Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin Money could expand into business finance

Sir Richard was in Newcastle to promote Virgin StartUp and said the UK's business funding gap is an opportunity for his bank

Chester-le-Street doctor accused of groping teenage girls during examinations

Dr Unt Tun Maung
Unt Tun Maung has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assaults, claimed to have taken place while he worked as locum GP in County Durham

Plan to help North East households struggling with fuel bills will improve two million homes

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey
The North East has one of the highest rates of 'fuel poverty' in the country, energy secretary Ed Davey said

Bedlingtonshire Community High School slammed by Ofsted inspectors

Pupils sitting an exam updated
The Northumberland school has been heavily criticised by inspectors for its quality of teaching and pupil performance

Priceless Scottish treasures are on their way to Bede's World in Jarrow

Bede's World volunteers set off to Scotland
Bede's World in Jarrow has been allowed to select for display incredible artefacts from the Burrell Collection

North East expectant mums should be warned against drinking any alcohol during pregnancy

Generic photo of a pregnant woman with a glass of wine
Health bosses say inconsistent messages are leaving expectant North East mums-to-be confused

MPs urge Government to rescue the Durham County Plan

Chancellor, George Osborne visits Nifco's factory in Eaglescliffe to outline 'Long Term Economic Plan for the North East'
MPs are leading a 90-minute Commons debate to urge Ministers to support plans to create 30,000 jobs in County Durham

Team Valley security specialist Petards wins order worth £1.5m from Siemens

Petards eyeTrain systems are used on Electrostar trains, like this one in use at the Stansted Express
The firm, which employs around 80 people, last year entered into a framework agreement with Siemens which represented a 'major milestone'

Wildlife prize for Haltwhistle photographer's brown bear picture

Evening Bear by Steve Wrightson, from Northumberland
Haltwhistle photographer Steve Wrightson's striking shot has won a Scottish Seabird Centre Nature photography award

Hampton by Hilton Newcastle hotel complex opens its doors to public

The Hampton by Hilton Newcastle team, headed up by Paolo Franchi, General Manager
The multi-million pound hotel near Newcastle Central Station has opened to guests a month earlier than initially planned

Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer line up date at Newcastle City Hall

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have confirmed their first live tour in 20 years
The tour will be the first time the pair, famous for the likes of Shooting Stars, have been on the road together in 17 years

George Osborne is to sit down and discuss 'unrealistic' County Durham plan

Chancellor George Osborne
The Chancellor pledged to sit down and discuss the 'ridiculed' plan has been keenly received by councillors and business leaders

'You can't turn the whole of Durham into Beamish Museum,' says Simon Henig

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council
Leaders hit out as anger rises over the dismissal by a Bristol-based planning inspector of "too ambitious" County Durham plan

£100,000 investment as Mecaplast confirms commitment to North East

David Cann, Mecaplast UK General Manager
The investment comes after Mecaplast last year increased the space it occupies in Peterlee, allowing it to create scores of jobs

Outdated Pacer trains WILL be scrapped - but civil servants objected to £250 million cost

A Northern Rail pacer trains
Ministers have finally confirmed that the North is to get new trains as they launch franchise battles for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East
Sir Malcolm Rifkind speaks to the media in Great Smith Street, London

Denise Robertson: The overwhelming arrogance of Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw

Journal columnist Denise Robertson expresses her disdain for 'cash-for-access' politicians

Bedlingtonshire Community High School slammed by Ofsted inspectors

Pupils sitting an exam updated
The Northumberland school has been heavily criticised by inspectors for its quality of teaching and pupil performance

Wildlife prize for Haltwhistle photographer's brown bear picture

Evening Bear by Steve Wrightson, from Northumberland
Haltwhistle photographer Steve Wrightson's striking shot has won a Scottish Seabird Centre Nature photography award

Plan to help North East households struggling with fuel bills will improve two million homes

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey
The North East has one of the highest rates of 'fuel poverty' in the country, energy secretary Ed Davey said
Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin Money could expand into business finance

Sir Richard was in Newcastle to promote Virgin StartUp and said the UK's business funding gap is an opportunity for his bank

NIBE and business school to host discussion on ethics in businesses

Louise Hunter, director of corporate affairs at Northumbrian Water Ltd
With input from Northumbrian Water, Hodgson Sayers and others, event aims to establish peer support network

Redundancies and new chief executive at County Durham manufacturer Filtronic

Alan Needle, chief executive officer at Filtronic updated
Firm with County Durham base has replaced its chief executive after announcing expected drop in sales

North East Exporters' Awards: Search begins for best medium and large exporters

Lord Livingston and Jim Parr from Glanbia Performance Nutrition
Businesses with a turnover of more than £25m are eligible to enter hotly contested category in North East Exporters' Awards
South Shields families forced to leave their homes after a gas leak

South Shields families forced to leave their homes after a gas leak

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after 34 homes had to be temporarily evacuated in South Shields

Five things we learned in the North East today, Tuesday, March 3

Five things we learned in the North East today, Tuesday, March 3
Here are five things we learned today in the North East, from a sizzling forecast to police frustration with internet trolls

Durham is right to have big ambitions - but county plan must be changed, Ministers say

Durham is right to have big ambitions - but county plan must be changed, Ministers say
Government Ministers back plan for 30,000 jobs in principle but say council must make changes
Hull City 0-0 Sunderland RECAP: Relive all the build-up and action from the KC Stadium

Hull City 0-0 Sunderland RECAP: Relive all the build-up and action from the KC Stadium

Relive all the build-up, action and analysis from the KC Stadium as Sunderland take on Hull in the Premier League

Made 4 The Cage 16 results: Mulheron upbeat despite leg break and Denham in dreamland

Made 4 The Cage 16 results: Mulheron upbeat despite leg break and Denham in dreamland
After a night of shocks at Made 4 The Cage 16 James Mulheron discusses his defeat and leg break and Thomas Denham talks his win

Aston Villa was a scrappy old affair but it could be a special night against Man United

Aston Villa was a scrappy old affair but it could be a special night against Man United
Legendary Fairs Cup winning captain Bob Moncur reflects on scrappy affair with Aston Villa and the big one against Manchester United
Europe frontman Joey Tempest

Europe singer Joey Tempest looks ahead to weekend Newcastle gig

Black Star Riders and Europe join forces for what promises to be a pulsating double bill at Newcastle O2 Academy

Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer line up date at Newcastle City Hall

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have confirmed their first live tour in 20 years
The tour will be the first time the iconic comedy duo have been on the road together in two decades

Review: Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead

The interior of Six at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Reviewing Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is a labour of love for Robert Gibson
The interior of Six at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Review: Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead

Reviewing Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is a labour of love for Robert Gibson

Secret Diner Review: Newcastle's historic Grainger Market food stalls

The Grainger Market in Newcastle
Amid the greengrocers, butchers and purveyors of a wide range of goods, Secret Diner finds the Grainger Market caters for a refined palate

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage
Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve

Footballer Adam Johnson on bail after being arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16

Sunderland and England player has been suspended by the club after being questioned by police on Monday

Celebrity Big Brother receives nearly three thousands complaints but Ofcom not investigating

Channel 5 show will not be investigated even though it had 2,736 complaints including 715 about Perez Hilton's behaviour

Videos & Photos

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin Money could expand into business finance

Amanda Vigar, of V&A Vigar & Co (Darlington) LLP and Mohammed Bashir and Christine Bell, of Boro Taxis. Picture: Keith Taylor

Stewart McNicholl is named as North East young director of the year

Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

 
 

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