Bishop Paul Butler and, inset, Sir Richard Branson

Bishop of Durham calls on Virgin Money to 'think again' about its £1m charity offer

Rt Rev Paul Butler said Sir Richard Branson's bank has questions to answer about "corporate social responsibility" as profits soar

International energy giant Siemens starts move of 200 staff into Cobalt Business Park

Cobalt 9B - Siemens office at Cobalt
The firm, which has taken on around 350 people in the last year, will base its Power Generation Services Division in Cobalt 9b

Durham University graduate will give talk on Richard III grave discovery

Dr Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist on the Greyfriars dig
Durham University graduate Richard Buckley will return to the region to give a talk on discovering the grave of Richard III

Headteacher walks at Thorp Academy, in Ryton, as school consults on teacher redundancies

Pupils at Thorp Academy, Ryton
Steve Williamson, who led the Ryton school through major changes in recent years, has left his post with immediate effect

North East to get 1,300 extra nurses if Labour win General Election

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham MP
The Shadow Health Secretary spoke to us to reveal plans for more North East nurses funded by mansion tax

Newcastle University scientists pioneering 'sugar intake' work could benefit millions

Millions of people across the world stand to benefit from a global shift in nutrition advice pioneered by Newcastle University scientists
Newcastle University medics help in global crackdown on sugar intake to impove Worldwide health

General Election 2015 survey: Help us create the first ever Manifesto for the North East

How do you want life in this country to change? What do you want from your politicians? We want to know what issues affect you so share your views by filling out our survey         

Girls' education in East Africa is 'another world' says Newcastle headteacher

Hilary French, head teacher at Newcastle High School for Girls, in a school at one of the most deprived parts of Uganda
Hilary French travelled to Uganda where she taught in one of the most deprived areas of the country

Virgin Money full year results reveal record performance, with 127% increase in profits

Richard Branson visits the Virgin Money Branch in Gosforth, pictured with Jayne-Anne Gadhia
The Newcastle business is also set to reward eligible employees following a landmark year, in which mortgage and credit card balances soared

Gap in European funding could be 'body blow' for North East, says Labour

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North
Catherine McKinnell says 'chaotic and total mismanagement' of move from RDAs to LEPs to blame for delay to £724m European Commission cash

CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards: Spotlight on this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award

Carsten Staehr, CEO of Cintra HR & Payroll Services
We take a look at this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services

Newcastle firms join forces to launch the Your Money personal advice service - sponsored feature

Journal Money experts, from left, Francesca Angelucci of Square One Law, Stephen Hall of Deloitte and Jo Jackson of Brewin Dolphin
Brewin Dolphin, Square One Law and Deloitte join forces to launch the Your Money advice service - sponsored feature

Photography for Little People entrepreneur tells of international franchising expansion

Melanie Kemp and Jan Massey set up a baby photography company ten years ago which has now gone international
County Durham mother and daughter duo behind the baby photographing business have recently launched in Hong Kong

ITV's 'mega-huge' Beowulf adaptation takes shape in County Durham

The old cement works which used to provide employment in the Eastgate area
What is ITV’s answer to Game of Thrones? Rumour has it, writes David Whetstone, that it is starting to take shape in a chilly old quarry in County Durham

More must cycle in the in the North East to combat 'inactivity epidemic' in children

The Big Pedal aims to get children on their bikes during the school-run
Sustrans says almost half of children are not getting the recommended daily amount of exercise and more needs to be done

Missing Newsham and New Delaval war memorial rediscovered in Northumberland archives

Dora Warwick, Annie Hutchinson and Jack Jackson who all have relatives marked on the newly discovered war memorial at Woodhorn Colliery museum
Families of the deceased appealed for help in solving the 'mystery' of the lost tribute and it was uncovered in Woodhorn Museum
Dr Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist on the Greyfriars dig

Durham University graduate will give talk on Richard III grave discovery

Durham University graduate Richard Buckley will return to the region to give a talk on discovering the grave of Richard III

North East to get 1,300 extra nurses if Labour win General Election

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham MP
The Shadow Health Secretary spoke to us to reveal plans for more North East nurses funded by mansion tax

Newcastle University scientists pioneering 'sugar intake' work could benefit millions

