Protest as waste factory war of words intensifies

The Advertiser Series: WASTE: Sita Sembcorp UK says its new Wilton plant will take waste away from landfill

6:02am Tuesday 28th April 2015

PROTESTORS are taking further action at a £250m energy site after a worker was seriously injured and staff continue to suffer pay woes, a union has said.

UPDATE: Waste firm's full response to union waste factory claims

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6:00am Tuesday 28th April 2015

PROTESTORS are preparing to take more action over worries about staff pay and conditions at a £250m energy site.

BT faces delay in takeover bid for EE, Darlington's biggest employer

The Advertiser Series: TAKEOVER: EE's offices, off Lingfield Way, in Darlington. The firm employs thousands of workers in the town

10:03am Monday 27th April 2015

A TAKEOVER deal for one of the region's biggest employers could be delayed until the end of the year, bosses have revealed.

Family firm makes coal commitment

The Advertiser Series: COMMITMENT: Banks says coal still remains a key part of its operations

4:06pm Monday 27th April 2015

A MINING firm has reiterated its commitment to coal after posting strong financial results.

130 North-East small firms sign Tory support letter

The Advertiser Series: 5,000 small businesses signed a letter calling for the Conservatives to be "given the chance to finish what they started".

2:58pm Monday 27th April 2015

MORE than 100 small and medium-sized business owners in the North-East have voiced support for the Conservatives’ economic plan.

Travel firm spends £7m to improve buses

The Advertiser Series: LAUNCH: The Metrognomes, with a new Go North East bus

11:24am Monday 27th April 2015

A TRAVEL operator has spent nearly £7m to improve its buses.

It's Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in reverse - foreign brickies flock to Britain

The Advertiser Series: A shortage of bricklayers is expected to see an influx of foreign workers onto UK sites, warns Federation of Master Builders. Pictured Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy and Kevin Whately in Auf Wiedersehen Pet, which featured British brickies seeking work overseas.

1:52pm Monday 27th April 2015

AN INCREASING number of British building sites will rely on skilled foreign workers after it emerged shortages of bricks and bricklayers threaten future house building plans.

North-East electric vehicle firm Sevcon to recruit 20 skilled staff

The Advertiser Series: Sevcon president and chief executive officer Matt Boyle said the firm was in the process of recruiting an additional 13 staff to support its latest project, and expects to add a further seven as it builds momentum. All will be based at the firm's Team Val

10:09am Friday 24th April 2015

AN ELECTRIC vehicle firm is recruiting an additional 20 staff at its North-East base after receiving a £400,000 grant to develop a new range of controllers.

Building society moves online - but vows to retain traditions

The Advertiser Series: MEETING: Members of Darlington Building Society gather at Middlesbrough Football Club's Riverside Stadium for the mutual's annual general meeting		PICTURE: Keith Taylor

4:30pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

A NORTH-EAST mutual is moving online to help nurture the next generation of savers.

Business leader urges support for Beacon of Light

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4:01pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

ONE of the region’s most high-profile business figures has urged companies to back a £15m appeal by Sunderland AFC's charity wing to build a community education centre.

Insurance warning for users of golf buggies and mobility scooters

The Advertiser Series: A new EU ruling could have implications for golfers.

2:09pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

INSURANCE experts are warning that an EU court ruling could have implications for users of golf buggies, sit-on mowers and mobility scooters.

North-East offered Heathrow advertising

The Advertiser Series: The North-East is the first of six British regions offered free advertising space normally worth £500,000 for adverts that will be seen across Heathrow Airport for six weeks from May 18.

1:31pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

THE North East LEP has issued a final call for businesses to lead a major free advertising campaign to be shown to millions of passengers at Heathrow Airport for six weeks from May 18.

1,000-job potash plans get official approval

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6:20pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

PLANS for a £1.5bn fertiliser mine have been approved by a council.

Live updates from Darlington Building Society's AGM at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium

The Advertiser Series: Middlesbrough FC left red-faced after failing to pay bill

11:57am Thursday 23rd April 2015

IN a first for Darlington Building Society, updates from their AGM will be tweeted live online. 

1,000-job potash plans get harbour boost

The Advertiser Series: VISION: An image, provided by Sirius Minerals, showing the area where the proposed quay will be built

6:00am Thursday 23rd April 2015

PLANS for a 1,000-job fertiliser mine have gathered fresh momentum.

Tesco reports record loss of £6.4bn

The Advertiser Series: The Tesco Metro store in Durham City Market Place

8:14am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

TESCO has reported a bottom-line loss of £6.4 billion for the last year. Here is a timeline showing the supermarket giant's troubles since the appointment of Philip Clarke as chief executive in 2011.

New chief at Newcastle Building Society

The Advertiser Series: Andrew Haigh, will become Newcastle Building Society chief executive  following Jim Willens’ decision to step back from full time executive work after five years at the helm of the Society.

12:55pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

NEWCASTLE Building Society has appointed a new chief executive.

Praise for Peterlee 800-jobs plans

The Advertiser Series: BASE: The TRW plant in Peterlee

12:45pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

BUSINESSES have received praise for plans to transform east Durham’s employment landscape.

Only one month until North-East to New York flights take-off

The Advertiser Series: The Business First service on United Airlines.

12:26pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

FINAL preparations are underway ahead of the launch of the new transatlantic scheduled service from the North-East, which starts in a month.

Bank steps up bid to create new atomic age

The Advertiser Series: ATOMIC AGE: Edward Twiddy, Atom Bank chief operations and innovation officer in the office of the bank in Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS

8:00am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

BOLD plans to open a new online bank in the North-East are at an advanced stage, The Northern Echo can reveal.

North East Local Enterprise Partnership reveals new interim chief executive

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2:45pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

A LOCAL enterprise partnership has announced the appointment of an interim chief executive.

Newcastle United sponsor Wonga slumps into red

The Advertiser Series: Newcastle centre-half Daryl Janmaat

10:30am Tuesday 21st April 2015

CONTROVERSIAL payday lender Wonga has slumped into the red after revenues fell by almost £100m last year.

Former Vaux director joins Jarrow Brewery

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4:48pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

TROUBLED Jarrow Brewery has appointed former Vaux director Frank Nicholson as its new chairman.

Energy consultancy targets more customers as revenues rise

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10:26am Tuesday 21st April 2015

AN energy and utilities consultancy firm says it will continue targeting new customers after reporting strong financial results.

Potash firm starts £38m development

The Advertiser Series: PROJECT: ICL Fertilizers has started work on its £38m expansion

10:07am Tuesday 21st April 2015

A POTASH firm says it has started work on a £38m development to dominate the global fertiliser market.

Exports help push firms to Queen's Awards joy

The Advertiser Series: WARSHIP: The Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier during construction. It was built by Newport News Shipbuilding, which Unison worked with on machinery capable of bending eight inch piping and large-bore tubing

10:06am Tuesday 21st April 2015

NORTH-EAST companies have received Royal acclaim for helping maintain the North-East’s exporting prowess.

Subsea firm's £1.5m expansion plans

The Advertiser Series: GROWTH: Scott Macknocher, Ennsub managing director, centre, with company technical director Paul Lavelle, left, and operations director, Gordon Conlon, in front of a launch and recovery system

2:06pm Monday 20th April 2015

A SUBSEA company says it will create jobs and strengthen production after announcing a £1.5m finance deal.

Approval for £1.5bn 1,000-job mine - but rival fears major impact

The Advertiser Series: PLANS: A York Potash drilling rig, pictured during previous exploratory works on polyhalite underneath the North York Moors. The firm's plans for a mine and transport system will be approved by Redcar and Cleveland Council later this week

6:00am Monday 20th April 2015

MAJOR proposals for a £1.5bn fertiliser mine could cause a regional skills shortage and halt an existing company’s multi-million pound expansion, it has been claimed.

Lenders fight to slash mortgage rates

The Advertiser Series: On Monday, HSBC said it will launch a five-year fixed-rate mortgage with a rate of 1.99 per cent. Experts said this is the lowest rate deal of its type that they have ever seen on the market.

6:27am Saturday 18th April 2015

THE battle between lenders to chop down the mortgage rates on offer has intensified, with a company unveiling a new five-year deal with a record low rate of under 2 per cent.

New York still has star quality

The Advertiser Series: The Manhattan skyline is one of the most famous views in the world.

6:11am Saturday 18th April 2015

AS United Airlines prepare to start flights from Newcastle to New York, Business Editor Andy Richardson samples the Big Apple.

Graphene firm targets growth after tests

The Advertiser Series: RESULTS: John Mabbitt, Applied Graphene Materials' chief executive

2:50pm Friday 17th April 2015

A TECHNOLOGY firm developing a wonder substance says tests have proved its material can play a key role in paints and coatings.

US government awards County Durham firm $2m contract upgrade

The Advertiser Series: A Kromek technician

10:32am Friday 17th April 2015

COUNTY Durham scanner firm Kromek has been awarded a $2m deal to supply the US Government.

North-East needs fair share of infrastructure investment, says top civil engineer.

The Advertiser Series: TOP ENGINEER (from left): ICE President Professor David Balmforth with Mark Pearson, group engineering director at PD Ports.

6:35am Friday 17th April 2015

THE North-East needs to secure its fair share of infrastructure investment if it is to realise its full potential as one of the major economic regions of the UK.

Packaging firm reveals international aims

The Advertiser Series: BASE: Faerch Plast's plant, on Dragonville Industrial Estate, near Durham City

6:00am Friday 17th April 2015

A FOOD container maker has announced international expansion plans.

Family distribution firm's East Coast Main Line deal

The Advertiser Series: PLATFORM: AV Dawson's Arthur Vernon Loco enters the firm's newly acquired Middlesbrough Goods Yard. The engine was previously driven by former Government minister Michael Portillo at the opening of Dawson’s Ayrton store and rail terminal in 1988

5:59am Friday 17th April 2015

A THIRD-GENERATION distribution firm has strengthened its industry position after signing a deal to improve access to the East Coast Main Line.

