Mick Flaherty (left) with Robert Bowles at UK Total Solutions

Wallsend-based Barrier Group takes 40% stake in newly created Team Valley rope access specialists

Barrier has stuck a deal to provide support to UK Total Solutions in return for a stake in the company which launched last year

One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York

Newcastle to New York: What it took to bring the North East's direct USA flight to the region

Airport chief Dave Laws reveals how Lord Adonis helped push the deal over the line.

Andrea Preston, TTE Training

Appointments: TTE Technical Training Group fills new finance director role

After more than four years at TTE Technical Training Group Andrea Preston has been appointed finance director

Laurie Berryman of Emirates Airline

Emirates boss urges North East firm to strike out into new export markets

Newcastle Airport offers unique opportunity for emerging markets, says airline executive

Hays Travel MD John Hays with Bath Travel staff on Bournemouth beach

Hays Travel acquires bookings, client base and staff of North East agency

Hays Travel chairman has outlined future plans for the fast-growing Sunderland-based firm

Dubai

UKTI competition opens gateway to UAE

Companies looking to trade with the UAE can launch their mission through a UKTI contest

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City tackles Fabio Borini of Sunderland

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 3: Mark Douglas' match analysis

Black Cats' first half brilliance counts for nothing - but now they must gather up the positives for challenges ahead

emirates, plane, transport, flight

Emirates boss believes North East economy is growing

Emirates vice president Laurie Berryman delighted as passenger numbers from Newcastle increase indicating signs of economic growth in North East

England batsman Kevin Pietersen is caught behind by wicket keeper Brad Haddin

Historic day as the Ashes comes to Chester-le-Street

Thousands of cricket fans descended on the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground in Chester-le-Street for the first day of the five-day event which, if England win, would mean outright victory in the series

Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport flying high as revenues keep rising

Newcastle International Airport is flying high after reporting a £1.7m growth in revenues as well as rising profits

Cricket action

Blaydon hopeful of a winning weekend after victory over Durham Academy

Blaydon bounced back to winning form last week with a comprehensive victory over Durham Academy, and they will travel to Ashbrooke today expecting to do well

Jon Lewis

In-form Durham Dynamos up for T20 opener says Jon Lewis

Geoff Cook continues to make “steady progress” following a heart attack. His side is in even more robust health – and Jon Lewis believes that bodes well for their latest challenge

Volunteers wanted for Ashes Test match at Durham County Cricket Club

VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help stage one of the biggest sporting events due to be held in the North East this year.

Kiwi ace Tom Latham stars for South Shields

TOM Latham’s move from the Test arena to Dean Road produced immediate dividends for South Shields, who produced a battling display against Chester-le-Street to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

Tom Latham is the man to lift South Shields

THE pressure will be on New Zealand international Tom Latham to hit his straps immediately if he is to rescue a season that has turned sour for South Shields.

Support for North East exporters urged

THE North East Chamber of Commerce recently published a major international trade survey, looking at how many North East companies are exporting and the barriers to new growth markets

I’d love to make the Ashes – Graham Onions

GRAHAM Onions admits he is still “desperate” to play for England, although he admits to feeling a “long way off” national team recognition.

Paul Collingwood imperious as he fires back against Derbyshire

IT was a typically Paul Collingwood way to respond to the charges of over-caution that were levelled at him following last week’s draw with Middlesex.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio mood lifted by call from Ellis Short

PAOLO Di Canio did not smile when Wigan’s Emirates collapse confirmed Sunderland’s Premier League survival.

Alfred N'Diaye

Alfred N'Diaye says Sunderland have let people down

ALFRED N’Diaye has admitted Sunderland’s players once again let down the club as they passed up a golden opportunity to secure Premier League safety.

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