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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

£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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

North East companies exhibit at Dubai trade event

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

£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

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 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

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

FTSE 100 directors' earnings are up by 14%

Directors of top companies have seen their median earnings increase by 14% in the past year, driven by a huge rise in share-based long-term incentive payments, according to a new report

Vince Cable launches cash campaign to aid small business

Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced a £45m funding packing as part of a package of measures to boost small business

Royal Mail workers in the North East set to go on strike

Thousands of Royal Mail workers in the North East will go on strike next month for the first time in four years

North East business leaders' warning comes despite promising growth figures

Business leaders in the North East have welcomed the fastest growth in the economy in three years - but warned that more still needs to be done

Vince Cable's 'surprise' at Tories' support for Living Wage

Coalition tensions were exposed on the Business Secretary's visit to Tyneside engineering firm Bel Valves

Business booming at Barbour as profits rise by 42%

Clothing company J Barbour & Sons has seen a 12% lift in turnover after increasing sales of its full wardrobe products, moving it closer to its vision of becoming a global lifestyle brand

Lib Dems announce plans to increase minimum wage

Business Secretary Vince Cable will today set out plans for an inflation-busting increase in the minimum wage, as part of a bid to ensure economic growth benefits every section of society

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

Ed Miliband and David Cameron clash over the economy

Ed Miliband has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of “hubris and complacency” during angry Commons clashes over the economy and living standards

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

Business scheme a boost for North East firms

The GrowthAccelerator scheme, a partnership between the Government and the private sector, was launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable last May

Procurement rethink campaign gains pace in the North East

A campaign calling for a rethink over the procurement of public sector construction work is quickly gather momentum


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