Newcastle University Business School appoints Tom Maxfield

Newcastle University Business School yesterday announced the appointment of Tom Maxfield as David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation & Enterprise. The post is appointed annually to help stimulate entrepreneurial talent from within the region. It was created in 2001 to honor the life and work of the co-founder of Sage Group plc. Mr… More →

TTE tap into international markets

Middlesbrough based TTE Technical Training Group has appointed an experienced sales and marketing specialist to manage and generate global sales. Hamada Alafifi, 51, has been appointed as Technical Sales Manager to foster international business. TTE has established a reputation as a leading global provider of training solutions and has operations in the… More →

Stockton Library undergoes £1.9m transformation

Stockton Council’s Central Library is to undergo a £1.9m facelift. The transformation will see investment in a new self-service technology, an enhanced reference and study facility, a local family library suite, improved ICT facilities, a new conference room and a new cafe. The library will close on Thursday 24 February so the refurbishment… More →

NCFE closes the skills gap with apprenticeship frameworks

A qualification provider is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week following the launch of a series of new ‘frameworks’. The qualifications, set up by NCFE, have been introduced to meet rising demand in the region and the UK, following the government’s commitment to increase the budget for apprenticeships to over £1400 million in 2011-12.  NCFE… More →

Government urges firms to look to apprentices

As Apprenticeship Week commenced yesterday, the government said it was hoping that UK firms would create 100,000 more apprentices by 2014. Business Secretary Vince Cable said investment in training new generations of skilled workers would be key to sustainable economic growth. As part of that commitment the government is reportedly making £1.4bn… More →

New contact centre brings fresh employment

A new contact centre, which opens today in Sunderland, plans to create 250 jobs by the end of the year. RevolutionCC is located in 6,000 sq ft of purpose designed office accommodation at e-volve - Sunderland City Council’s e-commerce and technology centre at Rainton Bridge South.  Fifteen staff have already been appointed… More →

NEAC first in the region with the launch of new apprentice CV service

The North East Apprenticeship Company (NEAC) is the first in the region to provide a ‘revolutionary’ new online CV service which will benefit both young apprentices and employers. Apprentices at NEAC will be among the first people in the UK to use Innovate CV, an interactive online method of marketing young… 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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