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Rachel Turnbull, chief executive of TT2

Rachel Turnbull, chief executive of TT2 Limited

At only 35, Rachel Turnbull finds herself at the helm of TT2, operator of one of the North East’s most famous infrastructure projects, the Tyne Tunnels. She tells Robert Gibson how a head for finance and a love of responsibility have propelled her dynamic career to date

Sir Richard Branson

Richard Branson: Virgin boss gives his advice on turning an idea into a business

Sir Richard Branson is backing Virgin StartUp, a not-for-profit organisation that offers financial support, mentoring and business advice to young entrepreneurs over the age of 18 across England. Here he gives his advice on starting a business

Wallchimp founder Luke Robertson with Dragon's Den star Theo Paphitis

Wallchimp founder is set to meet Virgin chief Richard Branson

Luke Robertson, who launched his online venture Wallchimp just months after leaving Sixth Form College in Hartlepool, is set to meet Richard Branson

Jodi and Stella Kean

Virgin Money celebrates year of start-up loans in North East and Cumbria

125 new start-ups are now operating across the region thanks to The Journal backed Start-Up Loans scheme

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson teams up with TEDCO to help North East entrepreneurs

Sir Richard Branson has teamed up with TEDCO to help young entrepreneurs across the North East

Albin Nilsen and Martin Davies

Teesside animation firm Bloom Studio expands

Bloom Studio, which has been based at Teesside University’s Victoria Building business hub since launching in 2010, has moved to new premises in the Phoenix Building

Virgin Money has donated money to the Northern Rock Foundation

Virgin Money donates £500,000 to Northern Rock Foundation

Richard Branson's Virgin Money has made a £500,000 donation to the Northern Rock Foundation

Back: Jamie Blyth, Kristian Egge, Thomas Didymus, Katie Goode. Front: Albin Nilsen and Martin Davies

Bloom Studio secures help from Sir Tom Shebbeare

Bloom Studio, which specialises in animation and graphics for film, television and websites, has drafted in Sir Tom Shebbeare

Richard Branson's Virgin Money has returned to profit

Virgin Money reports return to profit

The financial group, backed by Richard Branson, said in a trading update that 2012 had been a transformational year for Virgin Money

Virgin Atlantic

Delta takes 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic

AMERICAN carrier Delta has taken a 49% stake in Sir Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic following the clearing of two regulatory hurdles in the way of the joint venture.

A train arriving at Newcastle Central Station

East Coast Main Line rail franchise privatisation plans announced

Ministers have ignored warnings and announced plans to privatise the East Coast Main Line within two years

Teaser: Nickie Gott

Nickie has Gott it – but it didn’t come easy

YOU do not have to speak to Nickie Gott for long to realise how she has achieved all she has.

Jonathan weaving web of success

Andrew Mernin meets a young entrepreneur who, despite still being a teenager, has already got a string of internet-based success stories to his name

Northern enthusiasm

WHAT a privilege. Being able to sit down with some of the brightest brains in the North East has been amazing.

Rock’s ‘on the way to revival’

NORTHERN Rock is on course for recovery despite the problems of the wider economy, the bank’s executive chairman revealed yesterday.

Review of the year

Review of the year

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

Buyer rumour lifts Rock mood

BRITAIN’S biggest buy-to-let lender Bradford & Bingley yesterday denied it was considering a bid to buy part of Northern Rock.

Northern Rock

Wednesday morning business bulletin

  • BBC

Bradford and Bingley linked to move for Northern Rock's assets; FTSE 100 investors await interest rate guidance; set to hit targets despite credit market volatility.

An extra lifeline for the Northern Rock

THE Government yesterday made a new move to secure Northern Rock’s future by extending a key financial lifeline.

Richard Branson

Friday morning's business news

  • BBC

Sir Richard Branson’s bid for Northern Rock has suffered a blow after the crisis-hit lender reportedly placed rival suitor Olivant on an equal footing.


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