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 12, 2011

Administrations Rise by a Quarter in North East
THE number of companies falling into administration in the North East has increased by 26.7% in the third quarter. But, while the percentage rise in administration appointments noted by the London Gazette was the highest in the country, the number...
A Final Loss for Worthington; Clinical Cassano Makes It a Disappointing Sign-Off
Italy 3 Northern Ireland 0 NIGEL Worthington's Northern Ireland tenure ended in more disappointment as his side were comfortably beaten by an Italy side inspired by the finishing of Antonio Cassano. Worthington, whose reign as manager ended last...
Agent Demanded $1.2M Fixing Fee, Court Is Told
A CRICKET agent asked for $1.2 million to arrange for Pakistan to throw a Test match against England, a court heard yesterday. Mazhar Majeed, 36, was secretly recorded discussing deliberately losing last summer's game at The Oval with a mysterious...
Andy Shocked by Bench Role; Falcons Lock Van der Heijden Reveals Call-Up Surprise
Byline: Mark Smith ANDREW van der Heijden was as shocked as anybody by his last-minute call-up against Saracens on Sunday, but the Newcastle Falcons lock insists he is now back to full fitness and ready for LV= Cup duty. The recovering Kiwi lock...
Artist's Politicising of Plastic; Has the World Got Enough Plastic Trash to Play with? Almost Certainly, Says Innovative Designer Neil , as TAMZIN LEWIS Reports
Byline: TAMZIN LEWIS NEIL Conley's website states that his designs place "a bleak and ominous emphasis on narrative". So he's not making pink plastic pigs and he's a bit downbeat then? Actually, he's quite a cheery chap, although he is a bit croaky...
A Shortage of Skilled Workers in Tough Times; A Quarter of North East Manufacturing, Engineering and Processing Firms Can't Find Enough Skilled Workers to Meet the Demand, despite Growing Unemployment in the Region. So Will This Jobless Army of Workers Be Able to Play a Bigger Role in Easing the Crisis? STEPHEN CAPE Investigates
Byline: STEPHEN CAPE THE North East skills shortage is costing the region's economy at least pounds 5m in lost productivity each year. Companies are continuing to advertise for skilled labour and complain that they still find it hard to find the...
Australia in a Sweat over Star Man Kurt
AUSTRALIA are sweating over the fitness of star full-back Kurtley Beale ahead of Sunday's Rugby Wo srld Cup semi-final against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand. Beale is rated as "touch and go" by the Wallabies after he suffered a hamstring strain...
Bairstow's on Fire to Rattle Rapid Ton
Byline: David Clough JONNY Bairstow's 53-ball hundred for England yesterday had the statisticians scurrying to find out where it stands among the quickest in List A cricket. But the man himself did not even know he had reached three figures against...
Be Adult When It Comes to Disputes about Service Fees
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK LAST week's column touched upon service charges - and the headlines in The Journal and a follow-up last Saturday highlights the points I made. The case of Hotspur v Alan J Smith, decided in the High Court last week, resulted...
Celebrating North East Business Champions
THE North East Business Awards are now in their 12th year and at their heart are the aims of recognising achievement, encouraging excellence and celebrating success. The North East Chamber of Commerce is proud to be working with The Journal and...
Challenging Times for Our Economy
Byline: BRIAN THORPE THE North East Business Barometer, published by the North East Chamber of Commerce and Barclays this week, highlighted challenges for the North East economy in the third quarter of 2011. We are still witnessing a fairly weak...
Changes to Plan Allowed; Duke's Business Arm Cuts Back on Affordable Homes
Byline: Brian Daniel THE Duke of Northumberland has been allowed to cut back on affordable housing provision in his home town. The Duke's business arm, Northumberland Estates, has been given the go-ahead to reduce the number of lower-cost homes...
Cheat Who Claimed Third Spot Finally Comes Clean; Runner Caught Bus to Complete Race
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth ARUNNER who came third in a marathon has been disqualified after catching a bus to complete the last six miles of the race. At first Rob Sloan, 31, tried to claim training made him a "much better runner" this year after...
