Business

Richard Branson visits the Virgin Money Branch in Gosforth, pictured with Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Virgin Money full year results reveal record performance, with 127% increase in profits

The Newcastle business is also set to reward eligible employees following a landmark year, in which mortgage and credit card balances soared

CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards: Spotlight on this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award

Carsten Staehr, CEO of Cintra HR & Payroll Services
We take a look at this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services

Gateshead-based motor retailers Vertu anticipate record full-year revenues and profits

Robert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors
The board expects trading performance to be in line with current market expectations, anticipating record sales and profits in the period.

Restoration experts from the North East open designer handbag clinic in Chelsea

The exterior of the Handbag Clinic in Kings Road, Chelsea
The Handbag Clinic, which boasts celebrity customers including Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones and reality TV star Imogen Thomas, has opened in London.

PR agency The Tonic Communications gets behind Journal's campaign for prompt payment

Kelly Hill, left, and Georgina Dunkley of The Tonic Communications
Business with offices in North Tyneside and the Midlands says respect and trust are crucial to commercial relationships

Greggs profits up 41% as food-on-the-go strategy pays off in stronger economy

Greggs on Neville Street, Newcastle City Centre updated
Newcastle bakers are now selling around £1m in coffees every week as weather has helped an "exceptional" performance over the last year

Commercial Property focus: Restricted supply of North East 'Big Sheds'

The former M&S unit at North Tyneside
Following a record-breaking 2014 for industrial space take-up, the market is facing a dearth of big sheds

Mobile Mini acquire rival container business from Scottish firm Fraser Ltd

William Fraser on left, Depot Manager Fiona Millburn in middle and on right Tom Fraser
First acquisition in seven years for the Stockton-based container storage and accommodation specialist

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

Crown Estate links up with Velcourt for new tenancy agreement at the Ellington Estate in Northumberland

A combine harvester at work on the 4,500 acre Ellington Estate in Northumberland
First-of-its-kind move designed to encourage partnership working and investment by both landowner and farm manager
Robert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors

Gateshead-based motor retailers Vertu anticipate record full-year revenues and profits

The board expects trading performance to be in line with current market expectations, anticipating record sales and profits in the period.

CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards: Spotlight on this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award

Carsten Staehr, CEO of Cintra HR & Payroll Services
We take a look at this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services

Virgin Money full year results reveal record performance, with 127% increase in profits

Richard Branson visits the Virgin Money Branch in Gosforth, pictured with Jayne-Anne Gadhia
The Newcastle business is also set to reward eligible employees following a landmark year, in which mortgage and credit card balances soared
The former M&S unit at North Tyneside

Commercial Property focus: Restricted supply of North East 'Big Sheds'

Following a record-breaking 2014 for industrial space take-up, the market is facing a dearth of big sheds

Office space take-up falls 26% in Newcastle city centre

An aerial view over Cobalt Business Park
Grade A space continues to be in short supply but Cobalt Business Park secured the biggest leasing since 2009, to Utilitywise.

Investment in facilities has triggered a surge in lettings at Wilton Centre

Wilton Centre, Redcar
"The buzz is back at the Wilton Centre," says site manager Steve Duffield
A combine harvester at work on the 4,500 acre Ellington Estate in Northumberland

Crown Estate links up with Velcourt for new tenancy agreement at the Ellington Estate in Northumberland

First-of-its-kind move designed to encourage partnership working and investment by both landowner and farm manager

Keep dogs under control in the countryside during lambing season, says CLA

Two lambs
Landowners' organisation warns of the dangers to pregnant ewes and potential harm caused by fleeing sheep

New Light Horse Championship judge announced for Northumberland County Show

Northumberland County Show Light Horse Championship judge Juliet Rogers
Juliet Rogers is well known for her charitable work through the Moorland Mousie Trust
Lucy Armstrong Chief executive, The Alchemists, Newcastle

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

Invest NewcastleGateshead and Common Purpose have teamed with some of the region’s high profile business leaders to help SMEs grow

Northumberland woman launches cottage tweed business

The Northumbrian Tweed Company products
The Northumbrian Tweed Company grew out of Susanne Hume's hobby and sees her fit work around childcare

Recite Me chief executive encourages funding route after major sales boost

Ross Linnett, of Recite Me Ltd, was among those to join David Cameron on a trade visit to China in December 2013
Ross Linnett has seen his business profile rise through trade visits to China and an invite to Buckingham Palace
Newcastle Crowne Plaza hotel sales director, Amanda McBride, with the general manager Andrew Fox

Crown Plaza hotel in Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter now taking bookings

The new hotel is on schedule from July but its new website, which has just gone live, is taking bookings from September

Carillion hold revenues steady at £4.1bn and build pre-tax profits to £142.6m

Carillion
Construction services firm cultivated a high quality order book and also revealed a £1.5bn contract to provide Scape Group with facilities management

Dalton Park leisure scheme in County Durham set to start within weeks

A CGI of the completed Dalton Park
Operators including Cineworld, Frankie and Benny’s restaurant, Pizza Express, Prezzo, and Morrisons are confirmed operators
Alan Needle, chief executive officer at Filtronic updated

Redundancies and new chief executive at County Durham manufacturer Filtronic

Firm with County Durham base has replaced its chief executive after announcing expected drop in sales

North Tyneside industrial estate takes step forward with major grant

Business, Artists impression of a development at Indigo Park NE3 5HE
Potential tenants are in talks with agents marketing the site on behalf of Highbridge Properties, the owners of Cobalt Park

Osbit Power targets southern North Sea work with Lowestoft outpost

The mutli-million pound MaXccess gangway that OSBIT Power worked on for offshore services contractor Subsea 7
The North East offshore engineering specialists will use a space in Lowestoft's OrbisEnergy hub to target new work

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Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin Money could expand into business finance

Amanda Vigar, of V&A Vigar & Co (Darlington) LLP and Mohammed Bashir and Christine Bell, of Boro Taxis. Picture: Keith Taylor

Stewart McNicholl is named as North East young director of the year

The North East Excellence Awards 2015.

North East Hotel Excellence Awards celebrate the best in the industry

 

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