Nissan's vice president for manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick, and Paul Blanchard, manufacturing director at Komatsu UK, with Nissan and Komatsu vehicles

Japanese giants Komatsu and Nissan to work together on NEAA project

The firms will share tips as one of the first link-ups organised by the new North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA)

Neil Harrold, R3 North East vice chair and a partner at Hay & Kilner Solicitors

Half of North East businesses hit by late payment, new research suggests

Trade body says small firms and sole traders are among the worst hit, with potentially devastating consequences in North East

Richard Hogg, left, with Chris Beevers

Appointments: Specialist recruiter Jackson Hogg aiming for growth after upbeat performance

Growing specialist recruitment firm Jackson Hogg is aiming to build its team in 2015 on the back of strong manufacturing performance in the North East during the first quarter

Sajid Javid

NIBE welcomes reassurances from new business minister on late payment

Sajid Javid says Government will fulfill promises on cracking down on offenders, reducing the risks posed to SMEs

AMF member company Cell Pack Solutions and their MD Eddie Czestochowski

Innovation key for future growth of North East Manufacturing

The Advanced Manufacturing Forum is determined to counter statistics which show the North East lags behind other areas

Sarah Glendinning, assistant director, CBI North East

Sarah Glendinning: Productivity growth remains the tough nut to crack

The assistant regional director of the CBI says that weak productivity growth is one of the key challenges facing the UK economy

The Entek Factory in Killingworth

Operating profits lift at Entek to £7.46m following 'difficult' trading period

The specialist battery component maker, based in Killingworth, grew profits but turnover dipped to £39.42m

David Land

Former Gestamp boss heads up North East's first University Technical College

David Land is heading up a new engineering University Technical College (UTC) for the region and says construction is planned to start in August

FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon

Small businesses asked to help shape LEP's new digital Growth Hub plans

FSB and Digital Leaders North to host workshop in Newcastle to guage views and needs of businesses for new regional initiative

Juliana Haggerty of the Centre for Process Innovation and Paddy Lavery of Totallab, who are launching a new Bioscience software they hope to export

TotalLab's molecule mapping technology aims to take drug manufacturing market by storm

Newcastle software producers have launched SpotMap, marketed at drug manufacturers across the world

David Jones, Senior Director in Bilfinger GVAs Business Rates team

Business rates deferment to cost the North and Midlands £2.3bn

Report findings suggest that over the same period it will cost the East of England, South East and South West £640m

John Dickson

Late payment still hitting small and medium sized firms in the North East

Survey suggests that smaller firms are seeing problems with late payment, an issue highlighted in The Journal's Pay Fair campaign

Generic photo of a Barrister

Northern law firms show efficiency in revenues against their regional counterparts

Northern law firms showed strength in fees generated per earner as a new report suggests real growth has returned

TSB

TSB 'backs £1.7bn Spanish takeover' by Banco de Sabadell

TSB said its board was minded to back Sabadell’s 340p-a-share offer, saying its ownership could help accelerate TSB’s growth strategy

Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp: why economic growth is central to the devolution debate

Regional director of the CBI says that devolution to the regions must not get in the way of business growth

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Paul Watson, left, with Paul Butler, chief executive of the North East Automotive Alliance, at automotive supply company R-Tek

North East Automotive Alliance creating new jobs after setting up in Sunderland

Organisation aims to provide a strong voice for the North East automotive sector, growing interest from UK and global markets

Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp column: profit is not a dirty word

Companies should be open and transparent about their dealings to counter the feeling that profits are bad

FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon

FSB in the North East welcomes Government reforms on payment practices

New rules will ensure 30 day payment terms filter down supply chain and that public bodies are held to account for late payment

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

Ed Balls on Labour's vision for the North East economy

The Shadow Chancellor writes exclusively for The Journal ahead of a visit to the region

Ewan Willars, ACCA's director of policy

ACCA warns against heavy-handedness in tackling late payment

Accountancy body identifies 13 deviations from normal payment practice, which each need to be treated differently

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