Former Gestamp boss to head up Aycliffe technical college

The Advertiser Series: David Land, who recently left car parts maker Gestamp Tallent is heading up a new engineering University Technical College (UTC) at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

9:51am Friday 17th April 2015

THE former boss of a North-East car parts manufacturer has been appointed to head-up a new engineering University Technical College (UTC), and help tackle the regional skills gap.

North-East subsea jobs safe in £130m Chinese deal

The Advertiser Series: EQUIPMENT: An SMD remotely-operated vehicle, which is used to help lay underwater power cables

6:00am Thursday 16th April 2015

NORTH-EAST subsea engineering job will be safe in a £130m Chinese takeover deal, bosses have told The Northern Echo.

General Election stalls house building, says Persimmon

The Advertiser Series: BUILDING FUTURES: Persimmon has reported a strong start to 2015, with turnover up 7 per cent on the same point last year.

9:39am Thursday 16th April 2015

YORK-BASED housebuilder Persimmon said next month's General Election was making it more difficult to win planning permission for new developments.

Darlington business hub hails new tenant

The Advertiser Series: WELCOME: Ian Richards, Northstar Ventures' director, with Vanessa Wood at Business Central Darlington

6:00am Thursday 16th April 2015

BOSSES at a £6.6m business hub say they have made a significant coup after securing a new tenant.

Amec Foster Wheeler secures £50m BP deal

The Advertiser Series: Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract from BP worth more than $73m (£50m) to provide maintenance and project support for the Forties pipeline system in the North Sea.

1:47pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

NORTH-EAST engineering consultants will play a key role in a new £50m BP deal that has been won by Amec Foster Wheeler.

Steely spirit and Thai billions keeping SSI in business

The Advertiser Series: SSI recently agreed a new seven year deal with Teesport operator PD Ports.

5:36am Wednesday 15th April 2015

IF the herculean effort to return production to the former British Steel site at Redcar was the ultimate business back-from-the-dead story, then the battle to keep the fledgling operation on its feet has been almost as dramatic.

Cleat firm switched on for energy work

The Advertiser Series: POWER: The Woodhead Tunnel, which Ellis is supporting with cleats and clamps

3:31pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

A CABLE cleat maker, founded by an RAF bomber pilot, has secured a deal to continue supporting a National Grid project.

Peterlee clothes-maker's year of rags to riches

The Advertiser Series: PLANS: Paul Watts and Julie Price, pictured in AMA Group's factory in May last year

6:00am Wednesday 15th April 2015

IT’S not too much of a cliché to say the North-East’s once proud clothes-making industry was left hanging by a thread.

Offshore industry to suffer exodus of skilled workers, report warns

The Advertiser Series: MOST UK oil and gas firms expect to grow over the next two years and the outlook for North Sea activity and jobs, while uncertain, may be brighter than expected.

5:48am Wednesday 15th April 2015

THE NORTH Sea oil and gas industry faces an exodus of talent as George Osborne has failed to offer the troubled sector sufficient support, a new study has said.

Five jobs saved as TSG buys Aegis from administration

The Advertiser Series: (L-R) David Stonehouse, chief executive of TSG, David McPherson, managing director of Aegis, Abu Ali, of Quantum Corporate Finance, and Andrew Haslam, of Begbies Traynor.

5:23pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

FIVE jobs have been saved at a North-East IT company after it was bought out of administration by a regional rival.

Naylors founder stepping down after 25 years

The Advertiser Series: Bill Naylor, Founder of Naylors Chartered Surveyors who is retiring after 25 years at the helm of the business.

5:40pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

THE founder of Naylors Chartered Surveyors, who built the business into a successful property consultancy, is retiring from the firm.

Lidl unveils big Newton Aycliffe expansion plans

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4:37pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

DISCOUNT supermarket Lidl will create up to 70 jobs if plans to expand a North-East distribution centre are approved.

UK inflation turns negative

The Advertiser Series: File photo dated 13/09/05 of a person using a petrol pump. Inflation figures published today could show that the change in the cost of living turned negative in March for the first time on record. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 14, 201

9:59am Tuesday 14th April 2015

INFLATION turned negative by the narrowest of margins in March as it dropped to minus 0.01 per cent, official figures showed today.

Durham's Waterstons bid to shake off 'best kept secret' tag

The Advertiser Series: New Waterstons chief executive Susan Bell with finance director Michael Stirrup.

6:08am Tuesday 14th April 2015

THE husband and wife team behind a successful technology consultancy have appointed a new chief executive and announced plans for a re-branding.

Ebac starts making machines to create UK's only washing line

The Advertiser Series: VENTURE: Pamela Petty, Ebac's managing director, looks through a washing machine front panel with production staff member John Race at its Newton Aycliffe factory	Picture: DAVID WOOD (23238563)

6:10pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

A MANUFACTURING firm has made its first washing machines to press on with £7m plans to become the only UK-based appliance maker, The Northern Echo can reveal.








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