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Old August 23rd, 2016, 07:28 PM   #1361
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Newcastle odour control manufacturer to create 14 fresh jobs

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Newcastle odour control manufacturer to create 14 fresh jobs
Jamie Hardesty 23rd August 2016


L to R: James Law, Philip Nichols, Barry Donaghey, Andrew Grundy

Newcastle-based 2Pure has moved to new premises and is set to double its workforce, after receiving backing from Yorkshire bank.

A manufacturer of odour control products, the firm obtained a six figure funding package from the bank’s North East Customer Banking Centre, delivered by relationship manager Andrew Grundy. After twenty years in development the business gained a patent in 2014 and has since tripled production over the past year.

The company recently moved to bigger premises in Eltringham Works in Prudhoe to help meet demand and there are plans to create 14 new jobs. 2Pure, which currently employs about 10 staff, is a new customer of Yorkshire Bank.

2Pure’s product range was developed using unique patented technology which destroys odours by changing the molecular structure of odour compounds. It also kills odour-causing bacteria which helps to prevent odours from returning and keep treated areas hygienic. The firm’s flagship product is OdorBac, a powerful cleaning liquid which was specially formulated for use in commercial environments. End users include NHS Trusts, Care UK, the British Museum, Newcastle United and London Overground. Other products include pet care, car care, stain removers and air purifiers.

Barry Donaghey, managing director of 2Pure, said: “It’s a very exciting time for us. Since gaining our patent a couple of years ago, we have worked hard to establish the brand. We’re now at a point where our products are used by many major UK organisations and we’re gradually being adopted by households across the land. I see the team at Yorkshire Bank playing a key role in helping us to achieve our growth aspirations. We’ve been extremely impressed by Yorkshire Bank’s experience of growing SMEs and their can-do attitude, which matches our own. With Yorkshire Bank’s support, we are ready to step up to the next level and become a player on the world stage.“

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Silverstone leads six-figure Newcastle city centre office refurbishment

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Silverstone leads six-figure Newcastle city centre office refurbishment
Jamie Hardesty 24 August 2016



Newcastle city centre office building West One, located near the Stephenson Quarter, is undergoing a six-figure refurbishment in a bid to attract new tenants.

Silverstone Building Consultancy is managing the refurbishment project anticipated to span 8 weeks, working in conjunction with Asset Managers, Citivale. Newcastle-based Silverstone, which previously negotiated two dilapidations claims with outgoing tenants, will be refurbishing the 5th and 7th floors to Grade A specification, along with the common areas of the building.

Phil Bone, building surveyor at Silverstone Building Consultancy said: “West One provides high quality office accommodation with the benefit of air conditioning, raised floors and secure car parking. By investing in the refurbishment of the vacant office suites and common areas the owners are bringing the space back up to modern Grade A standards ready to be marketed.”

The nine-storey building, which was developed in 2008, comprises over 11,000sqft of office accommodation spread over four floors, the remaining floors offer secure car parking space. Existing occupiers include IP Group Plc, Hempsons law firm and Performance Horizon.

Appointed agent on the scheme, Tony Wordsworth of GVA said: “West One offers a high profile business address close to the new Crown Plaza and the highly successful Stephenson’s Quarter. The surrounding areas have seen significant investment and improvement since the property was developed in 2008 and this is now proving to be a popular office location with its close proximity to Newcastle Central Station. We anticipate high levels of interest in the refurbished office space upon completion.”
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Top Northumberland engineering business sheds jobs as oil slump bites

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Top Northumberland engineering business sheds jobs as oil slump bites
28 Aug 2016 By Graeme Whitfield


IHC Engineering firm in Stocksfield with IMechE president

One of the North East’s top engineering businesses has shed 36 jobs as the slump in the global oil price continues to create problems in the industry.

Stocksfield-based IHC Engineering saw turnover drop from £118.7m to £76m in 2015, while operate profit stood at £15.6m, a reduction from the £25.8m recorded the year before. Despite those reductions, the company saw staffing levels rise slightly to 240 in the accounting period ending December 31, 2015. But in a note on the accounts, company director George Salvesen outlines how a slowdown in the firm’s key markets has led it to “restructure certain functions”, resulting in 36 redundancies in 2016. IHC is the latest in a growing number of North East firms to have been buffeted by the slump in the global oil price and the consequent drop in activity by offshore firms.

