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 March 8, 2006

999 or 101, Is It an Emergency or Not?
People living in the Northumbria Police force area will test a controversial new 101 non-emergency telephone number. In an effort to ease pressure on hard-pressed 999 systems, ministers will today announce the service ( which will cost 10p a call...
Advertisement Feature - `Business Family' Is Set Up Down on the Farm
A County Durham farm is taking on a new lease of life after Business Link supported a "family" of businesses on a range of issues from funding, planning and business development to IT and marketing. Not only has Kinley Hill Farm at Seaham been helped...
Advertisement Feature - Specialist Support for Durham Businesses
Specialist advisers with a wealth of knowledge and experience in particular business areas are now part of the Business Link team in County Durham. Businesses across the county are taking advantage of their independent advice and expertise in the...
Agent Adds to Legion of Home Workers
Byline: By Graeme King Travel agent Hays Travel is hiring 50 new staff to work from home after pushing sales past the pounds 250m mark. The Sunderland company, headed by founder John Hays, is continuing to grow strongly at a time when some of...
Alight with New Opportunities
Byline: By Bill Naylor The strategic location of South Tyneside within Tyne and Wear is being realised with the development of a significant proportion of the North-East's industrial buildings and business parks in the next 12 months. Naylors Chartered...
`Amount of Space Will Dictate Rents'
Tim Evans, head of Knight Frank in Newcastle, has defended the property agent's claim that city centre office rents will hit pounds 22 per sq ft by the end of the year. Knight Frank says rents for prime space in Newcastle rose from pounds 19.50...
Are You Sure It's a Real Emergency?
A two-tier telephone hotline to the police is sure to create confusion, anger and concern. It remains to be seen if it makes money too. The emotions will be unleashed today when the Home Office and its partner, the telecoms regulator Ofcom, introduce...
A Whole New Ball Game
Stand-in Sunderland manager Kevin Ball has revealed the first major task of his job will be to persuade the club's disgruntled players to forget their grievances over the way Mick McCarthy was sacked. Having signed virtually all of Sunderland first-team...
Bedford Has High Hopes for Radcliffe
Byline: By David Martin Flora London Marathon race director David Bedford hopes Paula Radcliffe's withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games with a foot injury can inspire her to another world record in this year's race around the capital, writes David...
Benitez Must Raise the Goal Standard
Byline: By Paul Walker Strike-rate dive hits the Reds Rafael Benitez insists he is far from unsettled at Anfield as Liverpool head into their Champions League crunch match against Benfica. The Spaniard may need more funding to give Liverpool...
Bionic Man Is a Diamond Now
Byline: By Luke Edwards After a lengthy chase Newcastle Diamonds have finally managed to sign Czech international George Stancl. He talked to Luke Edwards about a new challenge at Brough Park It is not easy being a speedway rider, in fact, compared...
Brave Rebellion to Go Up in the World
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Fences should suit his style While Brave Rebellion never quite lived up to his smart bumper form when turning his attention to hurdling, it could be a different story as he embarks on a new career over fences at Catterick...
Cabinet Approves Homes Demolition
Byline: By Ross Smith But residents vow to carry on their fight against plans A council leader in charge of controversial plans to demolish hundreds of homes yesterday claimed to have the support of the "overwhelming majority" of families as...
Carlisle through to the Final Again
Byline: By Mike Corry Carlisle made an appointment at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium for the LDV Vans Trophy final following an extra time victory over Macclesfield last night. In a dramatic night at Moss Rose, the Cumbrians came from two goals...
Chefs Taste Success
Chefs from Newcastle United's corporate hospitality suite have narrowly missed out on the top honour in a national culinary competition ( with Chelsea taking first prize. Conference and banqueting chefs Steve Smith, Nigel Rose and Andy Johnson took...
Come Clean, Objectors Told
Byline: By Hayley Beattie Bypass protestors shun pre-inquiry meeting Objectors to a proposed bypass of a Northumberland village ( in the pipeline for 70 years ( were last night challenged to show themselves. Ten objections have been received...
Contenders for Business Crown Will Be Revealed Next Week
The finalists in the region's biggest and best business awards will be named next week. After months of studying hundreds of entries for the North-East Business Awards 2005, which is organised by The Journal and its Teesside sister paper the Evening...
