Business

Guy Readman

Leading businessman Guy Readman has ended his life in a Dignitas clinic

The former North East businessman of the year died in Switzerland last month after suffering from motor neurone disease

Unprecedented bid to sell North East at inward investment event

Fergus Trim, Development Director, Quorum Business Park
Public and private bodies from across the region come together for the first MIPIM event in the UK

Massive increase in pre-tax profits for JD Sports as it expands into Europe

A JD Sports shop
High Street sports fashion retailer JD Sports grew pre-tax profits to £16.4m in the half year to August 2, up from £6m in 2013

Quorn Foods Ltd poised for further growth, despite losses

Quorn
Vegetarian food firm enjoys sales growth with new products, moves into international markets and increasingly health-conscious consumers

Independent estate agents Venture Properties expand with £80,000 Durham branch

Todd Armstrong will lead Venture Properties new Durham City branch
The new branch becomes Venture Properties fifth office in its Durham network

Teesside University partnership with Clicksco helps students launch new start-ups

Teesside University
Using lean start-up business practices, an 11-strong group from Teesside University have created three new digital businesses

Top 200, 2014: North East family firms fly their flag

Mark Squires, chief executive of Benfield Motor Group
A major talking point in the new Top 200 list, to be published exclusively in The Journal on October 22, will again be how the previous year's top private companies performed

Pawnbrokers Ramsdens in management buyout led by NorthEdge Capital

Peter Kenyon
Northern private equity firm NorthEdge were helped by Muckle LLP in the undisclosed deal

Hexham's Pudding Parlour targets Newcastle market with Fenwick concession counter

Greg and Kristy Giblin of The Pudding Parlour
American-inspired bakery a year ahead of business plan as customer demand increases

PA to Sage chief executive establishes network for administrative professionals

Sage PA Gemma Nicholls who is setting up a PA network
Newcastle PA Network aims to provide training opportunities, guest speakers and networking
Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller: US dollar gaining favour among investors

Paul Stonebanks, managing director of AIS Training

Business Interview: Paul Stonebanks, managing director, AIS Training

The Top 200, 2014

Countdown has begun for the annual North East Top 200

Fastest 50, 2014

Hunt goes on for Fastest 50 companies in the North East

North East Business Awards 2015: All you need to know

Julian Leighton at his office in Milburn House, Dean Street

Business Interview: Julian Leighton, Company Director, Orange Bus

Ben Tansey of Alnwick-based re:heat

Ben Tansey, director of Alnwick-based biomass company re:heat

Fergus Trim, Development Director, Quorum Business Park

Unprecedented bid to sell North East at inward investment event

Public and private bodies from across the region come together for the first MIPIM event in the UK

Pawnbrokers Ramsdens in management buyout led by NorthEdge Capital

Peter Kenyon
Northern private equity firm NorthEdge were helped by Muckle LLP in the undisclosed deal

Massive increase in pre-tax profits for JD Sports as it expands into Europe

A JD Sports shop
High Street sports fashion retailer JD Sports grew pre-tax profits to £16.4m in the half year to August 2, up from £6m in 2013
Fergus Trim, Development Director, Quorum Business Park

Unprecedented bid to sell North East at inward investment event

Public and private bodies from across the region come together for the first MIPIM event in the UK

Independent estate agents Venture Properties expand with £80,000 Durham branch

Todd Armstrong will lead Venture Properties new Durham City branch
The new branch becomes Venture Properties fifth office in its Durham network

New jobs to follow Aldi store proposal by Jomast

Plans to build a new Aldi food store are being proposed on the site of Armstrong House in Washington
Some 30 new jobs could be created at an Aldi store as part of new plans proposed by Jomast
Rod Smith of Beal Farm with agronomist, Eric Horsburgh

Sowing the seeds of success: Beal Farm shares its secrets

Berwick-upon-Tweed farmer Rod Smith discusses the factors that have influenced his impressive yields of wheat

New records set at Kelso Ram Sales

Chris Armstrong from Hexham Mart selling Texels at the Kelso Ram Sales
Organisers see 'encouraging signs' in sheep trade as records tumble at annual sale

Pay attention and be prepared to help stock through winter, says NBA board member

Charlie Maclaren of the National Beef Association
Charlie Maclaren offers advice on everything from diet to spotting the effects of Mycotoxins
Leigh Caven at her nursery in Longbenton

Nursery entrepreneurs secure future of Longbenton service

Paul and Leigh Caven will offer additional services after taking over nursery from Barnado's and safeguarding six jobs

Durham hen entrepreneur receives boost from Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis

Margaret Manchester, the owner of Durham Hens
Margaret Manchester, who runs Durham Hens - a supplier of hens to the pet market - has won the retail magnate's Small Business Sunday competition

North East SMEs losing out on R&D tax relief

A collection of coins
New analysis shows London dominates in successful applications
Matt Johnson, Development Director at Wynyard Park together with Michael Henderson, Director of Lumsden & Carroll, part of Esh Group

Engineering specialists Lumsden & Carroll secure Wynyard Park contract

Infrastructure work is underway at Wynyard Park, making way for new homes on the 700 acre site

Owen Pugh Group reveal turnover of £37.3m following year of North East investment

John Dickson from Owen Pugh
The construction group said operating profit had increased 6.7% to £985,000

Hebburn community hub goes back to the future with new steel panels

A CGI of the Hub in Hebburn, South Tyneside
High quality steel sheeting will see Hebburn's Hub change colour as its construction unfolds
Fastest 50, 2014

Hunt goes on for Fastest 50 companies in the North East

An analysis of winning companies in the Fastest 50 has shown that manufacturing and engineering businesses are helping to shape the region's recovery

North East manufacturers speed ahead in 2014, EEF survey shows

Andy Tuscher, EEF director for the North East region
The region's manufacturers are motoring ahead in 2014, the EEF's quarterly survey reveals

Express Engineering invest £1.5m in unique machinery at Gateshead factory

Project Manager Andy Morrell and engineers from Japan with new machinery at Express Engineering in Gateshead
Manufacturer of precision machine components to the oil & gas market has invested following Let's Grow funding from The Journal

Videos & Photos

Lisa and Adrian Brunton

Tyneside joinery firm Hastie Burton aims to invest for the future

Graham Wylie outside the Speedflex offices in Newcastle

Businessman Graham Wylie heads out on acquisition trail

The Top 200, 2014

Countdown has begun for the annual North East Top 200

 

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