Dr Robert Hardy of Aesica

Aesica Pharmaceuticals to be acquired by Consort Medical plc

£230m deal provides "clear strategic, competitive and value-enhancing benefits" for London Stock Exchange-listed company

Dr Robert Hardy of Aesica

Aesica marks 10 years in business with tenfold sales growth to £200m

Northumberland manufacturer Aesica is poised to unveil sales of £200m in latest accounts - a tenfold increase since the firm began.

John Hays, managing director of Hays Travel

The Journal Top 200: How to make sure your company is in the running

Breaking into the Top 200 list, or staying in it, enables smaller firms, by such associations to impress potential clients with the sort of company they can keep

Aesica Pharmaceuticals

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking supports Aesica Pharmaceuticals with working capital

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has supported Silverfleet Capital-backed Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical development and manufacturing organisation

Tom Hurst, chief investment officer Sunderland City Council, and Louise Sixsmith, Aesica Pharmaceuticals

North East Exporters' Awards: Aesica sets bar high as holder of export title

In our search for the stars of the region's export companies in the North East Exporters' Awards we focus on the Mid and Large Exporter of the Year

Aesica Pharmaceutical in Cramlington

Aesica Pharmaceuticals fined after man sprayed with chemical at Cramlington

A worker was left fighting for his life in hospital after being covered in bromine at Aesica Pharmaceuticals in Cramlington


Mining threat to business growth

A DRUGS company is reviewing expansion plans at its 180-job Northumberland factory following a controversial Government decision to approve a massive opencast coal mine nearby.

Fury as mine approved

ANTI-opencast protesters claimed they had been let down by the Government last night after a massive new mine near a Northumberland town was given the green light.

Tyneside and Northumberland: Aesica Pharmaceuticals

Dr Steve Barker, site director at Cramlington said: “We are delighted to sponsor the environment category and look forward to a very high standard of entry from organisations in the region.

Where the cures come from

NORTHUMBERLAND is gearing up for the challenges of global change in the pharmaceutical sector.

All our winners

Company of the Year - sponsored by One NorthEast

Responsive invests in staff, equipment

In our series looking at the winners of the North-East Business Awards 2006, which are organised by The Journal and the Evening Gazette on Teesside, we focus on Responsive Engineering.

Opencast bid puts jobs hope in peril

Up to 500 jobs could be created in Cramlington, Northumberland, under plans for a hi-tech business park focusing on the growing healthcare market.

Internal customers at work

Parkdean Holidays has grown from one park in 1999 to owning and operating 20 across the UK, with a workforce at the height of the season of around 2,400 people.

Going through process is a modern way of life

The process sector dominates the North-East's economy. But there's more to this complex industry than chemical plants and refineries as Anastasia Weiner discovered.

Big night for region’s firms

THERE are only hours to go before the best businesses in the region are unveiled.

Postcode Focus: NE23 - Cramlington

Much of Cramlington as we know it dates back to the 1960s and 70s after it was designated a new town.

'Benefits' of airport disputed

We have recently learned that Newcastle International Airport's passenger numbers for 2006 were its highest ever, a staggering 5.4m people.

Shining out: the brightest stars

The best businesses from across our region have entered the North-East Business Awards and now we are ready to reveal the shortlist for the Tyneside & Northumberland sub-region.

Flight fears block plans to cut bills

Two drugs companies in Northumberland have failed in their bids to cut energy bills by installing wind turbines - because of safety fears at Newcastle Airport.


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