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 February 7, 2007

All Bets off until September
Byline: By Richard Freeman-Wallace So now we know where the super-casino will be built. Manchester won it, and Newcastle lost its chips. The Casino Advisory Panel also announced the locations of eight large regional casinos ( including Middlesbrough...
All Credit to Man Who Encouraged Artists
Iwas interested in the article in your Culture magazine about the Ashington Group of artists and Robert Lyon who helped them develop their own particular skills. Mr Lyons was working from what was then King's College (Newcastle University today). ...
Bakery Firm Buys Up a Slice of Milligan's
Byline: By Nigel Stirling A large bite of sandwich and pastie makers Milligan's operations has been bought by a small regional rival which has plans to double the combined group's turnover to pounds 8m within three years. North-East Bakeries,...
Bank Jobs at Risk as Centre Closes
Lloyds tsb is at the centre of an outsourcing row with its staff union after the company announced the closure of a back office operation. The move puts 243 staff under threat as the bank said the Thorpe Wood service centre at Peterborough, which...
Battery Jobs at Risk If Housing Plans Collapse
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The jobs of around 150 workers at a high power battery maker are under threat if a planned relocation fails. Saft, which supplies products to the Ministry of Defence for torpedoes, submarines and aircraft, wants to move...
Bird Flu Tests on Vet at Outbreak Centre
Byline: By Emily Dennis A worker involved in the outbreak of bird flu in Suffolk has been admitted to hospital with a mild respiratory illness, the Health Protection Agency said last night. The HPA would not confirm if the worker was a vet but...
Builder Didn't Want a Knock-Down Price
Byline: By Paul James Chief Reporter Housebuyers Julian Fernandes is set to watch his investment get bulldozed after a council mapping blunder. The 37-year-old snapped up the end-terraced home on the edge of a demolition zone in Boldon Colliery,...
Business Diary
This is a free service. Send brief details to The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED. Tel: (0191) 201-6290; email iain.laing@ ncjmedia.co.uk or fax (0191) 261-8869. Entries must reach us by Friday before publication. FEBRUARY 7 ( Tax Effective...
Cafe 21 to Be Housed in Famous Old Store
Byline: By James Barton Renowned chef Terry Laybourne is launching his latest Cafe 21 venture in upmarket Newcastle department store Fenwick. The North-East's first Michelin starred chef is opening his fifth restaurant on March 5. It will seat...
Chance to Get in on Act
Dance company balletLORENT is looking for a company to sponsor a sensual and exciting performance tour which includes the chance to get in on the act. The award-winning group has launched a number of sponsorship opportunities to coincide with the...
Church Sparks Fresh Life of Brian Row
Almost 30 years after it first caused outrage the Life of Brian continued to stir controversy when a church announced it will screen the film. Cinemas were picketed in 1979 when the Monty Python movie came out, amid claims by religious groups that...
Cyzer's Charge Set to Cause a Storm
Charlie Cyzer has had his string in good order this winter and Silent Storm makes some appeal in the following pontins.com Handicap at Lingfield. The son of Zafonic tends to save his best for this venue, winning three times in the past, and has...
Demand Set to Push Up Rents
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Planning restrictions and demand for large-scale distribution property are set to push rents for industrial buildings up by more than the UK average in 2007, according to a national property agent. Lambert Smith Hampton's...
Double Target 'Is in Stern's Reach'
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Carlos Edwards is tipping Sunderland new boy Stern John to produce a double-figure goals return in the Championship run-in. Yet to break his duck for the Black Cats, the Trinidad and Tobago striker is running out of time...
Draw Is Pleasing to Both Camps
Managerial counterparts Lawrie Sanchez and John Toshack both pronounced themselves satisfied with their sides' performances after last night's goalless draw at Windsor Park. Sanchez was delighted his Northern Ireland team had extended their unbeaten...
Drivers Targeted in Schools Shake-Up
Byline: By Dave Black Police chiefs are to be asked to crack down on parents who create traffic hazards around three Northumberland schools being enlarged under the county's massive education reform programme. Yesterday, county councillors voted...
Durham Youngster Marked for Glory
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Durham's Luke Evans has been marked out as a potential future England bowler after being invited to join the A team's pacemen at Dennis Lillee's clinic in Chennai, India. The Sunderland-born 19-year-old is on a development...
Easter's Shock at England Chance
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Nick Easter has revealed he was left "gob-smacked" by his shock England call-up for the Six Nations Championship clash against Italy. The 28-year-old Harlequins flanker received another pleasant surprise too when he...
