North whistle-blowing service is bought out

A COMPANY which provides a whistle-blowing service for bullied or disgruntled employees of many of the UK’s major businesses has been bought by a London investment giant.

Region chosen for film debut

A FORMER member of Northern Stage is returning to the region from Spain for the first UK screening of his new film.

Whelan is backing David’s art talents

ARTISTIC talent is proving big business for former student David Thompson who is about to take up a residency in New York.

Tuesday morning business bulletin

Boost for British Christmas shoppers; Vodafone raises guidance for full-year revenues; British Airways flyers face price hike.

hg head hg hg

We’re flying high

Monday lunchtime's business news

Standard Life rallies/Hovis maker on target/Flybe soaring high/Credit crisis hits confidence

Stock watch

THE FTSE 100 endured turbulent trading yesterday, before closing down 54.8 at 6420.1.

Heading back through The Tube

IT’S said that if you remember the 60s, you weren’t there.

McAlpine set to change owners

CONSTRUCTION and support services firm Alfred McAlpine looks set to change hands after finally agreeing a £599.6m approach from rival Carillion.

Friday morning business bulletin

Banking stocks remain under pressure; British Airways sees profits soar; One in four Britons set to shun credit cards this Christmas.

BA expected to report rise in interim profits

BRITISH Airways and Tate & Lyle will be among firms reporting this week during another busy few days for corporate results.

Footsie ends week on a high note

THE FTSE 100 index ended the week in positive territory, up 85 points to close at 6661.3.

Bus and rail outstrip aviation for Go-Ahead

BUS and train operator Go-Ahead said yesterday first-quarter trading had been strong, as expected, causing its shares to jump by more than 5%.

Thursday morning business bulletin

Banking chiefs warn credit crunch will continue; Oil giant royal Dutch Shell unveils upbeat results; Budget airline easyJet bolsters network.

Matt Bolton

THE grandson of an inventor and son of a couple of mad scientists, Matt Bolton’s life and career were never going to be ordinary.

THE FTSE 100 finished 68.3 points down yesterday. The UK housing sector again suffered following further disparaging reports of the prospects for the industry.

Yesterday the IMF warned of severe over-pricing of property, reporting US prices had been mispriced by up to a third, with UK prices even more out of kilter.

Wednesday lunchtime business bulletin

Scottish & Newcastle faces takeover bid; Coffee shop group Caffe Nero delivers leap in profits; Air France-KLM and US airline Delta unveils Heathrow flights to rival BA.

Rebecca shows some Uniquethinking

A NEWCASTLE university graduate has landed a unique role as assistant PR consultant at Uniquethinking PR.

Thursday lunchtime business bulletin

BA's £4bn aircraft order/Mortgage take-up falls again/Moss Bros' new look delivers

Friday evening's business bulletin

Northern Rock makes pledge to staff; Book retailer Borders sells its UK and Ireland business; Packaging firm API Group shock investors; Britain's private equity lobby group names its new boss.

Energy crops to cover 20% of British farmland

UP to a fifth of Britain’s farmland could be covered in ‘energy crops’ by the year 2020, it was claimed this week.

Software house Leighton continues its work Down Under

TOURISM Australia has chosen Leighton to continue the ongoing development of the Aussie Specialist online training programme in the Pacific market.

Cash boost leads to expansion plan

A GOURMET ready meal company is poised to double its workforce to 60 in the next 12 months after receiving a £400,000 cash boost.

Rail division keeps Go-Ahead on track

TRANSPORT group Go-Ahead yesterday said an “excellent” performance from its rail business helped boost profits by a fifth, but the group warned the division could swing into the red this year.

Friday evening's business bulletin

Fears over a possible US recession saw the London market fall; Company pension funds hit the news again; Recruitment firm Imprint says management buyout talks have ended.

Friday's lunchtime business bulletin

BAE Systems poised to secure £20bn fighter jets deal; HSBC facing calls for a group-wide shake-up; Budget airline easyjet sees passenger numbers soar.

Tuesday's lunchtime bulletin

Decline in inflation boosts the case for the Bank of England to freeze interest rates; First-time house buyers borrow record amount says report; London market shakes off opening losses.

Leader with a world of experience

The flying Scotsman has landed. Andrew Mernin meets Bill McPherson, the man behind the take-off of Newcastle’s new route to Dubai.

THERE are some really bad hotels, but I don’t believe even a real life Fawlty Towers could plumb the depths permissible in some other sectors.

Imagine, for example, if you checked into a hotel and entrusted your bags to a porter only for him to lose them between the lobby and your room and for them to remain missing for anything between a few hours and all eternity.

Peter Jackson column

THERE are some really bad hotels, but I don’t believe even a real life Fawlty Towers could plumb the depths permissible in some other sectors.

Friday's business news

British Airways posts better-than-expected results; Banks suffer as customers reclaim "unfair" charges; Co-operative Group to manufacture its own prescription drugs.

Wednesday afternoon bulletin

BA fined £270m/Guy Hands buys EMI/HBOS loses market share/Manufacturing hits three-year high

Father and son add glitz to family memories

A FATHER and son team have set up their own photography studio specialising in modern “celebrity style” shoots.

Waste not, want not

NEWCASTLE International Airport has established a new arrangement for the re-use of delivery pallets.

Improved Dutch bid for ICI rejected

DULUX paint maker ICI has snubbed a second higher takeover approach from Dutch suitor Akzo Nobel worth nearly £7.8bn, it was confirmed today.

BA is braced for soaring fines

BRITISH Airways is braced for huge fines this week following a long-running investigation into alleged competition breaches.

Jittery market to take heart from bank profit

ANOTHER busy week for corporate results should test fragile market confidence, with results from a number of heavyweight stocks.

Art of enjoying life to the full

Carol Alevroyianni was involved in the first ever Fish Quay Festival, bringing world music to Tyneside.

Spa treat for Jennifer

LAW firm Ward Hadaway is helping to provide some welcome relaxation for a prize-winning university student.

Leigh’s in love with her work

Hannah Davies meets two women who are bringing exclusivity back into weddings.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer