Breaking news 200,000 jobs boost for construction industry

The Advertiser Series: More than 40,000 new workers will be needed every year, 8,000 more than previously predicted, prompting fears of a skills shortage.

6:02am Tuesday 27th January 2015

A BOOM in the construction industry will create more than 200,000 jobs by 2019 - thousands of them in the North-East - leading to fears of a looming skills shortage.

Breaking news Economy slows despite 2.6 per cent growth

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9:46am Tuesday 27th January 2015

THE economy grew at its fastest rate for seven years in 2014 but official figures highlight a slowdown in the final quarter.

Rangers accept £10m Ashley rescue loan

The Advertiser Series: Sportswear billionaire Mike Ashley is betting that Tesco shares will rise in the long term.

9:12am Tuesday 27th January 2015

THE cash-strapped Rangers board has agreed a £10m emergency loan deal with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct, it has announced to the Stock Exchange.

Darlington subsea firm to cut third of workforce

The Advertiser Series: JOBS SHOCK: Tony Inglis, DeepOcean UK's managing director

6:00am Monday 26th January 2015

A RENOWNED subsea firm is being forced to shed a third of staff as it battles industry challenges, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Seaham Hall voted one of best hotels in UK

The Advertiser Series: Five star Seaham Hall in County Durham was the only hotel in the region to be included in the annual TripAdvisor Top 25 Luxury Hotels Travellers’ Choice Awards.

10:28am Monday 26th January 2015

A NORTH-EAST hotel has been voted one of the best in the country – and the best in the North of England.

Aer Lingus mulls £1bn takeover

The Advertiser Series: BID IN: Aer Lingus says it is considering a £1bn takeover

1:06pm Monday 26th January 2015

AER Lingus is considering a sweetened £1bn takeover offer from British Airways' owner.

SSE announces price cuts

The Advertiser Series: PRICE CUTS: SSE is reducing the price of its gas

12:25pm Monday 26th January 2015

ENERGY supplier SSE is reducing household gas prices by 4.1 per cent on April 30 before extending its energy price freeze until at least July 2016.

Waste bosses invite unions for talks

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

12:01pm Monday 26th January 2015

BOSSES at a waste-to-energy factory have invited unions for talks to ease a row over alleged poor working conditions.

Largest corporate lay-off ever - IBM to cut 111,800 jobs

The Advertiser Series: An unconfirmed report says IBM will axe 26 per cent of its workforce.

11:52am Monday 26th January 2015

IN what would be the biggest corporate lay-off ever, IBM is set to axe more than 111,000 of its staff this week.

Catering firm celebrates milestone with expansion

The Advertiser Series: BIG CELEBRATION: Ben Crosby, left, and Roger Crosby mark the firm's 25th anniversary

11:14am Monday 26th January 2015

A CATERING equipment supplier, which works with restaurants across the North, is expanding as it marks its 25th anniversary.

Mike Ashley increases Debenhams interest but rules out a bid

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10:57am Monday 26th January 2015

SPORTS Direct founder Mike Ashley said that he does not propose to make a bid for Debenhams after he increased his financial interest in the retailer.

Sister firms reveal redundancy plans

The Advertiser Series: INDUSTRIAL BASE: An aerial shot showing the industrial division of the Shepherd Group, which includes Portasilo and Portastor

10:48am Monday 26th January 2015

EIGHTY jobs could be lost at two businesses.

MPs: Ban fracking to meet carbon targets

The Advertiser Series: The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) warned extensive production of unconventional shale gas, which is extracted through the controversial process of fracking, is not compatible with the UK's goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

10:02am Monday 26th January 2015

A HALT on fracking plans are needed amid concerns over local environmental risks and climate change, a committee of MPs has demanded.

Jurys is sold for £680m

The Advertiser Series: Jurys Inn has been sold by a group of investors less than two years after restructuring its debt.

9:55am Monday 26th January 2015

US investors have agreed a £680m deal for the Jurys Inn hotel group.

Estate agency continues expansion

The Advertiser Series: NEW MOVE: Venture Properties staff are all smiles after its move to Bishop Auckland

6:00am Monday 26th January 2015

AN independent estate agent has expanded its North-East presence with another branch.

Union accuses waste bosses of creating hostile environment

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

11:28am Friday 23rd January 2015

A UNION claims hostile management at a £200m energy development are denying staff rightful support in an ongoing row over working conditions.

