£100m chemical scheme maybe a UK first

PLANS to create a new £100 million chemical scheme on Teesside could generate up to 80 jobs. Solvert Limited is hoping to develop the UK’s first manufacturing facility which produces industrial chemicals from domestic and commercial waste.  Thanks to new legislation, and demand from companies keen to improve their environmental credentials, Solvert… More →

Advancements in electric cars will benefit the North East, says MEP

AS the North East gears up towards playing an important role in the production of electric vehicles, one of the region’s MEPs is taking things one step further by pushing for a  European electro-mobility strategy. Nissan’s Leaf will be built on Wearside in 2013 and North East MEP Fiona Hall believes… More →

Jobs to be shed as park tries to manage 33% budget cut

NORTHUMBERLAND National Park Authority has announced that up to 19 jobs will be lost over the next four years as its income is slashed by over £1million per year. The move will include management positions being halved, along with a number of administrative and planning posts. With employment costs representing 80% of… More →

Oil disaster possible in the North Sea

A RECENTLY released investigation by oil-industry watchdog PLATFORM warns that a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is possible in British waters, unless current policies are changed. The White House’s oil commission investigation into the Deepwater Horizon spill today warns that a repeat of the disaster is likely because of industry… More →

New network will stimulate region’s energy sector

A NEW network has been launched in the region to stimulate growth and trade in the energy and environmental industries. The Energy and Environmental Industries Forum (EEIF) has been created by RENEW, the organisation that looks after energy and environmental technology projects across North East England. John Barton, Director, RENEW, said: “There… More →

Business commuters told to get on their bikes

NORTH EAST business commuters are being urged to seek more sustainable travel arrangements which will have both environmental and economic benefits. This week saw a record high in petrol and diesel costs exacerbated by the VAT increase from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent. As a result, Be Air Aware (BAA),… More →

Tyre specialist gears up for record sales

SALES of winter tyres have reached record levels at the largest independent tyre retailer in the North of England. North Eastern Tyre and Autocare (NETA), who have been stockpiling winter tyres in preparation for the adverse driving conditions for some months, have reported an eightfold increase in sales of tyre sales. Gavin… More →

Wilton Centre looks to a greener future

ONE of the region’s science and business parks is looking into the possibility of producing clean, green renewable energy at its site. The Wilton Centre located between Middlesbrough and Redcar has teamed up with on-site wind energy company Wind Direct, which specialises in the installation of wind turbines on commercial and… More →

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Small firms helped to bid for procurement ‘billions’

David Cameron has announced a series of measures to help small and medium-sized firms compete for billions of pounds worth of central government contracts.

He said the aim was to give businesses greater access to the bidding process by eliminating “excessive bureaucracy and petty regulation”.

Firms should no longer have to input their information each time they apply for a new contract, for example.

The CBI, however, said the government could have gone much further. But what do you think? 

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