UK small engineering firms offered first slice of £10m training fund

The first £2.5m of match funding pot is available to firms with fewer than 250 employees

CBI chief calls for action to raise living standards in the North East

Call from CBI chief John Cridland increases pressure on the Government to tackle cost of living in the North East

Beth Farhat: The North East is still down on its pre-recession workforce

The share of jobs in the North East accounted for by full-time employees fell during the recession and has failed to recover across the region.

The Journal Opinion: The CBI boss is right to be frustrated about North East living standards

The Journal's opinion column for Monday, December 15, in which we argue that too many North East workers are stuck on low wages

Sevcon boss's stark warning on skills shortage reignites debate

Since The Journal reported Sevcon boss Matt Boyle's comments on North East skills, other employers, educators and workers have joined the debate

Concerns raised over skills gap in the North East

Matt Boyle, chief executive of Sevcon said the engineers he needs do not exist in the North East

Wave of young people sleeping rough on the streets of Newcastle

The young people forced to sleep rough on the streets of Newcastle this Christmas, Eleanor Steafel chats to Scott Greener about life on the streets

North East businesses hit out after loss of training fund despite thousands of apprenticeships

In the North East there have been 143,800 apprenticeship starts since the last election, new figures show

North East employment prospects hit seven year high

Manpower survey suggests a growth in customer service roles and high level engineering jobs is helping improve prospects for the region

Dianne Sharp: People trust local businesses more

There's a job to be done in improving the image of the business community, says the regional head of the CBI

Positivity remains among North East entrepreneurs

The latest Entrepreneurs’ Forum Business Tracker Survey saw positivity throughout key indicators.\n

Alan Milburn: Tide of economic growth is a 'failure' if social inequality is not tackled

Chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission said all parties must have a plan to close the gap between North and South

Globetrotting Billingham au pair lands new vocation working with her mother

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Sara Short travelled the world before discovering her dream vocation was right on her doorstep back home in Billingham

North East business community welcomes Autumn Statement measures

A host of leading business figures from across a number of sectors believe SMEs in particular could benefit from the Chancellor's approach

Hexham social enterprise launches project to build employability skills through musical instrument repair

Hexham's Core Music has opened a separate workshop where up to six people at a time will learn and practice the skills needed to repair guitars and make ukuleles

Nigel Wright suffers losses after poor European performance

The Newcastle firm last year closed offices in Holland and Switzerland, resulting in four redundancies

Hooters applies for Newcastle city centre late licence

The controversial bar and restaurant chain could open in premises at the City Quadrant on Westmorland Road

Confidence falls in the North Sea oil and gas industry

Declining production levels and falling oil prices hit confidence in offshore sector particularly the North Sea

Pay's going up in the North East but men earn £100 a week more than women

The region's pay rise is the best in the country but may still lab behind the cost of living - and public sector workers had their salaries cut

How the charity Crisis helped one man turn his life around from the pain of homelessness

The Crisis Skylight Newcastle centre run by the charity Crisis helps people suffering from homelessness and associated problems

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

Beth Farhat column: Shortage of full-time jobs in North East

Regional head of the TUC says the rise of part-time working is costing the regional economy

Women in Newcastle are paid 15.8% less than men as gender pay gap widens

Female wages left trailing way behind those of their male counterparts - despite a national trend which sees pay becoming more equal

Bosses at HMP Northumberland are using zero hours contracts, Parliament hears

Revelation came during a debate led by Gateshead MP Ian Mearns to abolish the controversial contracts

New offshore engineering venture planned on former TAG Energy Solutions site on the River Tees

Danish operator Bladt Industries and Germany's EEW SPC have promised 100 initial jobs on the former TAG Energy site on the River Tees

65 over 65 (part two): celebrating some of the North East's older workers

Business leaders, artists and academics make up the second part of our list

David Cliff: Are you a victim of the mob - or are you part of it?

The chairman of the Institute of Directors' Northern Sector Group on a facet of workplace bullying you may not have thought about

Ian Mearns: Today I will fight to end abusive zero hours contracts

Gateshead Labour MP Ian Mearns talks about his Bill to end abusive zero hours contracts, which is being debated on Friday by MPs

Cramlington transport firm Moody Logistics rewards staff as revenues rise

Cramlington-based firm Moody Logistics has also had assistance from the Government-backed Growth Accelerator scheme

Sunderland AFC legend Kevin Ball in Peterlee to inspire youngsters

Former Sunderland AFC captain and club ambassador Kevin Ball is speaking at Peterlee Business Park Steering Group's event this week

intu Academy training scheme well on course for success

All the young people who took part in the latest phase of the intu Academy at Gateshead College have been offered jobs

65 over 65 (part one): we salute the North East workers who refuse to retire

Thousands more people are working past default retirement age

Deloitte workers offered chance to develop start-ups alongside day job

The business advisory firm has launched a £25m fund to get employees' business ideas off the ground

Key contracts lead to First Class growth and job creation

First Class Technical Recruitment's growth has allowed the business to create three new roles

Gateshead technology firm Waymark software house expands

Waymark is creating new jobs after moving into a bigger base.

Aspers Newcastle appoints new head of hospitality

Jodie Maddison has been promoted to head of hospitality a role which includes managing a team of 55 employees

Dianne Sharp: More needs to be done to tackle inequality

Regional head of the CBI says Government needs to do more to help low income families

Gateshead MP proposes bill to end 'scandalous and unreasonable' zero hours contracts

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns has proposed a bill which will be debated in the House of Commons on Friday

Beth Farhat: The wrong sort of recovery

Significant difference between increasing employment and creating good jobs, says regional head of TUC

Nick Clegg reveals North East apprenticeships soar over last four years

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reveals apprenticeships in the region have more than doubled in last four years

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