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Northumberland College helping build up skills among apprentices

Work is under way to increase the number of qualified employees in the construction sector.

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Paul Goldfinch, owner and managing director of Polar Krush.

Polar Krush expands brand with purchase of competitor

An Ashington company is pushing on with plans to expand its brand following a £1m refurbishment of its factory.

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Natalie Perera, of Helping Hands.

New in-house trainer for care company

A Northumberland homecare organisation has appointed an in-house trainer to support its expansion plans.

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Clocking into new watch showroom

Clocking into new watch showroom

It’s time for a Northumberland watch-maker to move his business to the next stage.

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Ian Smith, owner of Virtus Global.

Ex-Marine is on a travel mission

A former Royal Marine Commando has put his training to use to set up a new business for corporate travel.

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County Hall, Northumberland

Successor to Northumberland development company unveiled

Northumberland County Council’s troubled development company Arch is set to be scrapped and a replacement established next week.

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The proposed site of 185 new homes in Amble, which follows the approval of almost 1,000 towards the end of last year.

Northumberland new-houses number already exceeds minimum level up to year 2036

The new Local Plan calls for 17,700 new homes in Northumberland from 2016 to 2036 – but there are already more than 22,000 in the pipeline.

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Toomey Legal move to Cramlington to grow business. Photo: The Bigger Picture Agency LTD

Property lawyer sets up new home

A specialist property lawyer is on the move to a Cramlington business park.

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Barclays CEO Jes Staley during his visit to bank customer Thornton Brothers in Ashington where he launched a new growth fund for small and medium-sized businesses in the North of England.

Barclays Bank launches £500m northern growth fund during visit to Northumberland company

Barclays today (Thursday) launched a new £500million growth fund for small and medium-sized businesses in the North of England as part of the bank’s commitment to support the Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative.
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Morpeth Train Station.'Morpeth Railway Station

Railway’s best in public ownership

The announcement by the Transport Secretary on the future of the East Coast main railway line came as no surprise to me because it was further proof that public ownership is the best way forward for the operation of our rail network.

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AVID's new recruits (left to right) Neil Mistry, Applications Engineer, Lee Johnson, Project Engineer, (in car) Kevin Raffle, Production Operative, Adam Bokenfohr, Project Engineer, Dainius Nartsutis, Embedded Software Engineer, David Smurthwaite, Senior Project Manager and Greg Jones, Customer Programme Manager.

Company growth boosts local jobs

A Cramlington automotive firm has secured £50m in new business.

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Trains crossing the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

East Coast main line trains back in public hands next month

Virgin Trains East Coast (Vtec) will be stripped of its contract on June 24, UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

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The Port of Blyth has announced financial records among the best in its 135-year history. Picture by Paul Everington/FlyPro-UK Ltd.

Financial boost for Port of Blyth

Financial results for the Port of Blyth are among the best in the port’s 135-year history, officials have revealed.

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REVIEW: Matilda the Musical (UK Tour), Sunderland Empire, until Saturday, June 2

I joined the queue outside the Sunderland Empire along with an even mix of excitable children, mainly young girls, and less-enthralled adults wondering whether this show was going to be for me!
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Back row:- Ken Dunbar and Paul Johnson. Front row:- Richard Wearmouth, Tony Quinn, Martin Lawlor and Andy Williamson.

Offshore energy hub is steering in the right direction

A premier deep-water offshore energy hub has assembled key players to form a steering group to drive forward investment and jobs.

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The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Windfarm Project has been awarded a prestigious honour at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Robert Stephenson Awards

Offshore project lands top award

An engineering project has been awarded a prestigious honour.

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The fishing fleet at Amble Harbour.

Trackers to be fitted to all Northumberland’s fishing boats

All fishing boats on the Northumberland coast will have to be fitted with trackers in the coming years – but funding should be provided to cover the cost.

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A taxi rank in Alnwick.

Northumberland taxi fares could rise

Taxi fares in Northumberland could rise for the first time in five years.

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Left to right: Amy Webber, of Blyth Workspace; Tony French, RockSalt Subsea; and John Hildreth, from Energy Central.

Subsea company dives into chance to return home to Blyth

A business supporting the offshore energy industry has returned home to Blyth.

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Representatives from the six businesses, Business Northumberland and NEC prepare for SubCon in June.

Six Northumberland firms to showcase themselves on international stage

Six Northumberland manufacturing businesses have been chosen to represent the county at a national conference.

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