The company, which is part of the Dutch Royal IHC group, designs, builds and supplies specialist equipment for offshore oil and gas, submarine telecoms, and renewables industries. Its projects typically include the design, manufacture and supply of bespoke offshore systems, including pipe and cable-lay equipment, subsea trenching machines and complete integrated ship systems.

Mr Salvesen said: “As a result of the current market conditions and the successful execution of jobs in progress, the order backlog was substantially lower than prior years at the end of 2015. With a further reduction in activity forecast for 2016, the company has taken steps to reduce the size of the workforce to march resources to forecast demand and to restructure certain functions in order to provide a more flexible and efficient service to clients. This has resulted in 36 redundancies during 2016. The company had slightly less than 70% of its 2016 forecast revenue covered by orders in hand at January 1, 2016. In view of this, together with the action taken on the cost base and some firm order prospects to follow up, the directors are confidence that the business will continue to deliver acceptable results in the short to medium term.

“For the development of the company in the longer term, much will depend on the movement in the oil price which will determine when capital projects in the oil and gas sector become viable. The business has undertaken a thorough review of strategy for its primary products and will continue to focus on R&D and new produce development in order to ensure we maintain and enhance our track record for market leading technology. The directors believe this will position the company to operate successfully with the challenging market conditions for as long as these exist.”

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Old August 30th, 2016, 09:16 PM   #1364
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RPU Group appoint Naylors to manage Holland Park

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RPU Group appoint Naylors to manage Holland Park
Jamie Hardesty 30 August 2016


Holland Park

Newcastle-based Naylors Chartered Surveyors has been appointed to manage Holland Park, a multi-let investment portfolio under new ownership in Newcastle.

Comprising of both offices and trade counter units, the 21,000 sq.ft site can be found one mile outside of the city centre at Fenham Barracks. Recently acquired by Newcastle-based property investment company RPU Group Plc, the property’s portfolio includes tenants such as Crowns Paints Ltd, Integral UK Ltd and NP Alliance Ltd.

Angus White, Head of management at Naylors said: “Holland Park is a fantastic acquisition for RPU Group, with whom we have a long standing relationship as managing agents. Multi-let estates require hands-on management to ensure high standards of maintenance and efficient service charge arrangements. We look forward to assisting RPU Group in maximising the park’s asset value.“

The firm has also recently been appointed by North East England Chamber (formerly NECC) to manage its building at The Stamp Exchange on Westgate Road in Newcastle and Fenham Hall Studios in Fenham on behalf of the owner, Peter Lambert. Naylors’ office agency team has also been appointed to market the vacant office space at Fenham Hall Studios.

Peter Lambert of Fenham Hall Studios said: “We’re enlisting the help of Naylors as we feel they are well placed to promote the quality of this unique corner of commercial space within minutes of the centre of town. I look forward to working with the Naylors team to help Fenham Hall Studios fulfill its undoubted potential.“

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Major contracts to boost Gateshead firm Sevcon by £126m
Four major projects are expected to boost sales by more than £126m for Gateshead company Sevcon.

The electric vehicle innovator’s president and chief executive officer Matt Boyle has told investors of the four major projects it currently has in its on-road development pipeline, totalling £126m.

One of the projects is a £28m contract with a British supercar company, announced earlier this year, while a second is with a South East Asian tier one supplier, which could be worth up to £35m.

Sevcon is unable to reveal further specifics on the remaining contacts, but Mr Boyle said Sevcon is in further talks with one of the four on an additional deal, which could add a further £30m to the pipeline.
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Newcastle jobs created by Jet2 as part of UK drive to fill 1,000 roles

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Newcastle jobs created by Jet2 as part of UK drive to fill 1,000 roles
31 Aug 2016 By Coreena Ford


A Jet2 plane at Newcastle International Airport

Around 90 North East jobs are being created by leading lesiure airline Jet2.com as part of a major recruitment drive which boost the UK workforce by 1,000, the firm has announced.

The firm is creating the jobs in Newcastle, where it has visited to seek out sky-high talent to fill pilot, cabin crew and engineering roles. To support the drive, the company hosted a recruitment roadshow in Novotel, Newcastle, on Tuesday, August 30, a move which comes after Jet2.com and Jet2holidays launched their largest ever flights and holidays programme for next summer 2017 from Newcastle International Airport.

Jet2 is looking to invest in their next phase of growth and development following on from the launch of its eighth UK base in Birmingham and the acquisition of 30 new B737-800 aircraft.

