Danny Simpson keeping his feet on the ground

DANNY Simpson has been a refreshingly down-to-earth addition to the Newcastle United squad.

If Tevez scores, blame Coloccini’s father

NEWCASTLE United’s season doesn’t get any easier when world champions Manchester United roll into town chasing a quintuple.

The Officers Club latest to suffer slump

NORTH East discount menswear chain The Officers Club is up for sale, it was reported last night.

The Officers Club latest to suffer slump

NORTH East discount menswear chain The Officers Club is up for sale, it was reported last night.

Christmas party nights

REMEMBER singing along to I Will Survive, Come On Eileen and I’m So Excited?

Orchid colony discovered in grass verge

THERE was a totally unexpected buzz for plant and insect expert Dr Mark O’Neill when he called at an electronics store at a major Tyneside shopping complex.

Sales fever hits the North-East’s stores

SHOPPERS turned out in their thousands across the region yesterday as sales fever continued unabated.

Sales can still lure the crowds

SHOPPERS hit the stores in their droves yesterday for the first day of the sales.

Jewels with a dual purpose

JEWELLERY should mean something shouldn’t it? Silly to put it on a par with falling in love but it’s a similar gut feeling; a decision taken by the heart or the head; its beauty will stir us whilst our brain weighs up the financial consequences.

Review of the year

We look back at the highs and lows of 2007 for businesses in the North-East.

Sunderland to London train finally arrives

LIKE the Hogwarts Express, the 20.36 from London sneaked unannounced into the station – two minutes late – last night.

Nick gives the gift of laughter

TEN lucky readers got an extra dose of Christmas cheer this week thanks to The Journal.

APRIL

A TYNESIDE company said it hoped to lead the world developing microchips made with diamonds instead of silicon for commercial use.

Michelle’s cup runs over with bold plans

ONE of the country’s top entrepreneurs is in the region today to launch her new lingerie concession.

Business is child’s play

MELANIE was living out in Perth, Australia, when she got the call to come home.

Family ties produce something special

A MOTHER and daughter team are proving family ties can help push your business forward.

How to look cool in the snow

THERE’S been lots of talk on how the world’s climate changes and general warming-up will affect skiing – will there be any snow?

Countryside retreat

A NEW showhome has opened its doors on the Orchard Meadows development at Kip Hill, near Stanley.

Petwear business expands

AN ANIMAL mad couple have expanded their petwear business by launching their own line of products and are now looking to set up their first store.

Now’s the time to join graduate Kim

TEESSIDE graduate Kim Senior is building a bright future in retail with Marks and Spencer.

Drawing on the funny side of life

On the day the first collection of his work is published, The Journal’s Levity cartoonist Nick Whitmore tells Jane Hall why being funny isn’t always a laugh a minute.

Designs to fit in with modern life

SOME exciting and innovative interior design ideas can be seen at Dunelm Homes’ showhome on the Orchard Meadows development at Kip Hill near Stanley.

MORE than £18m will be invested at Team Valley during the next 12 months.

Team Valley is still one of the greatest generators of wealth for the North-East.

Some bright ideas for your face

Hannah Davies looks at the best Christmas sparkle this year.

Retail therapy

METROCENTRE Debenhams’ personal shopper Dawn Monkhouse holds their Employee of the Year title.

Peacocks put on a dazzling display

THE high street is fast moving, fit to burst and feeds our ever-hungry fashion habit on a daily, weekly or monthly basis depending on how much we crave and can afford.

Dear Caroline

TODAY I’m writing from my parents home in Washington as I’m in the region – I worked in MAC House of Fraser in the MetroCentre yesterday and I’m at MAC Fenwick in Newcastle today.

Darth Vader meets North fans

STORM Troopers were reunited with the man who played Darth Vader in Star Wars at a new shop in the MetroCentre.

Sir John plans huge tourist attraction

THE North-East could gain another huge tourist attraction at the hands of business tycoon Sir John Hall as he undertakes a massive restoration project at his showpiece mansion.

Region falls behind on business start-ups

THE North-East has 30,000 fewer businesses than it should have, although there are signs a risk-taking culture is beginning to take hold.

Six of the best tipped to thrive

AN elite of six towns in the North-East have been tipped by a leading North-East property agent to become more significant shopping destinations in the next few years.

Wanted: loving homes for 4,000 children in UK

NATIONAL Adoption Week is a UK-wide campaign organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).

Take a tour of wildlife in the North

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A TRAVEL company is taking the first step towards operating a coach tour which will focus on the North-East’s wildlife.

Region gears up to celebrate shopping

MORE than 3,000 people are expected to arrive in the region today as the retail giants of the North-East prepare for its first ever shopping festival.

Working women

Businesswoman Karen Watson likes to keep busy and is always on the look-out for a fresh challenge.

Modern homes in historic setting

MODERN homes in a stunning rural location, yet close to Gateshead and Newcastle are the promise from developers Dare.

Play your part and you’re on the move

THE offers and deals around from various developers throughout the North-East can be confusing.

Beye will settle for United glory

From Marseille to the MetroCentre, Habib Beye’s life has changed beyond recognition since he agreed to join Newcastle this summer.

Quality homes in a super location

THE final homes have been released at a new development in the Tyne Valley.

Baker wants a bigger slice of retail trade

ONE of the best known names on the North-East high street, Milligans Bakery, is heading for growth after deciding to move out of manufacturing.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer