£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 →

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 →

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 →

Industry welcomes Green New Deal

THE manufacturers’ organisation EEF yesterday welcomed the publication of the Green New Deal. The organisation believes the new deal is a step change in the approach to encouraging energy efficiency amongst domestic and small business energy users. The firm also thinks the measures will provide a boost to investment in and development… More →

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Was the winter freeze to blame for the economic slump?

THE Forum of Private Business reacted negatively to GDP figures illustrating that the economy shrunk by 0.5% in the final three months of 2010, following four successive quarters of growth.

The Government has blamed the bad winter weather for the slump but the Forum is arguing that slow movement on policies to improve business finance – including addressing the lack of affordable lending from banks and tackling the £24 billion in late payments owed to small firms across the UK – are the real reasons why the economy is facing a ‘double dip’ recession. 

But where do you think the problem lies and who is to blame for the contraction in the economy? Vote on this bdaily’s weekly poll!