The award hall of fame

THE first winner of the North-East Business Executive of the Year, formerly the North-East Businessman of the Year Award, was unveiled in 1984.

A goldmine for Ward Hadaway as deals mount

WARD Hadaway has been involved in everything from gold mines to garden centres in advising on nearly £100m worth of deals in the last month.

Funding news pushes up Rock price

AT THE Annual General Meeting of Hargreaves Services yesterday the chairman reported to shareholders that trading for the first quarter of the financial year has been closely in line with the market’s expectations.

“We have applied for planning permission now to save time and put us in a better position to proceed with the project if we get the go-ahead”

- a spokesman for chemical company Sabic as it emerged the firm, which is hoping to secure funding for a new £200m polypropylene plant at Wilton, had applied for planning permission for the project.

Haulier buys up rival to move into top five

HAULAGE firm Hargreaves Services is set to become one of the top five players in the chemical road tanker sector after the purchase of a rival.

North East Business Executive of the Year winner passes on tips

THE entries are in and the first judges’ meeting is about to take place.

Still time to enter

THE search continues to find the leading lights in the region’s business community with the North-East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2007.

Superglass flotation is a clear winner

LAW firm Dickinson Dees has advised investment manager Brewin Dolphin Securities in its role as sponsor on the flotation of Scottish insulation manufacturer Superglass.

The search continues

THE search continues to find the leading lights in the region’s business community with the North-East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2007.

Drugs group gets tonic from broker

THE FTSE 100 opened relatively flat, but slipped into negative territory, dipping below the 6700 mark at lunchtime, led downwards mainly by the mining sector.

Let's salute our finest

Steve Smith, chief executive of Darlington-based van hire firm Northgate was last year’s Tees Valley Business Executive of the Year.

Life begins at 40 with North stocks

It pays to keep an eye on the shares of North-East companies, discovers Vinay Bedi, divisional director of Newcastle-based investment management firm Wise Speke in his regular half-yearly review of the North 40 stocks.

Buoyant update from Northern Rock

Shares in Northern Rock were little changed despite an encouraging trading update from the Newcastle-based bank.

Hargreaves buys Humber operator

Haulage firm to coal importer Hargreaves Services made yet another purchase yesterday - a distribution business on the Humber for £4m.

Flotation opens a new era for Eaga

Energy efficiency specialist Eaga Group is to float on the stock exchange, valued at £400m as one of the region's biggest plcs.

Biofuels shares dip slightly to 39.5p

There were a number of news items released yesterday, including a pre-close trading statement from Hargreaves Services - where we act as broker - informing the market that trading for the half-year to November 30 is forecast to be at least in line with market expectations.

Celebrating achievement

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Achievement in the business world was celebrated in some spectacular events during 2006.

Banham's keeping coal hot

Wearside & County Durham winner Gordon Banham managing director, Hargreaves Services.

Steve is Tees Valley's best

The business executive declared the best in the Tees Valley has praised his staff for the part they have played in the company's success.

Dynamic dozen vie for Journal awards

The shortlist of the best businesspeople in the region has been revealed.

FTSE continues upward trend

The FTSE 100 Index continued its climb northwards yesterday as world markets were left relatively unshaken following news that North Korea had carried out nuclear testing.

Pride of the Tees in the running

The votes are now in and today the shortlist for the North East Business Executive of the Year awards can be revealed.

Hargreaves notches up 134% profits rise

The maiden annual plc results from County Durham's Hargreaves Services yesterday showed a massive 134% rise in profits and 77% increase in turnover.

Sales rise, but so will fares

The region's bus and rail group Arriva posted an 11.5% rise in first-half sales yesterday and announced similar pre-tax profits to last year of £48m, because of a rise in finance costs.

First-class rise for varsity firm

Metnor was the best-performing share in the regional portfolio yesterday, reaching an all-time high of 308.5p.

Stadium hit by short-term worries

Aim-listed Stadium Group reported its results for the first half of the year yesterday, showing an increase in sales for the six months to the end of June to £19.8m, up from £18.05m over the same period last year.

Buy-out sees staff double overnight

Haulage firm-to-coal importer Hargreaves Services has bought an industrial services specialist in a £5.5m deal which has almost doubled the size of its workforce overnight.

Shareholders await Stadium results

Although there was no significant news to report yesterday, on Wednesday, Stadium Group, the Alternative Investment Market listed provider of electronic manufacturing services, announced the completion of its purchase of KRP Power Source (UK) Ltd for a cash consideration in the region of £650,000, of which approximately £150,000 is deferred for up to one year.

Chink of light for the coal industry

North mining company The Banks Group has urged local authorities and the mining industry to work closely together on harnessing the region's coal reserves to meet future energy requirements.

It's agreed

Hargreaves Services has announced a five-year coal import agreement with Associated British Ports.

Hargreaves wins five-year import deal

The London Stock Market hovered around the previous day's close for most of the day before rising towards the end of the session yesterday, the FTSE 100 Index closing up 3.8 points at 5900.4.

Hargreaves set to mine a rich seam

Haulage firm to coal importer Hargreaves Services is boosting its coal import programme by 25% after signing a five-year deal with Associated British Ports.

Analysts predict £176.7m S&N profits

London shares made a poor start to the week with a number of heavyweight fallers dragging the market into negative territory.

Quarterly deals survey

Worldwide mergers and acquisitions activity reached the highest half-year volume on record, according to Dealogic.

£1m deal for tyre plant

Industrial services company Hargreaves has bought a tyre recycling plant in South Yorkshire in a bargain £1m deal.

Hargreaves' share price up

Hargreaves Services yesterday announced it had rescued from administration a tyre crumbing plant from Granutyre for £1m.

Support group ponders buy

The only corporate news of note came from Hargreaves Services, the support services provider to energy and waste industries, which said it was in talks to buy Norec.

Hargreaves casts an eye over Norec

Haulage firm-to-coal importer Hargreaves Services is eyeing up its second major acquisition of 2006.

Decision day for the best in the region

More than 700 guests will gather tonight to learn which companies have won the North East Business Awards.

The final set of contenders will be announced tonight

The winners of the third and final heat of the region's biggest and best business awards will be announced tonight.


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