Prime Minister David Cameron

North East firms call for EU referendum before autumn 2016 to avoid damaging uncertainty

The North East Chamber of Commerce also calls for MPs to avoid "politcal game-playing" on the issue ahead of Wednesday's Queen's Speech

Mactech Inspections to send British and European workers into Asian energy sector

From left: Andrew McFarlane, Mactech managing director; Simon Thorne, Mactech general manager (standing) and Ung Gyu Kim, e-MARINE chief executive officer
The Whitley Bay-based staffing and recruitment firm have signed a deal with South Korean-headquartered e-Marine

Durham County Council to claim planning inspector was 'irrational' in rejecting its plan

Durham County Councillor Neil Foster discusses the County Durham Plan with business leaders
Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration, has vowed to keep up the political pressure

Waymark software helps pioneering filmmakers New World Designs

Waymarks Paul Lofthouse (left) with Ian Wright (centre) and Steve Reeves
New World Designs are one of a handful of firms around the globe who film in 'bullet time' - an effect made famous in The Matrix trilogy

Fit Gurus close £200,000 of investment including funds from top investment syndicate

From left: Paul Slater. Richard McGlasham, Dave Stidolph, Hekla Goodman, Paul Wigham
The Newcastle-based fitness industry start-up has attracted £100,000 from US-based investment syndicate AngelList and proof of concept funds

Generation NE puts designs in place for North Shields-based Vreo to grow

The Vreo team: Ross Embleton, Lorreen Butler and the firm's founder Mark Vernon
The emerging technical design consultancy is expanding with help from the partnership, which is part of the North East LEP's Growth Deal

If Labour pick Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper it would turn into a 'dinosaur party' says Tory MP

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham
Guy Opperman said neither of the two frontrunners are the 'change candidate' in the wake of a bruising defeat at the General Election

National Trust estate Cragside unveils Magical Music Box attraction for visitors

The Musical Box interactive art installation in the Labyrinth at Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland
Artists have worked together to create a treat at National Trust Northumberland attraction Cragside

Northumbria University academic claims Scottish referendum saw a boom in border inspired art works

Ysanne Holt, Professor of Art History in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University
Northumbria University Professor of Art History, Ysanne Holt, believes the Scottish referendum brought 'borderland' life into focus

Northumberland County Show 2015: Thousands flock to Bywell Hall for annual event

Visitors were treated to a wide range of attractions in Northumberland, ranging from champion livestock to tug-of-war competitions

Gateshead IT firm Synergi creates new division to market new software in the UK

Left to right, Joel Brakey, chief operating officer at Assetic, Justin Short, Synergi director with Peter Joynson, Synergi MD and Robert Turner, Assetic chief finance officer
The Gateshead business has signed an exclusive UK partnership with world-leading Australian software firm, Assetic

Two North East firms win multi-million pound contract to convert Port of Felixstowe cranes

Some of the gantry cranes which Techservices and Stella Maintenance Technologies will help to convert
Gateshead's Techservices and Blaydon's Stella Maintenance Technologies have been chosen by Hutchinson Ports UK to carry out a three-year contract.

Berwick woman's legacy will fund Northumberland otter project

Stacey Smith, from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust with silver coins donated through a legacy
A donation of £20,000 from the late Vera Wainwright to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust will improve the health of the county's otter population

Heaton councillor Doreen Huddart talks about life as an international election monitor

Newcastle Lib Dem councillor Doreen Huddart
From land mines to intimidation, the North East councillor talks about life in the world's trouble spots as an international election monitor

Northumberland confectioners set out plans for expansion into South of England and Ireland

Matthew and Cathy Stephenson of Sweetdreams, based in Cramlington
Sweetdreams is celebrating its 30th anniversary as it sets out ambitious plans for growth over the next five years

Conservative Party may abandon boundary review plans

Prime Minister David Cameron
The Prime Minister is reportedly facing a backbench rebellion while Labour figures say boundary changes are an attempt to gerrymander vote
Prime Minister David Cameron

North East firms call for EU referendum before autumn 2016 to avoid damaging uncertainty

The North East Chamber of Commerce also calls for MPs to avoid "politcal game-playing" on the issue ahead of Wednesday's Queen's Speech

If Labour pick Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper it would turn into a 'dinosaur party' says Tory MP

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham
Guy Opperman said neither of the two frontrunners are the 'change candidate' in the wake of a bruising defeat at the General Election

National Trust estate Cragside unveils Magical Music Box attraction for visitors

The Musical Box interactive art installation in the Labyrinth at Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland
Artists have worked together to create a treat at National Trust Northumberland attraction Cragside

How do we solve the North East's housing problem?

