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Old March 28th, 2017, 03:44 PM   #1501
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BT looking to recruit additional 90 staff for Newcastle site

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BT looking to recruit additional 90 staff for Newcastle site
Jamie Hardesty 28 March 2017



BT has announced plans to recruit a further 90 staff in Newcastle, with available jobs ranging from sales to customer service roles.

One of the North East’s largest private sector employers, the communications giant already employs around 8,500 people in the region and has filled more than 110 contact centre posts in Newcastle since April last year. An open evening will be held at BT’s Gosforth Contact Centre, on Gosforth Business Park on Tuesday April 4 from 6pm to 8pm.

Farooq Hakim, chairman of BT’s North East regional board, commented: “We have been impressed with the high quality of our Newcastle recruits. They show great enthusiasm and a determination to provide customers with a first class service. Since April last year, we have recruited more than 110 people at our contact centre in Gosforth as part of our commitment to provide the best possible service for our customers. Following on from that success, we are now looking for a further 90 people to join us.”

Libby Barr, managing director of BT customer care, added: “Up and down the country, we’re welcoming hundreds of new staff, who have a passion for doing the right thing for our customers. They’re joining at an exciting time in our transformation. We are investing millions of pounds improving our systems, providing more training and enhancing our online services. It will result in a better service for our customers and even more rewarding careers for our people. Our Newcastle team is an important part of this exciting growth story.”

To guarantee a place at the April evening, jobseekers can register by emailing [email protected].

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Young entrepreneurial duo launch alcoholic tea startup in Newcastle

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Young entrepreneurial duo launch alcoholic tea startup in Newcastle
Jamie Hardesty 29 March 2017


NOVELTEA Co-founders Lukas Passia (left) and Vincent Efferoth (right

Newcastle University graduates Vincent Efferoth and Lukas Passia have launched NOVELTEA, a new brand of cold-brewed tea infused with alcohol.

Starting with two flavours, The Tale of Tangier, an infusion of Moroccan green mint tea with Caribbean rum and The Tale of Earl Grey, an infusion of Earl Grey tea with gin and botanicals, the company is looking to take a slice of Britain’s evergrowing beverage market with the new niche product.

The young entrepreneurial pair set up the business after securing a place on Newcastle University’s ‘Rise Up Founderships’ programme, a startup support scheme which helps emerging talent with financial backing, office space and mentoring. NOVELTEA has made an exciting start to life, gaining the attention of trendy bars, 5-Star establishments and artisan food halls eager to jump on the bandwagon of the alcoholic tea trend. Next month the brand will link up with Fenwick Newcastle as its retail launch partner.

Cofounder Vincent Efferoth gave an insight on the merits of the new drink. He said: “To enhance the taste of tea, we cold-brew The Tale of Earl Grey and The Tale of Tangier for up to 12 hours to produce a smooth taste, drawing out the distinctive flavours without causing some of the bitter notes that can be associated with tea. Cold-brewing produces lower levels of caffeine and extracts more antioxidants than hot-brewed processes.”

Robin Winterschladen, Wine & Spirit Buyer, at Fenwick Newcastle, commented: “NOVELTEA presents a very unusual but on trend proposition with its alcoholic tea blends, as the UK is a dynamic market for gin, rum and tea. We are delighted to be the first retailer to stock NOVELTEA within our flagship store.”

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An interesting article about TALL COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS IN THE CITY CENTRE, in the 'Commercial Property' section of the JOURNAL on Wednesday 29th March 2017. The article is by Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1 . .



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Old March 31st, 2017, 04:30 PM   #1504
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Newcastle's Adderstone Group backs MBO of AIM-listed Turbo Power Systems

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Coreena Ford 31 March 2017


The TPS team during the buyout announcement (Photo: adderstone group)

Newcastle property and investment business Adderstone Group has backed a buyout that will see the management team take control of AIM-listed Turbo Power Systems Plc from Brazilian mining giant Vale.