Daisy, Aged Five, Needs a Liver Donor Fast
Daisy Halfacre is five years old. She was born with Biliary Atresia, which means her liver has no working bile ducts and only operates at 10% of its maximum capacity. Doctors have told her mum Lynn that Daisy will be lucky to live until Christmas....
Damage Done at Home
Byline: By Matt Barlow Jose Mourinho claimed Chelsea's European dream was wrecked at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, rather than in Barcelona last night, writes Matt Barlow. Chelsea slid out of the Champions League 3-2 on aggregate after Ronaldinho...
Eastern Promise on Menu
Byline: By Graeme King The man behind one of the North-East's top restaurants is launching a new venue in the heart of Durham. Nigel Gadd, who recently sold the Pumphouse restaurant at Houghall, just outside Durham, has invested pounds 1m in...
England out to Take the Big Chance
Byline: By Richard Gibson Seamers' wicket puts Plunkett in line for a call-up When England set out on the tour of India they would have pencilled in Mohali as their most likely place to secure a win, writes Richard Gibson. Last week's draw...
English Revved Up for the Off
Byline: By Luke Edwards Newcastle Diamonds promoter George English has insisted he is as excited as ever ahead of his tenth anniversary at the club, despite his opposition to the sport's new play-off system. Dynamic English is showing no signs...
Expansion Puts Hadrian in First Place
Byline: By Graeme King Northumberland car body parts supplier Hadrian Car Panels has become the biggest in its sector in the UK after buying a Midlands company. Hadrian, now with a turnover just short of pounds 12m, is run by managing director...
Fabric Test Firm Doubles Factory
Byline: By Graeme King The only business in the UK which makes fabric for detergent companies to test their cleaning power is doubling the size of its County Durham factory. At its Consett site, Warwick Equest makes the swatches of cloth used...
Family Firm Builds on a Stream of Successes
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Family-run construction company Whelan has doubled its order book to more than pounds 50m, and is poised to double the size of its headquarters and increase its workforce by 50% to cope with the rapid growth. Newcastle's...
Former Coke Site Back in Business
The success of Monkton Business Park at Hebburn in South Tyneside continues apace, underlining the remarkable renaissance of South Tyneside during the past five years. The former coke works closed in 1992. It was redeveloped by English Partnerships...
Geoff Ford
I really can't believe the series of obstacles being laid out in front of manufacturers these days. When the Prime Minister just shrugs and says that the migration of production to low-cost overseas sources is inevitable, then we know the Government...
Home Truths
Byline: By Abbie Wightwick Great news. We can lose weight by sleeping more. Even better, people have some of their best ideas in bed. If you want to be clever and thin then lie-in longer and don't stay up for Newsnight. If you thought being a...
I'm Not out to Slight My Skipper
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Im not slig England boss Andy Robinson has rejected any notion that captain Martin Corry could be undermined by having been substituted twice during this season's Six Nations, writes Andrew Baldock. Corry made way...
In a Strong Position to Call All the Shots
Byline: By Mike Birkett and Aidan Baker South Tyneside continues to serve a strong local market, with South Shields acting as a magnet for shoppers and the borough generally attracting business space developers and occupiers, say Atisreal's Mike...
IVF Expert's Patient Tells of Her `Agony'
Byline: By Helen William Professor faces General Medical Council A woman desperate to become a mother yesterday recalled being forced in agony out of her hospital bed because she could not afford to stay overnight. The patient, identified...
Law Firm Scoops New Health Service Clients
Byline: By Iain Laing Law firm Dickinson Dees has scooped two new client wins following a successful tender against three national law firms. The Newcastle firm has won contracts to advise Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust and the Tameside and...
`Make Most Use of the Spring Grass' Call
Farmers should make the most of spring grass if they want to save money and get their animals ready for market sooner, according to the English Beef and Lamb Executive. Research by the organisation has revealed that farmers could save between pounds...
Making a Pitch to the Dutch
Byline: By Nigel Stirling The North-East is blazing a trail when it comes to a promoting a career in tourism to its youth thanks to a new initiative backed by Tyne and Wear Learning Skills Council. Nigel Stirling accompanied students on a school...
Malcolm McDonald
Byline: By Malcolm McDonald Marketing has become less a beacon of the world of commerce and more a business bolt-on. With factors such as heightened competition, global forces and technological developments having all but redefined the marketing...
