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 December 4, 2013

Airport Handed PS2.5m Legal Bill for Bonus Row
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional affairs correspondent Adrian.Pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE Airport was handed a legal bill of around PS2.5m - to recover just PS2 worth of damages. The airport, which has legal insurance to cover its costs,...
Apprenticeships Are the Ideal Solution to Address Skills Challenges
Byline: Steve Grant, Managing Director of The TTE Technical Training Group The Journal launched it's Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign in September to shine the spotlight on apprenticeships and how they help employers grow their own talent...
A River Still Runs through It. but 'It' Has Seen Some Changes; Heritage
Byline: TONY HENDERSON WITHIN living memory, the Tyne riverside was packed cheek by jowl with industry of every description. Shipyards, factories and work sites crowded the banks and hinterland to a backdrop of noise of everything from the clatter...
Asbestos Families Were Failed by Brown U-Turn
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional affairs correspondent Adrian.Pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk THOUSANDS of families suffering from the region's asbestos legacy could have received justice if the last Labour Government had stood up to insurance firms, one...
Aussie Rockers Promise Fans a Crazy Night out; Don't Be Surprised to See a Shirtless, Guitarwielding Australian Hurtling through Tyneside Tonight. SIMON RUSHWORTH Reveals All
TAKING their lead from the great rock and roll party bands of the 70s and 80s, Australians Airbourne already have a decade of hard living and heavy gigging under their belts. Self-confessed aficionados of fellow countrymen AC/DC and modelling their...
Automotive Sector Growth
THE news that Nissan will invest PS250m in its Sunderland factory following planning permission for an extension from Sunderland City Council underlines the ambitions of the city to be a European hub for the automotive sector. Nissan's expansion...
Black ANDWHITE Sale Proves Its Worth to Holstein Breeders
THE legendary Black and White Sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week once again asserted its importance in the world of top Holstein breeding. The result was a 90% sell-out to average nearly PS4,000, with a top of 10,200gns and 12 heifers over...
Businesses 'Missing out on Tax Relief' ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
BUSINESSES across the UK are missing out on incredible amounts of tax relief in unclaimed Capital Allowances, says Richard Hall, managing director of Capital Allowances Consultants Ltd. "Many people will never contact a Capital Allowances expert,"...
By George, It's Miriam; Actress Miriam Margolyes Will Be the Region Next Week. She Shares with DAVID WHETSTONE Her Views on Charles Dickens, Harry Potter and Ashes Cricket
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE CONSPICUOUS among the candles, cribs and carol services as churches prepare for Christmas is An Evening with Miriam Margolyes. You have to hand it to St George's, Jesmond, for this unconventional advent attraction, the...
Car Club Wins UK Social Enterprise Award
A NORTH East car club has been named a winner in a UK social enterprise competition. The national contest, now in its 15th year, recognises the work and achievements of Britain's most inspiring and successful social enterprises. There are 70,000...
Cathedral's Woodland Setting Set for Facelift
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk WORK has started to improve the woodlands and riverbank area around Durham Cathedral so that the famous setting of the landmark building can be ensured into the future. In...
Centenarian Marks Big Day as Guest of Honour at Town Hall
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@trinitymirror.com CENTENARIAN Phyllis Atkinson has marked her 100th birthday by chalking off another ambition. Mrs Atkinson received a birthday visit at her home in Hebburn by the Mayor of...
Colourful, Charming and Feelgood - Just as Panto Should Be
Byline: Barbara Hodgson Robin Hood & The Babes in the Wood at Gala Theatre, Durham, until January 4 TWO traditional children's stories combine in true panto style in this sparky festive treat from the regular team. A Gala pantomime without...
Confidence for the New Year; CONFIDENCE
Byline: KAREN OVERBURY karen.overbury@ncjmedia.co.uk ACROSS the main property sectors, on the back of muchimproved sentiment at the end of 2013, agency and investment teams across the North East are con-fident about further improvement during 2014....
