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250 jobs boost at Hartlepool shipyard

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright welcome new jobs on Teesside Credit: Heerema Fabrication Group SE

250 new jobs have been created by Heerema Fabrication Group at its yard near Hartlepool.

The news has been welcomed by Hartlepool MP and Shadow Minister for Industry Iain Wright.

The company is working on a contract for the Cygnus gas field development in the southern North Sea.

Cygnus represents an investment of £1.4billion by operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK and partners Centrica Energy and Bayerngas.

It is the largest southern gas basin discovery for 25 years and at peak will produce enough gas to meet the needs of 1.5million UK homes.

Blueprint for economic growth across Newcastle and Gateshead

A masterplan has been discussed to create jobs and homes across Newcastle and Gateshead.

Land has been earmarked for housing developments, business and industry in a bid to kickstart the economy.

  • More than thirty thousand homes are planned to meet growing demand

  • Around three quarters would be built on urban and brownfield sites

  • The remaining quarter are planned for greenbelt land

The 'Local Plan' as it is known, is a framework stretching to the year 2030. It will now go out to public consultation.

A final decision on the plan is expected to be made next year.

Watch Helen Ford's full report here:


World-class factory brings boost to North East economy

A new rope-making factory opening on Tyneside is set to bring a business and employment boost to the area.

International rope-maker Bridon believe the opening of a factory that could create the biggest rope in the world will create at least 50 jobs - as well as safeguarding a further 150 jobs at Bridon Neptune Quay's sister site on Willington Quay.

The Regional Growth Fund, which contributed over two million pounds towards the thirty million pound project, has estimated that as much as an extra £26.4 million pounds could be brought to the North East economy through private sector investment because of the new factory.

"This state-of-the-art facility will provide a welcome, long term business and employment boost to Newcastle, creating many highly-skilled jobs and encouraging the growth of industry in the North East.

Bridon Neptune Quay is the most advanced rope factory in the world, and is a clear example of the return of heavy industry to Tyneside - helping establish the area as a high-tech hub for the international offshore industries."

– Nick Brown MP, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Tyneside industry returns with world's largest rope-making machine

The largest rope-making machine in the world will be turned on today (November 15th) in Newcastle, heralding the return of heavy industry to the region and a boost to employment.

International ropemaker company Bridon have confirmed that the Tyneside factory will produce the largest and most complex ropes in the world - with some weighing up to 650 tonnes.

The factory is being opened by the Business Minister Michael Fallon.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne MP Nick Brown will also be at today's ceremony.

The factory at Bridon Neptune Quay is already taking on orders from multinational operators.

"Companies like Bridon International are a great example of how Britain's manufacturers are leading the world.

Through Bridon's innovations, the largest, most advanced ropes ever made are being sold around the world from Britain - and helping to solve the challenges our modern offshore industries face."

– Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon


Demolition of former ICI headquarters due to begin

by Rachel Bullock
ICI Headquarters, Billingham
Work starts to demolish the former ICI headquarters in BIllingham on Teesside today. Credit: ITV

The demolition of the former ICI headquarters in BIllingham on Teesside will begin later today. The disused site has stood empty for more than a decade and has been at the centre of a legal wrangle between its owners and Stockton Council.

The council finally won its legal bid to have the building demolished after arguing that it was dangerous and an eyesore. Work to demolish it will be launched by a local resident who will sound an airhorn.

Development Director says Alcan meetins will ensure community is 'made stronger'

We are working closely with local politicians, Northumberland County Council, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the Government and other interested parties to ensure we promote the site and all of its credentials to potential investors with credible and sustainable business plans.

Linked directly to the RED strategy is the legacy that Rio Tinto Alcan wants to leave behind. Our extensive legacy programme will ensure we leave the community stronger and more self-sustaining in the face of future challenges.

– John McCabe, Regional Economic Development Director
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