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Old December 2nd, 2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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Sunderland and Durham Area - Jobs, Economic and Business News

Did another company take on their site @ Rainton Bridge after the Rock had to pull out ?
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I read last year, that npower had bought the Northern Rock building and were to relocate from their Newcastle offices to Rainton Bridge ---and they are to make Rainton their Regional Head office.
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Ridicuolous Northern Rock ploughing £10 mill into sponsorship of NUFC when you think of the job loses and shares controversry there.
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I think it'll be important for Northern Rock to maintain the functions and workings of a normal bank if it is to appear attractive to investors when the time comes to sell it again. They have clearly assumed that Newcastle will be back in the Premier League to fork out that kind of funding.
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On the topic of the vacant building at Rainton Bridge, is there any news of when npower will be starting to move in? I hear Newcastle Council bought the new Rock building in Gosforth, but not sure if this is the case.
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On the topic of the vacant building at Rainton Bridge, is there any news of when npower will be starting to move in? I hear Newcastle Council bought the new Rock building in Gosforth, but not sure if this is the case.
This is indeed true. They bought the tower and have let it to eaga.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 03:52 PM   #7
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On the topic of the vacant building at Rainton Bridge, is there any news of when npower will be starting to move in? I hear Newcastle Council bought the new Rock building in Gosforth, but not sure if this is the case.
Haven't heard or read anymore on this one, ---like you said, --npower were supposed to be moving in.
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Good to see local government flexing its (very limited) powers as and when appropriate for the benefit of the greater good.

Have they let the whole building to eage or just part?
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Wearside | Jobs & Economic News

On the Echo billboard but I have no further details.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 02:59 PM   #10
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Microsoft's £10m jobs boost for Sunderland
04 February 2010 by Ross Robertson, Sunderland Echo.


A multimillion pound cash injection is set to revive Wearside's beleaguered jobs market thanks to software giant Microsoft.

Bill Gates's international company is handing over £10million to provide IT training to improve skills of thousands across the city.

The boost comes after Sunderland City Council won first prize in the Microsoft Britain Works Challenge.

And it is a welcome relief, coming just a week after Shop Direct announced plans to shut its Hendon call centre, with the loss of 900 jobs.

Councils competing for the £10million had to show how they were making the best use of technology to tackle unemployment and boost digital skills in their community.

Coun Dave Allan, the senior councillor in charge of resources in Sunderland, said: "We are delighted to be named the winner of Microsoft's Britain Works Challenge, which we believe is testament to the hard work going on across the city to use technology to improve people's lives and life opportunities.

"We will use the training vouchers to get more people back into work, by working with our partners to make the accredited training and qualifications available to as many people in Sunderland as possible."

The £10million win builds on Sunderland's track-record of IT success.
The city was found to be the best-connected city in the UK in 2008, boasting the highest percentage of households with broadband connections.

In 2007 the council won £2million after coming first in the Government's "Digital Challenge" to use technology to tackle social exclusion.

Work to realise its plans to help a range of people, including older folks and those in need of regular health and social care, is already underway.

The council is also part of Sunderland Software City, a regional scheme to encourage the North East's IT industry and make the area an attractive location for software businesses.

Bernie Callaghan, chief executive of Sunderland Software City, said: "Winning this challenge is extremely significant for the city, and will really help us to cement our reputation as a hub for IT and software."

Microsoft's Britain Works Challenge is part of a campaign to use digital technology to help 500,000 people into work over the next three years.

The challenge is supported by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace).

Wearside's bid was put together by the council working with the Sunderland Partnership, Sunderland Software City, Sunderland University, City of Sunderland College, Unison, Job Linkage and Job Centre Plus.

The winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry and local government judges who chose the best ideas, with the training vouchers awarded to ensure that the suggested projects would be delivered.

Helen Gilroy, Microsoft UK's Head of Local and Regional Government said:
"This campaign is about ensuring local people have the right skills and training to get them back into work.

"Sunderland was a clear winner for us because its comprehensive understanding of its local employment challenges and has a very clear and strategic plan to tackle these issues."

The training vouchers can be used with public, private or voluntary organisations.

The training can be taken at existing centres or even by people at home using their own computers.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 03:00 PM   #11
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On the Echo billboard but I have no further details.

Heres the article from the Echo, ----will be excellent if it helps people gain employment.


Microsoft's £10m jobs boost for Sunderland

Published Date:
04 February 2010
By Ross Robertson
A multimillion pound cash injection is set to revive Wearside's beleaguered jobs market thanks to software giant Microsoft.
Bill Gates's international company is handing over £10million to provide IT training to improve skills of thousands across the city.

