Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

Budget 2015: Business leaders say Chancellor has delivered 'mixed bag budget'

Cheer over tax reduction countered by concerns over wage rises and lack of detail on Northern Powerhouse

South Tyneside-based Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) has appointed Jason Cartwright as project manager

People on the Move

Our weekly round-up of professionals being recruited or promoted within the North East business community.

George Osborne visits Nifco's factory in Eaglescliffe

What is the point of growth if it misses out young people?

Kate Thick on why the jigsaw pieces of the British economy do not fit together

Charlie Hoult at Dynamo 14

Dynamo to host event showcasing careers opportunities in IT to young people

Among the highlights of the Get Into IT afternoon will be interactive panel sessions with local businesses

An oil rig in the North Sea

North Sea oil needs to cut costs to survive oil price slump

Offshore industry in the North East faces challenges from global price slump, but savings target also presents opportunities

A housing estate

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

Alison Thain and Paul Fiddaman, two experts in their field, on the measures needed to address the misfiring housing system in the region

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC

Beth Farhat: The importance of good industrial relations

Regional secretary of the TUC Beth Farhat says good employers recognise that unions are an asset to support them

George Osborne

We need children protected and bins cleared - we don't need hundreds of councillors and officers

North East Party leader Hilton Dawson says it is now possible to see what George Osborne has in store for the region

John Cridland addressed an audience of business people at Northumbria University

Devolution is best opportunity yet to tackle North East skills problem, says CBI chief

CBI chief John Cridland thinks increased decision making in the region could be improve productivity and reduce inequality

Paul Woolston

Paul Woolston column: There is tangible positivity in North East business community

Chairman of the North East LEP says his organisation had made key appointments to help drive the region's economy

Dave Anderson MP

Dave Anderson: Siren voices in my party urge us to focus on aspiration

Labour MP Dave Anderson says his party must beware of promoting individual self-interest above collective wellbeing

Beth Farhat: Conservative strike legislation is a blow for democracy

Regional secretary of the TUC says Tory plans to legislate on strike ballots is taking away a democratic right

Ukip leader Nigel Farage posing for a picture with a member of the public outside the studios of LBC in central London

UKIP: I understand the argument about immigration - but why, did we bang on about it?

Ukip MEP and parliamentary candidate Jonathan Arnott with a straight-talking analysis of what his party has to change

From left: Apprentice Michael Ord, Kirk Terwin Go North East Chief Engineer, Chris Toon Deputy Principal at Gateshead College, Apprentice David Marsden

Go North East expands apprenticeship programme with eight new trainees

The regional bus operator will train youngsters before posting them to permanent jobs across the firm's depots

Barclays Sunderland site president Christine Allenson with Dr Dave Smith, chief executive of Sunderland City Council

Barclays to create 75 apprenticeship opportunities for young people in the North East

Plans also being drawn up for new scheme that will cater for those switching careers or returning to work

The Go Ahead Training team in Newton Aycliffe: Dave Spensley, Shaun Stuart and Zane Simane

Skills gap boost as County Durham manufacturing training group created

Manufacturing in the North East is being given a boost with the launch of Go Ahead Training

Vikkie Wilkinson, commercial manager of Gateshead CAB Enterprises, and Richard Owen, employment adviser

Gateshead Citizens Advice Bureau launches social enterprise in response to Legal Aid employment law cuts

With a team of two, Job Law has been set up to offer support to those who can not afford employment lawyers' standard fees

Lt Martin Kitching AT Officer and Outreach Officer for Durham ACF advertorial

Army Cadet inspires youngsters after learning valuable life skills - sponsored feature

North East charity worker Martin Kitching attributes career success to skills and experience gained in the Army Cadets - sponsored feature

Sally Young

How charities in the North East can play a role in creating a fairer society

Sally Young, of Newcastle CVS, on the challenges faced by charities in the North East and why they are vital to our society

Redu's Gary Hunter (left) and Darren Williams

Redu on course for £2m turnover as growth outstrips founders' expectations

The Seaham-based start-up has found a winning formula in promoting deals via social media and website brands

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