Culture Awards 2014 Best Arts and Business Partnership finalists

Culture Awards Best Arts and Business Partnership finalists: Simpsons Malt and BVA; PoT and Various Partners, and Northern Stars and Intu Eldon Square and Intu MetroCentre

Bringing L.S. Lowry to Berwick; inspiring documentaries by young people; and a melting pot of culture projects to benefit the North East

Five Guys burger restaurant in Friary Street, Guildford

Five Guys among new restaurants set to open at intu Metrocentre in Gateshead

Restaurant chains Coast to Coast and Five Guys have signed lease deals to open at the Gateshead shopping complex intu Metrocentre

Intu Eldon Square Northumberland street Newcastle

Metrocentre and Eldon Square operators Intu report strong performance in year to date

Retail group Intu introduces refurbishments and new restaurant schemes across a number of sites

Sir John Hall

The North East needs 'a million more people' says Sir John Hall

Metrocentre entrepreneur sir John Hall says the North East needs to 'think big' to attract new industries

From left, handPICKED shop manager Julie Patterson, assistant shop manager Adam Wilson, and apprentices Michael Hepple and Abbie Brown

MetroCentre shop allows Gateshead College students to trial retail ideas

£50,000 of funds from RBS has led to innovative business project for Gateshead College students

Michael Nixon, one of the 'intu Academy' candidates with intu Academy project manager Tracy Allison and (right) Paul Gough from Gateshead College

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

Entrance to intu Eldon Square from Northumberland Street updated

Eldon Square and Metrocentre sees rise in number of shoppers

Intu Properties plc, say footfall is up 1% on the year to date as the firm prepares to issue a £350m bond

A rendering of the forthcoming Kuoni store at the MetroCentre

Kuoni luxury travel agents to open Metrocentre store creating six jobs

Luxury travel agents Kuoni  are doing away with brochure racks in their first North East store at the MetroCentre

North East festivals for foodies coming thick and fast as Autumn draws in

Summer may be nearly over, but there’s still a rich harvest of food festivals ready for the picking over the coming weeks, as Jane Hall reports

Steven Forrest, CEO of Wallsend's Forfusion

Tyneside's Forfusion reach record £1.4m turnover and double workforce

The Wallsend-based technology services firm have secured major contracts with the likes of HMRC and Intu

An artist's impression of how the new dining zone at Eldon Square, featuring more than 20 new food outlets, will look

Restaurant plans gather pace for Metrocentre owner Intu as profits top £602m

The owners of North East shopping centres intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre are making good progress with their restaurant plans

Strong trading update at Intu amid increasing consumer confidence

Shopper numbers and interest from retailers is on the up at Intu, the owners North East shopping complexes Eldon Square and the Metrocentre

Shoppers at the Metrocentre

Intu Metrocentre receives permission to extend the Qube

New catering operators are heading to the intu Metrocentre after plans were green lit for an expansion in its Qube foodcourt area

Eldon Square

intu programme helps tackle skills shortfall in the North East

Between 2005 and 2013, over 300 students from schools in the North East benefited from retail work placements at intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square through the Retail Gold programme

Vision Express have acquired 65 Rayner Opticians stores

Vision Express takes on 65 Rayner Opticians stores

Optical retailer founded in North East now operates 367 outlets with the acquisition of 65 Rayner Opticians stores

Ian Philpott at the Metrocentre branch of Yankee Doodle Candy

US-inspired sweet shop firm Yankee Doodle Candy set to expand

Yankee Doodle Candy has announced expansion plans after the success of Metrocentre and Newcastle shops

The Elephant Parade at the Metrocentre

Elephants designed by schoolchildren go on display at the Metrocentre

Elephants designed by North East schoolchildren have gone on display at the Metrocentre as part of their tour across the country

Augmented reality at the Metrocentre

Metrocentre storefront wreckage makes a safe point

Glass shatters as a car driven by a drunk driver ploughs through a store-front window sending shoppers running for cover

House of Fraser

House of Fraser 'considering stock market return'

The 161-year-old business could be valued at between £200m and £300m in a stock market flotation, the Sunday Times said

Intu Properties event at the Metrocentre

Shoppers flock Intu North East shopping centres for summer party events

A £25m rebranding exercise by Intu Properties saw thousands flock to the intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square over the weekend


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