Coreena Ford

Coreena Ford

Coreena Ford is a senior reporter with our Business & Commercial Unit. She has covered a range of topics during her career and has been with us since 1997.

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Alison Thain chairman of the CBI North East Council

Business organisations CBI and NECC join forces over inward investment

'Inward investment remains vital to driving local growth and delivering even more jobs for the North East,' said Alison Thain, chair CBI North East

Professor Nash Dawood of Teesside University, KTP associate Omar Tapponi and Ryder Architecture's Peter Barker

Ryder Architecture partnership with Teesside University leads to contract wins

The firm is involved in a third Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the university, analysing new ways to apply Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Paul Mankin of PwC

North East deal values rise almost 20% in Q1 of 2015 - Paul Mankin's M&A analysis

The first quarter is traditionally the quietest but 2015 launched with a series of high profile North East deals, as PwC's Paul Mankin reveals

Ridley Bros co-director Andrew Ridley and BEL Valves electrical supervisor Dave Holland

Gosforth family firm Ridley Bros secures £150,000 electrical contract with BEL Valves

Ridley Bros has been commissioned to install power boards, submains and over 200 light structures at the St Peter's site.

Eldon Robson, owner of Fentimans, with some of the soft drinks they produce

Rising export sales add fizz to Hexham drinks maker Fentimans' turnover

The Hexham-based botanically-brewed drinks makers grew sales to £15.3m, driven by rising export sales.

Shred Direct business owner Graeme Carter with the company's new vehicle

Former Newcastle United player's confidential data shredding company grows sales 20%

Former central defender Graeme Carter set up Shred Direct in 2013 and is celebrating its two-year anniversary with a new vehicle.

Dr Dave Smith, chief executive of Sunderland City Council and Bill Duncan of Easy Printing Ltd

Move to new Washington Business Centre was Easy for new printing company

Easy Printing's Bill Duncan used to organise printing solutions for global firms, but he now wants to focus on serving SMEs.

Ongoing work on the Stephenson Quarter development on Forth Banks

Speculative developments needed to draw investors to North East

Agents say the North East needs to find a way to encourage developers back to the market to give businesses space to grow

Gradon Architcture's designs for the £200m project in Mongolia

Gateshead's Gradon Architecture in the running for £200m Mongolia project

Gradon is the only UK firm bidding for the contract for the vast residential, leisure, commercial and business complex

Inside a Creams gelato parlour - the successful franchise is now coming to the North East

Pudding parlour Creams looks to open late in Newcastle's Bigg Market

The empty Pizza Hut building in the Bigg Market is being transformed into Creams, a new business focussed on sweet treats

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