Turbo Power Systems Plc (TPS) specialises in the design and manufacture of world class power conversion systems to the likes of Eaton, Bombardier and UK Power Networks. Its technology, designed and built in the Team Valley , is used in many high profile projects such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Chicago Transport Systems and Saudi Arabian Monorail.

The deal will see the buyout company - known as TWC3N - own an 89.4% controlling stake in TPS, and the transaction comes two years after the firm first said it was carrying out a review of the business which included considering selling it off. TWC3N is entirely owned by the company’s CEO Carlos Neves, chief financial officer Charles Rendell, engineering and business development director Nigel Jakeman, who all have 26.5% voting rights and Adderstone Group Limited, which has 20.5%.

The new owners of Turbo Power Systems say they have big plans for the firm, starting by tearing up the existing strategy and drawing up a new five-year plan. One of the first things TWC3N will be doing is seeking shareholder approval to cancel its AIM listing. The firm said it wants to build on the company’s sustained improvement in financial performance over recent years and on the investments, relationships and expertise of the company in its core rail, industrial, energy and defence markets.The board said it now considers that seeking a cancellation of its admission to AIM is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders as a whole.

Whilst Adderstone Group is known primarily as one of the largest property development businesses in the region, it has a long and successful track record at founding and growing a range of investments.

Ian Baggett, Adderstone’s CEO and founder, said: “We have been blown away by the exceptional technology being developed by TPS on the Team Valley. We are confident we can add value in a number of respects and that there are many synergies to exploit between our businesses. The entire team at Adderstone Group is looking forward to supporting its new partners at every opportunity.”

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Up to 150 jobs could come to Longbenton under plan to bring former call centre site back into use

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Up to 150 jobs could come to Longbenton under plan to bring former call centre site back into use
By Sonia Sharma 2 April 2017


The Bridges, Balliol Business Park, Benton Lane, Longbenton (Photo: Newcastle Chronicle)

UP to 150 jobs could be created as part of plans to bring a former call centre building back into use.

The site at The Bridges, on Balliol Business Park, Benton Lane, Longbenton, was first constructed in 1999 as an industrial unit before being converted to a call centre in 2002. It currently stands vacant but Ashall Property wants to refit the building so it can be used for an industrial purpose. At this stage, it is not known who would occupy the new-look site if the scheme is given the go-ahead.

The firm has submitted a change of use planning application to North Tyneside Council. A planning document for Ashall Property says: “The proposed scheme is to restore the site back to an industrial use for a new tenant with an increase of office space. The building will provide employment for up to 150 people. The proposed development makes best use of the existing site and building, returning the currently vacant unit to an industrial use with provisions for office and service spaces. The building will remain largely unchanged and in keeping, uplifting and updating the external paintwork and allowing for a successful good quality industrial space.”

The scheme is due to be discussed by a planning committee on Tuesday and officers are recommending approval of the plan.

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Newcastle’s Utilitywise continues growth story as revenues rise 11% for the year

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Newcastle’s Utilitywise continues growth story as revenues rise 11% for the year
Jamie Hardesty 4 April 2017


Brendan Flattery, Utilitywise CEO

Utilitywise, the Newcastle-based utility cost management consultancy, has reported a strong sales year, with the group’s enterprise division performing particularly well.

Announcing its financial results for the six months ended 31 January 2017, the firm reported an 11% rise in revenue from £41.6m last year to £46.1m. Moreover, adjusted profit before tax rose by 4% from £9.1m to £9.4m. Revenue added to the company’s order book during the period increased by 24% to £50.2m, up from £40.4m in the first half of last year, whilst its future secured revenue increased 13% to £28.0m. The business also grew the headcount of its energy consultants by 6%, meaning Utilitywise now employs 661 people in the sale of its services. The increase was reflected in the group’s customers which increased by 17% to 40,855, up from 35,064 in the first half of last year.