M&A Market Continues to Be Strong
Byline: By Brian Tora The pace of corporate reporting is slowing. True, we have had some heavyweight figures published this week. Banking giant HSBC delivered results at the upper end of the market's expectations on Monday, bringing to a close the...
McLeish So Proud as `Fantastic' Rangers Bow out in Style
Alex McLeish had his proudest moment as Rangers manager last night, even though his team ended up making an agonising departure from the Champions League as they lost out over two legs on away goals to Villarreal. McLeish's four-and-a-half year...
Mrs Brown Back Again
Laughs and some colourful language are on the menu once again at The Journal Tyne Theatre, with the second part of Brendan O'Carroll's Mrs Brown trilogy booked for a week-long run from June 4. Tickets costing pounds 21 and pounds 22.50 are on sale...
Murray's Heading for Flak ( Bates
Great Britain Davis Cup captain Jeremy Bates fears that despite lifting his first senior career title last month, Andy Murray could be considered a failure unless he wins Wimbledon. The 18-year-old continued his meteoric rise up the world rankings...
New Jobs for 4,000 Rover Staff but `More Need Help'
A total of 4,000 former MG Rover workers have found new jobs since the car maker collapsed last year, according to an official report. The Government-appointed task force said in its final report that 100 people had found work every week since last...
New Machine Puts Firm a Cut above the Rest
A well-established family firm that recently invested pounds 300,000 in specialist machinery has won a major contract as a result. Ernest Bennett & Co, a 42- year-old company which is the only industrial saw blade maker north of Sheffield, has...
`Nothing Will Be Swept under Carpet'
Byline: By Guy Basnett Police in pledge after shocking murder The suspected racially-motivated murder of Lee Phipps is being treated as a "Stephen Lawrence-type" inquiry, a senior police officer said last night. Northumbria Police are also...
Only 22% of Farmers So Far Signed for ELS
Byline: By Anna Lognonne More than three-quarters of the UK's farmers are yet to benefit from the Government's new environmental schemes. Although Defra launched its Entry Level Scheme a year ago, only 22% of the nation's farmers have been accepted...
Party Lines
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Fury is perhaps too timid a word to describe the feelings of most of Tyne and Wear over the Government's failure to properly fund free travel for pensioners ( in fact indignation which has now reached boiling point might be...
Plastic Not So Fantastic on Street
Along Newcastle's busy Northumberland Street yesterday, shoppers were largely in the dark about the interest rates charged by stores. Kirsty Horner, of Stratford Road (ok) , Heaton, Newcastle, owns a Top Shop store card. The 22-year-old, a chemistry...
Pollution Threatens Water Jobs
Byline: By Dave Black Almost 100 jobs will be lost if a leading drinks company's vital underground water supply is polluted by waste tipping, planners were warned yesterday. Waters and Robson ( which bottles the renowned Abbey Well natural mineral...
Pounds 200,000 in Backing for Bio-Tech Firm
Byline: By Graeme King Ground breaking biotechnology company Creative Gene Technology (CGT) has won pounds 200,000 of new funding to develop its products. The work of the University of Durham spinout company is creating new types of herbicide...
Put Cap on Interest Rates, Demands MP
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Stores should be banned from charging excessive interest rates on their charge cards after competition chiefs ruled `wealth warnings' were needed on statements to protect customers from running up too much debt, an MP has urged....
Quadrant Sold in Pounds 10m Deal
Byline: By Nigel Stirling City Quadrant, the unfinished city centre mixed use scheme, is set to be sold to a family business for more than pounds 10m. Developers Amco and Ashtenne Residential have exchanged contracts with Welbeck Estates Company...
Quality Schemes to Meet Demand for Office Space
Byline: By Craig Stobbart Purpose-built, high-quality office space has been a priority for South Tyneside, and now two developers have produced schemes which are helping to meet the requirement for new space. York-based developer Grantside, at...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Byline: By Keith Stevenson Contary to much recent commentary, the housing market appears not only to have stabilised but strengthened, with price rises returning an annual rate of 9.5%, an unexpectedly strong rate of growth. Behind this surprising...
Robert's Got to Start Focusing
Byline: By Tim Taylor Robert Dinwiddie will need his renowned strength of character today as he hovers on the brink of elimination from the Sanlam South Africa Amateur Championship. A two-over 74 yesterday left County Durham's Walker Cup star...
Roeder: I'm Not Taking Any Risks
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Glenn Roeder is not willing to take the risks which characterised predecessor Graeme Souness' reign as he prepares for a crucial game in his bid to take Newcastle United back into Europe next season. It is in the nature...
