For small and start-up businesses, crowdfunding is fast becoming a credible alternative financial system. The newly published Centre for Cities report said that the North East lagged behind in terms of business start-up
Consett popcorn company Corn Again was initially set up in 2008 at the home of its founders Catherine and Richard Furze. In their first three years, the couple had ploughed £25,000 of their own personal savings into the business
Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror's Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company's regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.