Brendan Flattery, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "The Group has continued its sustained progression in the period, whilst investing and preparing the Group for its next phase of growth. With an extensive portfolio of services in place and a focus on providing a great customer experience, Utilitywise has a strong platform for continued growth. There continues to be an increasing opportunity for us on both sides of the meter - from providing independent advice on tariffs and helping customers get a better deal on their energy procurement, to providing technology that helps them monitor and reduce energy consumption as well as ensuring compliance and saving money. With clarity of strategy, ambition and focus, Utilitywise enters the period ahead with confidence and looks forward to full year trading in line with expectations and driving longer-term shareholder value."

The business also reported this morning that Geoff Thompson, founder and Executive Chairman of Utilitywise, is stepping into the role of Non-Executive Chairman with immediate effect. Geoff Thompson, Non-Executive Chairman of Utilitywise, explained: "One of my priorities on becoming Executive Chairman was to make sure we assembled the strongest possible executive team. With that team now in place and with a compelling strategy to deliver on a number of ambitious targets by the end of 2021, this is a logical point at which to step away from the day-to-day running of the business whilst maintaining continuity via a non-executive role. Whilst I am very proud of the capability we have built across the Group, I firmly believe we are still only really scratching the surface in terms of the opportunities available to us, and have every confidence in the ability of Brendan and the rest of the management team to successfully guide the business through its next phase of growth."

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Newcastle architects Sadler Brown set for growth after six-figure investment

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Newcastle architects Sadler Brown set for growth after six-figure investment
By Coreena Ford 4 April 2017


Mike Guellard of NEL with Tony Harmieson of Sadler Brown (Photo: Crest Photography)

Newcastle architects’ practice Sadler Brown is hoping to build on success at home and abroad after securing six-figure investment.

The Riverside Studios-based business has grown headcount from eight to 28 over the last two years after winning a raft of design deals, including two new train stations in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, a harbour extension in Aberdeen, infrastructure work for Nexus and Network Rail, and an apartment scheme in the Ouseburn Valley.

The Newcastle-headquartered firm is aiming to break through the £2m turnover barrier and reach 50 employees in the next year as it applies the team’s growing range of skills to contract opportunities in the leisure, health, financial and public sectors.

To access the capital it requires to address these business development opportunities, Sadler Brown has worked with regional fund management firm NEL Fund Managers to obtain a six-figure investment from the Finance For Business North East Growth Fund after NEL was recommended to them by Inspire Financial Management.

Managing director Tony Harmieson joined the firm in 2015 with a brief to use his business and financial background to drive the business forward. Mr Harmieson said: “We’ve grown quickly over the last two years, and while hitting the targets we’ve set ourselves will be a challenge, we’re convinced we have the strategy and skills in place to do so. We’ve won some real stand-out projects over the last couple of years, most especially the landmark Riyadh station schemes, and the range of expertise required to fulfil such contracts is helping us to build further within our growing team and then apply them to other markets that our company hadn’t tackled to date.

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More than 2,000 North East homes to be developed as three social landlords merge

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More than 2,000 North East homes to be developed as three social landlords merge
By Coreena Ford 5 April 2017


Sebert Cox OBE (right), chairman of Karbon Homes, with vice chair David Butler (Photo: Karbon Homes)

A new regionwide social landlord has unveiled plans to create 2,400 homes over the next four years following a merger of three organisations.

Newcastle-based Isos Housing and group partner Cestria Community Housing announced in February that they were finalising details of a merger with County Durham-based Derwentside Homes, to form one organisation with more than 24,000 homes. The trio of businesses will now all work together under the Karbon Homes banner and the organisation starts out as one of the top three housing associations in the North East , and one of the largest businesses of any kind in the region. And the group will help to meet the needs for affordable housing with plans to develop around 2,400 homes over the next four years – combining the existing development programmes of Isos, Cestria and Derwentside with the funding allocated by the HCA for 2016-21.

The united strength of Karbon will see it generate turnover of around £115m per annum, and build more than 500 homes each year to rent or buy. The new branding and identity for Karbon will be phased in, starting in early May. The firm said that the name Karbon Homes was chosen after exploring what is elemental to life.

