Steel bosses meet unions to ease strike threat

The Advertiser Series: BASE: Tata Steel's Teesside Beam Mill, at Lackenby, near Redcar

5:27pm Friday 22nd May 2015

STEEL bosses have met with unions in a bid to ease growing tensions over pension changes.

Lift workers threaten strike action

The Advertiser Series: ACTION: Unite says staff at Kone will strike unless management relent on vehicle tracking measures. Pictured are Unite members at a separate day of action

1:06pm Friday 22nd May 2015

WORKERS at a lift company will strike for a fortnight unless a dispute is resolved, a union has warned.

Government 'will work morning, noon and night' to help dairy farmers

The Advertiser Series: LICKED: Milk prices have fallen over the last year to near recession levels

6:00am Friday 22nd May 2015

THE Government must work morning, noon and night to end dairy farmers’ milk price plight, a junior minister has said.

EU referendum still on as Cameron pushes for reforms

The Advertiser Series:

6:07pm Friday 22nd May 2015

PRIME Minister David Cameron says he is confident of securing reforms in Brussels, indicating he remains open to staging a referendum on Britain's EU membership next year.

Darlington engineer aiming for global success

The Advertiser Series: GROWTH: Garry Ingoldsby, NEF director, says the firm is targeting global expansion

1:23pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A NORTH-EAST engineering company is aiming for global success after a new product to improve warehouse work proved popular.

Exports boost manufacturing sector

The Advertiser Series: PRODUCTION: The CBI says manufacturers expect to increase production, despite Eurozone problems

2:47pm Thursday 21st May 2015

IMPROVING export orders have helped the manufacturing sector grow this month, a report has claimed.

Shepherd offloads businesses

The Advertiser Series: WORK: Inside Hitachi's new factory at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

2:30pm Thursday 21st May 2015

THE company leading the construction of a North-East train factory is selling a number of its businesses.

Airline Jet2 increases Newcastle Airport flights

The Advertiser Series: RISE: A Jet2 plane takes off from Newcastle Airport. The firm has increased its summer 2016 services from the region

12:46pm Thursday 21st May 2015

AN airline is increasing flights from a North-East airport.

New jobs at Teesside glass blasting firm

The Advertiser Series: Gareth Godwin, manager of WRL Glass Media Ltd. Pic:Keith Taylor.

8:32am Thursday 21st May 2015

A FIRM that uses recycled glass as a cleaning product is creating jobs in response to a sharp rise in sales.

Tata returns to profit but warns of China threat

The Advertiser Series: The Teesside Beam Mill at Lakenby.

7:44am Thursday 21st May 2015

TATA Steel has moved its European business into the black, but bosses warned cheap Chinese imports threatened future performance.

Warehouse firm growth 'example of Northern Powerhouse'

The Advertiser Series: VISIT: James Wharton, second left, at the site of Vantec's new warehouse. He's pictured with, from left to right, Martin Kendall, Vantec Europe managing director; Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council; and Paul Woolston, chairman of th

5:59am Thursday 21st May 2015

A WAREHOUSE firm’s £23m expansion proves the might of North-East business and why the sector can get even stronger, the Government’s new Northern Powerhouse leader has said.

Union threatens steel strike over pensions

The Advertiser Series: SITE: Tata Steel's Skinningrove plant, in east Cleveland

12:33pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

UNION bosses have warned a steel firm’s plants will be crippled by strike action unless management relent on changes to workers’ pensions.

From Coundon to California: Craft firm eyes US expansion

The Advertiser Series: AIMS: Sara Davies, of Crafter's Companion

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

DAWN has only just broken, but Sara Davies is already up and about.

55 jobs lost at Shepherd Construction

The Advertiser Series: 55 jobs lost at Shepherd Construction

2:39pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

SHEPHERD GROUP has confirmed it has cut 55 jobs at the end of a consultation process into a restructure of its construction division.

CBI urge bosses to rescue Britain's ties with Brussels

The Advertiser Series: CBI President Sir Mike Rake will argue in a speech today that: "No-one has yet set out a credible alternative future to EU membership. The current alternatives are not realistic options - little or no influence and the obligation to comply with EU pr

10:22am Wednesday 20th May 2015

AN industry leader is urging businesses to "speak out early" in favour of remaining in a reformed European Union.

Newcastle United service to New York ready for take-off

The Advertiser Series: FINAL preparations are underway ahead of the launch of United Airlines transatlantic scheduled service from the North-East, which starts this weekend.

7:06am Wednesday 20th May 2015

DIRECT flights from the North-East to New York take off this weekend.

Engineer starts £30m bypass work

The Advertiser Series: PROJECT: Martin Forster, Owen Pugh Contracts' general manager, on site at the Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

A CIVIL engineering firm has started work on a £30m transport scheme.

Mothballed refinery owner hit by £40m losses

The Advertiser Series: SITE: The Ensus factory, in Wilton, near Redcar

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

THE owners of a dormant North-East refinery have been stung by losses of more than £40m.

