The Budget 2014 - Try our 'just for fun' quiz!

While we wait with bated breath to find out what the Chancellor has in store for the North East in today's Budget, we thought we'd lighten the mood with our 'just for fun' Budget quiz

Tories deny they have abandoned the North East

Tory party chairman Grant Shapps hit back at claims the party had "given up on the North" and insisted tomorrow's Budget will be good news for the North East

Tax relief tops Budget wish list for North East businesses

A business barometer has found an air of optimistic sweeping through North East firms ahead of the Budget announcement

The Budget 2014: North East business community discuss want they want to see from Wednesday's Budget

The North East business community tell us what they want to see from Wednesday's Budget

The Budget 2014: The Semi-Retired Man

Alan Ribchester is the former senior partner of Ribchester accountants and thinks the Budget should provide more opportunity for small businesses to expand and develop

The Budget 2014: The Chief Executive

CEO of Newcastle-based company _Space Architecture, Rob Charlton, 44, from Gosforth is hoping for a business boost in the budget

The Budget 2014: The Motorist

Motorist Alice Brunton is hoping that the government will lower fuel duty rates in this week's Budget

The Budget 2014: The Young Mother

Sarah Stokle has just had her first child and wants to be able to spend as much time as possible with six-month-old Isaac. But she's concerned that cuts will force her to spend more time in the job and away from her son

The Budget 2014: The Family Man

Daniel Stamas will be looking at what the Budget means for both businesses and families

The Budget 2014: The Student

Third-year student Nick Allison is coming to the end of his Biomedical Sciences degree at Northumbria University. We look at what the Budget could mean for him

The Budget 2014: The Public Sector Worker

Michael Gutteridge, 37, is a team manager at the NHS and lives in South Shields. Here he tells us what he's hoping for from this year's Budget

The Budget 2014: The Self-Employed Manager

Self-employed restaurant owner Calvin Kitchin set up his pizza business just over a year ago. Calvin says he isn't optimistic about the budget helping smaller businesses.

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

Borrowing increase a blow to George Osborne's plan

CHANCELLOR George Osborne’s debt-busting plans were dealt a blow when figures showed underlying Government borrowing rose around £500m in June.

UK economic pressure 'unsustainable'

Britain's ageing population and strained healthcare system means an extra £19bn of spending cuts or tax rises are needed

Key announcement on North East transport is due today

George Osborne yesterday used his spending review to announce extra transport cash for London but has delayed details of regional spending

Part-time jobs to drive rise in employment

An increase in the number of people in part-time or temporary work will drive a rise in employment levels over the next five years, according to a new study

New figures show first-timer mortgage lending ‘down’

MORTGAGE lenders have insisted that first-time buyer activity is strengthening, despite new figures showing that lending to this sector dipped for the first time since the start of the year.

NEvoution: Nick Clegg backs power shift for regions

Nick Clegg has backed The Journal's campaign to bring jobs and economic growth to the North East by transforming the way the region is governed

Decommissioning exercise could create thousands of jobs in the North East

Hundreds of offshore oil and gas platforms will be recovered from the North Sea over the coming years and this huge decommissioning exercise could create 7,000 North East jobs

COLUMN: Hume Hargreave - Test looms for Irish diplomacy

WHAT help will CAP reform provide? Only a vague answer can be given - there will be less money for farm support this year, less in 2014 and perhaps even less when the Basic Payments scheme replaces the Single Payments scheme in 2015.

Supermarket giant Tesco remains under pressure

SALES figures from supermarket giant Tesco will be the highlight of the corporate calendar this week, while under-pressure security firm G4S is the latest firm to face investors at its annual meeting.

Positive view of the North East

Better than expected. That was the view of David Smith, economics editor of The Sunday Times on George Osborne’s fourth Budget to an audience of local businessmen and women invited by Square One Law and HSBC to a dinner on Budget day

Budget 2013: Deloitte's Stephen Hall gives his views

STEPHEN Hall gives his views on Chancellor George Osborne's Budget.

Spartans aim to end great season on a high

ABSOLUTELY magnificent against this season’s odds, Blyth Spartans have been challenged to end their league campaign with a first win in six, and go into the Sage Northumberland Senior Cup final on a high.

Blyth Spartans boss does not envy rich pressures

TALK about chalk and cheese. Budget-slashing Blyth Spartans go to handsomely-funded Harrogate Town tonight, but Mick Tait is far from envious of the “different type of pressure” his Blue Square Bet North opponents are under.

Winter deals are on ice in game of cat and mouse

FOOTBALL’S equivalent of a Mexican stand-off begins in earnest this week with North East managers trotting out the line that they ‘aren’t expecting to do much in January’.

Todd fears for his experienced heads

DARLINGTON go into today’s home game with Cheltenham Town as the only Football League club yet to pick up a point this season.

Tough talk by Alistair Darling raises Tory hackles

TIELESS and with sleeves rolled up, the normally mild- mannered Chancellor looked rather like a gangster perusing his protection racket’s ledger in the pre-PBR photos.

Budget cuts present new challenge

AFTER another summer of transition, there is a sense of uncertainty surrounding Darlington’s upcoming League Two campaign.

A year it was all happening here

As 2007 draws to a close and we look forward to 2008 with hope and just a little foreboding, nebusiness asks a few notable members of the North business community to express their feelings about the year past and the year ahead.

80 Budget jobs lost as credit crunch hits

MORE than 80 staff have lost their jobs as a window company was put into administration under pressure from the credit crunch.

DO you know you can be taxed for refilling a hole in the ground – as indeed many of us are, in a roundabout way?

It happens during the groundwork for construction, when contractors have to replace unsuitable materials with new aggregates.

Budget hotels to double share

BUDGET hotels are expected to more than double their share of the market within 20 years, a report has shown.

Location is all for CAP

ONE of the Agriculture Commissioner’s CAP Health Check proposals which has attracted little comment is her suggestion that the basis for all single farm payments should be the location and size of a farm.

CBI puts pressure on Darling over tax plan

THE head of the country’s biggest business group yesterday piled fresh pressure on the Government not to go ahead with controversial changes to the tax regime, warning that the row has damaged its relationship with industry.

Friday evening's business news

CBI slams CGT changes / Hindujas look for UK targets / Network Rail's on time

Friday morning's business news

More fears over Northern Rock / The TUC calls for an increases minimum wage / CBI steps up its campaign against tax increases

Chancellor’s plans go awry

THE state of the public finances worsened last month because of disappointing tax revenues and higher spending.

Friday lunchtime business bulletin

Alliance & Leicester leads another painful trading session; 250,000 people set to have an hour off work as part of a new initiative; Department store chain John Lewis adds to concerns over high street spending crunch.


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