The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal is a regional newspaper from Newcastle, England. The Journal publishes the latest business, sports, and politics news.

Articles from October 15, 2008

2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Adiga wins the Booker DEBUT novelist Aravind Adiga won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction last night for his work which shows "the dark side of India". The 33-year-old was the youngest on this year's shortlist for his book The White Tiger. He is the...
Ambitious Plans for the Future of Wynyard Park
Byline: Graeme King MORE than 78,000sqft of office space has been let at Wynyard Park on Teesside in the last year, the developers have announced as they celebrate their third anniversary on site. In total, more than 35 companies have moved to...
Angling: Gordon and Doug Lead Bounty Hunt
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE IT has been a good week for the bounty hunters at Northumbrian Water fisheries with Darlington angler Gordon Tanner landing a well-conditioned a golden trout worth pounds 200 at Grassholme Reservoir and Doug Pearson taking...
A Spot of Multi-Tasking for His Lordship
Byline: ROSS SMITH NOW that the dust has settled on the re-appointment of Peter Mandelson - or should I say Baron Mandelson of Foy and Hartlepool - to the Cabinet, it's worth taking some time to consider what he'll do in his day job. The extensive...
Attack Victim Has His Leg Amputated; Horror Ordeal of Father Who Was Set on Fire
Byline: Neil McKay A FATHER-of-two who was badly injured during a vicious attack in which he was set on fire has had his left leg amputated in hospital. Ashley Robinson, 28, was found with horrific burns in a garage block behind Pendle Close,...
Bandits Set Up a Classic Contest; SPEEDWAY
Byline: LAWRENCE HEPPELL Isle of Wight Islanders 53 Berwick Bandits 42 BERWICK Bandits were yet again a team reduced to five riders when Scott Smith was forced out of the Young Shield semi-final at the Isle of Wight injured last night. But...
Beware of Unfair Competition; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm Angelo Basu, Associate in the EU and Competition Team at Ward Hadaway, Looks at How Competition Law Can Help Fast-Growing Companies Continue to Thrive
THE past year may have been a difficult one for business and there may yet be further challenges ahead, but the Fastest 50 shows that the region is in good health and has many businesses which are well placed to weather the storms. In challenging...
'Bid Will Help Keep City Centre Business Interests at the Top of Political Agenda' PROPERTY BRIEFING
Byline: RICHARD FREEMAN-WALLACE NEWCASTLE businesses are being asked to vote this month on a multi-million pound scheme that would see the city having one of the largest business improvement districts (Bid) in the country. It would also see business...
Brown Vision for Financial Reform; ECONOMIC CRISIS PM Thinks Time Is Right for Change
Byline: Gavin Cordon GORDON Brown yesterday stepped up his calls for an overhaul of the international financial system as President George Bush unveiled details of America's own bank bailout plan. Buoyed by the positive worldwide reaction to...
Burberry Tops Shopping List; View from the Bridges
Byline: ANDREW MILLER AMID all the news of banking bail-outs in the US and continental Europe, along with government injections of capital into some banks in the UK, it's become clear that some sectors of the FTSE are in for a tough time in the...
Cats Star Targets National Team Call
Byline: Mark Douglas ANTON Ferdinand believes inconsistency rather than Fabio Capello's lack of presence in the North East is the biggest obstacle he needs to clear if he is to achieve his aim of an England call-up within two seasons. Tipped...
Challenges for Growing Firms Need Not Be Insurmountable; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm Fast-Growing Companies Often Need a Rapidly Changing Workforce. Joe Thornhill, Joint Head of the Employment Team at Ward Hadaway, Looks at How to Tackle Such Challenges
GROWTH in a business is a positive sign but can cause issues when accompanied by a corresponding increase in the workforce. Given the plethora of employment legislation, together with the impact of case law, even small employers can feel overwhelmed...
Cheer for Whitbread with 24% Hike in Profits; View from the Bridges
PREMIER Inn hotels owner Whitbread has highlighted its "resilience" in worsening economic conditions after reporting a 24% jump in half-year profits. The group, which also owns coffee chain Costa and restaurants Beefeater and Brewers Fayre, said...