Creative Collaboration Wrapped Up for Winter
THE Durham Creatives project, set up to help new creative businesses start up in County Durham is generating some exciting additional benefits for participants. The project is delivering workshops centred on opportunities in cultural and creative...
Decades of Failure Lead to Bank's Latest Fiasco
Byline: John-Paul Ford Rojas ROYAL Bank of Scotland boss Ross McEwan yesterday admitted that it had failed to invest properly in systems for decades as he apologised for an embarrassing IT failure on the busiest online shopping day of the year....
December's the Time to Answer Magpies' Doubts; THE PREVIEW: Swansea City V Newcastle United Tonight, 7.45pm. Live on BT Sport Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas Ponders What It Will Take for Newcastle United Fans to Start Believing in This Team
SO, when will Newcastle United supporters start believing in this team? If that sounds provocative, it is not meant that way. But even though United have banked four straight wins, sit just four points off second and have rediscovered the identity...
Don't Let Overage Catch You out; Richard Freeman-Wallace, a Partner in Hay & Kilner's Commercial Property Department, Advises on the Complex Area of Overage Issues
OVERAGE can be a future blessing, but because of its increasing complexity it can also cause problems for buyers and sellers of property. Overage - also called claw back - is a sum of money over and above the original sale price that a seller of...
Emerging New Hub for City's Students; Increasing Student Numbers and Healthy Returns for Investors Are Leading to an Unprecedented Spate of Student Flat Developments on Tyneside, Reports PETER MCCUSKER
THE sight of students shuffling off to the shops in their shorts and flip-flops in mid-winter may bring a smile to the face of many a Jesmond shopper - but for how much longer? In Ouseburn, one of Newcastle's emerging quarters, the skyline is rapidly...
Energy Lawyers Act on PS218mTelecom Deal; ENERGY
Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk ENERGY lawyers at Bond Dickinson advised RWE npower on the sale of two of its supply units to a rival firm for PS218m, in a bid to improve energy margins and offer more competitive tariffs. The...
Energy Survey Reveals Dominance of Oil and Gas
NOF Energy, the business development organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors, has published its annual survey, which reveals oil and gas will remain the core focus for its members in 2014. The annual survey charts the...
England Unseeded for World Cup Finals Draw
Byline: Martyn Ziegler ENGLAND will be among an unseeded pot of European countries for Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, organisers have confirmed. Fifa has announced the procedure of the draw and, as expected, the eight...
Family Affair in Store for Tatenen
OWNER Andy Stewart is hoping to run Tatenen in the December Gold Cup, a race his family are sponsoring for the third successive year, at Cheltenham on Saturday week. The PS100,000 handicap will be run this year as the Stewart Family Thank You Gold...
Final Chance to Be among the Cream of North East Business; BIC
Byline: John Anderson CBE BUSINESSES in the region have just over a week to go to submit their entries for the chance to be a part of the North East's most prestigious awards events, which recognises the cream of business excellence, innovation...
'Firms Are Unaware of the Dangers That Could Cost Them Dearly' with Cybercrime Becoming a Growing Threat to UK Businesses, Expert STEVE NELSON, of Calibre Secured Networks Ltd, Warns That Firms in the North East Must Take Action Now to Stop Themselves from Becoming Victims
NOW is the time for North East businesses to start putting plans in place to protect their IT systems and procedures from cybercrime, an expert from the region has warned. Attacks on corporate websites, email accounts, e-commerce sites and IT infrastructures...
First Schools Trust of Its Size in the North
Byline: Kate Proctor Reporter kate.proctor@trinitymirror.com THE very first schools trust which brings together more than 2500 primary pupils in the North East has launched in Newcastle. Teachers and governors involved in the Newcastle North...
Getting That Winning Feeling All over Again
Byline: JAMES RAMSBOTHAM HAVE you ever had that feeling of deja vu? Like the things that are happening have happened before? I had that exact same feeling at this year's British Chambers of Commerce Awards, but instead of some imagined reality,...
