Supermarket giant Tesco reports £6.4bn annual loss following disastrous year

The full-year loss is believed to be one of the largest in UK corporate history, and includes a £3.8bn write-down after a review of its portfolio.

Brothers and business partners, Oliver and Harry Vaulkhard (left and right) and Sintons Partner Christopher Welch (middle)

Vaulkhard Group Ltd formed as brothers merge leisure businesses to drive expansion plans

Vaulkhard Group owns a number of pubs and bars on Tyneside and Northumberland, as well as having a property portfolio

James Barker and Mary Berry at the opening of Barker and Stonehouse's Stockton store

Bake-Off star Mary Berry helps launch new Barker and Stonehouse store in Stockton

New shop is return to its roots for Barker and Stonehouse, which started in Stockton in 1946

Kostas Aslanidis and his wife Lijie Zhang in the bar of the Albion

Sunderland's Albion pub given new lease of lease

Kostas Aslanidis, who also owns the Marina Vista Ristorante at Roker Marina, bought The Albion five months ago and has worked with wife, Lijie Zhang, and a team of craftsman to refurbish it

Matt Mavir from Last Night of Freedom

Gateshead stag and hen firm on track for year of growth

Gateshead-based Last Night of Freedom aims to take advantage of growing economy with integrated product offering

West Denton pool

North Country Leisure becomes subsidiary of UK's largest not-for-profit leisure firm

Formed in the 1990s, both GLL and NCL have strong reputations in developing and delivering high quality leisure activities

The Plough in Alnwick, Northumberland, which is reopening as a boutique inn

Plough Inn makeover to form part of major Punch Taverns investment

Punch Taverns are spending £45m on updating their portfolio of pubs - including the Plough Inn in Alnwick

Sir John Fitzgerald pubs

Sir John Fitzgerald Pubs: Welcome places to eat and drink across the North East - sponsored feature

Sir John Fitzgerald Pubs and Bars have become a North East institution. However, not very many people know how some of the best loved pubs in the region were brought together under the SJF name - sponsored feature

Tesco updated

Blow to North East towns as three planned Tesco supermarkets scrapped

The supermarket giant has pulled out of plans to open 49 new stores across the UK, including stores in Amble, Peterlee and Stanley

Vianet confident despite potential impact of pub companies code

Beer flow monitoring specialists Vianet said recent developments in the statutory code for pub companies presented only short-term worry

The proposed plans for the former Travelodge site at the Silverlink updated

Crown Estate applies to expand Silverlink Shopping Park

Around 50 new jobs will be created as part of The Crown Estate's construction plans for Silverlink Shopping Park

The Botanist Newcastle general manager Andrew Shiel-Redfern

Leisure firms expands by opening new Newcastle bar and restaurant

Could the soon-to-open Botanist bar become Newcastle's most luxurious venue?

Staff and contractors hard at work preparing for the opening night of Lola Jean's in Market Street

Finishing touches made to Lola Jeans ahead of opening tonight

Newcastle's newest cocktail bar and eatery will occupy the former Godfather restaurant on Market Street

Morrisons supermarket

Sales fall by 6.3% at Morrisons across the quarter

Morrisons is currently amidst a three-year restructuring plan which will see some 2,600 store management jobs shed from its workforce

The Royal Quays Outlet Centre in North Shields

Footfall up at Royal Quays Outlet Centre in North Shields

North Shields shopping centre, Royal Quays,  reported footfall had increased on 2013

A shot inside Filthy McNasty's in Belfast

Bar owners turn Newcastle's Bambu into Filthy McNasty venue

Hathor Inns is investing £750,000 into the former Bambu site to transform it into its first North East outlet of Filthy McNasty's

A look inside the newly-refurbished Livello bar in Newcastle

£100,000 invested in Newcastle Quayside bar Livello

Quayside bar Livello - the North East Bar of the Year - has given us a peek at its new look

From left, Antony Steinberg, economic regeneration manager at Hartlepool Borough Council; Cllr Christopher Akers-Belcher, leader of Hartlepool Borough Council ; Stephen Catchpole, managing director of TVU; Chris Soley, director and general manager at Camerons; and Cllr Kevin Cranney, vice chairman of Hartlepool Council's regeneration services committee

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

A Phones 4u store

Some North East Phones 4u jobs saved in Dixons Carphone plc deal

39 staff at Phones 4u concessions within North East Currys and PC World stores have been offered jobs there

A JD Sports shop

Massive increase in pre-tax profits for JD Sports as it expands into Europe

High Street sports fashion retailer JD Sports grew pre-tax profits to £16.4m in the half year to August 2, up from £6m in 2013


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