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Old July 6th, 2017, 11:20 AM   #1561
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Threatened Work and Pensions office is saved, while Byker and South Shields jobcentres will remain

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Threatened Work and Pensions office is saved, while Byker and South Shields jobcentres will remain
By Jonathan Walker 5 July 2017



Union leaders have welcomed a Government announcement that a threatened Work and Pensions office will remain open.

It means up to 100 jobs have been saved at the branch in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions published its proposals for closures and mergers of sites, including jobcentres, following a consultation.

The site at Vinovium House in Bishop Auckland, which had been earmarked for closure, will remain, as will jobcentres in Byker and South Shields.

It follows a campaign by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS). PCS representative, Steve Swainston, said: “We are clearly delighted that our members jobs in Bishop Auckland have been saved. The closure of Vinovium House would have had a devastating impact on staff and the local economy.” He added: “Whilst we are pleased the Government has seen sense with regard to Bishop Auckland, and that jobcentres in Byker [Newcastle] and South Shields will stay open, the union remains completely opposed to closures elsewhere in the region, which will result in claimants having to travel further to access the services they need.”

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North East tea and coffee independents brew new partnership

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North East tea and coffee independents brew new partnership
Jamie Hardesty 6 July 2017



Two of the region’s independent tea and coffee companies, Easy Teasy and Tynemouth Coffee Company, have joined forces in a collective bid to propel their products to wider audiences.

Launching new wholesale brand Estate Tea Co earlier this year, Gateshead-based tea retailer Easy Teasy will now see its new product sold alongside Tynemouth Coffee Company’s offering.

Tom Webb, director at Easy Teasy, added: “Tynemouth Coffee Company creates fantastic products and we have huge respect for their work. We believe that our Estate Tea Co. products work perfectly alongside the coffee offering and we can’t wait to see the products lined up together as this new venture gets started. Tynemouth Coffee has a great network of wholesale customers set up across the UK and working alongside them is a great opportunity to promote our products to a wider audience.”

Tynemouth Coffee Company has long been searching for the perfect tea partner to complement its products, says director Paul Thompson. Paul explained: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with the team at Easy Teasy. We’ve done our research and the Easy Teasy and Estate Tea Co products line-up with our brand perfectly. We love that they are a local brand with a great product, looking to expand. It just seemed a natural fit. It’s early days but we hope to be able to educate people on the beauty of loose leaf tea and hope to soon see Easy Teasy’s products alongside ours in coffees shops across Tyne and Wear, before expanding further across the UK in the future.”

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Offshore giant comes to Newcastle and brings 50 new jobs with it

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Offshore giant comes to Newcastle and brings 50 new jobs with it
By Keiran Southern 11 July 2017


From left Nick Brown, Richard Turner and Neil Brown both of JDR (Image: newcastle chronicle)

An offshore energy giant has opened up on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle, bringing up to 50 jobs to the North East.

JDR, a leading supplier of subsea power cables and umbilicals to the offshore industry, officially opened its European service centre in Walker on Friday.

The opening was marked by an official ceremony led by Newcastle East MP Nick Brown followed by a tour of the 4,000m2 facility. The multi-purpose centre includes a workshop, warehouse, visitor centre and state-of-the-art offices.

JDR COO, Richard Turner, said: “With this new centre we can now offer our clients a wider range of services and state-of-the-art technical support for onshore and offshore activities. Ultimately, this allows us to grow as a company and enables us to deliver an even higher quality of service to our customers.”

The facility will house up to 50 staff and will serve as the central base for JDR’s European service operation, as well as the firm’s sales and marketing functions. Tyneside was chosen due to the thriving offshore industry in the region, as well as its prime location close to the North Sea and Europe.

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Old July 13th, 2017, 05:37 PM   #1564
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New construction jobs to come as Howard Russell wins raft of contracts across the UK

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Coreena Ford 13 July 2017


A 50,000sqft bespoke manufacturing facility for Guhring Ltd which Howard Russell recently completed (Image: Howard Russell)

Northumberland construction company Howard Russell is on track to chalk up turnover of £25m by 2018 following a series of major new contracts wins.

The Cramlington firm has recently started on site with over £19m worth of new build projects across the country on behalf of four newly established clients – projects which could prompt the creation of new jobs.

Howard Russell has recently expanded its team to a total of 33 staff following the addition of three project managers and four site engineers and the firm, which also supports a wide network of subcontractors, says new jobs in the pipeline will include a design manager and an estimator.

