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Gary Davis of Teambuild Construction

Late council payments 'costing my firm jobs' says Tyneside construction boss

Gary Davis has told how his Team Build firm is being forced to let staff go because of long delays on council payments

Wind farm, wind turbine

£460m boost for UK offshore wind farm projects

Offshore wind has been given a boost with news of investment worth £460m in projects aimed at generating power for hundreds of thousands of homes

Andrew Hodgson, vice chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and chair of the Subsea NE

Newcastle University gets green light for £7m offshore research centre

The Neptune Energy Park will be the site of Newcastle University's new research centre into the potential of the oceans as a source of food and energy

A British Telecom engineer at work

BT on recruitment drive in North East to attract science, tech and business grads

50 apprenticeships and graduate jobs to be created in the region as BT casts its net widely for science, tech and business graduates

Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Vince Cable warns of Nigel Farage's dangerous plans for the North East

UKIP have defended their leader Nigel Farage after an outspoken attack by Business Secretary Vince Cable

The new Technip building on the bank of the river Tyne at Wallsen

Government tax row puts Tyneside job creation at risk as oil firms cancel major contracts

A Government tax row has put Tyneside job creation at risk as oil firms cancel major contracts

Peter Fidler vice-chancellor Sunderland University

Universities and colleges set to lose £16 million as Government threatens support for deprived students

Cash which benefits Higher Education institutions across the North East could be lost as the Government tries to plug a funding black hole

Vicky Pryce resumes her role as adviser

Vicky Pryce resumes her role as Government economics adviser

Vicky Pryce has resumed her role as a Government economics adviser after serving a jail term for swapping speeding points with ex-husband Chris Huhne

The number of cars built in the UK topped 1.5 million last year

3% rise in UK car production reported

The number of cars built in the UK topped 1.5 million last year, the highest for six years, amid "surging" demand at home and abroad

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable

North East companies exhibit at Dubai trade event

International Fire Training Centre and Advanced LED Technology travel to Intersec during Business Secretary's visit

The Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London

Tata Steel warns Government on looming skills crisis

Tata Steel has warned the Government of workforce shortages from 2020 and urged them to tackle soaring energy costs

Vince Cable opens pharmaceuticals centre at the University of Strathclyde

Vince Cable formally opens pharmaceuticals research centre at the University of Strathclyde

A research centre which it is hoped will revolutionise the way pharmaceuticals are made has been formally opened by UK Business Secretary Vince Cable

First Minister Alex Salmond at Scotland's Future Stakeholder Engagement event

Scotland aims to encourage North East to follow devolution lead

Scottish Nationalist Party pushes for devolution support in the North East after poll suggests independent Scotland could benefit England

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron dismisses housing bubble fears

David Cameron has dismissed fears that the Government is pumping up a housing bubble as he hailed the success of the Help to Buy scheme

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Cabinet ministers told to stop ignoring the North East

Senior cabinet ministers are reluctant to visit the region after signing off millions of pounds of cuts in the North East

Business Secretary Vince Cable

Government needs to do more to help apprentices, say business leaders

The Government has scrapped loans scheme for older apprentices sparking calls from North East business leaders for them to do more to help

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

£250m extra for new British Business Bank

Another £250 million is being pumped into the British Business Bank to help thousands of small and medium sized firms

James Caan with Hannah Proctor

Dragons' Den star offers advice to Billingham vintage fashion entrepreneur

Billingham fashion entrepreneur Hannah Proctor received advice from business secretary Vince Cable and former Dragons' Den star James Caan at a breakfast meeting in London

Royal Mail

Royal Mail to present first set of results

Royal Mail will present its first set of results as a listed company this week, alongside figures from Thomas Cook and Severn Trent

Business Secretary Vince Cable

RBS 'drove companies into default' says report

Royal Bank of Scotland is facing allegations of "unscrupulous" treatment of small businesses in a report claiming the lender drove firms to collapse to buy back their assets at rock-bottom prices

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