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
Cobalt 9B - Siemens office at Cobalt

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

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

North East exports continue to grow despite national fall

David Coppock
Latest figures have revealed a 7.24% year-on-year rise in exports exports, despite a drop in exports nationally

Virgin Money staff to receive average 11% bonuses following £121.2m profits show

Virgin Money
Newcastle headquartered bank more than doubled pre-tax profit and is poised to enter the FTSE 250
Gateshead's Shipley Art Gallery awarded £70,000 to create showcase for local treasures

Gateshead's Shipley Art Gallery awarded £70,000 to create showcase for local treasures

Residents will have a say in the "cabinet of curiosities" to go on show from the forgotten Saltwell Park Museum collection

150 North East businesses urged to sign up before Transplant Games

150 North East businesses urged to sign up before Transplant Games
Businesses across the North East urged to take a role as Transplant Games head to Tyneside this summer

Monkseaton transplant miracle boy's family back donor campaign

Monkseaton transplant miracle boy's family back donor campaign
Businesses urged to get on board with 150 days to go until British Transplant Games - as Patrick Skinner, eight, celebrates six years with a new heart
Papiss Cisse accepts FA charge while Jonny Evans denies spitting - as it happened

Papiss Cisse accepts FA charge while Jonny Evans denies spitting - as it happened

Papiss Cisse has accepted his FA charge for allegedly spitting at Jonny Evans, while the Man United defender denies his part - here's how it happened

John O'Shea is fitter than the majority of the Sunderland squad, says Gus Poyet

John O'Shea is fitter than the majority of the Sunderland squad, says Gus Poyet
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has praised John O'Shea whilst receiving a charge of improper conduct from the FA

Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson feeling relieved after finally picking up first victory

Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson feeling relieved after finally picking up first victory
Dunston UTS the next test for Seasiders in Northern League First Division, with Scott Blandford set to make his debut
Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso

Picasso painting 'Weeping Woman' has pride of place at the Newcastle Laing

A major exhibition about the art of the Spanish Civil War is opening in Newcastle with Picasso's Weeping Woman at its heart

Review: Royal Northern Sinfonia Chorus - Sunset in Russia at the Sage Gateshead

The Sage Gateshead
Singers of the Royal Northern Sinfonia Chorus give memorable Late Mix performance of Rachmaninov's Vespers

Newcastle organisations win money to spread a love of books and reading

Rachel Gay and Jeremy Bradfield as the Princess and the Prince
New Writing North and Seven Stories have been awarded about £500,000 to take their work around the country
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
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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Harrison Ford survives plane crash after emergency landing on Hollywood golf course

Star Wars and Indiana Jones legend forced to make emergency landing after engine failure

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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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