Coastal Revamp Wins Building Industry 'Oscar'
A MASSIVE maritime engineering project which transformed the face of a Northumberland seaside town has won a top award in what are recognised as the 'Oscars' of the UK building industry. Last year the Government invested pounds 11m in giving Newbiggin-by-the-Sea...
Cross Row Woman Appeals
A CHRISTIAN has begun an appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that British Airways did not discriminate when it asked her to stop wearing a cross at work. Nadia Eweida, 58, of Twickenham, south west London, is seeking to overturn a tribunal...
Crunch Wipes Pounds 77m off Value of Deals in North
Byline: Peter McCusker THE level of deal activity in the North East has fallen by almost 40% in the last three months with total deal value falling by pounds 77m. New figures from corporate finance analysts show the number of regional transactions...
Culture: Standing Ovation for Just Cause; Geoff Dead: Disco for Sale at Live Theatre until November 8
Byline: David Whetstone THE campaign by relatives of the young soldiers who died at the Deepcut Army Barracks in Surrey has been going on for years. They were Privates Sean Benton (1995), Cheryl James (also 1995), Geoff Gray (2001) and James...
Culture: The Journal Culture Club; Geoff Dead: Disco for Sale Ticket Offer
CULTURE Club members can take advantage of a rare ticket offer. When a ticket is bought for Geoff Dead: Disco for Sale, you can attend one of four fascinating events free. Private Geoff Gray, of Seaham, near Sunderland, was just 17 when he was...
Culture: World Plays Tribute in Week of Note; A Significant Musical Anniversary Is Being Marked This Week, as Claudia Tanner Reports
Byline: Claudia Tanner BAGPIPES are a bit like Marmite - you either love them or hate them. If you love them, you're in for a treat this week as musicians from all over the world perform to mark the 80th anniversary of the Northumbrian Pipers' Society....
Demand for Inquiry; ECONOMIC CRISIS
Byline: William Green Political Editor PRESSURE was last night growing for a wide-ranging investigation into why North East councils invested more than pounds 40m in Icelandic banks which later failed. The call for a probe from a cross-party...
Detective 'Refused Sex Session on Cost'
AN escort girl told a juror in the trial of a North East detective accused of being on the payroll of a gangster how she was turned down for a three-in-a-bed sex session because of the cost. John Jones is alleged to have been paid pounds 2,000 a...
Drink 'Turns Market Towns to Wild West' MPs Hear Officers' Views
Byline: Jack Doyle CHANGES to licensing laws aimed at creating a cafe culture have turned some market towns into the wild west, say police. The 24-hour drinking laws have pushed alcohol-fuelled violence later, into the early hours, and stretched...
Engineers Opening New Factory
Byline: Christopher Knox ANORTH Yorkshire structural engineering firm has set up a new factory in Durham as it looks to add almost pounds 3m to its pounds 7.3m turnover by 2010. Northallerton-based Allerton Engineering will create seven jobs...
England Book a Finals Place; Under-21s Survive a Scare but Finally See off Wales
England Under-21s 2 Wales Under-21s 2 (England win 5-4 on aggregate) JOE Hart and David Wheater have been called into the England senior squad for tonight's World Cup qualifier with Belarus in Minsk. The pair flew straight to the former...
England Need Croatia Repeat - Fabio
Byline: JOHN CURTIS FABIO Capello has warned England they must repeat the performance which overwhelmed Croatia in Zagreb if they are to maintain their 100% start to their World Cup qualifying group against Belarus tonight, writes JOHN CURTIS. ...
Ex-Seaham Hall Owners Refocus Their Work
Byline: Karen Dent THE former owners of Seaham Hall say they are taking a step back from the world of high class hotels and refocusing their attention on their spa and restaurant businesses. Six months after selling Seaham Hall and The Samling...
