You can bank on the Swedes

SWEDISH bank Handelsbanken, which has recently opened an office at Winder House on Kingfisher Way, Stockton, has formally celebrated its arrival in Tees Valley, Swedish style, with an official launch event attended by 80 people.

SWEDISH bank Handelsbanken, which has recently opened an office at Winder House on Kingfisher Way, Stockton, has formally celebrated its arrival in Tees Valley, Swedish style, with an official launch event attended by 80 people. The five-strong team, which opened the branch less than two months ago, has already grown with the arrival of Meliha Klanco to provide account manager support. Meliha, originally from Stockholm and living in Middlesbrough, has a law degree from Teesside University and is currently studying there for her MSc in management.

Talking top prize

NEWCASTLE-BASED integrated creative communications agency, Gardiner Richardson, is celebrating after winning the Outstanding PR Consultancy of the Year award at the CIPR North East PRide Awards.

Gardiner Richardson also scooped two further gold awards in the Business and Trade category and Best Use of Photography and Design, with a silver award in the Public Sector category. The agency was nominated for seven awards in total. And Newcastle-based O Communications also took three awards; two Gold and one Silver. It was also named Outstanding Small Consultancy of the Year for the North-east.

Passing the test

A PENSIONS administration company is one of the first in the industry to have achieved new finance industry audit standards with flying colours. Darlington and London-based rpmi had the effectiveness of its internal controls tested under the guidance issued by the Audit and Assurance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (technical release AAF01/06).

Deal for engines

ENGINEERING and aerospace firm Rolls-Royce has been chosen to supply Trent engines to 10 Airbus A350 aircraft for Yemen Airway’s, the Middle East republic’s official airline.

Sales in the bag

SOARING demand for luxury handbags helped fashion house Burberry deliver a 13% hike in interim earnings. Burberry, famous for its distinctive black, camel and red check designs, said a growing market for accessories meant underlying operating profits rose to £95.1m. Accessories such as bags and shoes now account for 31% of group sales, according to Burberry.

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