A spokesman said: “Carbon is an essential element and a key component for all life. We believe it is an excellent metaphor for a home – a foundation on which our future health and happiness is built. Its association with coal also provides a reminder of the North’s industrial heritage, and a time of high employment and relative prosperity. Karbon, though, is very much about the future. The three organisations merging to form Karbon were each successful in their own right, whilst united by a common view that the housing sector needed to respond positively to the efficiency challenge posed by the rent reduction in the 2015 budget.”

By coming together as one and driving out duplication, Karbon believes it can generate capacity to more than double its existing development programme. It’s calculated that the merger will deliver minimum net savings of £3m per annum from the fourth year of Karbon Homes operating. The organisation aims to leverage its scale to ramp up the three merged landlords’ already sizeable development capacity to build more homes of all tenures for the region, building affordable homes to rent, homes to purchase through shared ownership, and homes for sale and to rent through its Prince Bishops Homes subsidiary.

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Sage launches Artificial Intelligence training camp for next generation of tech workers

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Sage launches Artificial Intelligence training camp for next generation of tech workers
By Graeme Whitfield 6 April 2017


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Newcastle technology firm Sage is aiming to put itself at the forefront of the Artificial Intelligence revolution with the launch of a programme designed to train the next generation of workers in the AI field.

The company has announced the launch of a training programme called BotCamp, which will train around 100 school leavers and young people for the skills needed to both work in the field and consider its impact on the wider economy. The launch of the new programme follows a recent report by PwC which predicted that up to 30% of UK jobs are at risk of being taken over by robots and Artificial Intelligence by the early 2030s.

Sage says it wants people to “embrace, not fear, the 4th industrial revolution” and hopes its training programme will provide skills for people to work with AI but also consider some of the challenges it will bring. Sage CEO Stephen Kelly said: “AI is an area where the UK leads – and with this announcement we are continuing to push boundaries. We are always looking for great talent to develop our AI capabilities, and the IT skills shortage is well-documented. Finding the right coders is imperative to laying the foundation for the future, and we want to open tech skills up to an audience who might otherwise see AI as a threat.”

Kriti Sharma, Sage’s VP of bots and AI said: “Having piloted this programme with several school leavers, I believe it has the potential to completely change the mindsets of the young people who take part. We’re giving them the opportunity to believe that you don’t need a computer science degree to write code and create chatbots that will have a significant impact on the communities in which we live and work. And it’s not just about creating developers for Sage – we want to help bridge the digital skills gap we’re seeing in addition to bringing to the fore the next generation of bot creators who are going to solve social issues using their technical skills.”

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Newcastle telecoms entrepreneur launches startup to further digitise construction industry

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Newcastle telecoms entrepreneur launches startup to further digitise construction industry
Jamie Hardesty 6 April 2017


David Laidlaw of Metnor Construction with Simon Dronfield & Leighanne Gray of Fuse Connect at the Portland Green site in Newcastle

The entrepreneur behind Newcastle-based Fuse Telecom has launched Fuse Connect, a new venture which hopes to improve data connectivity in the construction industry.

Simon Dronfield, who runs the telecommunications businesses, says he hopes to tap into opportunities presented by the digital revolution apparent in the construction industry at present. Providing 4G data using routers and specially configured hardware, Simon says that the business can enable most locations in the UK to be fully 4G operational within 48 hours - without the need for mains power on site.

Dronfield, who also co-founded IDN Telecom PLC, which successfully floated on AIM in 2000 and was sold to Redstone Telecom in 2007, plans to recruit two new members of staff including an IT graduate and an apprentice.

Simon said: “We believe a gap has opened in the market to supply construction and remote sites with fast data connections using 4G, since many companies are moving to hosted solutions requiring faster symmetrical data connections. 4G deployment also avoids the lengthy delays often associated with more traditional line methods. Our solution is highly mobile and can be moved to different locations as the site is developed. It also provides cost certainty from the outset to help estimators, quantity surveyors and the commercial team determine preliminary costs for data connections on any new construction development. Something which to date has been very difficult to establish. One of the key benefits to our service is that once we have set up the data connectivity on site, we provide full IT support to manage and track data usage and user access. In order to maintain this high level of service we are looking to make two new appointments.“