Contracts director Barry Wilkinson said: “The expansion of our team is a direct result of the wide range of schemes which we are currently involved in. We have a considerable pool of talent within the firm including project managers, estimators, quantity surveyors, site managers and engineers so we are well placed to respond to the opportunities ahead.”

Current contracts include a £5.5m new build project in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, for lifting equipment specialist, GGR Group. At Cambridge Research Park, the firm is developing nine speculative industrial units for property investment management firm, Rockspring.

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Monumental structures mark the revival of Tyneside's offshore sector

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Monumental structures mark the revival of Tyneside's offshore sector
By Jonathon Manning 17 July 2017


Smulder UK’s jackets for the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm (Image: Unknown)

Giant structures that are dominating the skyline on the River Tyne mark the revival of the region’s offshore sector, industry leaders have said.

The 70m-high structures can be seen along the banks of the Tyne as companies such as Smulders Projects and Royal BAM Group build foundations for offshore wind farms, supporting hundreds of skilled jobs. Smulders, which took over the running of Hadrian’s Yard from OGN last year, is currently manufacturing 70m jackets that will be used at the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm.

Meanwhile at Neptune dry dock in Wallsend, Royal BAM is building five 60m-high gravity base foundations for the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm. The first of the constructions was floated out earlier this month. The projects show that the North East’s reputation for offshore manufacturing is bouncing back after a tough two years in which the slump in the global oil price has led to hundreds of job losses in the region.

George Rafferty, chief executive of NOF Energy, said: “The North East has a very active and diverse supply chain operating in the offshore wind sector that is benefiting from the currently level of opportunities in the industry. The region has, in fact, been at the forefront of the offshore wind sector from the outset due to its constant, technology-led innovation and, of course, its experience and transferable skills from operating in harsh offshore environments in the oil and gas industry. It is great to see the current developments in the yards along the Tyne, which are building on the tremendous industrial heritage of the region. However, it is worth noting the impact of this region spreads much further than just the activity on the river and encapsulates a broad collection of companies that are securing and delivering projects for the domestic and international offshore wind market.”

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NE office take-up ‘better than expected’

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NE office take-up ‘better than expected’
Matthew Ord 19 July 2017

Office take-up across the North East during the second quarter of the year was better than expected, according to the North East Office Agents Forum (NEOAF).

The take-up figure reached 129,291 sq ft compared to 186,544 sq ft for the same period in 2016. However, this is considered to be a "hard comparison" given the strength of last year's Q2 which included the 35,000 sq ft Convergys letting and 20,000 sq ft Leeds Building Society letting.

Members of the NEOAF – which includes BNP Paribas Real Estate, Bradley Hall, Cushman & Wakefield, Gavin Black & Partners, GVA, Knight Frank, Lambert Smith Hampton, Naylors Chartered Surveyors and Sanderson Weatherall – have reacted to the figures, with Knight Frank partner Patrick Matheson outlining his belief that the General Election caused some office decisions to be put on hold.

"Speaking to a number of agents at the NEOAF meeting, though Q2 numbers are down there is a significant amount of space under offer at the moment," he said. If this all completes there could be a bounce back next quarter. To a certain extent this also points to the issue we are facing about how long it is taking for deals to move from initial enquiry to contract."

Jessica Simpson, senior surveyor at Naylors, added that there remains a lack of grade A supply within the city centre market and therefore "we are finding there is a continued demand for offices which have been refurbished to a high standard. We are seeing that landlords are now having the confidence to carry out refurbishments in order to meet the current demand," she added. Examples of refurbished space include Gainsborough House and Earl Grey House on Grey Street and St Nicholas Building. As a result of the investment being made within buildings, landlords are starting to see deals occur."

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Komatsu pays tribute to Gateshead staff as it marks 30 years in the town

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By Jonathon Manning 21 July 2017


(L-R) Komatsu U(L-R) Komatsu UK managing director Peter Howe with group CEO Tetsuji Ohashi

Excavator manufacturer Komatsu has celebrated the 30th anniversary of its North East factory by welcoming back a former colleague who now heads up the global company.

To celebrate the plant’s anniversary employees and delegates from the company’s headquarters in Japan attended a tour of the site at Birtley, Gateshead. Included in the number was Komatsu Group CEO Tesuji Ohashi, who spent seven years working at the UK plant when it was first opened.