The boost comes after Sunderland City Council won first prize in the Microsoft Britain Works Challenge.

And it is a welcome relief, coming just a week after Shop Direct announced plans to shut its Hendon call centre, with the loss of 900 jobs.

Councils competing for the £10million had to show how they were making the best use of technology to tackle unemployment and boost digital skills in their community.


Coun Dave Allan, the senior councillor in charge of resources in Sunderland, said: "We are delighted to be named the winner of Microsoft's Britain Works Challenge, which we believe is testament to the hard work going on across the city to use technology to improve people's lives and life opportunities.

"We will use the training vouchers to get more people back into work, by working with our partners to make the accredited training and qualifications available to as many people in Sunderland as possible."

The £10million win builds on Sunderland's track-record of IT success.
The city was found to be the best-connected city in the UK in 2008, boasting the highest percentage of households with broadband connections.

In 2007 the council won £2million after coming first in the Government's "Digital Challenge" to use technology to tackle social exclusion.

Work to realise its plans to help a range of people, including older folks and those in need of regular health and social care, is already underway.

The council is also part of Sunderland Software City, a regional scheme to encourage the North East's IT industry and make the area an attractive location for software businesses.

Bernie Callaghan, chief executive of Sunderland Software City, said: "Winning this challenge is extremely significant for the city, and will really help us to cement our reputation as a hub for IT and software."

Microsoft's Britain Works Challenge is part of a campaign to use digital technology to help 500,000 people into work over the next three years.

The challenge is supported by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace).

Wearside's bid was put together by the council working with the Sunderland Partnership, Sunderland Software City, Sunderland University, City of Sunderland College, Unison, Job Linkage and Job Centre Plus.

The winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry and local government judges who chose the best ideas, with the training vouchers awarded to ensure that the suggested projects would be delivered.

Helen Gilroy, Microsoft UK's Head of Local and Regional Government said:
"This campaign is about ensuring local people have the right skills and training to get them back into work.

"Sunderland was a clear winner for us because its comprehensive understanding of its local employment challenges and has a very clear and strategic plan to tackle these issues."

The training vouchers can be used with public, private or voluntary organisations.

The training can be taken at existing centres or even by people at home using their own computers.


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Old February 4th, 2010, 05:42 PM   #12
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Heres the article from the Echo, ----will be excellent if it helps people gain employment.


Microsoft's £10m jobs boost for Sunderland

Published Date:
04 February 2010
By Ross Robertson
A multimillion pound cash injection is set to revive Wearside's beleaguered jobs market thanks to software giant Microsoft.
Bill Gates's international company is handing over £10million to provide IT training to improve skills of thousands across the city.

The boost comes after Sunderland City Council won first prize in the Microsoft Britain Works Challenge.

And it is a welcome relief, coming just a week after Shop Direct announced plans to shut its Hendon call centre, with the loss of 900 jobs.

Councils competing for the £10million had to show how they were making the best use of technology to tackle unemployment and boost digital skills in their community.


Coun Dave Allan, the senior councillor in charge of resources in Sunderland, said: "We are delighted to be named the winner of Microsoft's Britain Works Challenge, which we believe is testament to the hard work going on across the city to use technology to improve people's lives and life opportunities.

"We will use the training vouchers to get more people back into work, by working with our partners to make the accredited training and qualifications available to as many people in Sunderland as possible."

The £10million win builds on Sunderland's track-record of IT success.
The city was found to be the best-connected city in the UK in 2008, boasting the highest percentage of households with broadband connections.

In 2007 the council won £2million after coming first in the Government's "Digital Challenge" to use technology to tackle social exclusion.

Work to realise its plans to help a range of people, including older folks and those in need of regular health and social care, is already underway.

The council is also part of Sunderland Software City, a regional scheme to encourage the North East's IT industry and make the area an attractive location for software businesses.

Bernie Callaghan, chief executive of Sunderland Software City, said: "Winning this challenge is extremely significant for the city, and will really help us to cement our reputation as a hub for IT and software."

Microsoft's Britain Works Challenge is part of a campaign to use digital technology to help 500,000 people into work over the next three years.

The challenge is supported by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace).

Wearside's bid was put together by the council working with the Sunderland Partnership, Sunderland Software City, Sunderland University, City of Sunderland College, Unison, Job Linkage and Job Centre Plus.

The winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry and local government judges who chose the best ideas, with the training vouchers awarded to ensure that the suggested projects would be delivered.

Helen Gilroy, Microsoft UK's Head of Local and Regional Government said:
"This campaign is about ensuring local people have the right skills and training to get them back into work.

