Consett landscaping firm rolls out ambitions growth plan

The Advertiser Series: (from left) Sarah Thorpe of investor UK Steel Enterprise with Joe Zazzetta of Sustain Landscapes.

1:51pm Monday 30th March 2015

A LANDSCAPING company, which counts Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United among its clients, is building a new headquarters and expects to recruit 25 staff as part of expansion plans.

Economic upturn boosts taxi firm

The Advertiser Series: Mohammed Bashir, founder of Boro Taxis. Picture:Keith Taylor.

6:29pm Monday 30th March 2015

ONE of the largest taxi firms in the North-East, has reported a growth in business with the number of weekly bookings increasing by several thousand.

County Durham consultancy plans to double staff numbers

The Advertiser Series: From left: Alice Allum, operations manager, Lisa Bean, managing director, Daniel Jackson, sales and marketing manager at IX7.

3:42pm Monday 30th March 2015

DIGITAL marketing agency, Digitia, has announced a rebrand and plans to double staff numbers this year.

Dock revival firm wins national acclaim

The Advertiser Series: (from left) John and Harry Wilson show off their latest award.

6:11am Monday 30th March 2015

A FIRM that has helped to breath new life into docks on the Tees, Tyne and Wear has been recognised with a major industry award.

North East Automotive Alliance launched

The Advertiser Series: The industry generates £7bn in sales for the North-East.

9:12am Friday 27th March 2015

A MAJOR new body to promote and support the growth of the region’s £7bn automotive industry officially opens for business today.

Business Secretary opens recycling extension

The Advertiser Series: Left to right: Dr Vince Cable MP, Gareth Godwin, Manager Ward Recycling and Ian Swales MP at Ward Recycling. Pic: Keith Taylor.

1:25pm Friday 27th March 2015

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has visited the North-East to officially open a new recycling facility, which includes a £450,000 glass clean-up extension.

Construction firm helps transform Teesside

The Advertiser Series: Paul Redman in front of Thirteen Group headquarters.

11:41am Friday 27th March 2015

A CONSTRUCTION company which has helped to transform parts of the region is delivering its sixth major scheme since 2011.

£6.2m boost for Darlington biologics hub

The Advertiser Series:

2:15pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A NORTH-EAST centre of excellence has secured a Government cash injection to support the manufacture of new medicines.

Death knell sounds for UK coal mines

The Advertiser Series:

2:24pm Thursday 26th March 2015

THE Government will not provide an extra £338m to keep UK Coal's pits at Kellingley in North Yorkshire and Thoresby in Nottinghamshire open for a further three years, ministers have announced.

First steel strike in 30 years looms

The Advertiser Series: 17/09/2012 Hartlepool - new machinery at TATA Steel Hartlepool (21697107)

1:02pm Thursday 26th March 2015

STEEL workers are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute with steel giant Tata over pensions.

King George V’s telegram to go on display

The Advertiser Series: King George V’s telegram to the Chamber 100 years ago.

12:54pm Thursday 26th March 2015

THE North East Chamber of Commerce is to exhibit pieces of the region’s business history at two public exhibitions as part of its 200th birthday celebrations.

Chelsea moneybags boost Burnopfield furniture and handbag repair firm

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

12:42pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A North-East upholstery repair business is recruiting additional staff and expanding its premises to meet strong demand from well-heeled clients in one of London's most exclusive shopping streets.

North-East expertise gives Amec Foster Wheeler an edge

The Advertiser Series: John Pearson, group president Northern Europe & CIS, Amec Foster Wheeler: "Many of our oil and gas customers are facing big challenges right now."

12:16pm Thursday 26th March 2015

CONSULTANCY and engineering group Amec Foster Wheeler said the broad range of expertise in its North-East operations would play a key role in helping the recently formed group combat the impact of falling oil prices.

Durham Tees Valley Airport bids for business boost

The Advertiser Series: The new aviation development team, from left to right: Declan Maguire, Chris Harcombe and Ton Henshaw.

9:48am Thursday 26th March 2015

BOSSES at Durham Tees Valley Airport said new appointments in its Aviation Development Department will strengthen efforts to move the site back into profit.

North East LEP to appoint interim boss

The Advertiser Series: Paul Woolston new chairman of the North-Eastern LEP (8590330)

3:25pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

AN interim chief executive will be appointed within the next month to lead the North East LEP as the recruitment of a permanent appointment continues.

Turbine parts firm starts factory work

The Advertiser Series: VISION: Jan Kjærsgaard, Bladt Industries’ chief executive, left, with Ray Taviner, OSB's operations director	Picture: David Wood

6:00am Wednesday 25th March 2015

THE transformation of a mothballed North-East wind turbine parts plant is under way, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Peers savage HS2 high-speed rail scheme

The Advertiser Series: The flagship scheme - to link London and Yorkshire - may not be needed to ease overcrowding and will fail to narrow the North-South divide, their highly-critical report has concluded.

