured at work with National Grid

6:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AN energy contractor has secured a major deal with National Grid.

Supply chain moves 'could deliver 500,000 jobs'

The Northern Echo: STRONGER ECONOMY: Katja Hall, CBI deputy director-general, has hailed the UK's economic growth

6:00am Monday 20th October 2014

MORE than 500,000 jobs could be created across the UK if domestic supply chains are revitalised, a report has claimed.

Judge slams 'villain' mother who lead criminal family firm

The Northern Echo: General view of Newcastle Crown Court. (11631524)

1:02am Saturday 18th October 2014

A JUDGE has condemned a family of professional shoplifters who stole designer clothes and sold them on the internet.

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