Labour voices fears over Royal Mail sale

Labour has raised concerns that the Government’s “rush” to privatise the Royal Mail could lead to the postal company being sold "on the cheap"

Government borrowing down £1.3bn in August

Chancellor George Osborne’s deficit-busting efforts have been helped by a near £1.3 billion drop in Government borrowing in August

North East ship honoured by Royal Mail stamp

A Merchant Navy ship which transported coals from Newcastle during WW2 is being  honoured on a new Royal Mail stamp

Labour MPs furious at Royal Mail sell off plans

Plans for £3 billion Royal Mail privatisation will improve services, Ministers insist, yet Labour MPs have claim it will lead to a poorer service

Royal Mail seek 21,000 Christmas Staff

Royal Mail is to recruit more than 21,000 seasonal staff to help sort the Christmas post

Postal workers take campaign to Vince Cable

Postal workers are to take their campaign against the Government’s controversial plans to privatise the Royal Mail into the “backyard” of the Business Secretary

Kenton postmaster welcomes arbitration scheme

A former subpostmaster who ran the Post Office in North Kenton has welcomed mediation plans for complaints about computer system glitches

Royal Mail meets its targets

More than 93% of first class mail arrives the next working day, according the Royal Mail

Sub-postmaster cleared of £85,000 theft charges

Sub postmaster Tom Brown has finally been cleared of theft charges after a five-year fight for justice

Tensions mount over Royal Mail sale plans

The Royal Mail has come under attack by SubPostmasters after being urged to stock information on how the public can buy shares

Hexham Mart: May 31

Store Cattle: Hexham and Northern Marts at their weekly sale had forward 618 Store Cattle & Suckled Calves.

Questionnaire leaves leaders perplexed

It is occasionally a tricky assignment getting answers to the questionnaire which accompanies the Monday Interview in The Journal.

Too much to do to take time off

UP TO 40% of employees will work between today and the end of the year, a survey by Post Office travel services found today.

Sales can still lure the crowds

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

Christmas messages from the front line

AS families across the region look forward to spending Christmas with loved ones, for our armed forces in Afghanistan it will be another risk-filled day.

Post office sells alcohol to children

Annitsford Post Office has been stripped of its drinks licence by North Tyneside Council following reports it has been selling alcohol to children.

ACLEANING business is set to boost its turnover to £15m-a-year and create 100 new jobs after taking over a local internal cleaning company.

Newcastle-based Litter Boss said the acquisition of North Shields’ company Bettakleen is expected to increase its turnover from £10.7m to £15m by next year.

My place - Martin Duffy

MARTIN, 46, is a professional magician. He has been performing magic full-time for more than 20 years but before that he used to sell magic in London to other magicians.

Reward put up for return of missing discs

A REWARD of £20,000 has been put up for the return of the missing child benefit CDs after fruitless searches of a number of buildings in the North-East.

£20,000 reward for missing discs

A £20,000 reward has been put up for assisting the return of the child benefit CDs lost in the post by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), it was revealed today.

Electric motor group is California dreaming

AMBITIOUS electric vehicle maker Tanfield Group is to tackle the US market saying it expects to hit sales of 10,000 a year by 2010.

What car do you drive?

Mercedes E320.

We’re building something very fine

The head of architects Dewjoc in Newcastle has seen a lot of change in the city since first arriving 32 years ago.

Armed robbery appeal

Northumbria Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a post office.

Old and new

Interior worlds are colliding this winter – we’re seeing old mixed with new everywhere, and it’s a look which really works, says Clare Jobson.

Stunning luxury location a big hit

A£7.2m conversion of a former hotel in Sunderland into luxury apartments, is the latest project completed by Gentoo Ventures, in a quest to rejuvenate and revitalise the city centre of Sunderland.

Pensioner robbed of cash for his funeral

PENSIONER Don Pape has told of his disgust after a gang of intruders stole his life savings – money he had set aside for his own funeral.

Agent climbsinto top 10

A NORTH-EAST firm has hit the UK’s top 10 auction houses after recording its highest number of property auction sales yet.

Clean sweep by Litter Boss with takeover

A CLEANING business is set to boost its earnings to £15m-a-year and create 100 new jobs after taking over a rival.

PO woman hurt in struggle with raider

A VILLAGE post-mistress bravely foiled a suspected armed robber by throwing a cup of tea at him, it was revealed yesterday.

Mail a risk to small business

THE problems caused by the Royal Mail postal strike have yet again highlighted the danger of small businesses relying on traditional mail methods.

iPods demand boost for Apple

APPLE saw its profits surge by 67% in the three months to the end of September, thanks to demand for its Macintosh computers and iPods.

Forgotten acres could be new city quarter

DETAILS of the impressive development scheme for one of the most important – and largest – development sites in Newcastle have emerged.

Small businesses likely to spurn Royal Mail after strike

SMALL businesses hit by the postal strike are now more likely than ever to seek out private alternatives to Royal Mail – according to a new survey published by the British Chambers of Commerce.

“The Thornaby operation has been in decline for many years and, despite efforts, it has not been possible to bring the site into sustainable profit nor achieve a level of performance that would justify further investment in a rapidly declining local market”

- RPC Beauté plant manager Michael Stegeman as the company confirmed the Teesside site employing 160 was to close.

IT was announced a £2bn “black gold” bonanza was in the pipeline for Teesside. Sonhoe announced a ground-breaking project to process heavy crude oil at Wilton, which will create up to 450 new jobs and thousands more in construction.

A STRUGGLING cosmetics packaging factory employing 160 people on Teesside confirmed it was to close.

Post row deal goes to union leaders

UNION leaders were resuming a crucial meeting today to decide whether to recommend calling off the long-running postal workers’ dispute.

Post strike could endas union leaders meet

POSTAL workers’ leaders will today decide whether to recommend calling off the bitter dispute over pay, jobs and pensions which has crippled mail deliveries for weeks.

Care home funding is so unfair – family

THE case of Robert Kidd, the pensioner forced to sell his home to pay for his care after working for more than 50 years, is only the tip of the iceberg, according to one woman whose elderly mum is now in the same position.

Talks staged in bid to end postal chaos

POSTAL workers staged a third day of unofficial strike action today, which further disrupted mail deliveries, in their bitter row over pay, jobs and pensions.


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