5:39am Wednesday 25th March 2015

BILLIONS of pounds earmarked for the HS2 high-speed rail project will be better spent on faster routes across the North, peers suggest today.

Hitachi Aycliffe train factory connects to rail network

The Advertiser Series: (From left) Robert Clayton, test manager, Hitachi Rail Europe, and Simon Turner, project manager at Story Contracting, fitting the final pandrol clip to connect the Hitachi train factory at Newton Aycliffe to the rail network.

4:37pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

THE REVIVAL of North-East train building reached a significant milestone today when the Hitachi Rail Europe factory was connected to the national rail network.

Graphene firm bullish on future, despite rising losses

The Advertiser Series: RESULTS: John Mabbitt, Applied Graphene Materials' chief executive

10:58am Wednesday 25th March 2015

BOSSES at a technology firm behind a wonder substance say the company is in a good place to continue its expansion, despite reporting wider financial losses.

Pioneering laboratory helps find life on Mars

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11:00am Wednesday 25th March 2015

GROUNDBREAKING studies searching for life on Mars could be bolstered by work at a new laboratory at a potash mine, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Workwear firm looks to grow UK presence

The Advertiser Series: EXPANSION: Alex Ingham, MI Supplies' managing director

10:00am Wednesday 25th March 2015

A NORTH-EAST workwear supplier is targeting expansion across the UK after moving into a new base.

Sunderland Marine shifting 60 jobs from Durham City to Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Sunderland Marine is quitting its offices on the outskirts of Durham City and moving to the Newcastle Quayside.

6:14am Wednesday 25th March 2015

INSURANCE company Sunderland Marine is moving from its offices near Durham City to the Newcastle Quayside.

Family firms engineer success

The Advertiser Series: l to r: Councillor Harry Trueman, Sunderland City Council, Paul Almond and Hayley Almond of Temla, Dean Almond, Paul Almond and Rosalind Almond of Almet.

2:40pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

TWO engineering companies started by two generations of the same family are recruiting staff and investing in new equipment.

Faulty bolts cost Severfield £1m

The Advertiser Series: Faulty bolts cost Severfield £1m

1:52pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

REPLACING huge bolts on a London skyscraper has cost structural steel firm Severfield £1m.

Darlington warehousing firm predicts further growth

The Advertiser Series: Julian Brooke, managing director of Darlington's Lingfield Warehousing and Logistics, a company that’s doubled in size in the past three years.

1:46pm Monday 23rd March 2015

A SURGE in demand has led to a huge growth for a North-East warehousing business.

Manufacturers stay strong amid export worries

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

12:27pm Monday 23rd March 2015

UK manufacturers expect to increase production in the next three months, despite export worries, a report has said.

Heathrow expansion the ticket for Newcastle Airport's growth

The Advertiser Series: BASE: Newcastle Airport's terminal

6:00am Monday 23rd March 2015

NORTH-EAST airport bosses have backed fresh plans to extend Heathrow and give the region and its businesses a gateway to international markets.

Royal opening for £4.5m Middlesbrough engineering site

The Advertiser Series: ROYALTY: The Princess Royal at the new Sultzer Service Centre in Middlesbrough. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (21392755)

6:51pm Monday 23rd March 2015

A GLOBAL engineering equipment repair firm has officially opened a £4.5m factory it hopes will create more North-East jobs.

Car parts maker drives forward with investment

The Advertiser Series: MACHINERY: Nifco UK's Mike Matthews, left, with Joe Greenwell, chief executive of the Automotive Investment Organisation

6:00am Friday 20th March 2015

A NORTH-EAST car parts maker, fresh from beating the Germans to a £50m contract, has bought machinery to further enhance its products.

FTSE smashes 7,000 mark

The Advertiser Series: RISE: An office worker views a graph showing the FTSE 100 Index's movement. It has climbed above the 7,000-mark for the first time in its history

5:47pm Friday 20th March 2015

THE FTSE 100 Index has climbed above the 7,000-mark for the first time in its history.

Political leaders spell out small business pledges

The Advertiser Series: SPEECH: Chancellor George Osborne addresses the room at the FSB Conference

5:32pm Friday 20th March 2015

NORTH-EAST small business leaders have welcomed Parliamentary pledges to overhaul regulations they say are barriers to companies’ growth.

Hundreds of jobs planned for Darlington in £6.6m venture

The Advertiser Series: OPEN DAY: Business Central Darlington will offer support to new businesses. Pictured is a view of the town from one of its offices.	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (21089728)

1:58pm Thursday 19th March 2015

A £6.6M innovation hub will help create and support hundreds of North-East jobs, bosses have said.

Offshore sector 'will recover' under £1.3bn plans

The Advertiser Series: MOST UK oil and gas firms expect to grow over the next two years and the outlook for North Sea activity and jobs, while uncertain, may be brighter than expected.

6:00am Thursday 19th March 2015

THE beleaguered North Sea energy sector will recover from its woes under bold £1.3bn Government plans, industry leaders last night confidently predicted.

