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Limited places left for final year of manufacturing support programme

Limited places left for final year of manufacturing support programme

Several companies have booked their place for the final Incubator Zone programme at this year’s EMCON event. The programme, one of five strands of the Durham Business Opportunities Programme (DBOP), is aimed at companies within County Durham that have never exhibited...

Engineering network strengthens team with sector professional

Engineering network strengthens team with sector professional

The region’s largest engineering and manufacturing network has appointed a network support manager to work with the team on its continued growth. Kaye Collins has joined the Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN) to enhance the support currently offered to...

Regional business confidence continues to rise

Regional business confidence continues to rise

Overall business confidence in the North East rose for a second month during March, climbing two points to 10 per cent according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Companies in the North East, surveyed between 1st and 15th March, ...

Sign manufacturer proves mind does matter

Sign manufacturer proves mind does matter

One of the country’s leading sign manufacturers is putting staff through training to ensure mental health support is available for any employee who needs it. Gateshead­ based Astley – which designs, manufactures and installs signs for international brands such as BP,...

New date announced for regional manufacturing expo

New date announced for regional manufacturing expo

EMCON, the region’s biggest engineering and manufacturing expo, will return in 2019 on a new date. Historically the networking exhibition has been held on the third Thursday in October, however in response to exhibitor and delegate feedback the event will be now held...

Engineering company boosted by Oktoberfest attendance

Engineering company boosted by Oktoberfest attendance

An engineering company that secured new business after attending Durham Oktoberfest has confirmed it will be exhibiting again this year. EDM Zone, based in Newcastle, was among the 200 firms which took stands at last year’s event, and after experiencing an upsurge in...

Pattinson Auction seeks to expand reach by partnering with agents

Pattinson Auction seeks to expand reach by partnering with agents

Leading auction house Pattinson Auction is actively partnering with agents across the country to access wider markets and help more people find their ideal home. There are several great benefits of being a Pattinson Auction Partner Agent, including generous auction...

Students have designed on success at summer show opening night

Students have designed on success at summer show opening night

Students from Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) in Middlesbrough will be revealing their artistic flair at the opening night of the College’s summer show next week. On display at the specialist art and design college are works from students studying a...

£55m funding pot to boost manufacturing

£55m funding pot to boost manufacturing

A £55m funding pot to boost manufacturing in the region is to be discussed at a masterclass event next week. The voice of North East manufacturing – the Advanced Manufacturing Forum – is to host the event centered around the current challenges faced by UK companies...

NUFC and SAFC legends teeing off for charity golf day

NUFC and SAFC legends teeing off for charity golf day

Two famous names from North East football are uniting to support a charity golf day. Scotland defender Bobby Moncur, the former Newcastle United captain who led the club to victory in the Fairs Cup in 1969, and Sunderland’s Dick Malone, who was part of the famous 1973...

Auction fever sweeps the nation as homes go under the hammer

Auction fever sweeps the nation as homes go under the hammer

A Leading North East auction house is continuing to partner with established traditional estate agents to keep up with demand for more and more people seeking to find their dream home under the hammer. A growing number of home owners are now choosing to sell homes...

Counselling service to mark tenth anniversary

Counselling service to mark tenth anniversary

A North East counselling service is preparing to mark its tenth anniversary, a decade during which it has helped thousands of people at difficult times in their lives. Gateshead-based North East Counselling Services (NECS) is a Community Interest Company formed in...

Charity event is S.W.A.L.K for Hexham businessman

Charity event is S.W.A.L.K for Hexham businessman

The owner of a North East company has raised more than £700 for a charity that helps young people with special needs through activities including a fire walk and a sponsored kissing event. Now, Alastair Smith, who runs Print & Mail Runner, which is based in...

Tesco success is not rocket science says North East business coach‏

Tesco success is not rocket science says North East business coach‏

As Britain’s firms struggle with low productivity and tough trading conditions, leadership and performance coach Claire Walton has issued a call for a return to simplicity and focus to turn things around. Teessider Claire, founder and Executive Director of Leaders Are...