Fuse Connect recently secured a contract with North East construction company Metnor Construction Ltd. David Laidlaw, commercial manager at Metnor Construction, added: “Previously our site staff have been left isolated with poor connections and have had to rely on dongles for connecting to the internet. The Fuse solution is simple and very effective, they understand our needs and can adapt the service to each different site to get the best possible results. It allows us to access current project information needed via cloud technologies, facilitating fast and efficient communications with staff on site, which is fantastic.“

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It's good to see most of the posts on here about employment have been positive and many of the jobs being created are of a high standard in IT and specialised engineering.
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How this North Shields firm is using technology to revolutionise Parkinson’s Disease detection

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How this North Shields firm is using technology to revolutionise Parkinson’s Disease detection
Jamie Hardesty 10 April 2017



North Shields medical innovation company Manus Neurodynamica has won a contract to further develop technology capable of detecting Parkinson’s Disease in a GP setting.

Manus has developed diagnostic sensor technology built into a pen, reportedly capable of differentiating a Parkinson’s patient from a patient with another neuromotor condition. The sensory pen, which the company says uses limb and hand motion to diagnose patients quickly and noninvasively, would also ensure that only those patients who need to see a specialist are referred by the GP. Manus, which has patented the diagnostic system, will now work with clinicians and NHS Health economists to further develop the pen.

Landing a SBRI Healthcare Development Contract, the company can now develop its ManusNeuro pen further. Should the pen prove successful it could save the healthcare industry both time and money, by removing the process of referring patients for a scan. Additional trials are on-going with six NHS Trusts in the North East of England under the supervision of Professor Richard Walker, Consultant Physician/Honorary Professor of Ageing & International Health, Newcastle University.

Professor Walker said: “The ManusNeuro pen may help identify patients where the symptoms are not typical or have not developed. In situations where there is some doubt, we often refer patients for a scan, but these cost £1,000 a time, so if the pen allows us to be more sure about the diagnosis it should mean we will need to refer fewer people for expensive scans.”

Dr Rutger Zietsma, Managing Director of Manus Neurodynamica, added: “Using our pen in the 9,800 GP practices in England will reduce costs by ending the unnecessary referrals of patients to specialist centres. Our 21st century diagnostic can differentiate a Parkinson’s patient from a patient with another neuromotor condition and ensure that only those patients who need to see a specialist are referred by the GP to an already overstretched service. We are excited to be working with the NHS to achieve this goal.”

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Job loss fears at Tyneside engineering firm after business is put up for sale

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Job loss fears at Tyneside engineering firm after business is put up for sale
By Keiran Southern 11 April 2017


WD Close Engineering in Walkergate, Newcastle Upon Tyne (Photo: Newcastle Chroni

Workers at a Tyneside engineering firm have been told their jobs could be at risk after the company was put up for sale.

Staff at WD Close & Sons Ltd, thought to employ around 100 people, were sent a letter telling them if a buyer for the business was not found within three months the firm would have to consider its options – which included closing the business. In the note - sent to staff earlier this month and seen by ChronicleLive - managing director Dean Close said he was retiring after 30 years in the business. He informed workers the company was now up for sale “to ensure its long-term prospects”.

The letter said: “The proposed sale would be a share purchase, so there will be no transfer of an undertaking and all employees would remain employed by WD Close Ltd in the event of a sale. he sale of the business would take some time to allow for due diligence and appropriate inquiries to be made. If a suitable buyer can be found then they will acquire the business as a going concern and there would be no change in the legal identity of your employer. At that point the shareholders namely WD Close, AH Close, DW Close and CP Close will exit the business.” The letter, dated April 3, finishes with a warning the business may be closed if a buyer is not found.

It said: “If we do not find a buyer for the company within three months and [sic] then in order to exit the business, we will consider what our options might be at that point, which might include the closure of the business, but no decisions on any steps that might be taken would occur without you being informed and we would fully honour any obligations in respect of any transfer of the business or redundancies that might follow.”