Helicopter Victims Are Released to Families
Byline: Annabel Walton Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk THE bodies of the nine people who died when a police helicopter crashed into a pub are being released to their families. First Minister Alex Salmond con-firmed the development to MSPs...
Housebuilding Figures Are Up; HOUSING
Byline: JO BLAKEMORE jo.blakemore@ncjmedia.co.uk HOUSEBUILDING grew at its fastest pace for a decade in November amid surging demand from a property market buoyed by Government initiatives. Figures from the closely watched Markit/CIPS purchasing...
Housing Plan Set for Green Light
Byline: Brian Daniel North Northumberland reporter Brian.daniel@trinitymirror.com THE Duke of Northumberland's business venture's bid to build homes in a county village looks set to be given the green light, despite objections. Northumberland...
'If You Want to See Good News, Travel North-East'
THIS was the headline used in the Sunday Telegraph by journalist Liam Halligan after speaking at Square One Law's recent business dinner. Forty business leaders from across the region heard insightful predictions about the UK and world economies...
'Industry Sectors Are Missing a Strong Pool of Experienced Workers'
Byline: James Gill, Director of First Class Technical Recruitment WHILE much of the skills agenda has been focused on resolving youth unemployment, this is part of a long-term strategy and a greater emphasis has to be placed on the short and mediumterm...
Innovation Crucial as Design Industry Continues to Develop; the World of Packaging and Shopper Marketing Has Gone through Numerous Changes, from the Incredible Growth of Digital to the Knock-On Effects of the Recession on the High Street. MD of Newcastle's Decide Told ROBERT GIBSON How His Company Is Staying Ahead of the Game
IT'S easy to miss its sleek but subtle offices in South Gosforth, Newcastle, but chances are, if you've ever been shopping, you've been influenced by Decide. The creative consultancy, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, has worked with...
Innovative Business Model Drives Growth and Prosperity; SQUARE ONE LAW Square One Law Talks to Brian Palmer about the Challenges of Growing Tharsus
THE Blyth-based Tharsus Group has certainly come a long way in the last 16 years with Brian Palmer at the helm. It started life as a conventional "metal bashing" company, then diversified into various market sectors, acquiring businesses along the...
Investing in Enterprise and Jobs for Lynemouth; Isos
AFAST-GROWING enterprise centre in the village of Lynemouth, Northumberland, has won crucial new funding from Isos Housing. The Lynemouth Community Trust, which hosts a number of social enterprises under the name JUICE (Joined Up Investment for...
Karanka Looking Forward to Meeting McClaren
Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer james.hunter@ncjmedia.co.uk AITOR Karanka will go headto-head with Steve McClaren tonight - eight years after the pair came within a whisker of working together on Teesside. McClaren was Middlesbrough boss at...
Keep Up to Date with Chamber's First App
THE NECC has launched its first app with the support of one of its members. Web design agency Koodoo Creative has launched Mobile Rock.it to cater for growing demand among businesses for apps amid increased levels of mobile web usage. NECC is using...
Keith Hann Columnist
Byline: KEITH HANN IT does not seem to be the start of April, so I guess Amazon must be serious when they claim to be exploring the possibility of having their products delivered by unmanned drones. This creates the attractive possibility of having...
Making Proper Allowance for Change
Byline: ANTHONY ANDREASEN AS Christmas approaches, thoughts as ever begin to turn towards what changes the New Year will bring - and there's one particular change that should already be high on the agenda for anyone involved in commercial property...
Market Towns Are in Limbo; Tony Wordsworth Looks at the Future of Offices in Market Towns in the Region
NORTHUMBERLAND is a typical rural county with an extensive rural hinterland served by the "market towns" including Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth and Hexham as major service, commercial and retail centres. The county and former district councils have...
McKenzie Believes the Falcons Will Come Good
Byline: Mark Smith Rugby writer mark.smith04@trinitymirror.com SCOTTISH lock Fraser McKenzie believes the components of Newcastle Falcons' game will only fall into place once they have got the top two inches sorted out. Hosting Italian visitors...