Chancellor receives lukewarm business reception

The Advertiser Series: POWERHOUSE: Nifco UK's Mike Matthews

11:11am Thursday 19th March 2015

THE next Government must ensure actions speak louder than words, according to North-East business leaders, who gave a lukewarm reception to the Chancellor’s Budget.

Pioneering tech firm targets gaming market

The Advertiser Series: TECHNOLOGY: A biker, wearing a Reevu helmet, leads competitors around a corner during a race. The firm is branching into gaming

11:05am Thursday 19th March 2015

A PIONEERING North-East technology firm behind a rear vision motorcycle helmet is battling larger international rivals again with another global first.

Boss' fury at failed furniture firm bid

The Advertiser Series: SITE: Ness' factory at Croxdale, near Durham City

12:59pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

A BID to save a troubled furniture firm failed because administrators allowed it to do so, a company boss last night claimed.

Jobs hopes in engineer's £4.5m expansion

The Advertiser Series: EXPANSION: Sulzer's new £4.5m service centre

10:22am Wednesday 18th March 2015

AN ENGINEERING equipment repair firm hopes to create North-East jobs in a £4.5m expansion.

Jobless total lowest since crash

The Advertiser Series: WORK: Unemployment has fallen to a near seven-year low, new figures have said

10:14am Wednesday 18th March 2015

UNEMPLOYMENT has dipped to a near seven-year low after a fall of more than 100,000, while a record number of people are in work, according to new figures.

Funding 'will strengthen' scanner firm expansion plans

The Advertiser Series: GLOBAL: Kromek is helping to support the fight against terror threats. Pictured are US Homeland Security police standing guard outside the federal courthouse, in Boston, at the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

6:00am Wednesday 18th March 2015

THE boss of a North-East scanner firm helping to fight terrorism says it will continue to grow and create jobs after securing a £3m support package.

Budget 2015: North-East business wishlist

The Advertiser Series: Kevin Brennan, Chief Executive of Quorn Foods, is pictured at the company's premises in Stokesley (20513080)

6:22am Wednesday 18th March 2015

A LATE bid to convince voters, or a big non event? North-East bosses told Andy Richardson, Business Editor, what they'd like to hear in the final Budget statement of this Parliament.

Potash firm's £50m expansion plans

The Advertiser Series: TEAM: Miners enjoy a break while underground

6:00am Wednesday 18th March 2015

POTASH bosses have launched £50m expansion plans to tighten their grip on the lucrative fertilizer market, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Supermarket giant Aldi creating 120 new North-East jobs

The Advertiser Series: The new Aldi store in Silsden

12:03pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

GERMAN cut-price supermarket chain Aldi is set to create 120 new jobs in stores across the region.

Families 'misled' over Government wage rise

The Advertiser Series: RISE: The Government says the minimum wage will increase

12:06pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

HARD working families are still being misled by the Government, despite a rise in the national minimum wage, it has been claimed.

Mailing firm spends £6m to deliver expansion

The Advertiser Series: INVESTMENT: Alan Purvis, MetroMail’s managing director

11:50am Monday 16th March 2015

A MAILING firm is targeting new markets after spending more than £6m on machinery to strengthen production.

Task force says airport could be given key role

The Advertiser Series: SURPRISED: Bosses at Durham Tees Valley Airport say they are surprised at Mr Fawcett criticisms of the airport.

6:43pm Monday 16th March 2015

A NORTH-EAST airport can play an important role in reinforcing the region’s manufacturing and export credentials in a major UK aviation expansion, a report has claimed.

Scanner firm's £3m funding

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

3:30pm Monday 16th March 2015

A FIRM providing scanners to fight terrorism and cancer has revealed a £3m funding deal to push on with expansion plans.

Osborne warned to 'fire up' Northern Powerhouse

The Advertiser Series: WARNING: The North East Chamber of Commerce has challenged Chancellor George to do more to help the region lead the Northern Powerhouse. Mr Osborne is pictured during a visit to Carillion, near Middlesbrough, last year

6:00am Monday 16th March 2015

THE North-East must be empowered to lead the Northern Powerhouse, a business organisation has warned.

Hundreds of jobs for Middlesbrough and Sunderland

The Advertiser Series: BOOST: Middlesbrough, depicted here through its Transporter Bridge, will benefit from Firstsource's growth, companies bosses have said

1:01pm Monday 16th March 2015

HUNDREDS of North-East jobs are being created at a call centre company.

UK to create 8,000 oil and gas jobs

The Advertiser Series: MOST UK oil and gas firms expect to grow over the next two years and the outlook for North Sea activity and jobs, while uncertain, may be brighter than expected.

10:05am Friday 13th March 2015

UK oil and gas companies expect to create thousands of jobs over the next two years despite the dramatic slide in oil prices.

North-East steel workers to be balloted for strike action

The Advertiser Series: The Tata Teesside Beam Mill at Lakenby.  (20623937)

3:42pm Friday 13th March 2015

NORTH-EAST steelworkers are on the brink of joining the first national dispute in more than 30 years, say union leaders, after pension talks collapsed.








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