Technology firm suffers from TV work

The Advertiser Series: GETTING CONNECTED: BT's £425m fibre broadband roll-out will see Ammanford, Llandeilo and Cross Hands with some of the fastest internet connections in the world within three years.

4:05pm Thursday 29th January 2015

TELEVISION viewers clamouring for a clearer reception have inadvertently contrived to damage a technology firm’s financial successes.

Banknote printer expecting profit losses

The Advertiser Series: A house note, which De La Rue uses to show customers what the company can do.

12:21pm Thursday 29th January 2015

A FIRM printing UK banknotes, passports and postage stamps has confirmed it expects operating profits to be £20m lower.

Software firm makes staff vow over changes

The Advertiser Series: PARTNERSHIP: Marussia driver Max Chilton steers his car at last year's Russian Grand Prix. Sage previously worked with the team

6:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

A SOFTWARE firm employing more than 1,000 North-East workers is looking to cut back office costs - but bosses have vowed the move won’t affect staff.

Tesco 'starts staff consultation'

The Advertiser Series: Milena Jones stole £9.98 worth of good from Ammanford's Tesco store

12:50pm Thursday 29th January 2015

SUPERMARKET Tesco has reportedly started consultations with 2,000 head office over job losses.

Shell announces £9.9bn spending cut

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12:29pm Thursday 29th January 2015

ROYAL Dutch Shell is cutting £9.9bn from its spending plans over the next three years as it responds to sliding oil prices.

Growth Deal gets £13.9m extension

The Advertiser Series: Sandy Anderson, Chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited. (7838715)

6:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

A LOCAL enterprise partnership has agreed a £13.9m funding expansion to a major job creation scheme.

Offshore sector 'caught in perfect storm'

The Advertiser Series: Unions and employers in the oil and gas industry have met to discuss the threat to jobs in the wake of the dramatic fall in oil prices.

10:23am Wednesday 28th January 2015

AN industry supporting thousands of North-East jobs is trapped in a perfect storm that could last more than a year, an industry boss has claimed.

More than 100 North-Easts at risk as Tesco closes stores

The Advertiser Series: CUTS: Tesco is closing 43 stores, putting more than 2,000 workers' jobs at risk

1:57pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

NORTH-EAST supermarket workers' jobs are at risk after Tesco confirmed shop closures.

Firm ties up TV apron deal

The Advertiser Series: RETURN: Sir David Jason as Granville in Still Open All Hours

12:32pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

A UNIFORM maker has supplied clothing for a well-known TV show.

Pollution control fuels firm's growth

The Advertiser Series: STRONG RESULTS: Johnson Matthey says it has benefited from changing legislation on emissions

11:55am Wednesday 28th January 2015

AN overhaul of pollution control is continuing to fuel the growth of a chemicals firm operating North-East factories.

Brewin Dolphin funds under management rise

The Advertiser Series: Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin is closing its York office

11:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

WEALTH manager Brewin Dolphin said its funds under management rose to £37.9bn at the end of December from £36bn a year ago.

Turbine firm wins first North-East work

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

THE owners of a revived wind turbine parts base have won their first contract for the site.

Apple reports largest profit in history

The Advertiser Series: Apple's profit for the final quarter of last year is the highest ever recorded by a public company, beating the previous record set by ExxonMobil in 2012.

9:08am Wednesday 28th January 2015

TECHNOLOGY firm Apple has smashed the global record for quarterly profits after racking up a surplus of 18 billion US dollars (£11.9 billion).

Car maker strengthens grip on electric market

The Advertiser Series: SPARKS FLY: Robots carry out spot welding on a Nissan Leaf

6:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

A GROUNDBREAKING North-East built car has strengthened its position as Europe’s most popular battery-powered model.

Packaging firm reiterates jobs vow

The Advertiser Series: GROWING COMPANY: Faerch Plast's Durham City factory

6:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

A FOOD industry container maker says it remains on course to create 150 North-East jobs after benefiting from stronger demand for British-made products.

Waste plants near completion

The Advertiser Series: NEW DEVELOPMENT: An aerial shot of Air Products' Teesside development. The first plant is on the right, with the second in the middle

6:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

TEESSIDE’S industrial skyline is changing rapidly as work continues on waste-to-energy plants, which are creating and supporting hundreds of North-East jobs.

Sunderland's £100m-plus revamp steps up

The Advertiser Series: Vaux Brewery which was demolished in 2003

3:24pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE transformation of the former Vaux Brewery site is expected to start this year, as part of the £100m-plus revamp of Sunderland.

Women urged to take up 'male' jobs

The Advertiser Series: STRONG RECOVERY: The quarterly CBI Industrial Trends Survey says the UK manufacturing sector’s recovery is continuing

1:58pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE Government is urging women to consider a career in jobs traditionally taken up by men.

Jobs figures pointing in right direction

The Advertiser Series: James Ramsbotham with Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge in the background

6:12am Wednesday 28th January 2015

IN A month where key indicators of economic health all seem to pointing in a positive direction, it was great to see more good news this week with the release of the first batch of labour market statistics of the new year, writes James Ramsbotham, NECC chief executive.

Technology firm's repair deal

The Advertiser Series: DEAL DONE: Pictured from left to right are Paul Lofthouse, Jason Thomas Jones, Steve Emmerson and David Brophy

6:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

A TECHNOLOGY firm has secured a deal with an emergency home repair business.

Whisky worth £5bn to UK economy

The Advertiser Series: (17045683)

6:39am Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE whisky industry is worth more than £5bn to the UK economy, according to a report.

Company draws on skills to lift turnover

The Advertiser Series: ARTISTIC FLAIR: Jessie Bowman shows off her work

6:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

INTERNATIONAL interest has helped a children’s nursery illustration firm push turnover past the £100,000 mark.

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.

GDP grows amid fears the recovery has stalled?

The Advertiser Series: test

5:33pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

THE UK is likely to have been the world's fastest growing major economy last year, latest figures have revealed, but there are growing fears the recovery has stalled in industries such as manufacturing.

Economy slows despite 2.6 per cent growth

The Advertiser Series: test

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.

Esh drives forward £1m investment

The Advertiser Series: (17017420)

4:54pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A NORTH-EAST construction company has made a £1m investment in new vehicles.

Aer Lingus backs £1bn takeover

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

3:55pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A £1BN takeover of Aer Lingus by the owner of British Airways has moved closer after the Dublin-based carrier backed a deal.

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.








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