£23m expansion delivers 120 warehouse jobs

The Advertiser Series: OPENING: Vantec is building a third site in Sunderland. Pictured at the opening of its second base in the region in 2013 is Akira Koyama, Vantec Corporation president, painting a good luck Japanese Daruma doll. He is watched by, from left to right, Martin

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

A WAREHOUSE firm says it will deliver 120 North-East jobs in a £23m expansion.

Time for less talk and more action

The Advertiser Series: ACTION: Jonathan Walker, North East Chamber of Commerce head of policy and campaigns

6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

THE Northern Powerhouse was given plenty of airtime during the election campaign, writes Jonathan Walker, North East Chamber of Commerce head of policy and campaigns.

Aycliffe engineer D&S Services to re-open former Peterlee Suncrest site

The Advertiser Series: LEASE OF LIFE: (Left to right): D&S Services' operations director Mark Kelly, technical director Andrew Gaskins, production manager Steve Bassett and commercial director Alastair Tennant inside the firm's new facility in Peterlee.

1:22pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

A DISUSED fireplace factory will rise from the ashes this summer when it re-opens as an engineering plant.

Inflation falls for first time since Harold Macmillan was PM

The Advertiser Series: Estimates of past CPI rates suggest it was last negative in March 1960 when Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister and Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House. Picture of Mr Macmillan in his Stockton constituency.

10:50am Tuesday 19th May 2015

INFLATION turned negative for the first time in more than half a century in April, official figures showed today.

Banksy of England - next £20 note will feature a visual artist

The Advertiser Series: The Bank of England is asking the public for suggestions of artists ranging from painters to fashion designers.

10:28am Tuesday 19th May 2015

THE face of a visual artist will appear on the next £20 note - and the Bank of England wants the public to make nominations.

Wonga swaps puppets for dinner ladies in new ad campaign

The Advertiser Series: Wonga's new advertising campaign featuring "hard-working dinner ladies and mums." Pic: PA Wire

9:38am Tuesday 19th May 2015

CONTROVERSIAL payday lender Wonga is launching a new advertising campaign featuring "hard-working dinner ladies and mums" after ditching its puppet ads.

Campaign aims to save lives at sea

The Advertiser Series: REELING IN THE CATCH: Trawler crews haul their catch onboard before the fish is then frozen in large crates before bring brought to shore and distributed (26397092)

8:02am Tuesday 19th May 2015

THE region's fishermen have backed the Sea You Home Safe campaign which aims to save lives at sea.

Nissan eyes sales growth to Infiniti and beyond

The Advertiser Series: FUTURE: The Infiniti Q30, which will be made at Sunderland's Nissan factory

4:08pm Monday 18th May 2015

A NEW North-East vehicle will help a car maker top 5.5 million annual sales, bosses have predicted.

Export growth is in the bag for County Durham's Furniture Clinic

The Advertiser Series: EXPORT DRIVE: From L to R: Jessica Barron, Ben Staerck and Jordan Smith.

5:13pm Monday 18th May 2015

A HANDBAG and upholstery repair business has reported an 80 per cent jump in overseas sales over the last two years, as the Government launched its latest export drive.

BT move for EE 'concluded next year'

The Advertiser Series: BASE: EE's offices, off Lingfield Way, in Darlington

5:12pm Monday 18th May 2015

TELECOMS firm BT has confirmed it doesn’t expect its £12.5bn takeover of a major North-East employer to be completed until next year.

Meat firm's sales hit £1bn

The Advertiser Series: RESULTS: Cranswick says sales of sausages have helped sales hit the £1bn mark

11:50am Monday 18th May 2015

CUSTOMERS’ growing appetite for sausages and bacon has helped a meat producer record £1bn sales for the first time.

Government urged to act over deficit

The Advertiser Series: CUTS: The IoD says the deficit reduction should be achieved through spending cuts, rather than tax rises

10:49am Monday 18th May 2015

THE Government must bring down the deficit and make education and transport top priorities, the Institute of Directors (IoD) have said.

Sedgefield's Kromek wins deals worth $1m

The Advertiser Series: FUNDING: Arnab Basu, Kromek chief executive

9:36am Monday 18th May 2015

RADIATION detection company Kromek has won a clutch of new deals worth almost $1m.

New jobs at engineering firm expands

The Advertiser Series: SWITCH: Pictured celebrating Applus RTD UK's move are, from left to right, Peter Candler, of Rivergreen Developments; Dave Stubbs, Hartlepool Council chief executive; Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, leader of Hartlepool Council; Neil Hannah, Applus

3:02pm Friday 15th May 2015

AN advanced engineering firm says it is defying the oil and gas sector’s difficulties to double its workforce.

Tata Steel writes-down assets, as strike action looms

The Advertiser Series:

6:03am Friday 15th May 2015

TATA Steel has written-down the value of assets, including part of its North-East business, by a whopping £500m.