A housing estate
Alison Thain and Paul Fiddaman, two experts in their field, on the measures needed to address the misfiring housing system in the region
Waymarks Paul Lofthouse (left) with Ian Wright (centre) and Steve Reeves

Waymark software helps pioneering filmmakers New World Designs

New World Designs are one of a handful of firms around the globe who film in 'bullet time' - an effect made famous in The Matrix trilogy

Mactech Inspections to send British and European workers into Asian energy sector

From left: Andrew McFarlane, Mactech managing director; Simon Thorne, Mactech general manager (standing) and Ung Gyu Kim, e-MARINE chief executive officer
The Whitley Bay-based staffing and recruitment firm have signed a deal with South Korean-headquartered e-Marine

Sarah Glendinning: University business partnerships can create a strong economy

Sarah Glendinning, assistant director, CBI North East
'Increasing collaboration between businesses and universities remains a priority for CBI,' says Sarah Glendinning

Fit Gurus close £200,000 of investment including funds from top investment syndicate

From left: Paul Slater. Richard McGlasham, Dave Stidolph, Hekla Goodman, Paul Wigham
The Newcastle-based fitness industry start-up has attracted £100,000 from US-based investment syndicate AngelList and proof of concept funds
Bedlington murderer Clare Humble's ex-neighbour: 'It could have been me she killed'

Bedlington murderer Clare Humble's ex-neighbour: 'It could have been me she killed'

Gosforth woman Rachel Ayre says she knew Clare Humble was capable of killing someone after she made her life a misery by attacking and harassing her

Morpeth executive homes bid appealed following Northumberland County Council rejection

Morpeth executive homes bid appealed following Northumberland County Council rejection
Plans for 39 executive homes at Morpeth are now subject of an appeal after being refused by Northumberland County Council

Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle gets into TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame

Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle gets into TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame
Bosses at the restaurant thanked customers for the good reviews that has seen them awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence 5 years in a row
Newcastle United are fifth favourites to go down next season - but 16/1 to win a trophy

Newcastle United are fifth favourites to go down next season - but 16/1 to win a trophy

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says he wants to win a trophy but bet365 are less-than optimistic, offering 16/1 odds and 150/1 on top four

Sunderland AFC head to Doncaster Rovers in pre-season after Darlington trip

Sunderland AFC head to Doncaster Rovers in pre-season after Darlington trip
Sunderland will play Doncaster Rovers at the end of July, as the Black Cats announce details of a second pre-season friendly

Worcestershire CCC v Durham CCC LIVE: Updates, action and analysis from New Road

Worcestershire CCC v Durham CCC LIVE: Updates, action and analysis from New Road
Keep up to date with all the action from Durham CCC's LV= County Championship clash with Worcestershire CCC at New Road
Tenor Ben Johnson

Northern Chords proceeds to a rousing finale

Concerts in Newcastle Cathedral and Sage Gateshead will feature some of our best classical music talent

On the bottle with Helen Savage: Great value champagne and wines from the shadows of the Pyrenees

Vineyards in the Aube
Our resident wine expert turns her tastebud attention to the Drappier champagne house and the land of D'Artagnan

Review: Foo Fighters, Stadium of Light, Sunderland

FooFighters performing live at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland
Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foos rocked a bouncing Wearside crowd from beginning to end after Kaiser Chiefs warmed them up
Vineyards in the Aube

On the bottle with Helen Savage: Great value champagne and wines from the shadows of the Pyrenees

Our resident wine expert turns her tastebud attention to the Drappier champagne house and the land of D'Artagnan

Father's Day offers the chance to sample some of the North East's top eateries

Father's Day at the Stadium of Light
If you've got a dad who lists 'food' on their favourite things list, there's loads of treats to choose from including lunch at the Stadium of Light

Something fishy at our Taste of the County marquee at Northumberland County Show

The new Northumberland Seafood Centre at Amble
The fruits of the sea as well as the land will feature in the Taste marquee at Northumberland County Show
US blues musician BB King

No homicide probe into BB King death despite claims he was poisoned

Blues star died in Las Vegas earlier this month aged 89

English cricket hoping for brighter future as appointing Trevor Bayliss as coach

Trevor Bayliss
52-year-old former New South Wales coach got the nod ahead of compatriot Jason Gillespie

Videos & Photos

FooFighters performing live at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland

Review: Foo Fighters, Stadium of Light, Sunderland

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Hotspur House, The home of Jo Dixon in Allendale, Northumberland

Property gallery: Historic Allendale home is hot property

The new bowling at Eldon Leisure centre which is set to open

Newcastle's Eldon Leisure new gym and ten-pin bowling alley prepares for opening day

 
 

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