Solar, so good: BT hands North-East small firm £26m deal

The Advertiser Series: Don Lord, chief executive of UK-SE

10:32pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A SMALL firm in the North-East has won a £26m deal to power BT’s new research centre from what is believed to be the largest solar energy farm in the UK.

Life sciences company swaps Oxford for new base on Teesside

The Advertiser Series: (L-R) Dr Ian Wilkinson, head of research and manufacturing at Absolute Antibody with colleague, Alex Baker. The life sciences company has expanded and relocated from Oxfordshire to laboratories at the Wilton Centre on Teesside.

2:43pm Monday 22nd September 2014

AN expanding life sciences company is creating jobs in the North-East following a decision to shift its laboratory operations from Oxfordshire to Teesside.

Electric vehicle firm's North-East job hopes

The Advertiser Series: Sevcon president Matt Boyle

10:38am Monday 22nd September 2014

AN electric vehicle firm says it could create 40 North-East jobs after securing more than £6m from investors.

Tesco suspends executives and launches profits probe

The Advertiser Series: Tesco has launched an investigation after revealing that its guidance on profits for the six months to August 23 was overstated by around  £250m.

9:47am Monday 22nd September 2014

SUPERMARKET Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, and called in independent accountants and lawyers after the supermarket overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.

EE to take over 58 Phones 4U stores

The Advertiser Series: Phones 4u's collapse into administration last week put a total of 5,596 jobs at risk.

9:49am Monday 22nd September 2014

MOBILE phone network operator EE is to buy 58 Phones 4u stores in a deal saving more than 350 jobs at the collapsed mobile phone retailer.

Firm looks to grow with change

The Advertiser Series: NAME CHANGE: Jean-Louis Rostaing, Technip Umbilicals’ managing director

3:22pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A SUBSEA oil and gas firm says it will target further global markets after changing its name.

Software firm's £97m US deal

The Advertiser Series: FLAT OUT: Marussia driver Max Chilton drives past the Singapore Flyer at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix. Sage Group has worked with the team to provide software for engineers to monitor car parts

11:58am Monday 22nd September 2014

A SOFTWARE firm employing more than 1,000 North-East workers is paying £97m for a US payroll and HR company.

Job fears at dairy firm

The Advertiser Series: JOBS FEARS: Dairy Crest, which makes Utterly Butterly, says about 260 are under threat. Its Utterly Butterly brand was a familiar sight on wingwalking planes at air shows

11:36am Monday 22nd September 2014

MORE than 260 jobs are under threat at Utterly Butterly maker Dairy Crest.

Kromek agrees $1m deal extension

The Advertiser Series: A Kromek technician

11:25am Monday 22nd September 2014

EXPANDING North-East firm Kromek has agreed an extended deal with a leading manufacturer of computer tomography (CT) scanners.

King Coal is becoming King Canute, says industry analyst

The Advertiser Series: Demand for coal in China could peak as early as 2016, as the country brings in measures to tackle air pollution and boosts its use of renewables, gas, nuclear power and energy efficiency, the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) said.

10:04am Monday 22nd September 2014

SLOWING demand for coal in China is turning the coal production industry into a major financial risk for investors, it has been warned.

Aycliffe hails award winners

The Advertiser Series: Tekmar, cable protection specialists, beat tough competition to secure top prize at Aycliffe Business Park's Make Your Mark awards.

7:57am Monday 22nd September 2014

SUBSEA specialist firm Tekmar Energy scooped the Company of the Year award at Aycliffe Business Park's Make Your Mark awards event.

North-East builder Turney Wylde starts work on Hummersknott Academy

The Advertiser Series: From Left to Right: Alice Eynon, Thomas Naisbitt and Jessica Hindle.

1:31pm Monday 22nd September 2014

DARLINGTON'S Hummersknott Academy has announced the appointment of a contractor which is starting work on a £1.3m upgrade of the school’s facilities.

Air tax breaks for Scotland could hit North-East airport

The Advertiser Series: Newcastle Airport chiefs fear Scotland is about to be handed an unfair advantage on aviation tax.

3:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

NEW tax powers for Scotland could threaten the future success of a vital part of North-East infrastructure, airport bosses have warned.

North-East business leaders react to the No vote

The Advertiser Series: Graham Robb: The priority should be the redirection of resources from London to the North East, not the establishment of new bodies or talking shops.”

9:22am Friday 19th September 2014

THE North East Chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Graham Robb has called for greater economic power for the region, following the result of the referendum on Scottish Independence.

Military vehicle staff strike warning over pay

The Advertiser Series:

5:59am Friday 19th September 2014

WORKERS at a Ministry of Defence vehicle repair firm could strike over wages.

GSK fined £279m by China

The Advertiser Series: Glaxosmithkline employs about 1,000 people in Barnard Castle, County Durham

10:39am Friday 19th September 2014

CHINA has fined UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline £297m after a court found it guilty of bribery.