Fast Growth Needs Careful Managing; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm Fastest 50 Jim James, Corporate Recovery Partner at Ward Hadaway, Strikes a Cautionary Note regarding Fast-Growing Companies
Byline: Jim James AS A person dealing with businesses in financial difficulties, I often come across fast-growing companies who find the speed of their growth has indirectly led to problems. Business people need to be optimistic in order to start...
Fast Temp Engineering Wins Fastest 50 for 2008; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm Fastest 50
FAST Temp Engineering lived up to its name to be crowned the fastestgrowing company in the North East for 2008. The engineering, marine and offshore specialist staff supplier walked off with the title at The Journal/Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards...
Financing of the Fastest 50; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm
Byline: Jason Hobbs REVIEWING this year's North East Fastest 50 is a rewarding experience. The success of these businesses is clear evidence of the region's growing innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. While the North East is not sheltered...
Firms Fighting on through Tough Times; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm
Byline: Liz Mayes THE Fastest 50 is a great showcase for the region's entrepreneurial talent, and in a difficult economic climate it's really important not to lose sight of the fact that many companies in the region are still growing and investing....
Flexibility Vital in Changing Market; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm Fastest 50 Chris Hugill, Property Partner at Ward Hadaway, Looks at the Importance of Getting the Right Place to Do Business
Byline: Chris Hugill AS WE have seen in recent months, economic conditions can change quickly. In such times, flexibility in property arrangements will be key to how an organisation can respond to such economic conditions. In the last few months,...
Focus on Good Quality Lending Needed
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK MUCH has transpired in the world's financial markets in the past month and the Government's bank rescue plan announced by Chancellor Alasdair Darling last week should, I hope, finally bring back some stability to people's thinking....
Football: Boss Is Not Looking for a Goal-Fest
Byline: KEN GAUNT NIGEL Worthington believes landslide victories are a thing of the past in world football, writes KEN GAUNT. That is why the Northern Ireland manager will settle for a single-goal victory against traditional whipping boys San...
Football: COACH
BELARUS coach Bernd Stange is hoping to build on football's recent wave of popularity in the former Soviet republic and inspire an unlikely success tonight. Belarusian football is enjoying its most successful period with the national team having...
Football: Miller Facing Another Blow; Liam May Be Overlooked for Reserve-Team Player
Byline: STUART RAYNER LIAM Miller is facing another disappointment in what he sees as "a defining season" in his career with Giovanni Trapattoni set to overlook the 27-year-old and team-mate Andy Reid for tonight's World Cup qualifier against Cyprus...
Football: NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT PRUDHOE Town, second from bottom in the Skilltrainingltd Northern League Second Division, put up a spirited performance before Newcastle United Reserves ran out easy 4-1 winners in last night's Northumberland Senior Cup tie...
Football: Reds Fans Pay as Atletico Punished
Byline: Martyn Ziegler UEFA say they had "no alternative" but to leave Liverpool fans facing major disruption next week after their Champions League match against Atletico Madrid was switched to a neutral venue. Atletico have been fined 150,000...
Football: 'We All like to Know There's a Strong Man in Command' Stand-In Skipper Likes Capello's Style
STAND-IN skipper Rio Ferdinand has described Fabio Capello's England as a "business-like" regime comparable to Sir Alex Ferguson's unflinching impact on club football at Manchester United. Ferdinand, who takes the armband instead of John Terry for...
Great and the Good Got It All Wrong; Opinion
Byline: DAVID BYRNE WELL, it's happened and ye were telt because last December, in this very column, ah telt yese. The toxic nonsense of derivatives has plunged the world financial system into a tailspin and as of now - writing on Sunday, October...
Gutierrez Happy and Here to Stay
Byline: Mark Douglas JONAS Gutierrez has reaffirmed his long-term commitment to Newcastle United as he aims to recapture the momentum that made him an instant Premier League hit. Having recovered from a broken shoulder bone suffered on international...
