Business

Neil Atkinson, Managing Director of Deminos

North East businesses need to act now to survive mass retirement of baby boom generation

As the baby boom generation nears an often comfortable retirement, Adam Luke looks at the skills gap they will leave behind.

Sales heat up to £406m for kitchen maker Magnet's owners

Somerton Fern kitchen by Magnet
Darlington-based Nobia Holdings UK reports an 8% lift in sales due to rising consumer confidence

Teesside pigment manufacturers Tioxide Europe suffer major swing in profitability

Huntsman's New Tioxide Plant at Greatham
Tioxide Europe saw operating losses of £7.6m in 2013, compared with profits of £111m the year before

Entrepreneurs' Forum survey reveals North East optimism

Nigel Mills
A positive picture of a growing economy has emerged from the Entrepreneurs' Forum Business Tracker Survey

Aesica Pharmaceuticals to be acquired by Consort Medical plc

Dr Robert Hardy of Aesica
£230m deal provides "clear strategic, competitive and value-enhancing benefits" for London Stock Exchange-listed company

Profits fall 80% at Wellstream International

Bruce Heppenstall updated
A year of heavy investments has knocked pre-tax profits at Newcastle's Wellstream International

Sign up for UK Trade & Investment's sixth Export Week roadshow

Speakers at a Export Week event, Holiday Inn, Egerton Road, Guildford
North East firms are being urged to sign up to events being staged by joining UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) during its sixth Export Week

Teenager secures fourth win in a row at Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition

Adam Lowson (centre) won the amateur category at this years Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition
Event was organised by Durham County Council and Beamish Museum, as part of the latter's Festival of Agriculture

Dianne Sharp column: Business community can be heartened by the party conference season

Dianne Sharp, the regional director for the CBI
Regional head of CBI welcomes commitments on skills, deficit reduction and the EU

Japanese stem cell firm acquires Durham University spin-out Reinnervate Ltd

Professor Stefan Przyborsk in his laboratory at Durham University
Combination of cells with technology developed in the North East could have huge implications for medical research and drug development
The new designs planned at Malmo Quay, Ouseburn including the new ramp and observatory at the Cycle Hub

First look at unusual designs for Malmo Quay site at entrance of Ouseburn

Gavin Richardson, founder and MD, Opus Building Services

Business Interview: Gavin Richardson, founder and MD, Opus Building Services

Intellectual Property Report

Business Supplement: Intellectual Property Report

Craig McLeod

Business Interview: Craig McLeod founder and director of Naljets

Group of men including chief draughtsman R J Robson (fourth from left) stood in front of North Eastern Railway electric locomotive No 3, Darlington c. 1914. Courtesy of National Railway Museum, York

We look back to the North East's role as a rail pioneer

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

Dr Robert Hardy of Aesica

Aesica Pharmaceuticals to be acquired by Consort Medical plc

£230m deal provides "clear strategic, competitive and value-enhancing benefits" for London Stock Exchange-listed company

Owen Pugh Group takes on first female plant operator in company's history

Rachel Hoggett, plant operator at Owen Pugh
Former apprentice Rachel Hoggett has cemented her place in the Owen Pugh Group's history as the first female plant operator

Teenager secures fourth win in a row at Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition

Adam Lowson (centre) won the amateur category at this years Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition
Event was organised by Durham County Council and Beamish Museum, as part of the latter's Festival of Agriculture
An artist's impression of the new development in Ashington

Bernicia Group gets go-ahead to transform a former Northumberland hospital

The former Ashington Hospital site is to be redeveloped by the Bernicia Group

Commercial Property focus: Industrials

Vantec took 60,000 sq ft in this building, Tyne Tunnel Estate
The North East's industrial sector is growing - but is this causing problems for expanding firms?

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
Adam Lowson (centre) won the amateur category at this years Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition

Teenager secures fourth win in a row at Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition

Event was organised by Durham County Council and Beamish Museum, as part of the latter's Festival of Agriculture

Teesdale farming families launch Swaledale lamb delivery business

Seven farming families from Upper Teesdale have set up a lamb delivery business to tackle the problem of falling returns
Upper Teesdale Lamb, which aims to provide good value, is created in midst of criticism over lack of British lamb in supermarkets

North East Dons to present Tory conference with manifesto for the countryside

Allendale and Hexhamshire Common
Newcastle University academics say an opportunity is being missed to build upon the North East rural economy
Rob Nirsimloo, chief executive of the Hexham-based Multichem, which supplies inks to more than 30 countries

1,000 new exporters could emerge from North East, new report suggests

RTC North findings suggest support specialists could help a vast array of firms not currently exporting establish overseas markets

Nursery entrepreneurs secure future of Longbenton service

Leigh Caven at her nursery in Longbenton
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

First look: Opus Building Services completes student complex on former site of Tyne Tees TV

Another newly-built student accommodation development is open in Newcastle, having been completed by Opus Building Services

Sales top £22m at Sunderland-based Brims Construction

Brims Construction Project Manager, Mick Morpeth, passes the Union Square keys over to Exchange Residential Property Manager, Lindsey Green
A strong year at Brims Construction sees the firm post a 64% lift in turnover

Business Supplement: North East Construction Report

North East Construction Report
The construction sector is once again on the up, partly in thanks to the fastest growing pace of housebuilding for more than a decade. This supplement looks at some of the success from within the North East construction sector
Dr Robert Hardy of Aesica

Aesica Pharmaceuticals to be acquired by Consort Medical plc

£230m deal provides "clear strategic, competitive and value-enhancing benefits" for London Stock Exchange-listed company

Teesside pigment manufacturers Tioxide Europe suffer major swing in profitability

Huntsman's New Tioxide Plant at Greatham
Tioxide Europe saw operating losses of £7.6m in 2013, compared with profits of £111m the year before

85% of UK manufacturers want to remain in EU

Liz Mayes
Manufacturers have given a strong vote of confidence in staying in the EU

Videos & Photos

The Benevolent Awards Ceremony: The winners are named

First look: Opus Building Services completes student complex on former site of Tyne Tees TV

Graham Robb, Senior Partner of Recognition Marketing and PR at The Journal Transport Links Breakfast

Lively debate poses most pressing transport links issues in the North East

 

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