Business

Craig Knowles of Southdale

Administration at builders Southdale causes 30 North East job losses

Part of the firm has been bought by Kier Living following the administration brought on by cash flow issues

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

Vertu Motors acquire Bradford and Bury showrooms worth a combined £7.9m

Robert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors
Gateshead-based car retailer Vertu Motors has added Land Rover and Jaguar businesses to its growing national portfolio

Virgin Money takes bigger slice of mortgage market as gross lending increased to £1.6bn

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The Newcastle-based bank pushed gross mortgage lending up 34% in the first quarter of this year, as the overall market shrank

Big Chip Awards shortlist reveals seven North East finalists

Michael Dunn of Gospelware in Gateshead
The 17th annual Big Chip Awards, which celebrate digital excellence, have uncovered more North East finalists than ever

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

The team at Hebburn-based Castle Building Services Organisation
Castle has reported higher than anticipated first quarter trading figures, as confidence continues in the North East

Go-Ahead revenue growth hampered by 'weak' North East economy

David Brown, group chief executive of Go-Ahead
The bus and rail operator cited poor economic conditions in its home region and significant roadworks in the south as restraints on revenue

LSL Property Services say trading in line with expectations despite weak market

LSL Property Services owns national chains Your Move and Reeds Rains
The Newcastle-registered estate agency and lettings firm saw turnover turnover fall 4.4% in the three months ended February 28

NFU seeks clarity from Secretary of State over complications in BPS application process

Liz Truss Environment Secretary
President Meurig Raymond says permanently ineligible features and pre-populated forms are among areas of concern

Greggs sales boosted by 'healthy choice' sandwich range

Greggs on Neville Street, Newcastle City Centre
The fast food and bakery firm saw sales rise 5% in the first quarter of 2015 as it revealed a £20m special dividend for shareholders
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Virgin Money takes bigger slice of mortgage market as gross lending increased to £1.6bn

The Newcastle-based bank pushed gross mortgage lending up 34% in the first quarter of this year, as the overall market shrank

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

Administration at builders Southdale causes 30 North East job losses

Craig Knowles of Southdale
Part of the firm has been bought by Kier Living following the administration brought on by cash flow issues
The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel

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

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

Cairn Group invests £500,000 on makeover to create new Newcastle bar

Bar Berlise on Osborne Road, Newcastle, which is getting a £500,000 facelift
Around 20 new jobs will also be created in the project to transform Bar Berlise into a new destination bar called 97 & Social
From left, Roy Firth from National Spring Spectacular Show 2014 sponsor Crystalyx, judge Philip Parrott and Penrith-based showman, Neil Slack, with supreme champion Watabootie

NBA National Spring Spectacular Sale attracts record livestock entries, with 152 head of cattle

Event will form part of the NBA Beef Expo, now regarded as key day for both showing animals and networking

NFU seeks clarity from Secretary of State over complications in BPS application process

Liz Truss Environment Secretary
President Meurig Raymond says permanently ineligible features and pre-populated forms are among areas of concern

Autumn calving portion of renowned Blelack herd to be sold in dispersal sale

Graeme Massie with some of the Blelack Herd
Purchasers given rare opportunity to invest in top genetics as part of British Charlois Society's Spring Show and Sale
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
Prime Minister David Cameron

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

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

David Cliff: The North East is open for business and is ready to punch its weight

Nissan staff with the two millionth Qashqai car produced at the Sunderland plant which has reached it's milestone in less than eight years of making the popular crossover car, quicker than any other make and model in the history of UK car manufacturing
Businessman David Cliff says it is time that the North East dropped the cap-doffing image from the past and showed just what it can do

Faltec Europe's diversification plan due to add 'significant turnover' in 2015

Managing director of Faltec Europe, Chris Pennison
The Boldon-based firm wants to reduce its reliance on its traditional Japanese customers

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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

The Gazette and Journal North East Business awards final 2015 at Hardwick Hall Co Durham. Winners Andrew Tomlinson and James Buckle from Andrew James online retail

North East Business Awards: Durham's Andrew James named company of the year

 

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