Rokeby Sell Offices in Pounds 4m `Off-Plan' Deal
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Rokerby Developments has sold a Teesside office development for pounds 4m before it has even been built. The Barnard Castle-based developer only bought the riverside plot at Bowesfield, Stockton, in October and builders...
Ronaldinho Seals Barca's Revenge
Byline: By Matt Barlow Ronaldinho sent Jose Mourinho spinning out of Europe and gave Barcelona the revenge they have craved for a year, writes Matt Barlow. The Brazilian struck in the 78th minute to send the Spanish League leaders into the Champions...
Schools Revamp Hit by Setback
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield A pounds 26m plan to improve schools in the North suffered a huge setback yesterday when officers said it should be put off for 12 months. The new and improved schools in Cramlington would have been the first phase...
Second Letting Expected Soon at St James' Gate
An announcement on another tenant for McAleer & Rushe's St James' Gate office development is expected in the next few weeks. It would be the second letting in less than six months at the prominent development next to Newcastle Central Station....
Shaun Quick-Steps into Dancing Role
Byline: By Sam Wonfor He's currently laid up with laryngitis, but Shaun Williamson is promising to be strutting with the best of them before Saturday Night Fever's Tyneside stay is over. Sam Wonfor caught up with him before the croakiness struck....
Soft Centres Show Crisp Profit Margin
Chocolate can do some strange things to people. Take the staff at Peterlee mailing house MetroMail. Not content with just eating chocolates, they decided to name themselves after them as part of a marketing exercise. The bright idea came when...
`Sorry for Our Pounds 42m Water Bills Blunder'
Byline: By Howard Walker Severn Trent Water has apologised to customers after "deliberately miscalculated or poorly supported" data inflated bills by pounds 42m. The utility, which serves eight million customers in the UK, is already in the process...
Sport Shorts
MacLeod for Llanelli Rugby Union: Scotland lock Scott MacLeod will leave the Borders Reivers at the end of the season to join Llanelli Scarlets after agreeing a two-year deal with the Welsh club. International coach Frank Hadden insisted his decision...
Thinking Small Makes for Large Changes
Byline: By Howard Walker The biggest shake-up in company law for 20 years is due to hit the statute books in 2006. Howard Walker looks at the likely effects on North-East business and whether it will be a case of reform or just more red tape. ...
Tourist Trains Are Going to Run Late
Byline: By Neil McKay Hopes that a tourist railway could be back on track by Easter have been dashed by red tape. But the new owners of Weardale Railway are confident trains will be running by mid-summer. A rescue package for the debt-ridden...
Travellers Hail Fare Victory in Durham
Byline: By Neil McKay Pensioners in County Durham were celebrating last night after council chiefs agreed to extend free bus travel across local authority borders. The county's seven district councils bowed to mounting pressure and extended the...
Treat Personal Covenants with the Utmost Caution
Byline: By Richard Freeman-Wallace Landlords and tenants should think very carefully before giving personal covenants. They could be taking on liabilities that will bind them for much longer than they originally thought. A personal covenant means...
United in a Common Goal
Byline: By Helen Wilson The Office of Deputy Prime Minister has circulated updated guidance on the planning aspects of finding sites for Gypsies and travellers ( and how local authorities can work together with Gypsies and travellers to achieve...
University's Taking Wings
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Uk Land Estates has secured the first substantial city-centre letting in Newcastle of 2006. The developer has let 9,000sq ft of the 60,000sq ft Hadrian House, opposite the Laing Art Gallery, to Northumbria University...
We Can't Afford to Sit Back, Warns Gunners Boss
Byline: By Jim van Wijk Arsene Wenger insists the second leg of tonight's Champions League tie with Real Madrid must not be considered a forgone conclusion as Arsenal look to finish the job started in the Bernabeu and secure their place in the quarter-finals....
Why the Country Is Having to Help Itself
Byline: By Stephen Rouse There are just two things wrong with the Government's Rural Strategy. According to Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy: "It is not really a strategy and is not really rural." The centre believes the Department...
Woman Flees Fire
A woman was forced to flee her home yesterday after a fire began in her kitchen. She was unhurt after the small cooker fire in her home in Bracken Court, Ushaw Moor (ok) , County Durham, which broke out at 11.52am. Student attack Two students...

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