Mr Ohashi said: “I have nothing but fond memories of my time at Birtley and learned so much during my years here. It is fantastic to see so many old friends and colleagues here on this momentous day. Komatsu UK arrived at a time when North East industry was changing dramatically. Not only did I work at Komatsu UK, but back in 1984, before the site was acquired, I was one of the team members seeking a suitable location for the plant. I am not exaggerating when I say the whole region opened its arms to welcome us and I have felt that this is my second home ever since. In particular, I thank Gateshead Council, which supported us when the plant was established, and continued to do so ever since.”

He added: “The original owner of this plant was one of our competitors. As we could not buy direct from them, Gateshead Council acted as an intermediary. It also gave us full support regarding the hiring and training of employees. I thank Martin Gannon and his predecessors who have supported Komatsu UK for over 30 years, and for maintaining the string link between Gateshead and Komatsu City.”

Komatsu now employs around 400 people in Gateshead, with 12% having worked at the firm for three decades. Since opening the plant has made over 65,000 machines, which are mostly sold to domestic and European markets.

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Asbestos specialist scales Gateshead operations creating new jobs

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Asbestos specialist scales Gateshead operations creating new jobs
Jamie Hardesty 28 July 2017



Asbestos management firm Lucion Services is expanding its Gateshead operations, creating a larger technical team as well as increasing its laboratory capacity.

Securing a further property next to its existing laboratory, the additional floor space will boost the company’s capacity to undertake asbestos testing for customers using its scanning electron microscopy (SEM) technology. The move will also see a significant expansion of the facility’s capabilities in the coming months to accommodate new equipment and technical support services as the firm gears-up for further growth. The expansion of SEM services will be supported by the recruitment and training of two more analysts to ensure the expertise will be in place to meet demand.

Lucion is seeing a strong demand for its expertise from the education sector, where asbestos containing materials are present in thousands of old school buildings. The firm is planning to strengthen its position as a leader in environmental risk management services alongside the testing of soil and industrial land for asbestos contamination.

Services will also be boosted by the appointment of an additional 15 specialists, taking the number of people working in the technical support team, which includes a small plan drawing operation in Lithuania, to over 65 skilled operatives. Currently employing more than 300 people and with a turnover of £27m, Lucion operates a national network of 11 offices providing services to the UK and overseas.

Charles Pickles, chief technical officer, said the business was busier than ever, with increasing interest in its SEM services. "There is huge potential for the services we offer and we are investing now in the expertise, resources and specialist training to take us forward as the business expands over the next 12 months. A larger technical team, more laboratory capacity and the use of high tech testing equipment, sees us well placed to develop further our presence as market leaders and secure the needs of our customers.”

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Big Lottery Fund in Newcastle to shed around 60 jobs

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Big Lottery Fund in Newcastle to shed around 60 jobs
By Mike Kelly 31 July 2017


2 St James Gate, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Base of the Big Lottery Fund (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Around 60 people working for the Big Lottery Fund in Newcastle face losing their jobs, we can reveal. They were informed this week about the job losses which were revealed as part of a ‘re-organisation’ of the organisation.

The company says it employs 253 staff in the city and has an office off St James’s Gate. The Fund is responsible for distributing the cash raised by the National Lottery for “good causes”.

The move has caused huge concern among staff and has led to fears this was just the first phase of job losses. We were informed by two separate sources that the numbers working there could eventually be reduced to a skeleton staff of as few as 13.

However the organisation denied this. A BLF spokesperson said: “The number of roles in the Newcastle office will reduce by approximately 60 staff by mid - 2018. We can’t comment on numbers of staff post 2018. However, we can confirm there is no expectation that the Newcastle office will reduce to 13 staff by 2019.” The spokesperson also denied a second figure mentioned to us of a drop to 25 staff in Newcastle. It was suggested a drop in income following a fall in National Lottery sales and the organisation wishing to focus it’s core business in Birmingham were behind the moves.

We were also told that staff remaining faced the possibility of pay cuts, following a two year period of pay protection. The company denied it was a cost cutting exercise and claimed it was designed to improve the service.

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Sadler Brown expands Newcastle presence

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Matthew Ord 31 Jul;y 2017



Newcastle-based Sadler Brown Architects has expanded into new premises.

The company has grown its headcount from eight to 30 over the past two years, after winning a raft of high-profile design commissions.

It has taken an additional 1,1015 sq ft at Riverside Studios next door to its current office, with the move following a period of development and its acquisition of Anthony Keith Architects.

Tony Harmieson, managing director of Sadler Brown Architects, said: "We've grown quickly over the last two years and won some real stand-out projects. Our acquisition of AKA and increase in headcount has meant we require further office space to accommodate our future expansion plans. The Riverside Studios are an ideal location for us and the new premises will allow us to bring everyone together under one roof at the same time create space for our future ambitions. We are extremely grateful to our property agents Sanderson Weatherall for securing the tenancy agreement with Absolute Civil Engineering following significant interest in the property."