Manufacturing apprenticeships in the spotlight

Manufacturing apprenticeships in the spotlight

A £10m Government cash pot to fund apprenticeships was discussed at a meeting of the region’s business leaders. Companies from Hartlepool, Peterlee, and across the North East attended the Advanced Manufacturing Forum’s (AMF) event on the theme of apprentices....

Lanchester mum’s journey from teacher to proprieter

Lanchester mum’s journey from teacher to proprieter

A mum-of-four whose teaching career spanned five decades has gone into semi-retirement – now running a luxury bed and breakfast with the love of her life. Pauline Gill sits on a vintage arm chair in the living room of her 18th Century home – a former post office which...

BALTIC announces new trustees

BALTIC announces new trustees

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has announced the appointment of five new trustees. Louise Wilson, Graham Thrower, Manohari Saravanamuttu, Joanna Feeley (pictured L-R) and Tina Gharavi have joined the Gateshead venue's board of trustees. Louise has an art and...

New manager appointed for Durham’s Kingslodge Inn

New manager appointed for Durham’s Kingslodge Inn

A General Manager has been appointed for Durham’s newest pub, The Kingslodge Inn by The Inn Collection group. Leanne Jeffrey, from Whitley Bay, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry both in the north east and abroad. She has been Deputy Manager at The Inn...

Students’ speed networking heads off future brain dead

Students’ speed networking heads off future brain dead

Talented physics students met business leaders from some of the region’s most innovative companies as part of a bid to keep their skills in the North East. An event was held at NETPark, (the North East Technology Park), in Sedgefield, to help increase the profile of,...

North East manufacturers discuss marketing challenges

North East manufacturers discuss marketing challenges

Marketing teams big and small joined forces to discuss the benefits and challenges of marketing in the manufacturing industry. From firms with global marketing teams to those with a one-man resource, members of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) attended its most...

Chamber boss swaps jobs at Spennymoor manufacturer

Chamber boss swaps jobs at Spennymoor manufacturer

Mike Matthews MBE, President of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) and MD of Stockton-based Nifco UK, rolled up his sleeves and stepped back in time to learn at first hand what skills today’s apprentices are learning at the Tridonic manufacturing plant in...

Software developers supported by new company

Software developers supported by new company

A new company which will train the next generation of North East software developers is launching. Code Academy plans to capitalise on the growth of the North East Technology Sector and help to narrow the digital skills gap in the North East. Code Academy is part of...

Manufacturing forum celebrates milestone

Manufacturing forum celebrates milestone

An organisation set up to support the region’s manufacturing sector has celebrated its 100th meeting with a talk on diversification from its respected founder. The Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) was launched in June 2006 by Geoff Ford OBE, of Ford Aerospace...

Newcastle security firm signs deal with Poundland

Newcastle security firm signs deal with Poundland

A growing security company has signed a major contract with a national retail firm which will see it expand into Scotland and the North-West. T3 Security, based in Gosforth, Newcastle, struck the deal with Poundworld Retail Group to provide security staff in 30 stores...

Satellite applications sector flourishing in North East

Satellite applications sector flourishing in North East

More than 50 North East businesses got to hear first-hand how they can benefit from the growth of the UK space sector which is expected to reach £40bn by 2030. Delegates at the Satellite Applications Catapult Roadshow event, which took place at The Core, in Newcastle...

Marketing agency is the perfect match for Sunderland couple

Marketing agency is the perfect match for Sunderland couple

A Sunderland couple are proving to be the perfect pair, after bringing their business interests together to form a brand new digital marketing agency. Chris Kean, who has successfully managed his own business, Kean Media - a website design company based at the North...

Software group’s ambitious plans for 2016

Software group’s ambitious plans for 2016

An expanding technology company which has tripled its growth figures year on year since its launch has outlined ambitious expansion plans for 2016. The recently formed SGP Technology Group, in Newcastle, has capitalised on the North East’s strengths within the...