Horse Racing: Calligrapher Looks the Write Stuff; in Association with Pagebet
Byline: Saraband MICHAEL Jarvis has plenty of nice juveniles to look forward to next term and Calligrapher can join the list of promising prospects by claiming Lingfield's News International EBF Conditions Stakes today. Jarvis has one of the...
Horse Racing: Fahey Notches First Century
Byline: RAY GILPIN RICHARD Fahey reached a first-time century of Flat winners in a season when Trumpstoo won the EBF/UTS Maiden Stakes at Newcastle, writes RAY GILPIN. Appropriately ridden by his stable jockey Paul Hanagan, the 9-2 shot made...
Housebuilder Hit by 30% Drop in Profits
Byline: Christopher Knox HOUSEBUILDER Bellway has seen its profits plunge 30% and its orders cut by half, but has pledged not to cut any more jobs. The Newcastle-based company blamed uncertainty among home buyers and the unwillingness of banks...
I'd Play at Bernabeu, Insists Rio
RIO Ferdinand insists he would not have a problem playing for England at the Bernabeu after being among the black players racially abused by Spain fans three years ago. Monkey chants aimed at Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jermaine...
If You're Small You Have Big Champions Willing to Help; in Difficult Economic Times, Small Businesses Need All the Help They Can Get to Keep Their Heads above Water. This Week's Small Business Week and the Forthcoming Enterprise Week Are Both Dedicated to Helping Small Firms or Entrepreneurs with the Seed of an Idea, as Karen Dent Reports
Byline: Karen Dent MONDAY marked the start of small business season. It was the beginning of the first of two weeks aiming to champion small businesses and wannabe entrepreneurs. Small Business Week, which brings together a number of business...
Just Give a Good Product or Service People Want; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm
Byline: Paul Braidford OUR work at Durham Business School and St Chad's College often concerns enterprise and business development - how businesses get started, how they grow, develop and change in response to changing market conditions and what...
Keegan Lawsuit Hits Hope of Return; United Makes No Comment
Byline: Daniel Thomson KEVIN Keegan is suing Newcastle United for pounds 9m in damages, according to reports last night. The 57-year-old's second reign at St James's Park ended abruptly last month after a row with owner Mike Ashley over the club...
Law Firms' Successful Merger Is Celebrated; Dealmakers in Association with Deloitte
THE merger of two prominent law firms has passed off immaculately, said one of the partners, and the joint practice is now set to increase its profile both in the North East and outside the region. Newcastle-based Mincoffs, which is celebrating...
Lottery Win in the Parks; Millions for City's Historic Spaces
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor YEARS of effort bear fruit today with a giant lottery cash payout for parks on Tyneside. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund awards mean that pounds 4.5m will go to a ribbon of historic...
Meet the Sponsors; Awards Preview
One NorthEast Margaret Fay, chairman of One North East: "The North East is home to some of the country's most exciting and innovative companies, with ambition and drive at the heart of everything they do. "It is only right that their huge contribution...
More Success Follows Award; Awards Preview Awards 2008
ENGINEERING company Darchem did not sit on its laurels after winning the prestigious North East Company of the Year Award 2007. The County Durham firm has won a series multi-milllion pound contracts which will not only guarantee work for its 650...
Newly Refurbished Office Building Gets First Tenant
Byline: Graeme King NEWLY refurbished office development Dean Court has secured its first tenant, a year after work began on the central Newcastle scheme. Construction consultancy AA Projects has signed up for 1,761 sq ft on the top floor just...
New Visitor Centre for Jesmond Dene
THE heart of the project will be located within Jesmond Dene where there will be a new visitor centre at Millfield House, staff accommodation, a classroom, meeting spaces and an archive room which the Friends of the Dene will manage. There will...
No Legal Action against Ex-Rock Boss; ECONOMIC CRISIS
NORTHERN Rock says it will not pursue its former boss Adam Applegarth and other former directors to court for possible negligence, as it revealed it had paid back almost 60% of the money it owes to the Government. The Newcastle-based bank yesterday...
