Sunderland fans could end this season celebrating promotion – but the team’s 2017 and 2018 relegations hurt more than local prideWhen Sunderland AFC take on Portsmouth in the promotion playoff semi-finals this weekend, it won’t just be diehard fans che…Read more
Jobs at risk as company says closure is part of plan to withdraw from western EuropeNissan will cease production of its luxury Infiniti brand at its Sunderland factory by the summer, potentially putting jobs at risk.The Japanese car maker said the move…Read more
Labour says business secretary ‘dodged scrutiny’ by failing to tell parliament about state aidLabour has accused the business secretary, Greg Clark, of misleading MPs by failing to tell parliament that a £61m package of state aid had been granted to Ni…Read more
Thatcher’s ministers knew EU membership was vital in attracting the Japanese carmaker. No one told the publicThe sprawling site near Sunderland of the giant Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is a fine-tuned product of Britain’s participation in the Euro…Read more
As the firm abandons plans to build a major new model in the city, residents fear other employers will move elsewhereNissan’s Washington car plant in Sunderland remained silent on Sunday morning. The only sound came from the camera crews gathered at it…Read more
Carmaker will not build new X-Trail in UK, saying uncertainty about future is affecting firmsNissan has confirmed it is abandoning plans to build a new model of one of its flagship vehicles at its Sunderland plant, as it warned that uncertainty over Br…Read more
In the 1980s, Thatcher’s government sold Britain as ‘a gateway to Europe’. Nissan came to Sunderland and thrived – but now its future is uncertain. By David ConnEarlier this year, when the British government’s assessments of the economic impact of Brex…Read more
Leave-voting areas such as Sunderland to be worst hit by government strategiesVersions of Brexit under consideration by the cabinet could cut British manufacturing exports by up to a third, according to new economic modelling that finds leave-voting ar…Read more
Budget aims to tackle London-centric economy by announcing spending plans for areas including the north and Midlands
English regions including the north and the Midlands will receive a multibillion-pound investment in an effort to reduce the weighting of the economy towards London.
Speaking as he announced plans aimed at improving transport links and devolving more power to the regions, Philip Hammond said “far too much of our economic strength is concentrated in our capital city”.Read more
It is easy to export ‘if you make products people want’, Ebac founder John Elliott advises MPs on fact-finding mission
A manufacturer in the north-east has told MPs that Brexit does not have to be bad for British exporters, boasting that his firm has just struck a lucrative, long-term deal with a French company.
John Elliott, the founder and chairman of Ebac, which makes water coolers, washing machines and dehumidifiers from a factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, said trade tariffs were “not the end of the world”.Read more