Conmen Are Thwarted by the Public; 'Skimming' Device Didn't Claim Victims
Byline: Paul Tully CONMEN who used a bank machine trick device in a Northumberland town have drawn a blank - thanks to the swift action of local people. A "skimmer" - which traps a bank card and reads its details - was attached to the Co-op ATM...
Continuing the Legacy of the Extraordinary Mary Smith
Byline: TONY HENDERSON THE name could not be more ordinary. But Mary Smith needed extraordinary abilities to cope with her demanding role as 18th Century housekeeper/cook at the Wallington estate in Northumberland. And steps are afoot to ensure...
Controversial Artwork Target of Metal Thieves
Byline: Ruth Lawson ACONTROVERSIAL million-pound public art installation has been sabotaged by metal thieves. Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to the Blue Carpet artwork outside the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle following the...
'Corporate' Fantasy Land of Politics; Opinion
Byline: Peter Troy PARTY political conferences were once events where party members could contribute debate and vote on party policy - a chance for the party's rank-and-file to have their say. To make the conferences accessible, they were held...
Data Storage Firm to Expand as It Comes Close to Filling Capacity
Byline: John Hill OFFSITE storage company Datastor plans to begin work next year on an extension that will boost its capacity by more than a third. North Tyneside Council approved plans for the expansion of its premises at the Benton Square Industrial...
Deaths
BERTRAM (Lowick). Formerly of Watchlaw. Suddenly but peacefully in hospital on Saturday 8th October, James Hedley (Jim), aged 89 years, dearly loved husband of the late Eleanor and Bessie, devoted brother of George, Bob and the late John, dear uncle...
Dowson the Hero as City Go Fourth; EVO-STIK FIRST DIVISION NORTH
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT Lancaster City ................................. 1 Durham City .................................... 2 DURHAM City moved into fourth position in the Evo-Stik League Division One North after this win at Lancaster City, writes...
Dunne's the Hero for Irish; Trapattoni's Men Go into Euro 2012 Play-Offs Draw
Byline: DAMIAN SPELLMAN Republic of Ireland 2 Armenia 1 RICHARD Dunne was the Republic of Ireland's hero once again as his goal edged them past Armenia and into the Euro 2012 play-offs, writes DAMIAN SPELLMAN. The Aston Villa defender, whose...
Economy Stagnant Say Latest Figures
THE manufacturing sector shrank for the third month in a row in August, according to new figures - adding to evidence that the wider economy is stagnating. Manufacturing output declined by 0.3% between July and August, the Office for National Statistics...
Edwards Hails Boss Gatland's Gut Instinct
Byline: Andrew Baldock SHAUN Edwards has paid tribute to his boss Warren Gatland for following a "gut instinct" that could ultimately see Wales crowned world champions. More than a third of Wales' match-day squad against World Cup semi-final...
Finance Feeds Growth; ANDREW MITCHELL from North East Finance Applauds the Success of the Region''s Fastest 50 Companies and Examines the Impact Investment Funds Are Having on Business Growth Prospects
Byline: ANDREW MITCHELL GROWING a business is never easy. It's a task that requires talent, dedication and passion to succeed. The businesses in the Fastest 50 list deserve every credit for their achievements in what remains a difficult market....
Finding Ways to Unlock the Potential of Ideas; Alex Shiel, Partner and Head of Intellectual Property and IT at Ward Hadaway, Looks at How a Proposed Shake-Up of the Regime Governing Intellectual Property Rights Could Affect the Fastest 50 of the Future
THE value of ideas can be hard to quantify, but one look at the output of an innovative company such as Apple (last seen with a quarterly turnover of $28.6bn) is enough to demonstrate that coming up with new ideas and developing them into products...
Firms United in Their Field of Expertise
Byline: Iain Laing TWO rural property companies are to merge to form one of the largest land agency businesses based in the North of England. Barnard Castle firm GSC Chartered Surveyors, a successful rural practice and estate agency business,...