Three owner bids £10bn for O2

The Advertiser Series: BID: Hutchison Whampoa has launched a £10bn for O2

11:01am Friday 23rd January 2015

THREE owner Hutchison Whampoa has entered exclusive talks to buy O2 in a £10bn deal, which would create the UK's largest mobile phone operator.

Nissan's Sunderland plant tops UK table

The Advertiser Series: PRODUCTION LINE: Workers fit parts to a Nissan Juke, which is made at the firm's Sunderland site

6:00am Friday 23rd January 2015

NISSAN’S Sunderland plant made the most cars in the UK last year, official figures have revealed.

NPower announces gas price cuts

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11:33am Friday 23rd January 2015

NPOWER has announced a cut in gas prices.

Campaigners in plea to save pubs

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

10:25am Friday 23rd January 2015

REAL ale campaigners have stepped up demands for the Government to do more to save pubs from closing after new figures showed that 29 were shutting every week.

Surprise growth in retail sales

The Advertiser Series: Peter Drabble, manager at Hillstreet in Middlesbrough said: “November was a busy month with our customers taking full advantage of the Black Friday discounts. The first two weeks of December have been even busier with people stocking up on Christmas gif

12:00pm Friday 23rd January 2015

RETAIL sales volumes grew by 0.4 per cent last month, despite Black Friday promotions bringing forward many pre-Christmas purchases into November.

Work to start on 1,000-job energy project

The Advertiser Series: BOLD VISION: An artist's impression of the MGT Power's Teesport factory

5:35pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

TEESSIDE will become a renewable energy capital after a 1,000-job project secured vital support.

North Yorkshire food firm helps Yanks turn veggie

The Advertiser Series: Meat-free Quorn pieces, manufactured by Quorn Foods fall from the production line ahead of packaging at the company's factory in Stokesley. The firm has seen sales rocket in the US.

1:57pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire food firm is helping Americans to ditch burgers, hot dogs and steaks in favour of the vegetarian option.

Company aiming to light up the world

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11:43am Thursday 22nd January 2015

A DIVING light maker helping renowned documentary makers capture stunning images of the world is targeting international expansion.

Balfour issues new profits warning

The Advertiser Series: NO DEAL: Balfour Beatty has ended merger talks with Carillion

9:50am Thursday 22nd January 2015

BALFOUR Beatty today delivered a fresh blow to investors with a £70m profits warning and the cancellation of a £200m share buy-back programme.

Want to be your own boss?

The Advertiser Series: Ricky Gervais as David Brent in the BBC TV 	programme The Office .

2:45pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

BUDDING entrepreneurs are being given a helping hand to pursue their dreams of becoming their own boss.

Wonder material firm targets international growth

The Advertiser Series: MATERIAL: An image showing how graphene is structured

12:13pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

A TECHNOLOGY firm working on a wonder material has announced two senior appointments to increase its international presence.

Electronics firm benefits from customer focus

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6:00am Thursday 22nd January 2015

THE days of UK firms moving work to China simply to cut costs are over, according to a manufacturing boss.

Eurozone troubles 'to hit UK exports'

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

4:44pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

MANUFACTURING orders expanded at their fastest pace in five months, but firms expect export orders to flatten as the eurozone continues to stagnate.

Port hails record cargo volumes

The Advertiser Series: BASE: The Port of Sunderland

12:47pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

BOSSES at a North-East port say it has hit record highs after a significant investment programme.

£30m investment plan for Darlington business park

The Advertiser Series: The entrance to Lingfield House on Lingfield Point business park Darlington.

6:42am Wednesday 21st January 2015

THE new owner of a North-East business park has unveiled a £30m masterplan to create hundreds of jobs, build houses and new industrial buildings, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Teesside at forefront of pioneering energy drive, says report

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

3:39pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

TEESSIDE can become a European pioneer in a revolutionary energy scheme, an industry project has claimed.

Mike Ashley sells Sports Direct stake amid rumours of new Rangers move

The Advertiser Series: File photo dated 08/08/13 of a Sports Direct shop, as Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley pocketed more than £110 million after a shares sale reduced his stake in retail chain Sports Direct. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 21, 201

3:29pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

SPORTS Direct founder Mike Ashley is selling a 2.6 per cent stake in Sports Direct worth £117m, in a deal with US bank Goldman Sachs.

Unemployment figures show North-East recovery

The Advertiser Series: The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million in the three months to November, official figures indicate.