Steve Heapy, chief executive officer of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “Our family-friendly formula is clearly working with customers and it means that we’re one of the UK’s fastest growing airlines. We have exciting plans to expand the number of destinations we fly to, as well as the number of UK bases we fly from, and this means that our team is growing all the time too. We were delighted to see so many pilots, engineers and aspiring cabin crew at our Newcastle roadshow.”

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Tesco Bank is to relocate about 250 staff from Edinburgh to offices in Glasgow and Newcastle as part of a major reshuffle.



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22% revenue rise at Gateshead security firm Petards

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22% revenue rise at Gateshead security firm Petards
Jamie Hadesty 7th September 2016



Gateshead-based security firm Petards has reported a 22% total revenue increase to £7.4m, up from £6.1m last year.

Announcing its interim results for the six months to 30 June 2016, the firm revealed a strong set of trading results which included profit growth for the fifth consecutive six month period.

The firm’s pre-tax profit from continuing operations increased by 48% to £526k, up from £356k last year, with the group’s increased deliveries of its eyeTrain surveillance products a major contributing factor in the upturn.

Moreover, Petards’ acquisition of QRO Solutions has led to an expansion in its software capabilities with the firm preparing to undertake ‘a number of exciting order prospects’ currently being negotiated.

Raschid Abdullah, Chairman, said: "With the strong results for the half year and the current orders scheduled for delivery in the second half year, the board is confident that the Group is well placed to deliver full year results in line with market expectations."

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Nixon Hire beats fall in UK construction output to grow turnover 20%

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Nixon Hire beats fall in UK construction output to grow turnover 20%
8 Sep 2016 By Coreena Ford


Construction equipment hire firm Nixon Hire's headquarters at City West Business Park, Scotswood

The collapse of large contractors and a fall in UK construction output knocked profits at John Nixon Ltd last year, triggering an efficiency drive which led to a 20% boost in turnover.

Latest accounts show pre-tax profits at the business dropped by 12% from £4.4m to £3.9m in 2015, a reduction the firm attributes to a range of factors including a fall in construction output between the May general election and late summer, which led to lower hire turnover. The company, which has depots across Northumberland, Cumbria, Teesside and Tyne and Wear, also cited an increase in the level of bad debt, with some larger contractors going into administration with little warning.

Directors said haulage costs also had an impact, as they were significantly higher than anticipated, mainly due to the distribution of new equipment from suppliers. As outside factors affected pre-tax profits in 2015, the business launched an efficiency drive and focussed on generating new business – a strategy which led to an increase in turnover, from £44m to £52.7m.

A spend of £29m was made in new plant, the transplant fleet and the general infrastructure of the business, as well as investments in new staff, predominantly in sales and commercial, taking the workforce up by 14% to an average of 408 employees.

In a strategic report accompanying the accounts, director Neil McDiarmid said directors were pleased with the results and that further expansion will come at the firm in the coming years. He said: “We are pleased with the current performance of the business and are optimistic for the next 12 months. The company will continue to grow by increasing the size of the hire fleet operating from within the existing depot network. Additional depots will be added over the next few years as the depot network expands southwards. The investments and efficiencies made and planned wull also enable the business to continue to grow in terms of turnover, profit, geographical trading area and product offering.”

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Up to 240 jobs at risk with potential closure of Birtley AEI Cables factory

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Up to 240 jobs at risk with potential closure of Birtley AEI Cables factory
9 Sep 2016 By Graeme Whitfield


AEI Cables Factory on Durham Road, Birtley

More than 200 jobs are at risk with the potential closure of a long-established factory on Tyneside.

North East cable manufacturer AEI Cables will next week begin consultations on redundancies at its plant in Birtley, Gateshead, which dates back more than 175 years. The company, which says the plant has loss-making for a long period of time, has not put a figure on how many jobs will go.

But the 45-day consultation period allows the firm to make at least 100 redundancies, and the company has added that it cannot rule out the closure of the entire site, which employs 240 people. A company spokesman said: “The company has been making significant financial losses for a long period of time and only continues to function with the financial support and guarantees of its parent company. The company believes that profitability is possible only with a fundamental restructuring and a marked improvement in productivity.”

The plant was saved two years ago when it was bought out of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) by the Dubai-based Duncab group.