When contacted, managing director Dean Close said it was an internal matter and refused to comment any further.

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More than 400 new jobs to be created at EE centres at Cobalt, Sunderland and Darlington

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More than 400 new jobs to be created at EE centres at Cobalt, Sunderland and Darlington
By Coreena Ford 12 April 2017



More than 400 North East jobs are being created by BT Group as part of a customer service drive that has reshored 100% of calls.

EE – the UK’s biggest mobile operator and part of the BT Group – last year completed the first stage of its pledge to reshore all the jobs, with all EE pay monthly customer calls now answered in the UK and Ireland. Now the firm is creating more than 800 jobs in the UK – including 420 in the North East – to support EE’s ambitions to provide customers with the best service in the UK mobile industry.

EE are looking to recruit around 185 people at its contact centre at Cobalt, North Tyneside , 90 at its base in Doxford, Sunderland , and around 145 people at its Darlington site, joining the 1,500 people currently employed at North Tyneside and 2,000-plus in Darlington. The firm instigated a huge push to bring the jobs back to the UK just over a year ago in a move which resulted in the creation of more than 260 jobs in the region.

EE has not been alone in recognising the region as specialists in the call centre sector. Last year the number of jobs created in the sector topped 2,000 after outsourcing group Parseq opened a second site and began recruiting for 450 posts, joining the likes of Boldon’s EC Outsourcing which created 100 sales and retentions jobs, Newcastle’s Allay which announced 80 new jobs and US outsourcing giant Convergys which has moved into The Rocket in Newcastle, creating 600 jobs.

EE chief executive officer Marc Allera said: “Our customers want great 4G coverage, and great customer service, no matter where they are – and we’ve been working non-stop to give them both. “We’re recruiting new talent, providing great opportunities through our apprentice scheme and creating entirely new jobs for the UK economy that will help ensure our customers have a great experience, whether they speak to us on the phone, in our stores, or online.”

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North East unemployment at lowest rate since March 2008

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North East unemployment at lowest rate since March 2008
Jamie Hardesty 12 April 2017



The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have shown a rise in North East employment for between December 2016 and February 2017.

Employment in the North East stands at 1,209,000 or 70.5% - an increase of 10,000 over the quarter and 12,000 over the year. This compares to a rate of 74.6% nationally. North East unemployment stands at 83,000 or 6.4% - a fall of 4,000 over the quarter and 21,000 over the year. This compares to a rate of 4.7% nationally.

Paul Carbert, policy adviser, North East England Chamber of Commerce, said: “The figures published this morning are generally positive for the region. Unemployment in the North East is at the lowest level and rate since March 2008, and the number of people in work is near record levels. Over the past year, the unemployment rate has fallen further in the North East than any other English region, and the difference between the national unemployment rate and the unemployment rate in the North East has shrunk too. With the introduction of the apprenticeship levy this month, we must ensure that the apprenticeship funding system works for businesses in the North East, and that workers are able to access training and upskilling opportunities”.

Richard Baker, North East Local Enterprise Partnership Head of Strategy and Policy, said: “These are positive signs. These latest figures confirm our employment position getting back on track after a difficult final quarter in 2016. The statistics also show that 29,000 more people are in full-time work across the North East region, with the number of people in part-time work falling by 10,000 over the same period to the end of last year. Importantly, over the last year there has also been a drop in the number of people reporting that they are taking part-time employment because they can’t find a full-time job. We recognise that for many people, part-time work is the ideal fit for their lifestyle and circumstances. But to see more people who want full-time work being able to find it is encouraging.“

Richard added: “Economic inactivity remains a stubborn problem for the North East economy affecting our employment rate. We identify this in the Strategic Economic Plan and are working hard to tackle it with our partners by giving people the skills and confidence they need to enter or re-enter the jobs market.“

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Newcastle’s Robson Laidler makes biggest acquisition in near 100-year history

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Newcastle’s Robson Laidler makes biggest acquisition in near 100-year history
Richard Bell 18 April 2017


Robson Laidler MD Graham Purvis with (L-R) Straughans co-founders Mike Tait and Mike Fleming

Accountancy and business advisory firm Robson Laidler has become a £4m-turnover business after making its biggest acquisition since launching almost 100 years ago.