First Apprentices at Centre for Life
THESE two bright sparks are bringing their skills to life on a new apprenticeship scheme. Judy Gibson and Michael Hodges have taken their first step on the career ladder by becoming the Centre for Life's first ever apprentices. The job-hunters were...
Flournoy Eyes Up Key Month; Eagles Supremo Fab Will Know More about His Team
Byline: Mark Douglas A POINT hasn't been scored in anger yet this season but Fab Flournoy is adamant that October will be a vital month in the BBL title race. After a winning start to their Trophy campaign, Flournoy's Newcastle Eagles open their...
Going from Strength to Strength; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
WHEN safety professionals around the world work in potentially hazardous and dangerous situations, they must rely upon their equipment to ensure their personal safety. That's where Draeger Safety comes in. The UK business is based in Blyth, Northumberland,...
Hero Helped Save a Life
Byline: Helen Rae QUICK-THINKING Gary Mc-Creadie has been hailed a hero after he helped save a woman's life when she fell onto the Metro line. The St John Ambulance volunteer put his skills to good use when he witnessed a young woman stumble...
How to Tread Carefully; JIM JAMES, Corporate Recovery Partner at Ward Hadaway, Looks at the Potential Risks for Fast-Growing Companies in the Current Economy
Byline: JIM JAMES GROWTH is the engine of the economy and fast growing companies are the pistons that make it move faster. However, fast growing companies face many risks. The most important is ensuring sufficient working capital. The old saying...
How Will Heathwick Help Us? Newcastle Airport Boss Says Merger Could Damage Region
Byline: Rob Pattinson TRANSPORT chiefs last night criticised proposals to merge Heathrow and Gatwick as potentially damaging to the region. Bosses from Newcastle International Airport questioned how "Heathwick" plans would benefit the North East,...
Iconic TV Studio Site Still Looking for a Buyer
Byline: Stephen Cape APLUM Newcastle development opportunity worth tens of millions of pounds in the right market is up for grabs - but so far there has only been limited interest. The 1.76 acre site on City Quay was the main studios of Tyne...
I'm Not a Dirty Player - Skipper
Byline: Mark Douglas SUNDERLAND skipper Lee Cattermole has mounted a staunch defence of his playing style and disciplinary record - maintaining he's made just one "bad" challenge in his career and his reputation precedes him with referees. The Black...
In-Form BA Will Make Ben Arfa Wait
HATEM Ben Arfa is back on Tyneside, but will have to wait for his Newcastle chance after United cooled fears over Demba Ba's knee, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Journal understands that Ben Arfa returned to Newcastle on Monday after being granted compassionate...
In Search of Happiness? Look No Further
TYNESIDE'S biggest design festival returns to showcase the region's most innovative and high quality products. Design Event involves 20 different exhibitions, talks and events over a five-day period and this year's theme is Happiness. Event organisers...
Investigation into Plane's Fuel Dump; Substance Was Found over Street
Byline: Andy Hughes AN investigation has been launched after residents complained an airplane dumped fuel on their Northumberland street. A sticky substance, believed to be kerosene, fell from the sky and covered the drives and gardens of three...
Investors Must Now Think Small
Byline: STEPHEN HALL SMALL companies, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses can find it particularly difficult to attract equity finance. Often investors prefer to invest larger sums in big companies versus the relatively small levels of investments...
Jo Suffered a 'Slow and Painful Death' Victim Fought with Attacker, Trial Is Told
Byline: Tom Morgan; Rod Minchin JOANNA Yeates fought a desperate battle for life as she suffered 43 injuries at the hands of her neighbour, a court heard. Miss Yeates, 25, was said to have suffered a slow and painful death as she was strangled...
Keeping on Moving Forward; Keeping Growth Going Is a Challenge for Even the Best-Run Businesses. MARTIN HULLS, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Ward Hadaway, Looks at How to Keep Up the Forward Momentum
Byline: MARTIN HULLS SUCCESSFULLY growing your business is no mean feat. The array of obstacles in the path of growth is pretty daunting even at the best of times. No one would argue that the past few years have been rather far from benign so...
