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A COMMERCE expert called on North-East companies to get more involved in schools.

John Mowbray, the president of the North East Chamber of Commerce, is urging businesses to support teenagers as they move on to either higher education or into careers.

He added: “This is a time for celebration and our congratulations go out to those students who have worked hard to achieve their results.

“It’s now the responsibility of businesses to help those young people whether they are going onto further education and they’re giving them guidance or they’re offering them vocational employment.

“As the students get very close to entering the world of work, there’s a real need for businesses to get involved in schools and help them onto the next step of the career ladder.”

FOUR out of 10 financial directors would not pay a financial premium to introduce hybrid or fully electric vehicles.

Lex Autolease, which leases 300,000 vehicles to firms nationwide, says its poll of 100 financial directors confirms that cost remains a major barrier to entry for many.

But for just 35 per cent of those polled, a price premium of up to ten per cent, compared to conventional fuels, wouldn’t be too much to swallow.

Marcus Puddy, head of consultancy services at Lex Autolease, said: “For a long time petrol ruled the roost, but today diesel is the most popular fuel choice. So who knows what tomorrow will bring given our finite oil reserves and rising carbon taxes?”

ELECTRICITY production from Britain’s wind farms increased by 131.1 per cent between April and June compared to the same period last year.

The increase was the equivalent of enough energy to supply 1.3 million homes.

The statistics from RenewableUK, the country’s leading renewable energy trade association, also show that offshore wind generation increased by 146 per cent in the same period.

RenewableUK’s director of economics and markets, Dr Gordon Edge, said: “While the amount of power generated by wind turbines is of course dependent on the strength of the wind at any given time, these figures help to demonstrate the increasing importance of wind generation as part of our electricity supply.

“In the face of both rising fossil fuel prices and climate change, it’s clear that cutting the amount of gas and coal we burn to make electricity is crucial.

“Britain is the windiest country in Europe, and our fantastic wind resource is already playing a significant part in achieving this goal.”