The Newcastle-based company, which will rebrand following the deal, has snapped up Chester-le-Street’s Straughans Chartered Accountants.

Robson Laidler said it acquired Straughans due to the firm’s long-standing reputation and solid client base across Durham and Sunderland. Completed for an undisclosed sum, the transaction means Robson Laidler now employs around 80 people.

Straughans founders Mike Fleming and Mike Tait will stay on to help the two businesses integrate. Both companies, it was confirmed, will continue to trade under their own names for the foreseeable future.

Graham Purvis, managing director of Robson Laidler, said: “A crucial part of our work is advising clients on building their businesses and wealth and this acquisition is about being entrepreneurial in our own right. We have made a few acquisitions over the years, nothing as significant or substantial as Straughans, but this forms an important part of our overall growth and investment strategy in the business. Mike and Mike have built up a fantastic business over a great many years in the South of the region and share very similar values to us, in terms of building long term relationships with clients as their trusted advisors, looking after our staff and caring about our communities. They are just a fantastic fit for us in terms of values and geographically so we are thrilled they have chosen to join us.“

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Drive to fill 200 skilled technology jobs starts at Sevcon's base in Gateshead

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Drive to fill 200 skilled technology jobs starts at Sevcon's base in Gateshead
Coreena Ford 19 April 2017


Sevcon engineers at work (Photo: Sevcon)

Electric vehicle innovator Sevcon has embarked on a recruitment drive which will see 200 new starters join the company over the next three years.

The Team Valley firm last month confirmed a move into larger premises, just 200 yards from the company’s existing premises on Kingsway, as part of an ambitious growth strategy. That strategy includes the creation of some 200 jobs – a huge leap on the 80 skilled engineers who currently work at the site – starting with a search for an initial 20 skilled engineers in the North East to work as engineering technicians and test engineers.

This search for skilled workers follows the announcement of a series of major orders for the Nasdaq-listed business, which posted sales of £40m for 2016, with a total contract value of £320m.

The company, which designs and manufactures controllers for electric and hybrid vehicles around the globe, recently signed a deal for the development of an electric drivetrain for a Chinese/European car maker worth up to £160m
The deal was the sixth major project in Sevcon’s lucrative development pipeline and two of the projects, worth over £56m, are with a British supercar company.

Louise Morshead, human resources manager at Sevcon, said: “These are exciting times for the business and we are keen to hear from ambitious technicians and test engineers looking to take the next step in their career. Sevcon believes that a skilled, enthusiastic and driven workforce are the key to taking on the challenges to develop state of the art technology for the modern world of environmentally friendly vehicles. The business is growing quickly with many major motor manufacturers turning to Sevcon to support the switch from traditional petrol and diesel vehicles to next generation electric and hybrid vehicles. Sevcon has strong roots in the North East and is very keen to invest in and nurture local talent. In particular, we’re looking for male and female technicians and engineers wanting to make their mark in the world.”

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North East LED supplier upsizes to new premises at Newcastle Airport

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North East LED supplier upsizes to new premises at Newcastle Airport
Billy Wood 21 April 2017



A North East LED firm has upsized to new premises at Newcastle Airport after outgrowing its two previous sites as the LED market has boomed in recent years.

Amitex LED has moved into its new 9,415 sq ft warehouse and office site at the region’s biggest airport after expansion had meant its previous home in Hexham had become too small. The firm, which currently employs 20 people, will now look to expand its headcount over the next year as it looks to further grow its orderbook to electrical wholesalers in UK and grow its early overseas sales push.

Managing Director at the firm, Alan Morton, said that the rapid growth in LED technology, which is forecast to grow by 15% every year until 2020, had contributed to Amitex’s rapid growth. He commented: "We are growing rapidly thanks to the increasing popularity of environmentally friendly LED Lighting. We were very short of office space and our warehousing was spread across two separate sites. These new premises allow us to have everything in one place and to operate far more efficiently. We also have room for further expansion."

