Business

Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage

Sage group on track to meet financial targets after strong first half to the year

Software giant's revenue grows 6.5% and pre-tax profits 4.9% as business cements reputation as trusted partner to SMEs

Union meets A&P Tyne bosses to negotiate the future of 58 jobs

A&P Group's site on the Tyne
Unite officials say the firm has promised to release temporary and agency workers before any compulsory redundancies take effect

Faerch Plast turnover rises 31% following two years of investment at Durham site

The Faerch Plast plant in Dragonville, Durham
Sales at the Dragonville food packaging specialist are up to £17.1m, and directors said more investment and expansion is planned for this year.

Mobile payment security provider Omlis grows headcount to 50 on the back of new contracts

From Victor Valles, Frances Stainthorpe and Latika Joshi of Omlis
With new work secured across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia, Newcastle tech-up is confident of achieving 2015 growth plans

What the political parties are saying ahead of Thursday's General Election

Party leaders, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage
There are big differences between left and right on future energy policy, but the topic has not been on the election agenda

Surge in demand for commercial property points to stronger North East economy

41% more surveyors in the North East saw demand for commercial property increase in Q1 2015, the latest RICS survey showed

J&B Recycling secure three-year Sunderland City Council deal, creating three jobs

Mark Penny, commercial manager at J & B Recycling
The Teesside-based waste management firm will process around 20,000 tonnes of recyclable material each year as part of the contract

Parkdean Holidays owner's profits boosted by holidaying Brits

John Waterworth, chief executive of Parkdean Holidays
The company behind the portfolio of 24 UK holiday parks saw operating profit rise nearly 20% to £19.7m last year, and trading is still strong

The Blue Bell in Corbridge reopens after £125,000 refit

The Blue Bell in Corbridge, which has been given a £125,000 refit
'Clear vision' for traditional British pub depends upon listening to the views of locals, says publican Paul Whittle

Dudley civil engineering firm The Owen Pugh Group invests in Morpeth Bypass Scheme

Owen Pugh's Paul Cockburn with the new Komatsu plant machinery
The group has invested £1.2m in new plant machinery and a specialist satellite navigation system off the back of the Morpeth contract win
A&P Group's site on the Tyne

Union meets A&P Tyne bosses to negotiate the future of 58 jobs

Unite officials say the firm has promised to release temporary and agency workers before any compulsory redundancies take effect

Mobile payment security provider Omlis grows headcount to 50 on the back of new contracts

From Victor Valles, Frances Stainthorpe and Latika Joshi of Omlis
With new work secured across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia, Newcastle tech-up is confident of achieving 2015 growth plans

Faerch Plast turnover rises 31% following two years of investment at Durham site

The Faerch Plast plant in Dragonville, Durham
Sales at the Dragonville food packaging specialist are up to £17.1m, and directors said more investment and expansion is planned for this year

Surge in demand for commercial property points to stronger North East economy

41% more surveyors in the North East saw demand for commercial property increase in Q1 2015, the latest RICS survey showed

North East property deals top £154m in first three months of 2015

The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel
The most significant deal was the purchase of a Morrisons supermarket in Darlington for £45m

UK business park take-up hits record high in Bilfinger GVA report

Quorum Business Park
Cobalt Business Park recorded the biggest lettings but healthy activity was also noted at Quorum, Doxford and Fifth Avenue
National Farmers' Union President Meurig Raymond

Commodity price drop was major factor in farm profitability decrease, says NFU

President Meurig Raymond says next Government must put policies in place that support long-term growth

Meeting in Cumbria planned after First Milk announces more price cuts for some members

Rob Harrison, NFU dairy board chairman
70 jobs will be lost, and end product pricing introduced, as cooperative seeks to secure its future

Doddington Dairy collect BBC Food and Farming Award at top national ceremony

Neill Maxwell from Doddington Dairy
The Wooler cheese and ice cream makers pipped some of the UK's top food producers to the prestigious award
Nick Smith, (far left) with friends updated

North East chemistry teacher ditches the classroom to launch his own craft beer

Nick Smith has started The Steam Machine Brewing Company with the aim to bring North East brewed keg craft beer to drinkers

Employer Achievement Awards to celebrate North East SMEs who have upskilled staff

The team from A Khan Restaurants who are nominated for Employer Achievement Awards
Employers who used Intraining's free Skills Support for the Workforce programme will compete at awards

Senior business leaders offer free intensive leadership course for North East SMEs

Lucy Armstrong Chief executive, The Alchemists, Newcastle
Invest NewcastleGateshead and Common Purpose have teamed with some of the region’s high profile business leaders to help SMEs grow
The team at Hebburn-based Castle Building Services Organisation

Castle Building Services Organisation posts first quarter trading sales of £8m

Castle has reported higher than anticipated first quarter trading figures, as confidence continues in the North East

North East construction suffers from dip in workloads and labour shortages, survey says

Latest progress on the Co-op building, which is to be reopened as a Premier Inn and retail outlets, Interserve quantity surveyor Dave Robson
The RICS Q1 2015 survey found the housing market is healthy, but private commercial space and private industrials saw a drop in workload activity

RICS launches North East Building Surveying Group for region's construction sector

Kenneth Kelly, chair of the RICS North East Building Surveying Group
RICS has formed the North East Building Surveying Group, headed by chartered building surveyor Kenneth Kelly to meet and discuss issues that are important to the industry
Turbo Power Systems

Improved performance at Turbo Power Systems Inc. as strategic review continues

Board says there can be "no certainty" that proposals to sell the business will go ahead, or on the terms on which this could happen

Smith Electric Vehicles joint venture could be worth £1.5m to Tanfield Group

Roy Stanley of Tanfield Group
Investment company sees 'significant opportunities in a developing EV market' as a result of new Delaware corporation

David Cameron: Conservative Party will close the North-South divide

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister makes pledge as Conservatives pin hopes of election victory on North marginals

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Surge in demand for commercial property points to stronger North East economy

The Alternative Business Awards

Alternative Business Awards raises £19,000 for Tyneside charity

Andrew James celebrates as Durham firm is named North East Company of the Year

 

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