Royal visitor hears about firm's ambitious growth plans

The Advertiser Series: From left to right: Colin Billiet, managing director, nano-porous solutions ltd, HRH Duke of Kent and John Pearson, research and development manager, nano-porous solutions ltd.

9:40am Friday 24th October 2014

HIS Royal Highness the Duke of Kent this week checked on progress at an innovative North-East engineer that plans to treble staff numbers in the next four years.

Making a stand: Oktoberfest showcases regional manufacturing

The Advertiser Series: LtoR – Jordan Hughes, Kaylan Jackson, Andrew Golightly, Kieran Scott, Connor Howard

6:05am Friday 24th October 2014

AS engineering and manufacturing emerges from the downturn, Business Editor Andy Richardson spoke to delegates and exhibitors at Oktoberfest 2014.

GDP up 0.7 per cent but recovery is slowing

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

10:33am Friday 24th October 2014

THE pace of the UK recovery slowed in the third quarter of the year as manufacturing posted its weakest performance since the start of 2013, official figures showed today.

Construction firm's Middlehaven work

The Advertiser Series: Aerial view including an artist's impression of the Sainsbury's supermarket at the Gateway Middlehaven development.

1:10pm Friday 24th October 2014

A CONSTRUCTION firm has been appointed to create a Teesside retail park.

Steel unions call for rethink on Tata sell-off

The Advertiser Series: Workers at Teesside Beam Mill at Lakenby, will be affected by the potential sale announced by Tata steel today.

10:10am Friday 24th October 2014

UNIONS have voiced concern about Tata Steel’s plans to sell part of its business which employs hundreds of North-East workers and warned of possible industrial action over pensions.

Ministry of Defence workers strike again

The Advertiser Series: ON GUARD: A Foxhound light protected patrol vehicle roams an area close to the Patrol Base Wahid, in Helmand, Afghanistan. DSG is responsible for maintaining such vehicles

2:28pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

MINISTRY of Defence vehicle repair staff have taken further strike action.

Exports 'could hit' manufacturing growth

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

12:38pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A LACK of new export orders is threatening to hit UK manufacturing growth, a report has warned.

Debenhams suffers profit slump

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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.

Union calls for Lloyds leak probe

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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.

Jobs go at engine maker

The Advertiser Series: 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.

Job hopes as engineering firm expands

The Advertiser Series: 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.

'Jail for bankers' stance softened

The Advertiser Series: 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.

Rockliffe Hall reveals new chief executive

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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.

College partnership helps NHS apprentices

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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.

Miner's aim to lead UK industry

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series:

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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: Mark Savage (11712448)

10:07am Tuesday 21st October 2014

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

Fabrication firm's helideck work

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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.

Nortech launches new division

The Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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 Advertiser Series: 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.

Virgin Money delays flotation plans

The Advertiser Series: Sir Richard Branson and Jayne-Anne Gadhia. Virgin Money said underlying profits jumped to £59.7m in the first six months of the year, from £13.1m a year earlier.

1:15pm Friday 17th October 2014

NORTH-EAST bank Virgin Money has delayed flotation plans amid stock market turbulence.

Government accused of 'laissez faire' attitude on steel bid

The Advertiser Series: MAJOR SITE: Tata Steel's special profiles factory, in Skinningrove, east Cleveland

6:00am Friday 17th October 2014

AFTER what was called a “doubly sad day” for North-East industry, The Northern Echo business team assess efforts to rescue troubled Tag Energy Solutions and Tata Steel.

Hint over interest rates

The Advertiser Series: RATES RISE: The Bank of England says interest rates could remain at their existing level until after next year's General Election

1:25pm Friday 17th October 2014

THE Bank of England has revealed interest rates are unlikely to rise until the middle of next year due to gloomier economic prospects.

Chemical firm's new jobs

The Advertiser Series: MINISTERIAL VISIT:  Justice Minister Simon Hughes, left, pictured at Chemoxy International with chief executive Ian Stark	Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (11591894)

6:00am Friday 17th October 2014

A FIRM with a base on the site that gave birth to Teesside’s chemical industry has created new jobs.

Rolls-Royce dashes growth hopes

The Advertiser Series:

3:40pm Friday 17th October 2014

ROLLS-ROYCE has dashed hopes for a return to growth after seeing customers delay or cancel orders due to worsening economic conditions.

Concerns over asset stripping at wind turbine company

The Advertiser Series: The first four transition pieces and monopiles heading towards MPI Discovery

4:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

AN MP has voiced concerns about potential asset stripping after a £28m factory tipped to lead the region’s green energy revolution was mothballed with the loss of about 100 jobs.

Ministers hold urgent Tata Steel talks

The Advertiser Series:

12:42pm Thursday 16th October 2014

NORTH-EAST MPs have held urgent Government talks over a North-East steel mills sale.

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