Law Team Win Volleyball Challenge on Quayside
LAWYERS cut an unusual figure on Newcastle's Quayside when they showed they are more than finely-honed intellects. A six-strong team from Ward Hadaway's employment unit showed that they are a dab hand at beach volleyball when they became the first...
Manufacturing a Better Future; Mark Whitehead,partner in Thecommerc Ialdepartment at WardHadaway, Looks athowtheNorth East''s Strengths in Manufacturing, Energy, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Are Helping the Region Look to the Future
WHILST it may be difficult to remain positive during times of global currency crises, the manufacturing sector of the North East economy is currently demonstrating all the signs of an optimistic future. The industrial client base within the region...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4895 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5359 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.2566 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.0937 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.53 ...........dollars...
Metro Tops Driving to Work, It's Official; Race between Commuters to Find Fast Route
Byline: Michael Brown COMMUTERS pitted public transport against the car in a Top Gear-inspired race across Tyneside. The rush hour dash saw staff from Metro operator DB Regio trying to prove they could make it into Newcastle city centre by train...
Midsummer Sun Can Shine for Cecil
Byline: Saraband SIR Henry Cecil has a big weekend in prospect with Frankel, Twice Over and Midday all gunning for glory at Ascot, and Midsummer Sun can keep the Warren Place yard ticking over at Nottingham. The three-year-old is a halfbrother...
Milk Price Increase in North Falls Short of Scots Neighbours
Byline: Karen Dent NORTHERN dairy farmers have had a better year but are being paid less than those over the Border and continue to face challenging conditions. The average milk price increased by 1.15p per litre (ppl) in the 12 months to March,...
Much to Celebrate as Awards Highlight North East Successes
THE nebusiness awards provide a magnificent showcase for the ground-breaking work being pioneered by companies across the region. As champions for regional business, I am delighted that the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) is working with The...
NBSL Funding Helps 4thaspect to Grow; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
FUNDING and support has helped an e-business attract investment and create eight jobs with a new software product due for release next month. 4thAspect is based at the e.volve business centre in Rainton Bridge and is run by husband and wife Dave...
NECC Names Nissan as a Global Ambassador
THE North East Chamber of Commerce has formally recognised the contribution of one of the region's leading exporters by announcing it as an ambassador to its new international trade programme. NECC has announced Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK as...
New Axa Contact Centre Will Create 450 Jobs
Byline: Stephen Cape AROUND 450 jobs will be created by insurance giant Axa as it opens new offices in the centre of Middlesbrough. The company is next week taking over most of the 40,000 square ft development to house a new contact centre. The...
Newcastle Entrepreneurs Go Green & Black; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
FOR one day only Newcastle is changing its colours to Green & Black as co-founder of the organic chocolate company comes to Tyneside to encourage local people to start their own businesses. Jo Fairley co-founded Green & Black's with her...
New Man at Team's Helm after Expansion
COMMERCIAL property advisers GVA has appointed Gordon Metcalfe to the position of team leader at its expanding planning unit in Newcastle. The firm, which recently moved who recently moved to new premises in Central Square, Newcastle, picked Metcalfe...
New Solicitors Welcomed into Law Firm
SIX newly qualified solicitors have been welcomed into the ranks at law firm Ward Hadaway. Tom Miller, Neil Williamson, Steven Roper, Jennifer Morris, Jenny Wilson and Louise Strachan have all been taken on at the Newcastle-based firm after successfully...
Non-League Round-Up
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT DUNSTON UTS conceded the last unbeaten record in the STL Northern League when West Auckland Town won last night's crucial First Division game 3-1 at the UTS Stadium. After inflicting a first defeat on leaders Sunderland...
North Workers 'Stay Put'
PEOPLE in the North East appear to be the most likely in the UK to stay in their current jobs, with just 28% saying they would be likely to move on if they were offered a more attractive role, according to new research. But the report from recruitment...