Scots firms lead No vote shares rise

The Advertiser Series: Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland surged 3% this morning while energy provider SSE, Glasgow-based engineer Weir and Standard Life were up by around 2%.

9:57am Friday 19th September 2014

COMPANIES with Scottish links led the FTSE 100 Index higher as a relief rally took hold on financial markets following the rejection of independence.

Port launches apprentice drive

The Advertiser Series: PORT PLANS: The Port of Tyne

4:33pm Friday 19th September 2014

A NORTH-EAST port is looking for five new apprentices.

Rental firm continues expansion

The Advertiser Series: DRIVING FORCE: Workers at Darlington-based Northgate Vehicle Hire tends to some of its vehicles	Picture: TOM BANKS (10512796)

1:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A VEHICLE rental firm, trusted by thousands of tradesmen and holidaymakers every year, is continuing its UK expansion.

Full line up of Oktoberfest speakers announced

The Advertiser Series: Coun. Neil Foster will be a guest speaker at Durham Oktoberfest, the region’s biggest engineering and manufacturing event.

3:29pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MANUFACTURING and economic regeneration will be the key themes at Durham Oktoberfest, the region’s biggest engineering and manufacturing event, as the full line of guest speakers is announced.

PPI firm's North-East jobs boost

The Advertiser Series: EMPLOYMENT LIFT: Fast Track Reclaim is creating 80 North-East jobs

4:03pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A payment protection insurance (PPI) claims management firm is creating 80 North-East jobs.

Mining firm looks to supply chain

The Advertiser Series: TEST WORK: A York Potash drilling rig, pictured exploring the depth, quality and thickness of polyhalite under the North York Moors

2:24pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A FIRM behind plans for a major mining development wants companies to register for work.

Factory export orders 'faltering'

The Advertiser Series: SCALING BACK: Growth in manufacturing has eased, according to a study

12:31pm Thursday 18th September 2014

FACTORY export order books have weakened to their worst level since January 2013 amid political uncertainty at home and abroad, a report has warned.

New lounge opens at Durham Tees Valley Airport

The Advertiser Series: The new Swissport lounge and café at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

3:43pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE upgrading of passenger facilities at Durham Tees Valley Airport has taken a big step forward with the opening of new catering services.

Event will ask big 4 questions about cloud computing

The Advertiser Series: Phil Richardson of Atlas Cloud

1:12pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A TEAM from three leading businesses has been brought together to set out the future for cloud computing in the North-East.

Northgate drives forward profits and sales

The Advertiser Series: MOVING ON: Darlington-based Northgate is continuing to expand its UK business, with four new sites opened since the start of the new financial year, bringing its total branch network to 72.

10:17am Thursday 18th September 2014

DARLINGTON vehicle hire company Northgate PLC said it is trading in line with expectations and expressed confidence for the full year on the back of increased profit and revenue from its UK and Spanish businesses.

North-East tops unemployment and claimant tables

The Advertiser Series:

10:18am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance has fallen below one million for the first time in six years, new figures showed today, but the North-East has the highest jobless and claimant rates in Great Britain.

Aircraft recycler locked out of hangar

The Advertiser Series: AT WORK: Sycamore Aviation's hangar at Durham Tees Valley Airport, pictured during previous work on planes

6:01am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN aircraft breaker has been locked out of its hangar, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Rescue deal saves 800 Phone 4u jobs

The Advertiser Series: File photo dated 15/09/14 of a  Phones 4U shop in Oxford Street in central London with its shutters down. The founder of Phone 4u has blamed 'extremely callous' mobile networks for the collapse of the company, which has put 5,600 jobs at risk. PRE

5:21pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DIXONS Carphone will offer to hire the 800 people who work in Phones 4U concessions at its Currys and PC World stores.

Shepherd hosts recruitment event for electricians, mates, plumbers and pipefitters

The Advertiser Series: (10478521)

2:55pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

NORTH-EAST building services provider Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), in partnership with recruitment business NRL, is to host an M&E Trades Open Day, designed to match the region’s wealth of trained tradespeople with a variety of existing career opportunities.

Offshore deal 'will boost Korea work'

The Advertiser Series: KOREA DEAL: Pictured front, from left to right are, Joanne Leng MBE, NOF Energy deputy chief executive, and Young-Ju Suh, KOSHIPA vice-chairman. Back row, from left to right, are Seok-Joo Chung, KOSHIPA general manager, George Rafferty, NOF Energy's c

12:23pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A NORTH-EAST offshore energy body has signed a deal to expand work between the UK and South Korea.

Gaming firm looks to reach new level

The Advertiser Series: BUSINESS EXPANSION: Tom Beardsmore, Coatsink’s managing director, right, with Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council

11:17am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A GAMING firm aims to move up a level after revealing plans to increase its workforce.

