Bitter blow as Newton Aycliffe builder Southdale goes bust

The Advertiser Series: Craig Knowles of Southdale, outside the company's offices at Parsons Court on the Aycliffe Business Park in Newton Aycliffe. (24899620)

2:25pm Friday 1st May 2015

A HIGH PROFILE construction boss said the collapse of housebuilder Southdale and the loss of 30 North-East jobs was a "bitter blow" for the industry that risks recovery in the industry.

Virgin Money increases share of mortgage market

The Advertiser Series: The Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Money has grown its share of the mortgage market. Pictured: Sir Richard and Jayne-Anne Gadhia.

9:29am Friday 1st May 2015

NORTH-EAST based Virgin Money said gross mortgage lending rose 34 per cent in the first quarter, giving the Newcastle lender an estimated 3.6 per cent share in the UK mortgage market.

Manufacturing slowdown a blow to George Osborne ahead of General Election

The Advertiser Series: The fall in the manufacturing PMI index number was the steepest since February 2013.

1:28pm Friday 1st May 2015

MANUFACTURING growth posted a surprise slowdown to its weakest pace for seven months in April in a blow to George Osborne just six days before the General Election.

UPDATED: Northern Rock shareholders urge Miliband to launch probe

The Advertiser Series: Customers queue outside the Northern Rock branch on High Row in Darlington on 17 September, 2007.

12:00pm Friday 1st May 2015

SHAREHOLDERS left out of pocket when Northern Rock was taken into public ownership following its collapse have called on Ed Miliband to back demands for a public inquiry.

Tees Valley reminds firms why they should 'buy local'

The Advertiser Series: The DLExpo featured 65 exhibitors

5:58pm Thursday 30th April 2015

HUNDREDS of businesses were given a powerful reminder of why they should buy from local suppliers at the fourth annual DL Business Expo.

500 jobs go as second-hand car dealer Carcraft collapses

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4:50pm Thursday 30th April 2015

USED car supermarket Carcraft has collapsed into administration with the loss of 500 jobs.

Investment helps tech firm switch manufacturing from eastern Europe to Hartlepool

The Advertiser Series: From left: Sarah Thorpe of investor UK Steel Enterprise, Tony Luckett of Clive Owen LLP, Lorraine Carter and Alex Carter of Durable Technologies.

3:32pm Thursday 30th April 2015

A vital £100,000 funding boost has helped a technology company to manufacture its products in the North-East rather than overseas.

Amec Foster Wheeler wins 10 year Sellafield waste contract

The Advertiser Series: North-East expertise gives Amec Foster Wheeler an edge

1:30pm Thursday 30th April 2015

AMEC Foster Wheeler has won a 10-year contract to supply radioactive waste analysis to the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria.

North-East duo unite for wind farm work

The Advertiser Series: MATCH: Darlington Mowden Park's Garry Law takes on the Tynedale defence in a match at The Northern Echo Arena, in Darlington. The stadium was designed and built by Hall Construction

12:28pm Thursday 30th April 2015

A CONSTRUCTION firm has been appointed main contractor on a fellow North-East company’s £14m wind farm development.

1,000-job mine moves closer with factory approval

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

2:51pm Thursday 30th April 2015

PLANS to build a £1.5bn fertiliser mine creating and supporting thousands of jobs have received further impetus.

60 jobs to go at De La Rue in Gateshead

The Advertiser Series: De La Rue will report a £13.5m charge in next months' annual accounts.

5:51am Wednesday 29th April 2015

SCORES of North-East jobs are being axed as bosses at the biggest commercial banknote factory in the world go on a cost-cutting drive, The Northern Echo can reveal.

UPDATED: Baker Greggs lifted by customers' healthy appetite

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10:46am Wednesday 29th April 2015

NORTH-EAST baker Greggs has reported increased sales as it benefits from customers’ appetite for its healthy sandwich range.

Mutual boss warns of North-East housing bubble

The Advertiser Series: CONSTRUCTION: The North-East needs more thriving building sites to stop a housing bubble, it has been claimed

6:00am Wednesday 29th April 2015

THE North-East will be stuck in a housing bubble unless the next Government helps ignite a construction boom, it has been claimed.

Newsquest announces restructure

The Advertiser Series: Newsquest, the parent company of The Northern Echo, Darlington & Stockton Times, has announced a restructure.

6:06pm Wednesday 29th April 2015

NEWSPAPER group Newsquest North-East has announced a restructure which will result in some job losses and the creation of new roles.

70 jobs available at County Durham spa

The Advertiser Series: Ramside Hall Hotel near Durham City. The Spa at Ramside will be opening its doors in July and has now embarked on a major recruitment campaign for people to work in a whole range of areas.

12:38pm Wednesday 29th April 2015

A MULTI-MILLION pound spa due to open this summer at a North-East hotel is looking to recruit more than 70 new staff.

Unions confirm steel strike ballot

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

12:28pm Wednesday 29th April 2015

UNIONS have confirmed they will ballot North-East steelworkers on strike action over pensions.

Marine firm's new work defies oil price woes

The Advertiser Series: CONTRACTS: Martin Moon, Subsea Innovation's managing director		Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

10:54am Wednesday 29th April 2015

A MARINE engineering firm is continuing to win new work and diversify services to suppress any impact of the sunken oil price.

Historic brewery's new lease of life

The Advertiser Series: PAST: The former Castle Eden Brewery, pictured back in 1980

6:00am Wednesday 29th April 2015

A WELL-KNOWN brewery, which closed more than ten years ago, is being given a fresh lease of life.

EXCLUSIVE PICTURE: Vision of £10m engineering college as bosses unveil principal

The Advertiser Series: VISION: An artist's impression of the South Durham University Technical College

6:00am Wednesday 29th April 2015

THE Northern Echo can today exclusively reveal the first picture of a £10m North-East engineering centre of excellence, which will be led by a former ICI senior figure.

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.

De la Rue reveals £13.5m charge

The Advertiser Series: De La Rue will report a £13.5m charge in next months' annual accounts.

5:03pm Tuesday 28th April 2015

NORTH-EAST banknote designer and printer De La Rue has revealed it will report a £13.5m charge in its results next month, as part of a long-running probe into production issues.

Darlington buy local event prepares to open its doors

The Advertiser Series: Hundreds of businesses will be heading to the fourth annual DL Business Expo being held at The Northern Echo Arena in Darlington on Thursday.

5:03pm Tuesday 28th April 2015

HUNDREDS of companies from across the region will be urged to buy local at a business event on Thursday.

Gestamp Tallent underlines commitment to County Durham with £11m expansion

The Advertiser Series: Car parts maker Gestamp Tallent has revealed its £11m press plant expansion.

1:10pm Tuesday 28th April 2015

A LEADING North-East manufacturer said the development of a new £11m press plant was part of a 30-year commitment to the region.

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.


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