Unions say the announcement of jobs losses has shocked the workforce and have criticised the company for not working with them earlier to find a solution to the company’s problems. GMB regional organiser Tom Allison said: “People are stunned, in shock.As a union we are very concerned about the way this has been conducted. The company has started a 45-day consultation because of the amount of jobs involved. That leaves us with a severely curtailed timeframe to try and secure the future of the plant. The consultation period used to be 90 days but that was changed under the Coalition Government and it makes it very hard for unions or MPs to lobby on behalf of their constituents. We think the company should have come to us at an early stage and brought the financial situation to light to seek some solutions before it became a fait accompli.”

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New Newcastle-based streetwear brand drums up support

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New Newcastle-based streetwear brand drums up support
Jamie Hardesty 13 September 2016



Newcastle-based streetwear brand Eighty6 has teamed up with city businesses Natal Drums and Marshall Amplification.

Producing clothing designs inspired by tattoo artwork and urban culture, Eighty6 is in its first year of business. Designing a limited edition drum kit showcased at the streetwear brand’s official launch party earlier this month, held at World Headquarters in Newcastle, the new firm has hailed the significance of collaboration with fellow creative Newcastle companies.

Peter Steventon, Eighty6 creative director, said: “We’re not even a year in to business so to have been contacted by two huge brands that we really admire about a design collaboration is incredible. The Eighty6 brand is all about supporting and collaborating with creatively talented people who inspire us. We’ve worked with Newcastle based tattooists, artists and musicians to create limited edition clothing designs that we are really proud of. Adding a drum kit into the mix is an unexpected and amazing opportunity for us.“

Although the drum kit is not on sale to the public yet, Marshall Amplification’s Steve Vine thinks this could be the way to go with future kit designs.

Steve Vine, Marshall Amplification UK and Ireland area sales manager, added: “We are always looking at new ways to innovate our design and style of our products, and I thought the Eighty6 graphics were great and we should try them on a drum kit. Personally, I like to support up and coming brands and artists and Eighty6 stood out to me as something new and different. They have also been extremely professional to work with handling fast turnaround in order to get the kit manufactured in record time. We will be looking at the public’s reaction to the designs on social media. This will be the test to see if there is a demand for this style of kit, which I am really hopeful for. Aside from that, this is a start of collaboration between us and Eighty6, as we are also looking at launching some t-shirt designs very soon.“

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Our students are worth more to the region that the entire Premier League is to the UK

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Our students are worth more to the region that the entire Premier League is to the UK
17 Sep 2016 By Hannah Graham



The North’s top universities ploughed billions of pounds into the region last year — almost double the amount of cash the entire Premier League contributed to the nation.

But university bosses say further investment in the region’s infrastructure is needed if that’s to continue, and urged Government to make up any funding lost after Brexit.

The N8 group of universities — the North’s eight most research-focused institutions, which includes Newcastle and Durham universities — were worth a total of £12.2bn to the Northern economy in 2015, according to a report published by the group on Friday. They contributed more Gross Value Added (GVA) cash to the region than motor vehicle manufacturing, agriculture or the media industry. The report also highlighted the 119,000 jobs the institutions brought the North in 2015, as well as the economic boost provided by consultancy services provided to more than 17,000 small and medium-sized businesses by N8 members.

Professor Chris Brink, Vice Chancellor, Newcastle University, said: “This report demonstrates the very significant positive contribution of the N8 Partnership across the North of England, helping to create jobs and prosperity in our local communities. At Newcastle University we take particular pride in our civic engagement role within our own city and region.”

But while the universities look to be in a strong economic position, the report also highlighted the significant impact of EU membership on university budgets. Around 13% of competitive research funding for the N8 universities comes from the European Union, and this cash may be under-threat after Brexit.

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Remploy staff in Newcastle and Sunderland facing an 'uncertain' future

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Remploy staff in Newcastle and Sunderland facing an 'uncertain' future
18 Sep 2016 By Simon Meechan


Remploy helps thousands of people get into work

Workers at a firm which provides vital assistance to disabled people looking for jobs are facing an uncertain future.

Remploy, which was set up after the Second World War to help get injured servicemen back into employment, says it is consulting with unions about “proposed operational changes”.

But the firm was unable to confirm or deny whether it will close its two remaining North East branches, at job centres in Newcastle and Sunderland. In a statement, a spokesman said: “Remploy, the leading provider of specialist employment services for disabled people, has today begun a consultation with trade unions and other employee representatives over proposed operational changes. Each year Remploy supports many thousands of disabled people into employment and the proposed changes will enable the business to improve delivery of that support. We will continue to deliver all our employment programmes nationally and locally in the North East. Over the coming weeks we will consult with the trade unions and employee representatives on how the changes can be implemented and to mitigate any potential job losses.”