Medical Company Moves and Doubles Its Workforce
RICHARD Freeman-Wallace, property partner at Newcastle law firm Hay & Kilner, has helped the UK operation of a German medical devices company move into larger North East premises, leading to a doubling of its regional workforce. Having enjoyed...
Mining a Rich Seam for Next AV Festival
GUIDED tours are taking place today and tomorrow of the Science Central development site in Newcastle, where the last coal extraction is taking place. Seams of coal were discovered during the preparation of this major site near St James' Park -...
Mourinho Still Facing a Six-Way Title Battle
CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho believes his side are still in a six-horse race for the Barclays Premier League title, even if rivals Manchester United and Tottenham have suffered stuttering starts to their campaigns. The Blues currently sit second...
Nico Signs for Return to Force India Team; MOTOR RACING
NICO Hulkenberg has agreed a multi-year deal to return to Force India next season. The 26-year-old German returns to Force India after a year at Sauber, where he finished 10th in the drivers' standings. "I am happy to come back to Sahara Force...
North East Creativity Is Leading the Way; NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
NEWCASTLE University graduates and students are helping a North East company create the next generation of interactive games, which will take pride of place in a multi-million pound Middle East development. Other North East businesses can tap into...
North East Firms Join PM on China Trade Visit; TRADE MISSIONS
Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk TWO North East firms have joined the Prime Minister's high-profile trade mission to China to forge new alliances. Ross Linnett of Gateshead web accessibility firm Recite Me Ltd has returned to...
North East Is Hit by a Cuts Double Whammy
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Editor jon,walker@trinitymirror.com INNER city councils are being hit by funding cuts twice - as the Government first of all cuts their grant and then siphons off more cash to pay for schemes such as house-building,...
North East LEP Assesses Impact of First Two Years; NORTH EAST LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP
THOUSANDS of jobs and hundreds of millions of pounds of investment have been brought to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area through its success in attracting funding and national initiatives to underpin sustainable regional economic...
Northgate Enjoys Six Months of Expansion; VEHICLE HIRE
ADETERMINED new strategy focus has paid off for Northgate plc, the UK and Spain's leading specialist in light commercial vehicle hire. Interim results for six months ended October 31, 2013, show the Darlington-headquartered company boosted profit...
North Sea Operators Rise to Challenges Facing the Industry; despite Record Levels of Investment, the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry Is Facing Some Major Challenges. PETER MCCUSKER Reports on Efforts to Secure Its Long-Term Future
BY the end of the year over PS13bn will have been spent developing new infrastructure to recover the North Sea's remaining oil and gas reserves creating thousands of new jobs in Aberdeen and North East England. The OGN group on Newcastle has created...
No Tenant Doesn't Mean No H&S; MATTHEW BISSETT
A VACANT estate is a significant risk to any business and a real distraction from managing the core trading estate. A lack of a tenant or use for the building doesn't mean there is a lack of legislation that still governs the management of a vacant...
Office Take-Up 'Is Best for Five Years'
THE year 2013 is set to be the best year since 2008 for Newcastle city centre grade A office take-up, with in excess of 130,000 sq ft let, according to research property adviser by BNP Paribas Real . Improved sentiment in the Newcastle office market...
Opencast Developer to Alter Planning Bid
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter Brian.daniel@trinitymirror.com APLANNING application for an opencast developer's bid to alter the boundary of its approved scheme in Northumberland was withdrawn last night. HM Projects Development...
Optimism Returns to Market
ASTEADY improvement in market conditions throughout 2013 has enabled the North East's leading independent property consultancy to undergo significant growth. Naylors Chartered Surveyors have reported a particularly strong year for their Property...
Pardew Feared Sack as Season Stuttered
Byline: Mark Douglas Chief Sports Writer mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk ALAN Pardew has admitted he feared for his job in April - as he mounts a case for managerial longevity. The Newcastle boss (pictured right) takes his team to Swansea tonight...