Baker focuses on brighter future

The Advertiser Series:

6:01am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AS the recession continued to bite hard, even high street baker Greggs eventually found the squeeze too tough to swallow.

Salmond hails 'empowering moment'

The Advertiser Series:

1:04pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has promised to negotiate with the rest of the UK in "comradely friendship" if there is a vote in favour of independence.

Tackling climate change and economic growth are not incompatible

The Advertiser Series: Innovative technology and new investment in cities, energy and agriculture is giving all countries opportunities for economic growth and tackling climate change, says a report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

8:39am Wednesday 17th September 2014

CHOOSING between growth and tackling climate change is a false dilemma as the two can be achieved together, a global commission has said.

Energy firms' customer woes

The Advertiser Series: CUSTOMER UNREST: Npower has received the most complaints from customers, a report has said

6:01am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN energy provider that cut hundreds of North-East jobs has been criticised for its poor customer service.

Waste firm's jobs hopes

The Advertiser Series: WASTE DISPOSAL: Sita UK says its factory expansion will divert up to 200,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year

6:01am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A COMPANY creating energy from waste aims to deliver 30 North-East jobs in a factory expansion.

North-East pub chain targets growth as rivals call time

The Advertiser Series: Wear Inns is targeting growth amid tough market conditions

4:20am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CLAMPDOWN on cheap booze offers has been largely ignored by supermarkets, says a North-East and Yorkshire pub operator, which aims to grow in the year ahead.

City Deal is not to be sniffed at

The Advertiser Series: Rachel Anderson NECC head of member relations

7:20am Wednesday 17th September 2014

IN this era of austerity and financial cutbacks, the prospect of a substantial pot of money from the Government to empower a town, city or specified area is not to be sniffed at, writes Rachel Anderson

Award for Driver Hire

The Advertiser Series: Lisa Fleming

1:32pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DRIVER Hire Darlington, a franchise of the national network based on Aycliffe Business Park, has won the firm's Bronze Achievement Award for for hitting more than £300,000 in turnover.

Inflation falls to 1.5 per cent

The Advertiser Series: CPP customers are to receive letters reminding them of the company's compensation package

9:51am Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE inflation rate as measured by Consumer Price Index has fallen to 1.5 per cent in August, the Office for National Statistics has announced.

North-East house prices jump 9.5 per cent

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

10:35am Tuesday 16th September 2014

HOUSE prices in the North-East rose 9.5 per cent for the year to the end of July, the latest official figures have shown.

Phones 4U boss blames 'callous networks'

The Advertiser Series: SHOCK CLOSURE: Phones 4U's store, in Silver Street, Durham City

12:12pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE founder of Phones 4u says mobile networks acted callously after his firm collapsed and put 5,600 jobs at risk.

CBI calls on Scotland to see benefits of unity

The Advertiser Series: CBI North-East chair Heidi Mottram has joined calls for Scotland to vote No in tomorrow's independence referendum.

3:33pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE CBI has urged the people of Scotland to remain within the United Kingdom, arguing that the Union is the best way to grow the economy and boost jobs.

Entrepreneurs prepare for awards success

The Advertiser Series: Brian Bunn, Nortech

1:52pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE best of the North-East’s entrepreneurial talent will be honoured on Friday as 300 business people come together to celebrate their success.

Architect's Hong Kong success

The Advertiser Series: NEW PROJECT: Ryder has been appointed to work on the Hong Kong police headquarters, in Kowloon

11:09am Tuesday 16th September 2014

AN architect behind plans for an £82m North-East train building factory has secured lucrative work in Asia.

Baker Greggs 'will remain strong in Scotland'

The Advertiser Series: TASTY RESULTS: Greggs is anticipated to deliver stronger results today

5:02pm Monday 15th September 2014

NORTH-EAST baker Greggs says it will maintain its strong reputation in Scotland, despite worries over potential changes arising from the independence vote.

British Engines powers ahead with new North-East jobs, apprenticeships and investment

The Advertiser Series: Among the British Engines group is the Stephenson Gobin plant in Bishop Auckland

11:23am Monday 15th September 2014

A NORTH-EAST engineering firm has increased the size of its apprenticeship intake by 50 per cent as part of its on-going growth plans.

Customer advice from Phones 4U

The Advertiser Series: All existing mobile phone contracts will be honoured, Phones 4U says.

10:43am Monday 15th September 2014

HUNDREDS of jobs at Phones 4U branches across the North-East are at risk after the retailer says it was forced into administration when network operator EE joined Vodafone in cutting ties with the firm.

Scotland's economic risk 'underestimated'

The Advertiser Series: Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (centre). An independent Scotland would face three major risks in oil, finance and pensions, the Centre for Policy Studies said.

9:35am Monday 15th September 2014

SCOTTISH nationalists have severely underestimated the economic risks of independence, according to a centre-right think tank.



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