"Sunderland was a clear winner for us because its comprehensive understanding of its local employment challenges and has a very clear and strategic plan to tackle these issues."

The training vouchers can be used with public, private or voluntary organisations.

The training can be taken at existing centres or even by people at home using their own computers.


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Got to be good news for the city.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #13
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Isn't training for I.T. fairly common now, most councils if not offer courses on the subject, and so do colleges etc, seems to me like it's Microsoft doing an advertisement at the same time as gaining a contract to provide Sunderland with new machines for the council and also for the training centre's over a number of years.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:38 PM   #14
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There's a difference between IT Training and showing people how to use Microsoft products. I'm always weary of schemes like this, they tend to provide little real IT skills but instead lock people and organisations into Microsoft products.

It's also why Microsoft invest heavily in schools and other education. IT in schools is basically how to use Microsoft Office... that's not the way to create an innovative and creative IT industry.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 12:30 AM   #15
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Sunderland & Durham area - Jobs and Economic News

Perhaps the most important factor determining the development and regeneration of the Sunderland area is the local economic situation, and the success the city has on securing good, sustainable and high value employment opportunities for local people and to attract new people to the area.

We need to look towards replacing low-value jobs such as those lost at Littlewoods with higher skilled, knowledge-based and green economy jobs. The announcement that Sunderland will be the national focus of the push towards low carbon cars, and recent pronouncements on green energy, are positive steps towards this.

Discussion about local economic affairs, including new jobs and company expansions, can take place in this thread.
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I'll kick off with the news from Nissan that 1,000 jobs are to be secured with the production of the new Juke model. Thanks in part to the vital government assistance for the car scrappage scheme and various other grants to secure work at the Washington factory, Nissan are currently hiring again after a few years of uncertainty.

From tonight's Echo:

Here it is – the car that is set to secure thousands of Wearside jobs.
The Juke – the next model to roll off the production line at Nissan's Sunderland plant – was unveiled to the world at a glamorous European ceremony.

Hundreds of journalists crowded into a military test centre near Paris to see former Wearside factory boss Colin Dodge – now a senior Nissan executive in Japan – reveal the car that will replace the Micra at Sunderland.

He said: "We have invested 60million euros in this vehicle and safeguarded almost 1,000 jobs at the plant in Sunderland and, we believe, about 2,000 in our supply chain in Europe.

"It is great news for Nissan and it is great news for the European car industry."

Amid pounding music and flashing lights, massive doors parted to reveal the new Juke.

"Juke means a lot to me personally," said Mr Dodge.

"It was conceived while I was still working at the Nissan factory in Sunderland and I have followed its development very closely since I moved to Japan three years ago.

"Juke is one of these cars that really stands out for me. It embodies the creativity, talent and dedication of the people who work in Nissan."

Nissan bosses are targeting young urban professionals with their new compact car and hope the UK-developed Juke will repeat the success of its big brother, the Qashqai.

In a massive display of confidence, they have announced it will be on sale across Japan, Asia and North America, as well as Europe.

Cars for the European market will be built on Wearside, with those for the rest of the world coming from the firm's plant in Oppama, Japan.
Juke continues the "crossover" theme of combining sports vehicles with family cars pioneered by Qashqai.

"In the last five years, particularly with Qashqai, we have grown in a very crowded market," said Mr Dodge.

"I remember when we launched the car, we expected to sell around 100,000 a year. We have sold 500,000 in less than three years.

"This car combines an SUV's attributes with the DNA of a sports car – something striking, fun to drive but still practical for everyday use.

"We believe it physically demonstrates the spirit of Nissan.


About the Juke
- Juke was created at Nissan Design Europe in London, and drew inspiration from sources including rally cars and motorbikes.
- The guide price is between 17,000 and 25,000 euros.
- In Europe, three different engines will be available: one diesel and two 1.6-litre petrol units.
- Juke is based on Renault Nissan Alliance B-Platform and has a 2,530mm wheelbase, is 4,135mm long, 1,765mm wide and 1,570mm tall.
- It will be available with the option of four-wheel drive.
- Nissan estimates that a third of Juke owners will be women.
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I don't get if it's a 4X4 or a hatchback, I guess thats the idea though. It reminds me of the Rav4, but is still far too girly, the good news is that it will be produced in the North East, that along with the new Micra and the Qashqai it is good news on the job front.
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This is good news, not only for the Nissan workers, ---also it will guarantee jobs for the many suppliers workforce for five years or so.
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This is good news, not only for the Nissan workers, ---also it will guarantee jobs for the many suppliers workforce for five years or so.
Exactly, and thats got to be good news for Wearside.
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