Charlotte Marshall, property agent at Sanderson Weatherall Newcastle, added: "[Sadler Brown Architects'] office move will facilitate the company's continued development, with the offices ideally suited for businesses requiring flexible office space."

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Newcastle wins bid to host prestigious international entrepreneurship conference

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Newcastle wins bid to host prestigious international entrepreneurship conference
Jamie Hardesty 31 July 2017



Newcastle will play host to the 42nd annual ISBE (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) conference in 2019, demonstrating the region’s international appeal as a hotbed for innovation and enterprise.

Northumbria and Newcastle universities collaborated to win the event, which will happen over two days at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Boiler Shop in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter.

The conference, which will attract over 400 attendees from more than 40 countries, will boost the regional economy by approximately £400k. The international conference, previously held in Paris in 2016 and Glasgow in 2015, has become known as the place to go for the highest-quality, cutting-edge entrepreneurial and small business research. The event aims to enable excellence in small businesses across research, policy, practice and learning communities.

The bid was spearheaded by academics Michele Rusk (Northumbria University) and Robert Newbery (Newcastle University), who jointly stated: “We are delighted that, against stiff competition, the great city of Newcastle has won the bid to host this prestigious international ISBE Annual Conference. Our entrepreneurial partnership represents a radical new approach based on collective collaboration and co-creation. This is the first step in developing an entrepreneurial laboratory for change in the North East. As conference Chairs, we are committed to delivering a ground-breaking conference and a memorable Geordie experience. This unique partnership between both Universities, supported unstintingly by NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, has succeeded in winning this significant event. The ISBE board of trustees were overwhelmingly impressed by the quality of the proposal and unanimously approved Newcastle as the winning city. The conference will showcase the region’s highly ambitious and fast growing New Economy industries where knowledge is the key to business growth and sustainability.”

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Profits up at buoyant construction firm

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Profits up at buoyant construction firm
Matthew Ord 2 August 2017



A Gateshead-based construction company has again increased profits and is sitting on a "substantial pipeline" of work.

Meldrum Construction Services designs and works on developments including homes, schools, offices, roads and hospitals.

The company has enjoyed "rapid growth" since its formation in 2001 and employs a workforce of about 160. For the year to 30 November 2016, Meldrum reported turnover of £22m compared to £29.7m the previous 12 months. This was attributed to a "brief reduction" in activity while the company redeployed from a number of high value projects, which all completed within the same quarter. However, pre-tax profits were up from £406,236 to £506,143 as Meldrum continued to build on last year's return to profit.

On the back of its improved performance, the company said the 2017 trading year had "started strongly", supported by a substantial pipeline of secured contracts running "well into 2018". Meldrum concluded by saying that it was continuing to invest in new sectors, including the introduction of a facilities management arm and the planned opening of a joinery workshop.

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One in five North East bank branches have closed in the last decade

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One in five North East bank branches have closed in the last decade
By Graeme Whitfield 3 August 2017


Bank closures in the North East 2007-2017

Almost one in five bank and building society branches in the North East have closed in the last 10 years, a Journal investigation has revealed.

Our study of branch closures has found that 54 of the 280 branches that existed in 2007 have since been closed down as banks have moved towards more online services.

The closures have left many communities without banks, with a particularly large number of closures in the region’s small towns and rural areas. Northumberland has been the hardest hit, with 15 closures in its towns and villages, but there have also been 11 branch closures in Newcastle and 10 in different parts of Gateshead. Most of the closures have been made by the large high-street banks, with Barclays and HSBC - who had the largest network of branches in 2007 - both closing 13 branches in the past decade.

Campaign groups and politicians say the bank closures are harming businesses and also some more vulnerable customers, such as the elderly, who find it harder to access other branches.

Ted Salmon, regional chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses in the North East, said: “The rapid pace of bank branch closures across the North East presents some very real and tough challenges for small businesses. FSB members highly value the face-to-face interaction they receive in-branch, particularly when making complex financial transactions, with staff who often have a greater understanding of their business and the local economy. In addition, many of our members deal heavily in cash and cheques and need access to over-the-counter banking facilities on a regular basis. Small businesses are keen to embrace the opportunities of the digital economy - 94% of small businesses already use internet banking. However, barriers towards digital inclusion, such as unreliable broadband connectivity, and a lack of confidence in using digital services creates serious challenges.