Looking ahead, Morton foresees the future of LED lighting only becoming brighter and said: “The UK government has designated the LED Lighting Industry as a strategically important industrial sector because it rewards customers with lower energy bills while helping the government to achieve its carbon emission targets. In Australia the government is so keen to promote LED Lighting that it is giving away free light bulbs. I’m not expecting this to happen in the UK just yet, but I know the market will grow rapidly for some time to come.“

Following the government’s phased ban on incandescent and halogen light bulbs back in 2012, LED lighting technology has become the technology of choice for lighting projects across industries and sectors.

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Gateshead company which closed with loss of 240 jobs had made big losses for two years

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Gateshead company which closed with loss of 240 jobs had made big losses for two years
By Graeme Whitfield 23 April 2017


AEI cables based in Birtley, Gateshead (Photo: Newcastle Chronicle)

A Tyneside company that closed in January with the loss of 250 jobs had made big losses for the last two years, new accounts show.

AEI Cables, which had a history dating back more than 175 years, shut its factory in Birtley, Gateshead, earlier this year when Dubai-based parent company was unable to find a buyer for the business. The firm went into a Company Voluntary Administration (CVA), but now accounts published for the first time for 2015 and 2016 reveal the company had been making annual losses above £4m in the last two years of its operations.

Accounts for the year ended December 31 2016 showed that the company made a £4.9m loss on revenues of £25.6m. Delayed accounts for the year previously had AEI making a £4.2m loss on a £27.2m turnover. A note on the latest accounts said: “Throughout the year the company continued to have a strong order book but was unable to execute orders on a timely basis due to manufacturing difficulties. “To address these issues there has been continued financial support in 2016 from our parent company. The manufacturing constraints have impacted sales during the year and lead times and service levels were affected.”

Details for the CVA, which happened after the end of the accounts period, will see creditors receiving a minimum of 28p in the pound on their debts. Main creditors include Emirates Bank, HMRC, Dubai Cable Company and Gateshead Council.

The accounts go on to say that the “company has been restructured following the CVA and will no longer manufacture cable in the current site but will source it from elsewhere”. They add that “there are significant opportunities for the company’s products within the transport market” and say “directors believe that the company will be well placed in the market to grow over the coming years and return to profitability”.

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Northumberland entrepreneur to tackle construction skills shortage with new training facility

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Northumberland entrepreneur to tackle construction skills shortage with new training facility
Richard Bell 24 April 2017


Ian Lavery MP (left) with entrepreneur Tony Rutherford

A newly launched construction training facility in Northumberland has revealed plans to offer a raft of employment opportunities in the coming year.

Trainbase, located at Burnt House Farm in Bedlington, is set to create 20 new jobs in its first 18 months. Opened by Ian Lavery MP, the centre represents a new business venture for Northumberland entrepreneur Tony Rutherford. The 20-acre site Trainbase site incorporates a 15-acre all-weather digging area, in addition to office accommodation housing training, testing and conference rooms.

The company offers professional accredited training and testing across various awarding bodies for those working in construction and related trades. Trainbase has already attracted a number of clients from the sector, including Esh Group, Thompsons of Prudhoe and Skipton-based JN Bentley.

Tony Rutherford, who also owns WPR Farms, is the director and centre manager of Trainbase Ltd. He said: “We are delighted to officially open the doors of our new premium construction training centre. At Trainbase we are committed to delivering high quality professional training so that people from across the region can obtain the necessary skills and accreditation to enable them to work safely and with a high level of competence. We expect to see high levels of interest in our courses as the North East construction market continues to thrive, driven by affordable housing development, student accommodation and infrastructure projects.“

Tony added: “In order to meet demand we have already created four new jobs and further opportunities will follow.“ Discussing the launch, Tony said it comes in response to the “well-documented skills shortage in construction”. He continued: “It is important that local businesses have access to high quality training facilities, particularly now that contractors need certification from accredited awarding bodies as in-house certification is not as widely accepted as proof of competence.“

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