2:37pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

THE North-East jobless total continues to fall but the region is plagued by the highest unemployment rate in Britain, and fears persist about the security and pay rates of many new positions.

Cash 'on offer' for energy project

The Advertiser Series: Industry at the Wilton site on Teesside. (7937272)

3:48pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

CASH will be on offer to help develop a pioneering and job-creating North-East green energy project, a Government official has hinted.

City Link staff push for employment action

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2:12pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

MORE than 100 ex-workers at a collapsed parcel delivery firm could take action over its demise.

Prospect of interest rates rise is fading

The Advertiser Series: Bank of England policy makers voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold this month for the first time since July amid concerns about low inflation, minutes of their latest meeting revealed today. PA Photo.

11:45am Wednesday 21st January 2015

BANK of England policy makers voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold this month for the first time since July amid concerns about low inflation, minutes of their latest meeting revealed.

Family chemical firm's key role in wonder material revolution

The Advertiser Series: HIGH-TECH WORK: Graphene in use at a Thomas Swan laboratory

10:36am Wednesday 21st January 2015

A FAMILY-OWNED chemical firm is playing an integral role in putting the UK at the pinnacle of the global science market.

Industry 'must start shale gas work'

The Advertiser Series: INDUSTRY MESSAGE: Stan Higgins, chief executive at the North East Process Industry Cluster

6:00am Wednesday 21st January 2015

A PETROCHEMICAL industry boss has warned the sector must look at fracking to quell fears over the deepening oil price crisis.

SSE faces Ofgem probe

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3:10pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

ENERGY firm SSE is facing an investigation by Ofgem over concerns it restricted competition in the electricity connections market.

Software firm's job plans

The Advertiser Series: DRIVING FORCE: Colin Ferguson, Route Monkey director

11:47am Wednesday 21st January 2015

A VEHICLE routing software firm is creating North-East jobs.

Royal approval for Nissan's 'tight ship'

The Advertiser Series: FACTORY VISIT: Prince Charles gets into a Nissan Leaf

10:32am Wednesday 21st January 2015

CLIMBING out of a car, Prince Charles gave a nod of approval to staff.

Jobless total lowest for six years

The Advertiser Series: The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million in the three months to November, official figures indicate.

9:53am Wednesday 21st January 2015

UNEMPLOYMENT fallen to its lowest level for more than six years and pay rises have continued to outstrip inflation, figures have shown.

Hub aims to get youngsters into IT crowd

The Advertiser Series: IT WORK: Pictured from left to right are Louise Ball,  Baltic Training Services' operations director, and students Jaedon Ross, Chelsea Dryden and Sam Thompson

6:01am Wednesday 21st January 2015

A SKILLS drive is being launched to fill thousands of North-East IT vacancies.

City re-development moves closer

The Advertiser Series: Vaux Brewery which was demolished in 2003

6:01am Wednesday 21st January 2015

A FIRM leading the £100m transformation of Sunderland is switching to new offices as it plans move closer to fruition.

When we were truly a powerhouse of industry

The Advertiser Series: President John G Clarke first president of NECC 1815 to 1818.

6:17am Wednesday 21st January 2015

CONSIDER, if you will, a time when Newcastle was not a-buzz with the neon trade of Bigg Market ale houses, the streets did not bustle with shoppers holding bags with names like “Fenwick” and “John Lewis” emblazoned across them and Saturdays did not consist of a pilgrimage to worship at the alter of St James' Park.

Prince Charles visits Sunderland's Nissan plant

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10:17am Tuesday 20th January 2015

Prince Charles is in the region today to see production at Sunderland's Nissan plant. Deputy Business Editor Steven Hugill reports live.

Oil firm to cut 300 jobs

The Advertiser Series: OFFSHORE WARNING: MP Danny Alexander says the Treasury must accept lower North Sea taxes as the oil and gas industry struggles. Pictured is a BP oil platform in the North Sea, about 100 miles east of Aberdeen

6:30pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

AN oil and gas firm is shedding 300 jobs.

Scottish Power cuts gas prices

The Advertiser Series: HEATING UP: Customer complaints over energy companies are at their highest, the Energy Ombudsman has said

3:56pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

SCOTTISH Power is cutting domestic gas prices by 4.8 per cent.

New York flights are a vote of confidence in North-East economy, says airline boss

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6:33am Monday 19th January 2015

AHEAD of direct, non-stop flights from the North-East to New York Business Editor Andy Richardson spoke to United Airlines about why they decided to invest in our region.








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