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Opsec Security Group narrow losses from £2.2m to £600,000

A rise in orders within the Sunderland firm's transaction card and government protection divisions has also boosted sales.


Sunderland-based Opsec appoint new CEO

Opsec Security have attracted a top US businessman to the North East to become the firm's CEO


Security specialists Opsec seeks acquisitions to boost growth

Security specialists Opsec are geared for growth after growing turnover by 7% and shortening their losses

Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, with Michael Currie, European financial director at OpSec Security

Equipment investment supports OpSec growth

Sunderland-based OpSec Security Group has invested £250,000 in new equipment to increase capacity and support future growth

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£50m in sales is the real deal for OpSec

Anti-counterfeiting company OpSec saw sales top £50m last year after benefiting from a series of buyouts

Footsie has negative start to week

THE UK stock market started the week in negative territory as the FTSE 100 Index lost 45.9 points and ended the session at 6386.6.

Jitters give FTSE rollercoaster ride

NERVOUSNESS over the impact of the credit crunch ensured that the FTSE 100 Index experienced another day of volatility.

House building still has great appeal

IT was a better day for the region’s housebuilders with Bellway and Barratt Developments both recording good gains.

Security firm bounces back with triple profits

Anti-forgery device maker Opsec Security Group has completed a remarkable reversal of fortune after seeing its annual profits treble.

Barratt shares recover with 5p rise

The ftse 100 index fell by 31.3 points yesterday, after the Chinese stock market lost a further 8.3% on Monday.

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.

Opsec gives up some of earlier gains

The ftse opened lower yesterday following losses in the US overnight, finishing the day at 6419.6, down 29.6 points.

Jobs to go as Barratt shares rise 5p

The FTSE started the week opening 38.5 points higher in the first hour of trading to recover some of Friday's lost ground.

Bellway unmoved by London selection

The ftse 100 Index lost ground yesterday as it neared the significant 6000 point mark, ending a three day winning run.

Delayed deliveries hit Biofuels price

The positive mood continued on the UK stock market yesterday as the FTSE 100 Index climbed a further 56.5 points and ended the day at 5930.1.

Trucker delivers top title

Transport company Mitchell Trucking Company, of Middlesbrough, was the toast of the North East Chamber of Commerce Awards, taking the of Business of the Year title.

Transport boss collects award

The success of companies in the region has been celebrated at the North-East Chamber of Commerce Awards.

GSK is named ING's preferred pick

After a turbulent week, the market reacted well to the ceasefire in Lebanon and the UK government downgrading the threat of terrorist attacks to "severe" from "critical".

Bursting into the table

One of the world's outstanding high-tech firms has broken into the North-East Top 200 - after 80 years in business.

AOT gets a boost with £7m deal for US firm

Anti-forgery device maker Applied Optical Technologies has bought a £7m US firm which it says will be "of fundamental importance" to its business after celebrating a return to profit.


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