November Fish Haul Limit Is Increased
DURING November, permits at Derwent, Grassholme, Scaling and Fontburn will cost pounds 16 with the catch limit increased to 10 per permit. A family permit with a 15-fish limit will cost pounds 23. Opening times are 9am to 3pm. Extra stocking...
Now Is the Time to Sublet for Christmas
Byline: NICOLA TIFFEN property values for landlords but are extremely unpopular with tenants, who have criticised it for limiting their ability to respond to changing circumstances and market conditions. If a tenant decides to leave the premises...
Objections Expected to Wind Farm Plans; Formal Bid Lodged to Build on Site Used to Bury Slaughtered Animals
Byline: Dave Black AGREEN energy company has lodged a formal bid to build giant wind turbines in an area previously dug up by opencast mining and used as a burial site for slaughtered farm animals. Infinis has applied to Northumberland County...
OFT Clampdown on the Way; ANDREW FINFER, Partner and Head of Competition at Ward Hadaway, Looks at Why Keeping the Right Side of Competition Rules Isn''t Just Something That the Biggest Companies Need to Take Care Of
Byline: ANDREW FINFER HOW often do you hear of a company being fined for infringing competition law - weekly? Monthly? Quarterly? Annually? The last fine that may have come to your attention was the pounds 10m imposed on Tesco in August for fixing...
Opera Star's New Role at University; Writer Bryson's Chancellor Title Goes to Baritone
Byline: Neil McKay OPERA star Sir Thomas Allen will replace author Bill Bryson as Chancellor of Durham University in January, it was announced last night. Sir Thomas, 67, who was born in Seaham Harbour, County Durham, will officially become the...
Pacifica Group Wins Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 for 2011
PACIFICA Group dialled up a double success at the 2011 Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards. The group - well known for its nationwide 0800 Repair domestic appliance repair service - won the awards for fastest growing North East company for 2011 and the...
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THE Gladedale Group has appointed WARREN THOMPSON as managing director of its Bett Homes business in the North East. Thompson has been with the group for five and a half years starting as managing director of Gladedale Homes (Yorkshire) Ltd., based...
Portrayal Worthy of a Troubled Superstar
Byline: David Whetstone End of the Rainbow at Newcastle Theatre Royal, until Saturday TRACIE Bennett's high octane portrayal of Judy Garland in the dog days of her career - a point to which we will return - may make you wonder: what is she on? Adrenaline,...
Positive Outlook as We Build Our New Economy
Byline: Paul Woolston IT is so important in this current climate to celebrate business success. Our region is full of thriving companies, inspiring entrepreneurs and growing industries. I work closely with businesses across the region and despite...
Pounds 10m Deal in Doubt as Chief Quits Firm
Byline: Karen Dent THE director, co-founder and chief executive of North East building services group Northern Bear has quit the business. The Chester-le-Street business, which owns 10 firms in the region, announced yesterday that Graham Forrest...
Pounds 140m Pot of Cash to Boost Manufacturing Money; Will Be Used to Turn Ideas into Reality
Byline: William Green THE North East will share in a pounds 140m pot of funding to boost hi-tech manufacturing, the Government announced yesterday. Part of the cash will go to the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), based at NETPark in Sedgefield...
Private Investors the Only Winners If New Health Bill Is Passed; Columnist
Byline: David Byrne THERE are lots of good reasons for wanting to live in the Tweed Valley but if you move there make sure you are on the north side of the river and beyond Berwick bounds. Why? Because if the Health and Social Care Bill currently...
Reasons to Look Forward with Confidence
Byline: Alastair MacColl THE race to be in the Fastest 50 this year was formidably competitive. The number of businesses that could have made the cut confirms just how many success stories we have to tell in the North East. Encouragingly they represent...
Reforms to NHS Will Hurt Region; Doctors Hit out at Bill
Byline: Helen Rae LEADING doctors have claimed that the controversial plans to overhaul the NHS in England will increase health inequalities in the North East. A bid to block the Government's proposed health reforms was launched in the House...