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£20m deal for Newcastle venues

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£20m deal for Newcastle venues
Matthew Ord 7 August 2017



Property investment firm Palace Capital has completed the acquisition of the company behind some of Newcastle's most prestigious venues.

SM Newcastle has been snapped up for £20m, with the deal part-funded by an £11.5m loan from Santander. The company owns the freeholds of 1, 2 and 3 St James Gate, as well as the Jury's hotel.

Comprising 61,000 sq ft and 82,500 sq ft of offices respectively, 1 St James Gate and 2 St James Gate make up the entirety of the portfolio's workspace accommodation. Tenants for the latter include the National Lottery Charities Board, Eldon Insurance Services, Serco and UBS. Elsewhere, 3 St James Gate is made up of 145 apartments while The Jury's Inn is a 274-bedroom hotel.

The acquisition increases the value of Palace Capital's portfolio to more than £200m.

Neil Sinclair, chief executive of Palace Capital, said: "We are delighted with this corporate purchase, which continues our strategy of acquiring high quality buildings close to transport links in major cities. This transaction demonstrates our skills at recycling our capital - we have used the proceeds of our recent sales on unencumbered properties to fund approaching 50 per cent of the consideration."
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Newcastle tipsy tea firm Noveltea to crowd fund £120,000 following Harrods deal

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Newcastle tipsy tea firm Noveltea to crowd fund £120,000 following Harrods deal
By Jonathon Manning 10 August 2017


Noveltea co-founders Lukas Passia (left) and Vincent Efferoth (right) (Image: Noveltea)

Newcastle creators of tea with a tipsy twist are set to take their novel drink around the world through a £120,000 crowdfunding bid. The founders of Noveltea are looking to raise the sum to sell the drinks overseas, following early success for the fledgling firm.

Former Newcastle University students Vincent Efferoth and Lukas Passia both originally come from Germany, but settled in the North East to launch Noveltea, after being set on their business path by the British fascination for craft beers, spirits and afternoon tea traditions. Following on from the their company’s growing success in the UK, the duo are now looking to raise the six-figure sum to drive oversea sales and further promote the business.

NovelTea sells a range of boozy afternoon teas that are infused with gin or rum and the firm has achieved great success locally after it was stocked in Newcastle’s Fenwick Food Hall – and the afternoon tipple has now made its way to London after hitting Harrods’ shelves. Noveltea has also struck a dea l with John Lewis that will see its drinks stocked in 12 stores across the country from this weekend.

Mr Efferoth said: “Obviously Harrods is world famous and it means a lot for us at Noveltea to be recognised as a high premium product. We were in London last week and it was just an amazing experience. We were there doing customer sampling, and it was great to see how well Noveltea is being received. We are looking to raise £120,000 and the aim is to extend our team to reinforce our marketing activities, in a cost efficient way, and to meet our working capital requirements. We now have bigger accounts and we need to have the financial resources to deliver.

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Alcoholic tea brand smashes Crowdcube target

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Newcastle tipsy tea firm Noveltea to crowd fund £120,000 following Harrods deal
By Jonathon Manning 10 August 2017


Noveltea co-founders Lukas Passia (left) and Vincent Efferoth (right) (Image: Noveltea)

Newcastle creators of tea with a tipsy twist are set to take their novel drink around the world through a £120,000 crowdfunding bid. The founders of Noveltea are looking to raise the sum to sell the drinks overseas, following early success for the fledgling firm.

Former Newcastle University students Vincent Efferoth and Lukas Passia both originally come from Germany, but settled in the North East to launch Noveltea, after being set on their business path by the British fascination for craft beers, spirits and afternoon tea traditions. Following on from the their company’s growing success in the UK, the duo are now looking to raise the six-figure sum to drive oversea sales and further promote the business.

NovelTea sells a range of boozy afternoon teas that are infused with gin or rum and the firm has achieved great success locally after it was stocked in Newcastle’s Fenwick Food Hall – and the afternoon tipple has now made its way to London after hitting Harrods’ shelves. Noveltea has also struck a dea l with John Lewis that will see its drinks stocked in 12 stores across the country from this weekend.

Mr Efferoth said: “Obviously Harrods is world famous and it means a lot for us at Noveltea to be recognised as a high premium product. We were in London last week and it was just an amazing experience. We were there doing customer sampling, and it was great to see how well Noveltea is being received. We are looking to raise £120,000 and the aim is to extend our team to reinforce our marketing activities, in a cost efficient way, and to meet our working capital requirements. We now have bigger accounts and we need to have the financial resources to deliver.

