Business

L-R Director of Start up Britain Matt Smith, Vanessa Muss from Sage, Kosta Mavraulakis from Start up Britain, Cairine Chandler from Sage and Geoff Brown from sponsor Natwest

Startup Britain campaign which hopes to inspire new businesses kicks off in Newcastle

Startup Britain campaign brought bus to Newcastle city centre on a nationwide tour designed to inspire would-be entrepreneurs

Benfield motors ahead with 21% rise in operating profits

Mark Squires, Chief Executive, Benfield Motor Group, outside the new £7 million Audi dealership on Scotswood Road, Newcastle
The independent motor group grew sales to almost £700m on the back of continuing consumer confidence

Gateshead software developer helps New World Designs automate post-production of Bullet Time filming

From left, Waymark commercial director Paul Lofthouse with New World Designs co-owners Ian Wright and Steve Reeves
Waymark's solution means Matrix-style special effects can be achieved in minutes, or even seconds, rather than days

Newcastle student accommodation plans submitted for 331-bed building

The proposed Vita student accommodation across from St James' Park, as designed by Ryder Architecture
The planning application marks the first phase in the multi-million pound scheme, which could also bring new office space and a hotel

Seaward Group acquired by German multinational MetraWatt International

Rod Taylor, founder and chairman of Seaward
Directors note strong synergy in product ranges, geographical spread and markets served

Northumberland photographer among businesses taking to the skies with drone training

Photographer Andrew Bryson, who has recently trained with Heliguy
Andrew Bryson is one of growing number of businesses to have used North Shields-based Heliguy to get trained in using drones

New online tool can help beef farmers manage their herds electronically

Katie Brian, BRP Project Manager at AHDB
Herd Management Calendar among a range of resources being offered by AHDB's Beef and Lamb Better Returns Programme

All business areas progressing well, Vianet chairman tells Annual General Meeting

James Dickson, chairman of Vianet
Stockton-based monitoring services firm confident of medium and long-term prospects after good start to the year

Northern businesses call for devolution in report into the Northern Powerhouse

Chancellor George Osborne delivers his speech on the 'Northern Powerhouse'
Firms in the region say decisions on skills, transport and economic development should be taken away from Whitehall

CA Group enjoy hike in pre-tax profits as staff share in success

Construction
The County Durham-based roofing and cladding makers saw pre-tax profits rise from £1.02m to £3.71m on the back of long-term strategy
Mark Squires, Chief Executive, Benfield Motor Group, outside the new £7 million Audi dealership on Scotswood Road, Newcastle

Benfield motors ahead with 21% rise in operating profits

The independent motor group grew sales to almost £700m on the back of continuing consumer confidence

Gateshead software developer helps New World Designs automate post-production of Bullet Time filming

From left, Waymark commercial director Paul Lofthouse with New World Designs co-owners Ian Wright and Steve Reeves
Waymark's solution means Matrix-style special effects can be achieved in minutes, or even seconds, rather than days

New online tool can help beef farmers manage their herds electronically

Katie Brian, BRP Project Manager at AHDB
Herd Management Calendar among a range of resources being offered by AHDB's Beef and Lamb Better Returns Programme
The Corbridge Larder, which has come up for sale

The Corbridge Larder deli and coffee shop comes up for sale

The leasehold prime Northumberland deli, which has developed many customers over the last 20 years, is available for upwards of £99,950

First letting at Newcastle office block The Pearl following £3m refurbishment

The Pearl office building in Newcastle which has undergone refurbishment
The Royal British Legion has taken on a 10-year lease on the third floor of the landmark building on New Bridge Street West, Newcastle

Retail entrepreneur opens new Jesmond store and plans expansion outside North East

Jenny Peng Gillender, centre, with Sintons partners Alok Loomba, left, Christopher Welch, right
Jenny Peng Gillender has followed in the footsteps of former Body Shop franchisee dad Wilf to open Peak Boutique's first shop
Helen Russell of H&H Land and Property

H&H Land and Property says quarter of clients still waiting for vital BPS forms

Land agents advise those acting for themselves for contact the RPA as soon as possible or risk financial penalties

County Durham farmer among four new faces at British Wool Marketing Board

Carl Stephenson, BWMB board member for the English Northern region
Carl Stephenson, of Teesdale, has taken over from Malcolm Corbett to represent the English Northern region

Exceptional sheep and cattle entries at the Northumberland County Show 2015

Andrew Rimmer with the Northumberland County Show 2015 Dairy Champion, Haresfoot Napier Bella
Sheep steward says Champion of Champions a "real show sheep" with extremely rare character at the Northumberland County Show
FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon

Small businesses positive, confident and growing, new FSB survey reveals

Organisation's North East chairman Ted Salmon says Government must create right environment for SMEs to thrive

Is the living wage right for the North East small businesses?

Pupils marching from their school, arriving at the council offices asking for a living wage of £7.65 an hour for all county employees
The concept of living wage divides opinion among the region's small businesses, as Tom Keighley finds out

High hopes for Easy Teasy as student startup triumphs in national competition

From left, Northumbria University lecturer Steve Ball with Mike Gent, Tom Webb, Rosie Sparks, Luci Cowie, Harry Marshall and Young Enterprise manager Denise Chapman
Loose leaf tea business seeks to become a well-known brand throughout the UK after Young Enterprise success
Owen Pugh at work on the Morpeth Bypass

Owen Pugh builds firm foundations for North East construction industry - sponsored feature

North East construction firm Owen Pugh is building a brighter future for local people on every level - sponsored feature

Gentoo's £92m homes scheme on site of Prudhoe Hospital gets approval

An aerial view of the planned Prudhoe Hall development by Gentoo
Architects Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall have designed the scheme, which will secure around 140 construction jobs

Business Supplement: Constructing Excellence

Constructing Excellence
An 8-page report on the recent Constructing Excellence Awards 2015, the highlight of the year for the North East construction industry

Northumberland College and Blueline Taxis deliver journey to work

Unemployed drivers and call centre workers have been helped into work thanks to new academy run by Blueline Taxis and Northumberland College.

Journal fund has created thousands of jobs around the North East

Stephane Catherine of Ubisoft
The Let’s Grow Fund has invested £30m and either created or safeguarded more than 3,500 jobs

North East manufacturers down but not out as sector loses momentum

Liz Mayes
The latest EEF survey reveals a picture of weaker than expected growth for North East manufacturers during the second quarter

Videos & Photos

Guests at Muckle LLP's headquarters for a dinner in celebration of AIM's 20th anniversary

North East business leaders gather for AIM 20th anniversary dinner

Katie Glazier at her Mog On The Tyne cat cafe

Mog on the Tyne cat cafe in Newcastle primed for summer opening

Landmark Northern Goldsmiths shop in Newcastle city centre undergoes £1m restoration works

 

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