When asked if the restructuring means the Newcastle and Sunderland branches will close, the spokesman said Remploy was unable to comment further while a consultation was on-going.

And union bosses say they are steering staff through the “uncertain” period. Keir Howe, GMB North East organiser, said: “The GMB will be looking to support its members throughout this difficult and uncertain time and our priority is to safeguard as many local jobs as possible”.

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Virgin Trains creates 85 jobs with new customer centre in Newcastle

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Virgin Trains creates 85 jobs with new customer centre in Newcastle
19 Sep 2016 By Graeme Whitfield


Opening of Virgin Trains customer centre: Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes, Virgin Trains' customer experience director Alison Watson and David Horne, managing director of Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains has opened a new customer call centre in Newcastle, which will create up to 85 new jobs in the city.

The company’s decision to bring back jobs to Newcastle is designed to improve customer service by bringing roles in-house and having inquiries handled by employees who work and travel along its east coast route. The move - which sees Virgin Trains taking space at Virgin Money’s headquarters in Gosforth - reverses a move by former line operators East Coast, which in 2011 closed a call centre in Newcastle and switched the jobs to Plymouth, on the south coast, and to Mumbai, in India. The new centre, whose opening today was attended by business and civic leaders, will handle a range of customer inquiries, including bookings, special assistance, repayments for delays and customer feedback.

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said: “It is great to see Virgin further establishing itself in Newcastle, bringing more jobs and careers to our city. Not only does the North East have strong historical links to the railways and the East Coast Main Line, but, as these new jobs will demonstrate, the line continues to play an important role in our regional economy. Staff who know and use the line themselves will be an asset to both Virgin Trains and Newcastle and I welcome this news.”

Jonathan Walker, head of policy and campaigns for the North East England Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re delighted that Virgin Trains is making this commitment to the North East. This decision is a testament to the region’s reputation for friendliness and diligence, which makes us a natural home for high quality customer service operations.”

David Horne, managing director of Virgin Trains, said: “We’re really pleased to open our new Customer Solutions Centre in Newcastle and to bring around 85 jobs to the city. This is great news for Newcastle and the North East region. The customer is at the heart of everything we do, and so enhancing our customer service through a dedicated team, who work, live and travel on our east coast route, will ensure we provide a consistently high level of quality. These new skilled jobs are also very important to our business, as we prepare for a new era in rail travel on the east coast route with the introduction of 65 brand new Virgin Azuma trains in 2018.”

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Banks Mining completes first ever export order for Northumberland coal

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Banks Mining completes first ever export order for Northumberland coal
September 20th, 2016



Major North East employer Banks Mining has completed its first ever export order for coal produced by its Northumberland operations.

Four thousand tonnes of coal produced at Banks’ Shotton surface mine near Cramlington has been loaded into a vessel at the Port of Blyth and transported to an industrial customer in Spain. And the Durham-headquartered firm, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is now pursuing other opportunities to supply overseas customers both within and outside mainland Europe.

Banks Mining has worked in South East Northumberland for more than three decades, and currently employs around 200 people across the Shotton and nearby Brenkley Lane mining sites. The two sites contribute around £35m to the regional economy every year through wages, investments and the local supply chain, with the coal produced being used by a range of customers for a variety of industrial, domestic and power generation purposes.

Michael Storey, sales and quality manager at Banks Mining, says: “The coal we produce in Northumberland is of a very high and consistent quality, capable of meeting the demands of overseas markets and having investigated which export markets we might target with it, we believe there are considerable overseas opportunities for us to work towards alongside our domestic operations. The excellent service standards that we have provided consistently for many years to a variety of UK customers along with our competitive pricing structure for a high quality product that is produced at two mines working to the highest environmental management standards in the world provides an overall offering that we believe will have great appeal to our target audience.

“Fulfilling an export order presents different logistical challenges to our usual operations, but our highly-skilled and professional team completed the task in their usual safe, responsible and efficient manner. The coal we produce at our Northumberland sites sustains substantial numbers of North East jobs, supports British industry and electricity generation, creates considerable capital for investment in community improvement projects, heats homes across the UK and helps to provide a responsible and reliable source of indigenous coal that reduces domestic reliance on imports from potentially unstable overseas markets.”

