Tom Keighley

Tom Keighley

Tom Keighley is a business reporter covering North East companies and joined us in 2014. He covers a broad range of business topics with specific responsibility for subsea, oil & gas, energy; small business and professional services.

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Anna Soubry

North East firms have designs on the new Minister for Small Business Anna Soubry

Regional small businesses weigh in on what the newly created ministerial post will mean for them, including their hopes and fears

Peter Gilson, investment manager at Northstar Ventures

First £500,000 leaves North East Social Investment Fund under Peter Gilson's leadership

The Northstar Ventures investment manager is leading the £9m Fund, which aims to develop voluntary and community organisations and social enterprise

Draeger UK in Blyth

Draeger Safety UK drives revenues in the face of "uncertain" global conditions

The Blyth-based manufacturer of industrial safety products grew revenue to £97.8m in 2014


DIY chain B&Q confirm Byker store will close next year

The Fossway store in Byker is one of the 60 that parent company Kingfisher said it would close following a fall in profitability

John Richardson, Claire Smailes, Cally Clarke, Jonathan Smith, David Kings, Alex Booth and Gulam Arif

Tait Walker expands North East team with raft of new hires

Seven new faces have joined the accountancy firm across its business services, tax and not for profit teams

97 & Social

Cairn Group opens latest £500,000 Jesmond bar 97 & Social

Doors have opened at 97 & Social, the leisure group's latest Jesmond venture in the former Berlise bar premises

David Nichol, chief executive officer at Brewin Dolphin

Brewin Dolphin sell Stocktrade business in £14m deal

The wealth managers' Edinburgh-based execution only business has been sold to Alliance Trust Savings

David Thomas of NEL Fund Managers with David Robinson of the Original Sofa Co

Original Sofa Co opens Harrods concession following £110,000 investment

The Team Valley business were approached by the world famous department store to showcase their bespoke furniture

From left: Apprentice Michael Ord, Kirk Terwin Go North East Chief Engineer, Chris Toon Deputy Principal at Gateshead College, Apprentice David Marsden

Go North East expands apprenticeship programme with eight new trainees

The regional bus operator will train youngsters before posting them to permanent jobs across the firm's depots

Applied Graphene Materials plc

Applied Graphene Materials' technology shows promise for greases and lubricants market

Tests conducted by a Belgian company on behalf of the Teesside firm show graphene nanoplatelets enhanced performance of greases and lubricants


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