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Alcoholic tea brand smashes Crowdcube target
Matthew Ord 11 August 2017



The Newcastle-based company behind an alcoholic tea blend, which is listed in the likes of Fenwick, Harrods and John Lewis, has smashed its £120,000 fundraising target on Crowdcube. The money raised will be put towards ongoing plans to establish the brand internationally, its founders have told Insider.

As part of Tea Venture's ambitious growth plans for Noveltea, the company has now raised £154,190 on Crowdcube at the time of writing from 130 investors – smashing its £120,000 target.

"Due to the high acceptance and increasing demand for Noveltea, the time is right to accelerate the growth," continued Efferoth. "Driven by our vision and ambition to create a new product category, alcoholic tea blend, we want to expand Noveltea as an international brand."

The money will now be used to expand the Noveltea team, enforce its marketing activities and meet working capital requirements.

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Blue-chip wins fuel expansion for Gateshead engineering business

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Blue-chip wins fuel expansion for Gateshead engineering business
Janie Hardesty 16 August 2017



Engineering firm WHP is moving its Gatehead headquarters to a larger base on Metro Riverside Park.

The new head office, three times the size of WHP’s previous premises at Staithes, brings the firm’s 80-strong team of in-house planners, designers, programmers, engineers, technical experts and business administration functions under one roof. The new site is also home to WHP’s Technical Centre, which is a 20,565-square-feet manufacturing facility and showcase for the high volumes of modular, stainless-steel products and controls that are expertly built, tested, commissioned and validated in-house.

The move follows WHP’s success in securing a number of notable, blue-chip contracts. This includes the design and build of a critical, cleanroom system for Siemens at Drax Power Station, Yorkshire. Scheduled for completion in August 2017, the Siemen’s project provides a highly-practical, controlled-maintenance area for planned outages at the Power Station, which supplies seven per cent of the UK’s energy.

Ian Lichfield, CEO of WHP said, “The Drax project brought with it both varied and complex requirements, which enabled us to deploy the full scale of our engineering skill from initial needs assessment, subsequent concept and detailed design, manufacturing and implementation of critical processes to structural build. In addition to Siemens, we’re winning larger projects and working with an increasing number of highly-respected companies in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology including BASF Pharma, GSK and Oxford Biomedica who play a significant role in the development of health-enhancing solutions,” he said. Our role as an upstream supplier to these critical industries mean that we must deliver high-quality solutions on time and budget. Our investment in larger headquarters has strengthened our infrastructure and provided the much-needed space for our growing teams to continue to deliver best-in-class solutions,” said Lichfield.

“As our specialist engineering knowledge and innovations continue to drive our growth, our move reflects our deep commitment to improving capacity and efficiency to support our clients to achieve quick returns now and in years to come,” he said. Our new premises marks exciting times ahead for WHP. The additional space cements the next stage in our development and provides room to support our growth aspirations,” said Lichfield.”

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Latest ONS data shows continued North East employment rise

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Latest ONS data shows continued North East employment rise
Jamie Hardesty 16 August 2017



The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have shown a continued increase in North East employment.

For the period April to June, employment in the region has stood at 1,224,000 or 72.5% - an increase of 4,000 over the quarter and 16,000 over the year. This compares to a rate of 75.1% nationally. North East unemployment stands at 78,000 or 6.0% - a slight increase of 1,000 over the quarter, but a fall of 21,000 over the year. This compares to a rate of 4.4% nationally.

This data covers the period April 2017 to June 2017. The next release is on 13 September 2017.

Paul Carbert, policy adviser, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: “The figures released this morning provide some good news for the region, continuing the recent trend. The number of people in work has increased over the past year, and the unemployment rate decreased by more than in any other region. The latest figures show youth unemployment in the North East has also fallen over the past year, and we have seen growing numbers of Chamber members get involved in initiatives that link business and education.”

Entrepreneurs’ Forum Chairman Nigel Mills added: “The continuation of employment growth in the North East, which was one of the highest increases in the UK, shows the increasing strength of our region’s economy. Net employment growth, statistically speaking, comes from businesses scaling up, which makes sense in the context of the North East’s positive business population statistics from 2016. In order to further boost employment, the business community and politicians at all levels must collaboratively work together to overcome any obstacles for growing businesses.”

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North East tops table for inward investment.

Outside of London the North East is creating more jobs from foreign investment.
Reassuring in this time of uncertainty created by Brexit.
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