Hello! I'm Jamie, Editor of Bdaily. 

I mostly cover business news across the North East but you'll also find me reporting on and adding opinions to other regions too. 

I most enjoy human interest stories, I love to unearth a startup tale or talk in-depth about regional entrepreneurship. I'm also a self confessed sucker for anything digital, so I'm always keen to report on all things tech too.

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Brexit: North East businesses react to Article 50 trigger

Jamie Hardesty

Triggering the infamous Article 50, Prime Minister Theresa May formally issued the UK’s leave from the EU today. Predicted to take two years to negotiate the shape of our island’s trading…

Andy Trafford, director and owner of MacDonald Martin Ltd
Sunderland fire safety firm lands £100k contract with Sheffield Council

Jamie Hardesty

Sunderland-based fire safety business MacDonald Martin Ltd has secured a two year deal with Sheffield County Council, worth £100k, to provide fire safety measures for over 400 buildings. The business will…

Kevan O’Neill and Jeremy Meredith of Innov8 Risk Consultants
Lucion Services merges firms to form larger risk management business

Jamie Hardesty

Gateshead-headquartered Lucion Services has announced the merger of two of its businesses, Innov8 Safety Solutions and Salbrook Vance, to form an enlarged safety and risk management firm. Based in the North West…

Kaims site, purchased by Maguires Country Parks
43 acre Bamburgh holiday park snapped up

Jamie Hardesty

Leisure and residential operator Maguires Country Parks has acquired a 43 acre holiday park in Bamburgh, Northumberland, worth a reported £5.5m. A family-run operator of sites across Northumbria, North Yorkshire and…

Stephen Bromley of Hall Construction Services with Lewis Stokes and Mark Rowcroft of the Banks Group
Work begins on £17.5m wind farm near Darlington

Jamie Hardesty

Contractor Hall Construction Services has begun work on Banks Renewables’ new, £17.5m wind farm near Darlington. The Moor House wind farm, located on land to the north east of Barmpton, will…

Durham Cathedral and River
Multiple firms on board to deliver two major construction projects for Durham University

Jamie Hardesty

Durham University has appointed a number of businesses, including a global construction consultancy, to provide turnkey services for two major builds vital to the research centre’s future operations. Independent professional services…

The future of North East tech: Five things to consider

Jamie Hardesty

There’s no doubt that technology is one of the North East’s most exciting sectors right now. The recent Tech Nation roadshow, held at The Core, Newcastle Science Central, emphasised the rising…

NOVELTEA Co-founders Lukas Passia (left) and Vincent Efferoth (right)
Young entrepreneurial duo launch alcoholic tea startup in Newcastle

Jamie Hardesty

Newcastle University graduates Vincent Efferoth and Lukas Passia have launched NOVELTEA, a new brand of cold-brewed tea infused with alcohol. Starting with two flavours, The Tale of Tangier, an infusion of…

Barrcuda Gold underwater welding electrode
North East manufacturer hopes to shake up marine industry with new welding innovation

Jamie Hardesty

North East manufacturer Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) has developed a new welding electrode designed to save time and money in the marine and subsea industry. The ‘Barracuda Gold Welding Electrode’ gives a…

Cleveland Business Centre
£3m Cleveland Business Centre put on the market

Jamie Hardesty

Middlesbrough-based town centre office development the Cleveland Business Centre has been put on the market for £3m. The Centre, which underwent a £1m refurbishment last year, is almost fully let with…

14 Follingsby Park
Northampton logistics firm procures Gateshead industrial unit

Jamie Hardesty

Logistics firm The Panther Group is set to open a new industrial hub in Gateshead, after taking a 39,000 sq ft unit at LGIM Real Assets’ 14 Follingsby Park. Taking on…

BT’s Newcastle Customer Contact Centre
BT looking to recruit additional 90 staff for Newcastle site

Jamie Hardesty

BT has announced plans to recruit a further 90 staff in Newcastle, with available jobs ranging from sales to customer service roles. One of the North East’s largest private sector employers…