Equities Surge Ahead after Retail Lift
Uk equities surged ahead yesterday as the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said that retailers enjoyed their best January for three years, with like for like sales up 3.1%. According to the BRC, sales were up 2.1% over the three months to the end...
'Exciting Times' for Young Ireland
Byline: IAN PARKES Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton feels "these are exciting times" as a new crop of youngsters prepare to make their mark on the international stage, writes IAN PARKES. Staunton named seven uncapped, young players in...
Family to Cash in on Dad's Big Win
Lucky winner Tony Jemson is celebrating scooping pounds 1,000 worth of cash to splash at Fenwick thanks to The Journal ( although he is resigned to hardly seeing a penny of it. The 55-year-old was made redundant from his purchasing job with a kitchen...
Family Tree:
In our regular series looking at the management structures of businesses and related organisations in the region, we focus this week on the Institution of Civil Engineers North-East. John Jeffrey ( Chairman John is quality, environmental, safety...
Farm Incomes Rise ( 'But Problems Still Remain'
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The improved farm income figures announced by Defra are good news for farming and good news for Britain but significant short-term problems remain for the industry, NFU president Peter Kendall said. Mr Kendall pointed...
Final Spot for a Revitalised Side
Byline: By Richard Gibson England are hoping to put a positive gloss on their tour of Australia after overcoming the odds to reach the Commonwealth Bank Series finals. Victory over New Zealand by 14 runs at the Gabba sent them into a best-of-three...
Freeze Threat to Turf Cards
Prospects for racing taking place at Carlisle and Ludlow today rest on the result of morning inspections. The abandonment of yesterday's (correct) cards at Sedgefield and Market Rasen left the all-weather fixture at Southwell to carry the flag,...
Glorious Future Is Promised to Reds
Byline: By Martyn Ziegler Liverpool's new American owners have thrown down the gauntlet to Manchester United and Chelsea by promising to make the club the biggest and best in the world. Tom Hicks and George Gillett laid out their vision for a...
Golf Course May Be Sold to Members
Byline: By Dave Black A golf course looks set to be sold to its 800 members to help council chiefs pay for major new community facilities in a Northumberland town. Bedlingtonshire's 18-hole course and clubhouse ( which were built more than 30...
Good Staff Help Ensure Pounds 7bn of Good Business
Byline: By Graeme King The North-East's biggest law firm Dickinson Dees has revealed a record pounds 7bn worth of deals were completed by its corporate finance team last year ( up by 180% from 2005's figure of pounds 2.5bn. Based on the Quayside...
Hodgson Faces New Challenge
Byline: By William Green Tyneside mp Sharon Hodgson may face a fresh battle to stay in Parliament despite announcing plans to fight for a new North-East seat. Mrs Hodgson, MP for Gateshead East and Washington West, lost out late last year to...
Huge Increase in Outlet Shopping
Byline: By Scott Munro In the last decade, the factory outlet centre market has doubled as the UK consumer has taken to the idea of branded goods at discount prices. The rise in popularity has been fuelled by retailers, developers and investors...
In My View
Byline: By Paul Benneworth I think 130,000 jobs is a pretty exciting prospect. 130,000 jobs for the North-East would be brilliant. There is no magic bullet to solve our regional economic problems, so Monday's front page headline in The Journal really...
I Want to Be an England Regular
Byline: By Luke Edwards Kieron Dyer is aiming to complete his rehabilitation from a career-threatening hamstring injury by becoming a key figure for England when he resumes his international career against Spain tonight. Dyer's career has been...
Jail for Brutal Rapist
Byline: By Daniel cochlin A drunken diabetic who befriended a woman after a night out before raping her and leaving her naked and unconscious in a bitterly cold park was yesterday jailed indefinitely. Steven Graham was described as a "Jekyll...
Joanne Fryett Column
Byline: By Joanne Fryett Three or four years ago, you struggled to give away a Corus share. The steelmaker's stock had plummeted to a mere 4p and seemed destined for junk status. In the world of ifs, buts and maybes, I would have loved to have...
Keith Hann Column
Byline: By Keith Hann I started work (if you can call it work) in financial PR in 1983, the year of Mrs Thatcher's post-Falklands electoral landslide. There followed three years of absolutely frenetic activity helping to bring companies to the stock...