Our Buses Can Beat Your Cars, Say Companies
WHEN the going gets tough, families get on the bus. Or that's what public transport chiefs hope. They are campaigning for passengers hit by the credit crunch to jump on board. The bus is being promoted as a cheaper alternative to the car as people...
Our Confident Region Is Still a Great Place to Do Business; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm
Byline: Alastair MacColl THE Fastest 50 list contains 50 very good reasons to be confident about the vigour and dynamism of our business community. As a region we are continuing to produce businesses that are achieving exceptional results. ...
Postman Admits Gas Blast at Home; Street in Chaos after Explosion
Byline: Hilary Clixby A POSTMAN who cheated death in a gas explosion which destroyed his home yesterday admitted he caused the blast. Sean Cavens had to be pulled from the wreckage of the end-terrace house in Twentieth Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland,...
Quickstep Murray's in a Hurry
ANDY Murray showed no signs of rustiness following his recent break from the game after making an impressive start to his Madrid Masters campaign yesterday. Playing in his first competitive singles match since last month's Davis Cup, Murray was...
Region Is Home of Hot Success Stories; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm
Byline: Margaret Fay THE North East remains a fertile environment for rapid business growth, as this year's Fastest 50 reveals once more. At a time of economic uncertainty, the success of these firms sends out a clear message that our region...
Right Advice Can Help You Keep More of Your Money; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm Keeping Hold of the Gains Made by Owners of Fast-Growing Companies Is a Key Priority. Paul Christian, Partner and Head of Tax at Ward Hadaway, Has Some Pointers
Byline: Paul Christian MAKING money from business is not an easy task, especially in the current economic climate. However, as those companies in the Fastest 50 have shown, with hard work, drive and dedication it is achievable. But once you...
Rising to Challenge of Difficult Times; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm Fastest 50
Byline: Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway IF a week is a long time in politics, then a year can be a lifetime in business. This time last year, the first stirrings of the global financial slowdown were only beginning to be felt and...
Row Brewing over 'Scary' Wooden Head; Bid to Put 16ft Timber Artwork at Beauty Spot
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor AROW over a proposed 16ft artwork at a Northumberland beauty spot is set to come to a head. The Forestry Commission wants to install the timber artwork in the shape of a human head near the northern shore...
Rugby Union: LOCAL STARS STILL A PART OF TEAM NORTHUMBRIA'S PLANS
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS AN influx of Kiwi talent will help Team Northumbria battle on several fronts this season, but the University's head of rugby Richard Arnold says he wants up-and-coming local players to play more of a part in future seasons,...
Rugby Union: Parkinson in Falcons Talks; Former Chief Executive Involved in Potential Takeover EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Mark Douglas FORMER Newcastle Falcons chief executive John Parkinson has confirmed he is heading one of the consortiums negotiating a takeover at his old club. The Darlington-based property developer is part of a small consortium of wealthy...
Rum Firm Captures Spirit of Northumberland
THE producer of North-East drinks Alnwick Rum and Alnwick IPA now has a new spirit. The Alnwick Rum Company worked with Newcastle law firm Ward Hadaway firm to successfully register "Spirit of Northumberland" as a trademark for all of its drinks...
Scrapping of Sats Tests Welcomed; U-Turn over Exams for 14-Year-Olds
Byline: Dan Warburton A NORTH headteacher last night welcomed the decision to scrap national tests for 14-year-old schoolchildren as "long overdue". Children's Secretary Ed Balls yesterday announced a system of "internal teacher assessment" would...
Sensitive Issues in the Scottish Capital; THE VOICE OF NE BUSINESS
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN ON Monday I visited Culloden in the Scottish Highlands, the battleground where the forces of the British government brought the Jacobite rising to a decisive and bloody end in 1746. The sun was shining brightly and a stiff...
Skylight's at the End of the Tunnel for the Homeless; A Charity Helping People to Escape from Homelessness into Education and Employment Is Looking to Develop Links with the North East Business Community. Karen Dent Finds out What Skylight Is Achieving in the Region
Byline: Karen Dent PROFESSIONALS working around Newcastle's Quayside may already be aware of the Skylight Cafe at the top of City Road. Attracting a clientele from the surrounding offices, the posh coffee and cakes on offer are playing a part...