Martin Lawlor, chief executive at the Port of Blyth, adds: “We’re delighted to support Banks Group with this landmark export project. The variety of cargoes travelling both in and out of the Port of Blyth is growing all the time and we look forward to handling further exports for the Banks Group in the future.”

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Unions seek job assurances after two colleges on opposite sides of the Tyne reveal merger plans

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22 Sep 2016 By Sonia Sharma


South Tyneside College in South Shields

Unions are seeking assurances over jobs after two colleges on opposite sides of the Tyne announced plans to merge.

South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College, which has bases in Wallsend and North Shields, have agreed in principle to progress merger proposals, and a consultation process is set to be carried out. They are looking into the partnership in the face of funding pressures and believe it could help to create better opportunities for students and allow the exchange of expertise and best practice.

However unions fear the merger could bring about job losses and also want assurances that the standard of education will not drop.

A spokesman for both colleges said they were still in the early stages of discussions and were working closely with the unions and staff to ensure any developments were beneficial to all. He added: “Following preliminary talks, the governors of South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College have agreed to further develop proposals for merger. The colleges are examining this option to strengthen and protect education across both boroughs in response to national funding pressures, which point towards more being done with less. Our plans are a proactive response to the Government’s area reviews into further education (FE), which commenced in the North East this month and are likely to advocate fewer, larger and more financially resilient colleges, with greater specialisation. Prior to the area review commencing, we informed Sir David Collins, the FE commissioner, about our discussions and the reasons for them and he has confirmed that he understands the basis for closer cooperation and supports our plans in principle. He has also accepted that they fit clearly into the concept of the area reviews.

However, unions have said there are concerns about the impact on staff and learning. Iain Owens, regional official for University and College Union (UCU), added: “The union will be looking for guarantees that students can continue to expect the high quality and decent choice of courses which the colleges have provided in the past. Continuing to provide education on both sides of the Tyne will be a key factor for us. We will be looking to be part of the early consultations around the merger proposals and seeking assurances on the future job security of our members.”

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North East milkshake company Canny looks to the export market

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23 Sep 2016 By Graeme Whitfield



A company that trades on a well-known piece of Geordie dialect is hoping to take its product around the world.

Liam Watson, of Hexham company Twenty First Century Herbs, launched Canny Milkshakes last year to launch “clean” milk drinks with natural flavours. As well as being stocked in a number of outlets on Tyneside, the company recently secured a deal with Virgin Trains to be stocked on East Coast mainline trains.

Mr Watson is now looking to move into the export market and joined a food and drink overseas trade mission to India earlier this year. He is also taking expert advice from the Department for International Trade (DIT) representatives about the potential for sales in the large Indian market.

He said: “We were able to discover that although there is potentially a huge market for Canny Milkshakes in India, the drinks market is really price sensitive, so we’d need to secure large distribution to make it worth our while. Made with natural ingredients, the production method means that Canny milkshakes have a longer shelf life. This means that they can be stored and distributed at ambient, rather than refrigerated, temperatures. After discussions with our local International Trade Adviser we’ve now decided to target the rest of Europe for our first exporting steps.”

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A waste recycling firm has secured a multi-million-pound deal with two major shopping facilities. Wallsend-based O’Brien has landed a £3million deal to supply waste recycling services for into Metrocentre and into Eldon Square, in Newcastle. The five-year contract will see them supply a range of waste-recycling services for the busy shopping centres, including providing dedicated recycling teams responsible for retailer engagement, on-site segregation and baling of valuable materials for direct sale from the facilities.

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North East has one of the fastest growing tech scenes in England, research suggests.



The North East is second only to London for growth in the number of tech enterprises it has seen in the past year, new research suggests.

A report by accountancy firm Nixon Williams found that the number of tech businesses in the region grew from 9,695 to 10,285 between 2014 and 2015. That growth of 9.2% was second only to the 11.7% increase in tech business seen in London, and puts the region in position to close ground on other major centres of the tech industry.

Nixon Williams said the growth was fuelling a jobs boom in Newcastle, which is the centre of the North East tech scene, though spin-offs were also sees in Sunderland and Gateshead.

The growth in the region’s tech sector has been attributed to a number of factors, including a large pool of high-quality graduates from the region’s universities, the presence of some key business support groups and the cheaper cost of living in the North East.

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