James Wharton, (left) MP for Stockton South and Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, in his new office with his boss, Middlesbrough-born Greg Clark Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

North East councils set to present Government with plans for Manchester-style devolution deal

Local Government Secretary Greg Clark says he looks foward to seeing the North East's plans, but won't promise a referendum on a mayor

Benfield motors ahead with 21% rise in operating profits

Mark Squires, Chief Executive, Benfield Motor Group, outside the new £7 million Audi dealership on Scotswood Road, Newcastle
The independent motor group grew sales to almost £700m on the back of continuing consumer confidence

Former Killhope Museum director wins annual Pendlebury Award

Award winner Ian Forbes, centre, with North Pennines AONB Partnership director (left) and Eddie Tomlinson, chairman of the partnership
The Pendlebury Award recognises decades of effort for the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Startup Britain campaign which hopes to inspire new businesses kicks off in Newcastle

L-R Director of Start up Britain Matt Smith, Vanessa Muss from Sage, Kosta Mavraulakis from Start up Britain, Cairine Chandler from Sage and Geoff Brown from sponsor Natwest
Startup Britain campaign brought bus to Newcastle city centre on a nationwide tour designed to inspire would-be entrepreneurs

Gateshead software developer helps New World Designs automate post-production of Bullet Time filming

From left, Waymark commercial director Paul Lofthouse with New World Designs co-owners Ian Wright and Steve Reeves
Waymark's solution means Matrix-style special effects can be achieved in minutes, or even seconds, rather than days

New strike laws will trigger 'civil disobedience' on a huge scale, says Northumberland MP

Ian Lavery
Former NUM president Ian Lavery says withdrawing labour is a "human right" that should not be subject to any ballot

Newcastle student accommodation plans submitted for 331-bed building

The proposed Vita student accommodation across from St James' Park, as designed by Ryder Architecture
The planning application marks the first phase in the multi-million pound scheme, which could also bring new office space and a hotel

Seaward Group acquired by German multinational MetraWatt International

Rod Taylor, founder and chairman of Seaward
Directors note strong synergy in product ranges, geographical spread and markets served

Northumberland photographer among businesses taking to the skies with drone training

Photographer Andrew Bryson, who has recently trained with Heliguy
Andrew Bryson is one of growing number of businesses to have used North Shields-based Heliguy to get trained in using drones

People's Kitchen celebrates 30th anniversary - but needs more volunteers to carry on its work

The peoples kitchen Christmas party for the cities homeless at the Trafalgar street arches in Newcastle
The Newcastle charity says it is needed more than ever with 120 homeless people a day coming to it for help and food

New head of Northumberland National Park Authority revealed

Longhorsley Councillor Glen Sanderson
Veteran councillor and farmer Glen Sanderson elected chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority

Yvette Cooper: Tory plan to cut tax credits shows David Cameron has a 'women problem'

Labour MP and Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper
North East could lose £200 million from Conservative tax credit cuts, says Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper

Mog on the Tyne cat cafe in Newcastle primed for summer opening

Katie Glazier at her Mog On The Tyne cat cafe
Want a lapcat to stroke as you sip a latte? Newcastle's new Mog on the Tyne cat cafe aims to offers just that on Pudding Chare

NHS boss warns 'dark clouds' are gathering above North East mental health services

John Lawlor chief executive of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
A year after John Lawlor took over as chief executive at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, he talks about challenges he has faced

Superkrush unveils new Gateshead studios in former derelict working men's club

Chris Taylor and Nick Todd, co-founders of the Jam Jar Studios in Gateshead, with their new Green Screen studio
The North East video marketers used Let's Grow funding to transform the former club on Mulgrave Terrace into Jam Jar Studios

Cramlington firm Moody Logistics launches HGV apprenticeship programme

Moody Logistics' business development director Caroline Moody
HGV Apprenticeships have not been a typical part of the transport and logistics industry for more than 25 years
Award winner Ian Forbes, centre, with North Pennines AONB Partnership director (left) and Eddie Tomlinson, chairman of the partnership

Former Killhope Museum director wins annual Pendlebury Award

The Pendlebury Award recognises decades of effort for the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Neither the EU nor Britain has got to grips with the issue of immigration

Migrants trying to board UK bound lorries on the main road into Calais ferry port
Kate Thick argues that migration is vital to Britain - and that if we really want to cut it we need to work harder to level up the world

We have to look after Ashington as well as Morpeth

Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council
Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey on why it must act now to make sure all of the county's town centres can thrive

Pollution row could put brakes on Heathrow expansion, according to reports

Newcastle International Airport
Cabinet is believed to be split on airport expansion in the South East, which could have major implications for regional airports like Newcastle
Mark Squires, Chief Executive, Benfield Motor Group, outside the new £7 million Audi dealership on Scotswood Road, Newcastle