UPDATED: North-East must 'open front door' to investors to create thousands of jobs

The Advertiser Series:

12:10pm Thursday 14th May 2015

BUSINESS leaders have issued a rallying call to galvanise the North-East economy and create of thousands of jobs.

New Sunderland bridge will be twice the height of famous Tyneside crossing

The Advertiser Series: Building of the new Wear bridge is due to be completed by spring 2018.

12:01am Thursday 14th May 2015

A NEW £117m road bridge over the River Wear in Sunderland has been given the go ahead.

'Together we can take on the world,' say region's business owners

The Advertiser Series: Plumbing entrepreneur Charlie Mullins.

5:33pm Thursday 14th May 2015

THE future of leadership and entrepreneurship were at the fore as a 300-strong audience attended the Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s Spring conference, ‘Together We Can Take On The World’.

Transport firm expands with £1m warehouse

The Advertiser Series: GROWTH: Matthew Stiller, Stiller's commercial manager, pictured in front of the new warehouse

2:56pm Thursday 14th May 2015

A FAMILY-RUN transport firm is continuing to expand after spending more than £1m to increase warehouse space.

More bus services to Darlington business park

The Advertiser Series: The increase in bus services will help staff working at Amec Foster Wheeler, The Student Loans Company, Capita and Four Seasons Health Care on the Lingfield Point business park, Darlington.

2:13pm Thursday 14th May 2015

BUS services to Lingfield Point business park in Darlington will double thanks to Arriva and Darlington Borough Council.

Graphene firm targets oils after strong tests

The Advertiser Series: TESTS: Jon Mabbitt, Applied Graphene Materials' chief executive

1:59pm Thursday 14th May 2015

A TECHNOLOGY firm behind a wonder substance hopes to help deliver next generation industrial greases.

Hitachi factory builder sells housing business

The Advertiser Series: FACTORY: Shepherd's Hitachi plant, in Newton Aycliffe

11:29am Thursday 14th May 2015

THE business building an £82m North-East train building factory is selling its housing division.

Hitachi ramps up East Coast train tests

The Advertiser Series: TESTING: Hitachi's Class 800 train is put through its paces

6:00am Thursday 14th May 2015

TESTS are continuing on an inter city express train, which will be made in the North-East and deliver high-speed services to the East Coast Main Line.

Potash firm unveils Teesside harbour vision

The Advertiser Series: VISION: A look at how Sirius Minerals expects its Teesside harbour to look

3:37pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

A POTASH firm has unveiled its vision of a Teesside harbour, which it says will be crucial to a 1,000-job mining development.

Refinery future in doubt as stoppage continues

The Advertiser Series: STOPPED: The Ensus bioethanol plant, at Wilton, near Redcar

6:00am Wednesday 13th May 2015

THE future of a mothballed £250m North-East refinery was last night thrown into doubt after bosses admitted they couldn’t give a date for when work will start again.

Energy deal for renewables firm

The Advertiser Series: WORK: Construction work continues on a Banks Renewables wind farm. The firm has secured a deal with Vattenfall for its Hook Moor development

11:46am Wednesday 13th May 2015

A FAMILY-OWNED firm has revealed a deal to sell energy from a £14m wind farm.

UPDATED: Housebuilder reveals record orders after land investment

The Advertiser Series: Barratt says the UK housing market is improving and has seen homebuyers queue up for its properties

10:50am Wednesday 13th May 2015

A HOUSEBUILDER has hailed its decision to spend £4.5bn on land during the recession, saying the move has delivered record orders.

UPDATED: Services help Vertu revenues motor past £2bn mark

The Advertiser Series: Robert Forrester, chief executive of Vertu. Picture:Keith Taylor.

9:57am Wednesday 13th May 2015

NORTH-EAST based Vertu Motors revealed it has broken through the £2bn annual turnover barrier as part of a strong set of results.

National acclaim for Proctor & Gamble - Durham University partnership

The Advertiser Series: Durham University and Procter & Gamble celebrate winning the  prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award.

7:35am Wednesday 13th May 2015

DURHAM University and Procter & Gamble have won the Royal Society of Chemistry Teamwork in Innovation Award.

Steel firm bags Leeds shopping centre deal

The Advertiser Series: A welder at work on the Finley Structures shop floor, at its premises on Aycliffe Business Park.

6:41am Wednesday 13th May 2015

A NORTH-EAST construction firm has made its first major breakthrough into the retail sector as it secured work to help build a £650m shopping centre.

Barclays to create 75 North-East apprenticeships

The Advertiser Series: Barclays new apprentices will join the 2,000 already appointed by the bank from around the country over the previous two years.

6:21am Wednesday 13th May 2015

BARCLAYS will create 75 new apprentices for young people in the North-East over the course of the year.

North-East business leaders welcome Powerhouse move

The Advertiser Series: ROLE: James Wharton arrives in Downing Street ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, where he was given his Northern Powerhouse role

6:00am Wednesday 13th May 2015

BUSINESS leaders have welcomed the appointment of a North-East MP to lead the Government’s Northern Powerhouse.


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