Parents Hold the Key to Economic Success; His Return to the Seat of Power Sees Lord Wrigglesworth Once Again Fighting for the North East. but, as ADRIAN PEARSON Finds out, the Liberal Democrat Thinks Real Economic Change Will Only Come from within the Region
LORD Wrigglesworth has something of a North East focused CV. Formerly Sir Ian, he has also, in various former roles, been the chair of the Port of Tyne, the head of UK Land Estates, a chairman of the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, a chairman at the...
Pellegrini Can't Hide Kompany Delight
MANCHESTER City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists he has faith in all his defenders - but cannot deny the imminent return of Vincent Kompany is significant. Kompany, the influential captain and centre-back, is poised to return to action after 10 games...
Pottering about with Poetry Pottering about with Poetry; BIG BIG SCREEN SCREEN He May Have Hung Up His Wizard's Cloak, but When It Comes to Landing Roles, Daniel Roles, Daniel Radcliffe Still Has the Magic Touch. the Young Star the Young Star Tells Sophie Herdman about Stripping Down, Bulking Up and Proving the Critics Wrong
THERE'S little that we don't know about Daniel Radcliffe. We know about his love life, his childhood, his vices (he smokes but doesn't drink) - we even know, thanks to a controversial nude performance in Equus... well, you get the picture So it's surprising...
Poyet Says Sunderland Must Have Blues Belief to Succeed; THE PREVIEW: Sunderland V Chelsea Tonight, 7.45pm
FOURTEEN years ago today, Gus Poyet scored at the Stadium of Light, for Chelsea, writes STEVE BROWN. Unfortunately for him then but perhaps fortunately now, Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips were at the height of their combined powers and, with a brace...
Priority to Be Given to Projects That Deliver
ACLEAR path for Britain's infrastructure priorities should be spelled out by Chancellor George Osborne. RICS said priority should be given to projects that can deliver the greatest economic benefit, rather than providing immediate funding to those...
Rachel's Got a Cure for All Our Growing Pains; SMALL SMALL SCREEN SCREEN
WHEN Rachel De Thame's family need to find her, they never have to look very far. They simply take a step into the garden and there she'll be, pottering about. WHEN Rachel De Thame's family need to find her, they never have to look very far. They...
Reflecting on a Year of Change; Fergus Laird of Naylors Chartered Surveyors Reflects on a Year of Change in the North East Investment Market
THIS has been a year of substantial change in the commercial property investment market in the North East. The year started in a subdued manner with interest in commercial property as investments, particularly by the funds, at a low. London and...
Region 'Must Focus on Connectivity' Kevan Carrick Calls for a New Focus for the North East
THE Independent Economic Review (IER) published by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) advocates the need for the improvement in accessibility to, within and from the region to help improve our attractiveness and competitiveness. ...
Serving the Community of Tyneside and Northumberland; TEES VALLEY HOUSING
LANDLORD and developer Tees Valley Housing is at the heart of some important new developments in Tyneside and Northumberland. In the first project, 1,800 sustainable and eco-friendly homes will be built over the next 15 years, going a long way to...
Shamed Injury Lawyer Could Be Jailed over Bogus Expenses
Byline: Joanne Butcher Reporter joanne.butcher@trinitymirror.com APERSONAL injury lawyer who attacked her own parents has been back in court for fleecing the Law Society out of more than PS22,000 in bogus travel expenses. Frances Brough, 40,...
Significance of Inward Investment into Our Region; EVERSHEDS
INWARD Investment remains a key element of the success of the North East economy. On November 22, 2013, Eversheds North East Regional Board, chaired by Richard Eglington, met to discuss the significance of inward investment to the region and the opportunities...
South Tyneside's Renewal Is Gathering Pace; SOUTH TYNESIDE COUNCIL
MULTI?MILLION pound plans for regeneration in South Tyneside are gathering pace, as a series of major renewal projects reach completion - and there is much more to come. The borough's latest regeneration success is Haven Point, a PS16m seafront...
