Were you fooled? Richard Branson to buy Farne Islands is an April Fool

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Sir Richard Branson and seals on the Farne Islands

Virgin billionaire Richard Branson offers seven figure sum to buy the Farne Islands

He wants to rename it Lafi Island and build a luxury lodge for him to stay in when he visits Virgin Money at Gosforth in Newcastle

Virgin Money

Virgin Money staff to receive average 11% bonuses following £121.2m profits show

Newcastle headquartered bank more than doubled pre-tax profit and is poised to enter the FTSE 250

Richard Branson visits the Virgin Money Branch in Gosforth, pictured with Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Virgin Money full year results reveal record performance, with 127% increase in profits

The Newcastle business is also set to reward eligible employees following a landmark year, in which mortgage and credit card balances soared

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin Money could expand into business finance

Sir Richard was in Newcastle to promote Virgin StartUp and said the UK's business funding gap is an opportunity for his bank

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson heads to Tyneside to launch business support scheme

Virgin boss wants to encourage new entpreneurs with the Virgin Start-Up scheme

Nigel Davison, MD of Gateshead's Express Engineering

Two North East firms make Fast Track 100 league table

Andrew James and Express Engineering both feature on a prestigious Sunday Times list, highlighting fast-growing private companies

Virgin Money

Virgin Money priced at bottom of range on IPO

The challenger bank has priced shares at 283p each, giving it a market capitalisation of £1.25bn


New timetable for Virgin Money flotation

The Newcastle bank will revive its IPO before the end of November

Phil Atkinson, Tom Crossley, Gavin Wye, and Dan Edwards from Virgin Money who are part of a team taking money in a scheme to help young people

Newcastle bankers strive to make life better for young people in company initiative

Staff from Virgin Money in Gosforth, Newcastle, are doing their bit for youngsters by taking on the Virgin Strive Challenge

Sir Richard Branson

Virgin StartUp Live comes to Tyneside to help entrepreneurs

An event aimed to help entrepreneurs turn business ideas into reality arrives on Tyneside

Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Money at the Regent Centre, Gosforth

Richard Branson reveals East Coast high speed rail hopes

Sir Richard Branson has told of his desire to bring high speed Virgin Trains to the East Coast Main Line

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson

Labour force Richard Branson into partial U-turn on Northern Rock Foundation

Virgin Money will not axe Northern Rock Foundation cash if other businesses back the popular North East charity

Labour leader Ed Miliband in the Grainger Market

Ed Miliband calls on Sir Richard Branson to think again over future of Northern Rock Foundation

Labour party leader says Northern Rock Foundation should have been supported

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson

North East MP hits out at Northern Rock Foundation Snub by Virgin

Labour MP Dave Anderson was among many who spoke out about Virgin Money's decision to axe funding to the Northern Rock Foundation

Sir Richard Branson, at the Virgin Money Bank on Northumberland Street, Newcastle, after the takeover of Northern Rock

Northern Rock Foundation forced to close after Virgin Money ends support

Virgin Money decides to no longer fund the Northern Rock Foundation leaving the organisation with no other option than to close

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


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