Region Is Top Spot to Drive Small Business; North East Entrepreneurs Lead the Way
Byline: Katie Davies NORTH East small businesses have been ranked top of the table when it comes to driving the economy forward thanks to their "strong entrepreneurial spirit". A new index drawn up by Barclays Bank on which regions benefited...
Region's First Free Schools Get Go-Ahead; Cramlington and Wearside Get Green Light
Byline: Nicola Weatherall PLANS to create two new free schools in the North East have been given the green light by education secretary Michael Gove. The schools - one in Cramlington, Northumberland, and one in Sunderland - are the first free...
Residents Fear Second Turbine on the Horizon
RESIDENTS in a rural part of Northumberland are facing a second wind farm fight. People living at a series of hamlets south west of Morpeth already fear a turbine bid is on the horizon for a site near Molesden, following the approval of plans for...
Resignation Sparks New Scottish Office Opening
A GROWING digital media group has killed two birds with one stone by opening an office North of the Border. Newcastle-based Carrot Media has been considering setting up a satellite office for some time, but decided to act when employee Tom Harnasz...
Retailers Cut Cost to Consumers
SOME of the UK's biggest grocers have lost market share to cheaper rivals in the last three months as household incomes came under pressure. Tesco and Asda, Britain's number one and two grocers, lost market share in the 12 weeks to October 2, while...
Row over New Stroke Unit Is to Be Resolved; Decision Expected to Be Taken Following Long Dispute
Byline: Neil McKay DECISION day is looming on the whereabouts for a new hospital acute unit to treat stroke victims for the whole of County Durham. The issue of whether a single stroke unit for the county should be at The University Hospital...
Scaling Heights for a Very Special Lady; Gibside's Liberty Statue Receives Rare Visitors
Byline: Tony Henderson VISITORS are few and far between when you are perched 146ft above the ground. So it was a special day yesterday for the four-metre high lady at the top of a column at the National Trust's Gibside estate. Representing Liberty,...
Scottish Dreams over but Spanish Tested; Spain Turn on the Style as Levein's Scots Go Out
Spain 3 Scotland 1 SCOTLAND'S Euro 2012 hopes ended in Alicante last night as they were outclassed by all-conquering Spain at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez. Craig Levein's side needed an unlikely win over the reigning world and European champions...
Search Is on for the Best in Business
THE SEARCH starts today for the companies in the North East that can show they are truly the best in business. The region's biggest and most prestigious business competition highlights and rewards the success of our most outstanding firms over the...
Small Law Firm in National Awards
A SMALL North East law firm has been shortlisted alongside big national law firms in national industry awards. Emmersons Solicitors, which has offices in Gosforth in Newcastle and Sunderland, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Law Society...
Stadium's Future in Doubt as Deal Fails; West Ham Still Expected to Play at Ground
Byline: Michael Black THE long-term future of the Olympic Stadium remained unclear last night after it was confirmed that the deal with West Ham United and Newham Council had collapsed. Sports minister Hugh Robertson said it was better to stop...
Staff Rewards Firm Lands Pounds 100k Boost
Byline: Iain Laing AFORMER human resources executive who launched a business which helps bosses reward their staff has won pounds 100,000 investment. Marty O'Doherty, who was this year named The Journal's "If we can, you can" Ambassador for entrepreneurship...
Supermarket Announces Pounds 1bn Investment Plan
Byline: Iain Laing SAINSBURY'S is aiming to create 50,000 jobs by 2020, double the amount of British food it sells and massively increase fairly traded products under a new pounds 1bn sustainability plan. The firm, which has 21 million customers...
Taylor Completes Quakers Comeback
Stockport County.................................. 3 Darlington ............................................ 4 GREG Taylor's winner completed a remarkable transformation for Darlington with a 4-3 win at Edgeley Park. Quakers manager Mark Cooper...