Sleeperz Hotel Plan Approved; Commercial Property
Byline: Graeme King THIS is how a new six-storey hotel in Newcastle city centre will look after planning permission was granted for the pounds 7.5m scheme to go ahead. The Sleeperz hotel will be built on the site of a former parcels depot at...
Spectrum 'Competitive on Cost'
Byline: Graeme King THE team behind the fast developing Spectrum Business Park on the edge of Seaham in County Durham say demand for more cost effective office space in the economic downturn is seeing ever more enquiries about its buildings. ...
Still Funding for Right Ideas; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm Fastest 50 How Can Fast-Growing Companies Keep Up Their Momentum? Martin Hulls, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Ward Hadaway, Has Some Pointers
Byline: Martin Hulls EXPANDING a business is not an easy task, especially in the current climate, so all members of this year's Fastest 50 deserve our heartiest congratulations for their achievements. However, as they will all doubtless acknowledge,...
Students a Vital Asset to the City of Durham; above Average Affluence among Durham University's Student Population Continues to Support Durham City Retail Which Features Some Interesting Retailers, Says Mike Birkett
Byline: Mike Birkett THE historic core of Durham is internationally renowned as, in part, a World Heritage site which attracts tourists as a useful boost to the spending power of the local population. Of more importance some would say is the...
Thanks - from 10,000ft; Skydive for Meningitis Charity
Byline: Brian Daniel A MAN who almost died from meningitis is to face his fear of heights in a sky dive to raise money for a charity which supports fellow patients. Simon Kirkley, 35, of Embassy Gardens, Denton Burn, Newcastle, was in a coma...
The Fastest 50 Analysed; in Association with Ward Hadaway Law Firm
Byline: Colin Hewitt THE past year has been a difficult one for economies around the globe, and the North East has by no means been immune to the effects. But while the financial pages have had a rather gloomy look to them over the last 12 months,...
Three Units under Offer after Park Site Launch
Byline: Graeme King THREE units at the Linden Park industrial development in Consett are already under offer just a week after the scheme was officially launched. The pounds 4.5m scheme by Northern Trust has been built on a speculative basis...
Toshack: It's Time to Put in Game of Your Lives; Wales Boss Looking for More Heroics
Byline: PAUL WALKER JOHN Toshack will ask for the performance of their lives from his Wales side as they seek to take something out of tonight's game against three-times world champions Germany, writes PAUL WALKER. The Wales boss knows a fired-up...
Warning over Peril of Mud on Roads; Farming
Byline: Sam Wood ASPATE of serious accidents caused by mud left on roads by farm vehicles has resulted in deaths and serious injuries, warns NFU Mutual. As field conditions become wetter, the rural insurer is calling on farmers to take extreme...
We're Going to Be Relentless - Klose
Byline: PAUL WALKER GERMANY are never short of confidence, so it is no surprise that after their fourth World Cup qualifying group match with Wales tonight, they will send officials to South Africa to book their hotels for the 2010 finals, writes...
Whitehall Logjam Holds All of Us Up; Report Blasts ' Catastrophic' List of Failures
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent THE Government has been presented with a "catastrophic list" of transport failures that have held back the North East - with warnings of worse to come if ministers do not act. Experts at the...
Why Let Child Play with Explosives? Police and Fire Staff Warn Young of Risks
Byline: Paul Loraine POLICE and fire chiefs last night urged people not to stage their own firework displays because of the number of serious injuries and deaths on bonfire night. The 'fireworks and bonfires ruin lives in a flash' campaign is...
You Need to Care about Trees; WHO'S PLANNING WHAT? Ward Hadaway Law Firm
Byline: PAUL COURTINE AFTER parking and traffic, the loss of trees is often the most contentious element of a development proposal. Developers can often be amazed at how even the most placid of local residents can turn into the most ardent of "tree...