Business

From left: Paul Slater. Richard McGlasham, Dave Stidolph, Hekla Goodman, Paul Wigham

Fit Gurus close £200,000 of investment including funds from top investment syndicate

The Newcastle-based fitness industry start-up has attracted £100,000 from US-based investment syndicate AngelList and proof of concept funds

Gateshead IT firm Synergi creates new division to market new software in the UK

Left to right, Joel Brakey, chief operating officer at Assetic, Justin Short, Synergi director with Peter Joynson, Synergi MD and Robert Turner, Assetic chief finance officer
The Gateshead business has signed an exclusive UK partnership with world-leading Australian software firm, Assetic

Generation NE puts designs in place for North Shields-based Vreo to grow

The Vreo team: Ross Embleton, Lorreen Butler and the firm's founder Mark Vernon
The emerging technical design consultancy is expanding with help from the partnership, which is part of the North East LEP's Growth Deal

Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event

Visitors were treated to a wide range of attractions in Northumberland, ranging from champion livestock to tug-of-war competitions

Teesport operators grow pre-tax profits to £6.3m on increased cargo volumes

Teesport
Brookfield Ports saw revenue increase to £133.43m as the group's North East business enjoyed increased volumes

Devolution is best opportunity yet to tackle North East skills problem, says CBI chief

John Cridland addressed an audience of business people at Northumbria University
CBI chief John Cridland thinks increased decision making in the region could be improve productivity and reduce inequality

Two North East firms win multi-million pound contract to convert Port of Felixstowe cranes

Some of the gantry cranes which Techservices and Stella Maintenance Technologies will help to convert
Gateshead's Techservices and Blaydon's Stella Maintenance Technologies have been chosen by Hutchinson Ports UK to carry out a three-year contract.

Sarah Glendinning: University business partnerships can create a strong economy

Sarah Glendinning, assistant director, CBI North East
'Increasing collaboration between businesses and universities remains a priority for CBI,' says Sarah Glendinning

North East motor dealerships Jennings and Springfield Cars drive up sales and profits

(l-r) Nas Khan, MD of Jennings Motor Group, John Mason from Mitsubishi Motors UK, and Norman Shepherd, franchise manager of Jennings Mitsubishi
Despite growing turnover 18%, Jennings' director Nas Khan described last year as "a game of two halves"

Thinking Digital embraces 'extreme capitalism' at Sage Gateshead

Jennifer Morone speaks at Thinking Digital 2015
Talks from the woman who turned herself into a corporation and the man who encourages childlike creativity feature on final conference day
Sarah Glendinning, assistant director, CBI North East

Sarah Glendinning: University business partnerships can create a strong economy

'Increasing collaboration between businesses and universities remains a priority for CBI,' says Sarah Glendinning

Fit Gurus close £200,000 of investment including funds from top investment syndicate

From left: Paul Slater. Richard McGlasham, Dave Stidolph, Hekla Goodman, Paul Wigham
The Newcastle-based fitness industry start-up has attracted £100,000 from US-based investment syndicate AngelList and proof of concept funds

Generation NE puts designs in place for North Shields-based Vreo to grow

The Vreo team: Ross Embleton, Lorreen Butler and the firm's founder Mark Vernon
The emerging technical design consultancy is expanding with help from the partnership, which is part of the North East LEP's Growth Deal
The vacant suite inside Cathedral Buildings, Newcastle

Newcastle Cathedral Buildings close to full occupancy a year after acquisition by Minel Group

The building - home to the famed Vampire Rabbit and Marco Polos restaurant - has just 1,900sqft of space left to lease

Speculative developments needed to draw investors to North East

Ongoing work on the Stephenson Quarter development on Forth Banks
Agents say the North East needs to find a way to encourage developers back to the market to give businesses space to grow

Newcastle student development acquired by London investors for £11m

An artist impression of one of the studios at the Claremont Place luxury student accommodation, which has been acquired by Empiric Student Property
Empiric Student Property Plc has acquired the freehold for the Claremont Place development, which is now taking bookings
Young Shepherd of the Year 2013, Josh Ryder

NSA North Sheep returns to Cumbria for the first time in 10 years

Event will focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the sector, featuring seminars, competitions and more

Farm business seminar to be held at Durham County Cricket Club

Andrew Jamieson of H&H Land and Property Ltd
Representatives from H&H Land and Property, Swinburne Maddison LLP and Rowlands Accountants to speak at event

NFU tells MPs agriculture industry will work with Government to grow, buy and sell more British food

National Farmers' Union President Meurig Raymond
Despite shared goals, president Meurig Raymong warns excessive regulation and other burdens must be removed to let farmers thrive
Anna Soubry

North East firms have designs on the new Minister for Small Business Anna Soubry

Regional small businesses weigh in on what the newly created ministerial post will mean for them, including their hopes and fears

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

Nick Smith, (far left) with friends updated
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
Constructing Excellence

Business Supplement: Constructing Excellence

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

Newcastle's Eldon Leisure new gym and ten-pin bowling alley prepares for opening day

The new bowling at Eldon Leisure centre which is set to open
The new fitness zone and bowling alley at Eldon Leisure form part of a £3m investment plan by North Country Leisure

Story Homes' partnership with Northumberland Estates to deliver 180 new homes

A CGI of the proposed Story Homes development in Backworth, North Tyneside, for Northumberland Estates
The development is expected to bring benefits to the local economy over the life of the development through direct and indirect job opportunities.
Matthew and Cathy Stephenson of Sweetdreams, based in Cramlington

Northumberland confectioners set out plans for expansion into South of England and Ireland

Sweetdreams is celebrating its 30th anniversary as it sets out ambitious plans for growth over the next five years

Business Supplement: Manufacturers' League

Manufacturers League supplement
An excellent 20-page supplement reporting on the great strengths of the region's manufacturing sector, in partnership with EY

Appointments: Specialist recruiter Jackson Hogg aiming for growth after upbeat performance

Richard Hogg, left, with Chris Beevers
Growing specialist recruitment firm Jackson Hogg is aiming to build its team in 2015 on the back of strong manufacturing performance in the North East during the first quarter

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Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event

The new bowling at Eldon Leisure centre which is set to open

Newcastle's Eldon Leisure new gym and ten-pin bowling alley prepares for opening day

A selection of The Journal's award-winning 2014 front pages

The Journal is praised at national awards as it wins newspaper of the year award

 

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