Ten Tips to Help You through the Early Years; What Should Entrepreneurs Looking to Follow in the Footsteps of the Fastest 50 Do? Ward Hadaway Commercial Law Partner DAMIEN CHARLTON Has Some Tips on the Legal Aspects of Early Business Life
IN MANY ways, businesses such as those found in this year''s Fastest 50 offer a template for success for early stage enterprises and entrepreneurs. But what should fledgling enterprises starting out on this path look to do? At Ward Hadaway, we have...
The Fastest 50 Analysed
Byline: Colin Hewitt LAST month, a rather too candid City trader had opprobrium heaped on his head for admitting he was "praying for a recession" and claiming that "anyone can make money" in such a situation. The interview rightly caused indignation...
The Fastest 50 Hall of Fame
2010 Overall winner and fastest growing large business: Wilton Engineering Services Ltd, Middlesbrough Fastest growing small business: ICS Integrated Cable Services Ltd, Billingham Fastest growing medium business: UK Independent Medical Ltd, Durham...
The Hunt Is over for New Board Chairman
Byline: Iain Laing NATIONAL construction consultants and chartered quantity surveyors, Rider Hunt has announced Newcastle office partner Andrew Dawson as the new chairman of its board of directors. Rider Hunt, which has operations throughout...
The Nuclear Option; as the Government Gives the Nod to a Nuclear Future for Britain, MICHAEL BROWN Examines the Arguments for and against the Decision
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN AS explosions tore through Japan's Fukushima power plant in the wake of March's devastating earthquake and tsunami some predicted an end for nuclear energy. Critics pointed to the dangers of radiation and the 20km exclusion...
There May Be Light at End of the Tunnel
Byline: ANDREW MILLER BANK recapitalisation was back on the euro area agenda again this week, with EU politicians finally seeming to concede that fiddling around the margin with Greece won't be enough to sate the markets. Hints from various EU...
Throwing the Spotlight on the Region
Byline: James Ramsbotham AS the region's largest business membership organisation, the North East Chamber of Commerce, NECC naturally welcomes the spotlight being shone on the successful Fastest 50 businesses. But, the accelerated growth of companies...
Time to Stand Up and Be Counted
I'M delighted to formally launch the nebusiness awards for 2012. As we all know, the economic environment nationally and globally continues to challenge every single business in the region. Events in recent weeks across Europe in particular have,...
Uncertain Times Call for a Certain Focus
Byline: Jamie Martin IF HE were alive today, not even Nostradamus would be brave enough to predict what lies ahead for the region and the global economy over the next 12 months. Just as the first tentative signs emerged that we are coming out...
University Challenge to Help Firms Grow
Byline: Paul Braidford Paul Braidford, St Chad''s College and Professor Ian Stone, Durham Business School THE PAST few years have been undeniably difficult for business, and the outlook for the immediate future remains highly uncertain - not just...
Wales on a High as Bale Hits Bulgaria
Bulgaria 0 Wales 1 WALES ended their Euro 2012 campaign on a high as Gareth Bale's goal gave them their first back-toback victories in competitive fixtures for six years in front of a sparse crowd in Sofia. The Tottenham winger struck the decisive...
We Need to Unite against Planning Bid; Views of the North
IN February, the British public woke up to the reality that was the attempt to place ownership of the forests into the hands of a privileged and largely unaccountable few. Through unity and protest, the Government was obliged to back down. Well...
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Think Long Term; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
"TOUGH times call for ingenuity and I believe that's exactly what the businesses in this year's Fastest 50 are demonstrating," remarks Andrew Coles (pictured), FW Capital's fund manager in the North East. "Of course, many established businesses...
Win a Share of Pounds 1,000 to Spend at Planet!
The Newcastle Journal has teamed up with ladieswear brand Planet to offer readers the chance to win a share of pounds 1,000 to spend in store. Winter is fast approaching, and 'tis the season to be glamorous so look no further than Planet for on-trend...
Working on Finding the Happy Medium
THERE can be no question that the current economic climate has provided a variety of challenges for the region's business community. However, the Fastest 50 list showcases businesses that have successfully bucked the trend and expanded their operations...
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