Brenda McLeish, Managing Director of the Learning Curve Group

Learning Curve Group: Present and future of education debated this week - sponsored feature

Keynote speeches are being delivered by such luminaries as Business Secretary Vince Cable and Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt - sponsored feature

James Caan, Andy Stephenson and Matthew Hancock MP

Newcastle man's company is named best Start Up of the year

Business Minister Matthew Hancock hailed Weekend Box founder Andrew Stephenson for his "zeal and energy".

Business Secretary Vince Cable

£67m UK government funding to commercialise research and create industrial PhDs

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced the funding at this week's Innovate UK conference

Business Secretary Vince Cable

Pledge by schools to work closer with industry leaders unveiled by business secretary Vince Cable

Business leaders in the North East have backed a binding pledge by schools and colleges to work closer with industry

South Tyneside College in South Shields

South Tyneside College launches pioneering engineering school

A North college has announced the country's first engineering 'Career College' for pupils as young as 14

Tata Steel plant

Tata Steel plans long products division sale

Tata Steel is planning on selling its Long Products division, affecting hundreds of Teesside workers

Vince Cable

Taxes must go up to cut deficit, Vince Cable insists

Lib Dem Business Secretary slams Tory plans to cut benefits

Business Secretary Vince Cable

Scientists in the North East will benefit from an £8m cash injection

Business Secretary Vince Cable set to announce multi-million pound funding boost for scientists in the North East

Hitachi photo of a mock-up of Hitachi Rail Europe's AT200 train

Hitachi Rail Europe shows firm support for North East suppliers

The long list of main suppliers to Hitachi Rail Europe's givernment train programme has been revealed - including three from the North East

Business Secretary Vince Cable

Government calls on UK employers to expose loopholes in plans to ban zero hours exclusivity contracts

Businesses and individuals are urged to take part in a consultation which will inform the forthcoming Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable

Easington MP urges Vince Cable to support former coalfields of County Durham

Grahame Morris MP met with the Business Secretary to make the case for communities which have suffered decade of deprivation

County Durham

400 Land Registry jobs in Durham are saved - for now

Ministers have stopped plans to sell or part-privatise the Land Registry, including a Durham office which employs 400 people

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable

Royal Mail sale error cost taxpayers £1bn, says MPs

A highly critical report has been published by a committee of MPs, claiming Royal Mail was way undervalued when it was privatised

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg announces £45m project as he opens new Rolls-Royce factory in Washington

Nick Clegg and Vince Cable announced a new £45m scheme to ensure the UK leads the way in low-carbon engines during a visit to the North East

Prime Minister David Cameron and his Deputy, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg and David Cameron confirm Coalition commitment ahead of Queen's Speech

Liberal Dem leader Nick Clegg confirms his commitment to the Coalition in advance of the Queen's Speech

Jeremy Forsberg and Matthew Scott, directors of Navada Group, enjoy beers on the 58th floor of a hotel in Shanghai

From Shanghai nights to Qingdao TIF-In - Navada Group's journey continues

Newcastle-based Navada Group continue their reports from their trip to China

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson

MP calls for inquiry over shelved Newcastle University cancer drug research

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson seek assurances from business secretary Vince Cable over shelved cancer drug research

Christian Aid have welcomed the new legislation

Corruption crackdown welcomed by Christian Aid

The Government should ensure that the UK's "tax havens" establish similar registers of names, says Joseph Stead of Christian Aid

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


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