Profits soar as Northgate targets SME market

Van hire firm Northgate continues to expand rapidly, aiming to open an average of eight to 10 new sites every year

Careers advice for young people needs urgent improvement, says Alan Milburn

A disjointed approach to careers advice is failing the region’s young people, Alan Milburn has warned

Auckland Castle are pulling together made-to-order Christmas hampers

The County Durham attraction's head chef Luke Orwin is heading up the hamper effort, filling baskets with the cream of local produce

Hotel industry expert joins team at County Durham's Ramside Hall Hotel

Nick Holmes spent six years at Rockliffe Hall Hotel before leaving to become an expert consultant

Darlington will once again play host to the Distinctly Delicious food festival next year

After its successful inaugural year, the event, which brought 45,000 people to the streets of the town will return in May 2015

Award joy for Crafter's Companion founder Sara Davies

Sara Davies, 30, is also shortlisted for two other awards - fresh from being a finalist at the Journal's North East Business Executive of the Year

Jersey Boys makes its North East premiere at Sunderland Empire

We chat to Sam Ferriday, who plays Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys at Sunderland Empire

North East climbs the UK economic growth tables

Analysis of economic growth over Q3 shows the North East overtook the North West, South West and West Midlands

Parliamentary candidate from Hexham questions MP over Humshaugh homes bid

Hexham Labour parliamentary candidate Liam Carr has questioned MP Conservative Guy Opperman's apparent silence on a homes bid at Humshaugh

Lingfield Point changes hands in £23.45m deal.

The darlington business space is the second major investment by Clearbell.

Paul Linford: For Labour not to address the leadership issue would amount to a betrayal of its values

The Journal's former political editor says that logic should guide Labour to a clear conclusion about Ed Miliband - he must go

Plans are unveiled for Tees Valley Combined Authority

Body bringing together Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton, Darlington and Middlesbrough could be operational by winter 2015

Natalie Sykes announced as new regional director for the Institute of Directors North East

The Harrogate-based entrepreneur is also regional director for the IoD in Yorkshire and the Humber

North East Combined Authority must include Teesside to become "truly visionary", says councillor

South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm says North East should stretch from Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire and grasp opportunity of devolution

Michelin-starred chef and Journal columnist James Close talks fast food and fine dining

As yet more food honours are bestowed on The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Jane Hall finds out what the future holds for its head chef James Close.

Four acre County Durham retail park gets the green light

Many retailers are already on board for the Darlington retail park which has been given the green light

Appointments: New chief executive as Rockliffe Hall marks fifth anniversary

Award-winning hotel executive Eamonn Elliott has joined Rockliffe Hall as new chief executive

Newcastle and North East to join 'cabinet for England' under Labour Government

Labour leader Ed Miliband is pledging new laws to bring home rule to English regions - and encouraging them to create elected mayors

Hitachi Rail Europe bases design office in North East

Work will now focus on fitting out the interior of the multi-million pound factory

James Close: Serving up a treat close to every woman's heart

A peak into a closely-guarded recipe book at the Raby Hunt Restaurant turns up a delicious chocolate and orange dessert

North East Business Executive of the Year shortlists announced

The waiting is over - the shortlist of finalists in one of the region's biggest awards is finally unveiled

Hens prefer Bach to One Direction, new research shows

A study by the happy egg co. has reaffirmed the beneficial effect soothing music can have on hens, helping boost their welfare

Succession planning for family farms under discussion at North East seminar

Experts says having a succession plan in place, along with up-to-date partnership or shareholder agreements, has never been more important

£250,000 investment in dilapidated Sadberge pub pays off

The Serino family have doubled the workforce at their Sadberge pub The Tuns and also run a successful restaurant in Yarm

Darlington author Tony Stowers 15 year quest to have book about home town is published

Writer Tony Stowers brings to life the opening of the Stockton to Darlington railway in his new book The No.1

Darlington's The Raby Hunt Inn is named in Britain's top 100 Restaurants

Michelin-starred The Raby Hunt Inn is the first restaurant in the North East to feature in the Sunday Times 100 Top Restaurants List            

The North East's top 200 businesses will be celebrated next week

The Top 200 event at Stadium of Light will also have discussion about the impact of Scottish devolution

Darlington social enterprise Patchwork People licence Labelled model across the country

The North East-born social enterprise helps young people with learning disabilities to gain skills

Sales heat up to £406m for kitchen maker Magnet's owners

Darlington-based Nobia Holdings UK reports an 8% lift in sales due to rising consumer confidence

Subsea Innovation grow turnover by 38% to surpass £10m milestone

The Darlington-based designers and manufacturers of equipment for the offshore oil and gas industry reported a strong 2013

James Close: Not so bad to go global occasionally for top quality ingredients

Top chef James Close of the Raby Hunt Restaurant talks local produce and shares his very special venison recipe

How Lieutenant Colonel David Silvertop is the North East's 'unknown warrior'

World War Two tank hero's name is spread across Belgian city of Antwerp, on buildings, statues and tram stops

Camerons Brewery expands after £150,000 funds injection

Hartlepool business is one of 10 so far to benefit from the £2.4m Tees Valley Business Compass Scheme, designed to deliver sustainable growth

Appointments: Andy Hatton promoted to contracts manager at STS

After joining Stone Technical Services in 2012, Andy Hatton has consistently impressed and so has been promoted to contracts manager

Cheeseburn Grange in Northumberland becomes sculpture park

The work of leading artists is being displayed in the grounds of Cheeseburn Grange, near Stamfordham

Darlington's Northgate Vehicle Hire report growing sales thanks to expansion

The North East-founded hire company reported positive trading across its UK and Spanish business

Teesside and North Yorkshire Car retailers Sherwoods grow profits to more than £600,000

The General Motors franchisees said the withdrawal of Chevrolet from the European market posed no concern

Driver Hire Darlington earns award for breaking £300,000 turnover mark

Driver Hire Darlington now has more than 100 drivers on its books, supplying them to around 30 clients

Appointments: JAK Inc strengthens team with four new members of staff

JAK Inc have recruited four new staff members as the company expands and repositions itself to offer more digital services

Independent estate agents Venture Properties expand with £80,000 Durham branch

The new branch becomes Venture Properties fifth office in its Durham network

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