Benfield motors ahead with 21% rise in operating profits

The independent motor group grew sales to almost £700m on the back of continuing consumer confidence

Gateshead software developer helps New World Designs automate post-production of Bullet Time filming

From left, Waymark commercial director Paul Lofthouse with New World Designs co-owners Ian Wright and Steve Reeves
Waymark's solution means Matrix-style special effects can be achieved in minutes, or even seconds, rather than days

New online tool can help beef farmers manage their herds electronically

Katie Brian, BRP Project Manager at AHDB
Herd Management Calendar among a range of resources being offered by AHDB's Beef and Lamb Better Returns Programme

Startup Britain campaign which hopes to inspire new businesses kicks off in Newcastle

L-R Director of Start up Britain Matt Smith, Vanessa Muss from Sage, Kosta Mavraulakis from Start up Britain, Cairine Chandler from Sage and Geoff Brown from sponsor Natwest
Startup Britain campaign brought bus to Newcastle city centre on a nationwide tour designed to inspire would-be entrepreneurs
North East heatwave: things to consider before swimming in open water

North East heatwave: things to consider before swimming in open water

Emergency services advise swimmers to avoid rivers, ponds and lakes, in favour of swimming pools as temperatures are set to soar in the North East

Lifeboat called to Whitley Bay after drunk teenage girl got into difficulty near rocks

Lifeboat called to Whitley Bay after drunk teenage girl got into difficulty near rocks
Cullercoats lifeboat crew called to Whitley Bay rescue teenager in they said was 'intoxicated' and needed immediate assistance

North East weather: Heatwave to continue into weekend

North East weather: Heatwave to continue into weekend
Long-range weather forecasts are predicting sunny spells and temperatures in the mid-20s for Newcastle and the North East
Sunderland's squad needs a major overhaul, according to the Big SAFC Survey

Sunderland's squad needs a major overhaul, according to the Big SAFC Survey

Sunderland fans blame the players for the club's failing last season, and say at least £40m needs to be spent on a minimum of five new signings

Durham vs Yorkshire day two: Riversiders left needing to show appetite to scrap for a draw

Durham vs Yorkshire day two: Riversiders left needing to show appetite to scrap for a draw
Durham are good at fighting for unlikely wins, less so unlikely draws. Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan left them with no choice

Sunderland's El-Hadji Ba joins Championship side Charlton Athletic

Sunderland's El-Hadji Ba joins Championship side Charlton Athletic
Sunderland have sold midfielder El-Hadji Ba to Championship side Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee
Artist Corinne Lewis-Ward who has created the Culture Award trophies at the Sage, Gateshead

Culture Awards: Gateshead artist reveals the trophies which the winners will be taking home

Corinne Lewis-Ward won a £1,000 commission, sponsored by Historic England, to create the bespoke trophies for the Culture Awards

The Culture Awards in Sunderland: A snapshot of the city's recent music heritage

The Futureheads headline Chase Park Festival
As the final plans for the Awards are put in place, Rob Lawson casts an eye over the city’s considerable music output over the past few decades

Culture Awards 2014: All you need to know

Culture Awards 2014
The Journal Culture Awards 2014 take place at Sunderland Minster on June 30, 2015. Here's a rundown of all the finalists hoping to take the trophies home
Mick Potts, landlord of the Free Trade Inn, Ouseburn, Newcastle

North East drinking buddies become community heroes

Brought together by beer, Team Booze is using its beer skills to raise charity funds in the region

All the North East food festivals to rub your tummy to in July

It’s shaping up to be a hot July on the region’s food festival front. Take a look at some of the tasty treats coming your way

Tasty trails recipe: Elderflower Jelly with Brambles and Vanilla Tuilles

Twice Brewed elderflower jelly dessert
Our series of recipes from the North East continues with chef Connor Wilson, from The Twice Brewed Inn at Bardon Mill

Planets may look like colliding but it's only an illusion

Venus and Jupiter will appear to collide but in reality they are millions of miles apart

Lord Janner to be prosecuted for child sex offences after DPP forced into U-turn

Lord Greville Janner
Independent review overturned Alison Saunders's decision former Labour peer should not face action over allegations because he is suffering from Alzheimer's

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Culture Awards 2014

Culture Awards 2014: All you need to know

Culture Awards Arts Council Award nominations

Culture Awards Arts Council Award finalists: AV Festival, Great North Passion and Steamsong

Culture Awards Writer of the Year nominations

Culture Awards Writer of the Year finalists: Alison Carr, David Almond and Peter Mortimer

 
 

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