King Facing Legal Action
Darts: Mervyn King has been threatened with legal action by the British Darts Organisation after confirming he is switching to play on the rival Professional Darts Corporation circuit. The former World Masters champion is following three top Dutch...
Land Buy Is Shrewd Move by Developers
Byline: By Simon Hawkins The decision by development company Terrace Hill to buy the 16.5-acre Asda site next to Middlesbrough FC's Riverside ground is a very shrewd one. The AIM-listed company has agreed to buy the land from Asda, which has...
Landmark Breaks a Record before It Is Finished
Byline: By Nigel Stirling A Newcastle City Centre office building has been sold to a City fund manager for pounds 32m ( nearly a year before it is due to be finished. Developer Terrace Hill sold its 84,000sq ft Time Central development on Gallowgate...
Law Firms Team Up for Five-Way Deal
Byline: By Iain Laing Law firms Ward Hadaway and Dickinson Dees have won a contract to supply legal services to five local authorities in the North-East. The Newcastle firms have not revealed the value of the deal, but it is likely to be worth...
Let Loose Your Nesting Instinct
A council is backing a national campaign to provide nest boxes for garden birds. Since National Nest Box Week was launched 10 years ago it is estimated that there are now six million boxes in gardens across the UK. A 'make-your-own-nestbox' event...
Lloyds TSB in Outsourcing Row
Lloyds tsb was at the centre of an outsourcing row with its staff union yesterday after the company announced the closure of a back office operation. The move puts 243 staff under threat as the bank said the Thorpe Wood service centre at Peterborough...
Loan Ends for Striker
Danny Graham is returning to Middlesbrough after Carlisle United failed to extend the Chester-le-Street-born forward's loan spell, but the Cumbrians have not ruled out him playing for them again in the future. The 21-year-old's month-long loan was...
Locations Top the List of Local Landmarks
Shopkeeper Martin Ponton's stock rose yesterday when his old-fashioned grocery store was included in a list of buildings judged to be of special architectural or historic interest. The North Tyneside Council Local List includes buildings, structures,...
Martins No-Show Infuriates Nigeria
Nigeria coach Austin Eguavoen was left fuming last night after Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins failed to turn up for his side's friendly against Ghana at Brentford's Griffin Park. Newcastle cleared Martins to play on Tuesday, even though manager...
Marty Still Rocks ( 50 Years On
Marty Wilde is celebrating half a century in the music business ( and he's made sure his Tyneside fans get to whoop it up with him. He tells Sam Wonfor about 50 years of fun and how he helped introduce Elvis to the North-East. A casual enquiry as...
Meeting Housing Demand
Byline: By Andrew Miller As the UK housing market overall continues to rise, house prices in the North-East have dipped in recent months. Land Registry figures show that house prices across England and Wales rose 0.7% during December ( and 7.8%...
Metro Park May Not Reach Pounds 95m
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Metro Retail Park in Gateshead may be sold for less than the pounds 95m price tag placed on it four months ago. London-based Savills, which put the 220,000 sq ft property on the market in September on behalf of owner...
MP Attacks Agency over Roads Decision
Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Duncan yesterday told the Highways Agency to keep out of policy decisions in the wake of their latest refusal to improve North-East roads. The Conservative frontbencher claimed the agency was an "impediment...
Mum Plea Response
A daughter's plea for help in finding her missing 82-year-old mother has received an encouraging response, police said yesterday. Beatrice Johnson, 82, was last seen at her home in Gosforth, Newcastle, at 8.30pm on January 29, and on Monday this...
No Player Is Safe in New-Look Squad
Byline: By Luke Edwards Sven-GUran Eriksson had his untouchables as England coach but Steve McClaren insists none of his big-name stars are safe as he sends out a new look side against Spain tonight. Luke Edwards reports When Middlesbrough's...
Oil Production Cut as BP Puts Safety First
Byline: By Iain Laing Oil giant BP appears to have put safety before output after cutting its five-year production forecast. The company said it would produce nearly one million fewer barrels a year by 2009 than previously expected and would...
On the Train to Saigon
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor From Wearside to Warsaw ( that's the first leg in a rail trip which will take three travellers from Sunderland to Saigon in Vietnam. The journey is from Monkwearmouth Station Museum to Saigon ( now...
Organic Tea and Northern Initiative Is Perfect Blend
Byline: By James Barton It's a long way from the sleepy hills of Northumberland to the lush tea plantations of India. James Barton meets two entrepreneurs who have made that distance a little shorter. Ann Maddison has learned a bit about Britain's...