Star in Flight Set to Steal Show in Catterick Chase
Byline: Saraband STAR In Flight looked pretty ring-rusty on his first start in 11 months but an improved effort is expected in the racinguk.com Beginners' Chase at Catterick. The six-year-old was a winner over hurdles at Sedgefield last November...
Suckler Herds Can Save Up to PS100 per Cow; EXPENDITURE
Byline: JO BLAKEMORE jo.blakemore@ncjmedia.co.uk FOCUSING on reducing unnecessary fixed costs could save some Less Favoured Area (LFA) and lowland suckler herds PS100 per cow, according to Eblex's first Stocktake Report. The detailed benchmarking...
Sunderland-Based Companies Are Manufacturing Success
SOME of the most advanced manufacturing techniques are creating world-class products at Sunderland-based companies. Rolls-Royce, for example, is now producing aero engine parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Airbus A380 and the Eurofighter Typhoon...
Superfast Fibre Broadband Comes to Northumberland; ARCH GROUP
ARCH Digital want to make Northumberland a place that attracts new business, helps enterprise flourish and gives everyone the opportunity to make the most of the latest technology. We all know the benefits of the internet, it provides access to a world...
The Awards
The sponsors The awards are sponsored by a whole host of companies and organisations. The sheer quality and the blue-chip nature of the sponsors adds to the prestige and gravitas of the awards. The judging Each award has a separate judging panel...
The Journal North Index
VARIATION HIGH DATE LOW DATE STOCK ............................... SECTOR PRICE DAY 5Dy P/E Y''LD 1207 0511 96512 2204 Amec....................OilEquipment&Services 1097 xd -22 -73 15.98 3.40 35514 0608 195 0512 Barratt ................................
Time to Honour Not-for-Profit Firms That Aim to Help Others; AWARDS
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk WHILE few would doubt the importance of profits in growing a successful business, not-forprofit organisations also play a crucial role in the region. That's why the Journal and its sister paper,...
Tim's Back in Business Right on Cue for England
Byline: David Clough TIM Bresnan is ready to return bang on schedule as England bid to bounce back in the Ashes at Adelaide. Bresnan's timetable for recovery from a stress fracture of the lower back always contained a best-case scenario of him...
Use Them or You'll Lose Them! This Weekend Is Small Business Saturday, When Consumers Are Being Urged to Celebrate and Support the Nation's Independent Traders. Jane Hall Reports
Byline: Jane Hall EVEN the smallest hamlet once boasted a thriving high street. From the butcher to the baker, hardware store to haberdasher, general dealer to green grocer, communities were well provided for. There was no need to drive for miles...
Vianet Sales Drop PS2m amid Pub Consultation; DATA
Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk DATA monitoring company Vianet said it is pleased with its half-yearly results, despite seeing a PS2.18m fall in sales it attributes to the uncertainty over the Government's proposed statutory code...
Warning That Raoul Moat Would Kill, Inquest Hears
Byline: Sarah Scott Reporter sarah.scott@ncjmedia.co.uk PRISON officers were warned Raoul Moat would kill someone when he was released from prison, an inquest heard. More than three years after Moat went on a shooting rampage - killing love rival...
We Can't Compete - and Maybe We Shouldn't Try To
Byline: Kate Proctor Reporter kate.proctor@trinitymirror.com BRITISH pupils will never be able to compete educationally with China or former Soviet countries and a battle to top international league tables is a fruitless task. This stark message...
Welcome
WELCOME to the final edition of our 2020 Vision supplement for 2013. Over the year we have brought a diverse range of features focusing on the North East economy and, more specifically, its future. The Journal has also earned a reputation for...
Workable Solutions Needed
COMMERCIAL property agents GVA say the relentless criticism of business rates and the Government's handling of the revaluation postponement are proving increasingly unhelpful. Instead, it is urging Government, and its property peers, to suggest...
Year of More Change Ahead; Kevan Carrick Looks a Look at Likely Changes for the Region in 2014
THE close of 2013 has seen the introduction of several proposals that will, if approved, have a dramatic beneficial impact on the economy of the north east and therefore that of the property sector. The seven local councils in the north east of...
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