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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Revealed: North East businesses react to Theresa May’s Industrial Strategy plans

Jamie Hardesty

Following Theresa May’s Industrial Strategy revelations which dominated yesterday’s news, we’re interested in knowing how Britain’s new economic direction will affect the North East. We already know that £50m has been allocated to…

Prof Jane Turner
Teesside University tells PM to ‘think digital’ with Catalyst for Growth vision

Jamie Hardesty

With Theresa May announcing her green paper on the UK’s industrial strategy, Teesside University has published its own blueprint for boosting business and employment in the Tees Valley. The document challenges…

British flag and the Gherkin, London
This week’s hot topic: Understanding May’s Industrial Strategy

Jamie Hardesty

We began this week by reporting that Prime Minister Theresa May will use her first regional Cabinet meeting (taking place today, Monday 23) to launch proposals for a Modern Industrial… celebrates launch of NYC from NCL
Jet2 announces 2017 New York trips from Newcastle Airport

Jamie Hardesty

Travellers from the region will once again be able to journey to New York from Newcastle Airport, as British low-cost airline Jet2 has announced trips to the Big Apple for…

Andrew Hodgson, NELEP
£50m Growth Funding to propel North East’s plans for Advanced Manufacturing Park

Jamie Hardesty

The government has allocated £49.7m in Local Growth Funding to the North East, as revealed in Theresa May's Industrial Strategy update. The majority of the funding, which takes the 2015-2021 total…

Convention Bureau team on the NewcastleGateshead stand at International Confex 2016.
NewcastleGateshead looks to shine at International Confex

Jamie Hardesty

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau will be shining a spotlight on NewcastleGateshead’s conference and events offering at one of the UK’s leading trade exhibitions, International Confex, from the 1 – 2 March…

L-R Kevin Maloney (Muckle), Laura Farnworth and Graham Moore (both Atom Bank), Louise Duffy and Emma
Atom Bank brings Muckle on board to assist legal matters

Jamie Hardesty

Durham-headquartered digital bank Atom has appointed Newcastle law firm, and fellow North East business, Muckle LLP to its panel of legal advisers. The bank, which is the only UK company to…

Lamplas employee quality checking a shower pod before dispatch
Consett manufacturing business takes on 15 new staff following major contract

Jamie Hardesty

Consett manufacturing firm Lamplas has created 15 new jobs after securing a long term contract with Swift Group, a manufacturer of caravans, holiday homes and motorhomes.   Lamplas, which develops GRP…

Hay & Kilner’s Managing Partner, Jonathan Waters with Paul Illes, Partner at Hay & Kilner.
This week’s North East appointments

Jamie Hardesty

A roundup of the latest appointment news from across the North East.  Paul Illes, Hay & Kilner Residential property lawyer Paul Illes has been promoted to partner at Newcastle-based law firm Hay…

hedgehog lab Lead Strategist Paul Morris, who is launching the company’s Denmark office
Newcastle app developer hedgehog lab opens Denmark office

Jamie Hardesty

Newcastle tech firm hedgehog lab has opened an office in Copenhagen, Denmark, giving it a European foothold for post-Brexit growth on the continent. The new office will act as a sales…

 Ryan Maughan, founder and managing director, AVID Technology.
Cramlington firm to play key role in government carbon reduction mission

Jamie Hardesty

Cramlington-based AVID Technology has been named as one of 20 UK consortia to participate in a £20m government project to improve air quality. The firm will work on a programme to…

Stephen Gosnay, Ashbank Laundry Centre
Teesside laundry firm awash with success as turnover doubles to £2m

Jamie Hardesty

The Ashbank Laundry Centre, based on Teesside Industrial Estate, is undergoing substantial business growth, doubling its turnover to £2m. The Thornaby-on-Tees service business has also revealed the creation of ten new…