Millions of people across the world stand to benefit from a global shift in nutrition advice pioneered by Newcastle University scientists
Newcastle University medics help in global crackdown on sugar intake to impove Worldwide health

North East needs a Transport Commissioner and power over £15bn for roads and rail

ED Cox of IPPR
IPPR North calls for Chancellor George Osborne to devolve transport spending to the North in his final Budget on March 18
Mark Skinner, specialist medical accountant at BW Medical Accountants

Appointments: New addition to BW Medical Accountants

BW Medical Accountants have taken on medical specialist accountant Mark Skinner

Leading London digital agency moves into Newcastle's thriving Generator Studios

Commercial property PR pic Generator Studios, located on Trafalgar Street, Newcastle
TheTin has expanded into the North East to join a host of other firms at the Trafalgar Street studios

International energy giant Siemens starts move of 200 staff into Cobalt Business Park

Cobalt 9B - Siemens office at Cobalt
The firm, which has taken on around 350 people in the last year, will base its Power Generation Services Division in Cobalt 9b

150 North East businesses urged to sign up before Transplant Games

Lynne Holt, transplant co-ordinator at Newcastle Freeman Hospital
Businesses across the North East urged to take a role as Transplant Games head to Tyneside this summer
Chester-le-Street grope accused doctor claimed breast exam was 'differential diagnosis'

Chester-le-Street grope accused doctor claimed breast exam was 'differential diagnosis'

Chester-le-Street doctor accused of groping teenage patients claims breast examinations were legitimate

Boris Johnson live blog: Mayor of London visits Morpeth

Boris Johnson live blog: Mayor of London visits Morpeth
Senior Tory is coming to The Oak Inn, Morpeth, to show his support for the Dual The A1 campaign

Sunderland developing bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021

Sunderland developing bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021
The City Council will consider next week whether to put together a bid for Sunderland to be at the centre of the national cultural event
Dean Richards says Newcastle Falcons' X-factor can hurt Leicester Tigers

Dean Richards says Newcastle Falcons' X-factor can hurt Leicester Tigers

The form table might indicate a tough day for Newcastle Falcons against Leicester Tigers, but Dean Richards believes they can trouble them

Wear-Tyne derby: When can I buy away tickets for Sunderland v Newcastle United?

Wear-Tyne derby: When can I buy away tickets for Sunderland v Newcastle United?
Here's all you need to know about buying away tickets for the Wear-Tyne derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light

Newcastle 0-1 Man United: Watch Lee Ryder on the Magpies' loss at St James' Park

Newcastle 0-1 Man United: Watch Lee Ryder on the Magpies' loss at St James' Park
Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder was at the game and gives his thoughts on the defeat, Cisse’s impending ban and Gutierrez’s jubilant return
Left to right: Doctor Bartolo - Henry Waddington, Marcellina - Gaynor Keeble, Don Basilio - Joseph Shovelton, Count Almaviva - Quirijn de Lang

Review: The Marriage of Figaro, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Opera North's new production of a Mozart favourite is sung in English and has shades of Downton Abbey

Afternoon tea for Mother's Day at Auckland Castle anyone?

Auckland Castle
March 15 will see the first in a succession of celebratory menus and pop up restaurants from the County Durham attraction

Hot shot chefs take over the Cook House Cafe in Newcastle for two nights in March

Chef Shaun Hurrell
Tom Anglesea and Shaun Hurrell will be taking charge of the kitchen at the unconventional cafe in the city's Ouseburn
Auckland Castle

Afternoon tea for Mother's Day at Auckland Castle anyone?

March 15 will see the first in a succession of celebratory menus and pop up restaurants from the County Durham attraction

Hot shot chefs take over the Cook House Cafe in Newcastle for two nights in March

Chef Shaun Hurrell
Tom Anglesea and Shaun Hurrell will be taking charge of the kitchen at the unconventional cafe in the city's Ouseburn

Saltburn Farmers' Market comes out of hibernation at Saltburn Railway Station

Saltburn Farmers' Market, Lorna Jackson with Xmas Hamper
Seven years since organisers 'dipped their toes in the water' the market is thriving, attracting thousands of visitors
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major

Morning news headlines: Rule out SNP deal; cuts hit poorest hardest; Becky stepbrother faces court

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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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