Pearce Inspires Side to Perform
Byline: By Simon Stone New England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce is convinced a "bloody nose" now could send the Three Lions roaring to European Championship glory this summer, writes Simon Stone. The protracted wrangle between the Football Association...
Private Air Travel Is Set to Take Off
Byline: By Graeme King We have never had more routes linking the North-East to the rest of the world, yet still business people are frustrated with the services on offer. Graeme King looks at what the future holds for air travel from our region,...
Property Beats Equities in the Return Stakes
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Property returns outshone a strong performance from the stock market last year, according to figures released this week. Total returns from commercial property ( including income growth and rising asset prices ( were...
Quakers' Quality Clinches Great Win
Darlington produced their best performance for several weeks to keep their play-off hopes alive with victory at the Memorial Ground. Quakers are now eight points below the play-off zone but the good quality of their performance will give them plenty...
Rent Rises Reach a Plateau
Byline: By Mike Birkett Teesside may be under-supplied with retail parks but the lack of rent increases raises the question of when significant growth will take place, says Atisreal's Mike Birkett Headline rent at British Land's Teesside Retail...
Retail Park Sold for Pounds 55m
Byline: By Nigel Stirling An Australian-owned property fund manager has paid pounds 55m for a Tyneside retail park, reflecting what is becoming an increasingly unpredictable market for retail property in the region. Arlington Securities has paid...
Ride in Style and Comfort on Special Planes
While the North-East is currently only served by Eastern Airways as a specialist business service, the sector is getting busier. Three specialist airlines are now flying out of south-east airports. At Luton Airport, or London Luton as it now...
Ring Greats Offer Hopefuls a Shot at Fame
Ring greats Sugar Ray Leonard and Barry McGuigan will go head to head when American TV reality fight show The Contender hits Britain next month. Leonard, a world champion at five weights, and former WBA world featherweight champion McGuigan will...
Shopping Patterns Change Slowly
Byline: By David Furniss The proposal to use an existing railway line to connect passengers with Ashington and Tyneside could alarm retailers in the former European capital of coal production. They may think that they are in danger of seeing...
Skydivers Can Jump in Safety
Byline: By Neil Mckay Supporters of the region's only skydiving centre were jumping for joy last night after councillors rejected plans to build a 180 foot wind turbine which would have put it out of business. There was loud applause in a packed...
Squirrel's Death Sparks New Alert
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor The alarm bells sounded yesterday after a red squirrel found dead at a Northumberland nature reserve was found to have been killed by the pox virus. The virus is spread by grey squirrels, who can resist...
Staff Have Designs on Raising Cash for Josie
Byline: By Paul James Chief Reporter A North design firm has installed its own office gym, where workers are slimming down to boost The Journal's Josie Grove appeal. Staff at Newcastle-based One Best Way have just moved into new offices and have...
Staff Pay Growing
Demand for staff has grown to a two-year high, which has led to "substantial" inflationary pressure on pay, according to a report today. A study by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation says there had been a robust increase in permanent and...
University Spin-Out Firm Aims to Land Wide Market Interest
Corporate finance specialist Mark Dempsey is watching the markets with interest after completing a year-long project to float a company which makes devices for detecting chemical leaks. RMT's corporate finance manager and his team were key players...
Village's Cullerful History
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor The colourful history of a seaside village is to be researched and preserved after backing of pounds 47,500 in lottery cash was confirmed yesterday. The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Cullercoats...
War in Iraq Boosts Shares in Weapon Maker
Shares in BAE Systems were sharply higher yesterday as investors eyed a slice of the pounds 312bn of defence spending planned by George Bush for 2008. In plans put before Congress, President Bush outlined higher defence expenditure ( part of an...
Wind Farms Have Power to Divide Us
The power of wind farms to provide the supplies of energy expected of them may remain the subject of heated debate in some quarters. But there can be no disputing that they possess more than enough strength to divide communities, and none more so...
Wind Turbine Maker Sees Demand Soar
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Renewable energy group Econnect is aiming to quadruple the size of its construction arm in the next three years as the demand for wind turbines goes "ballistic". Hexham-based Econnect Construction, the division of the...
Work from Home Campaign Is Launched in North
Byline: By Ross Smith A pioneering campaign aimed at radically changing how people in the North-East work will be officially launched tomorrow. Work Wise North-East aims to scrap the traditional nine-to-five day and encourage flexible working,...
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