All stories for 28 May 2015

Gentoo's £92m homes scheme on site of Prudhoe Hospital gets approval

Architects Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall have designed the scheme, which will secure around 140 construction jobs

County Durham training firm launches rail apprentices division

The County Durham initiative hopes to benefit from billions promised to improve rail infrastructure in the coming years

Japanese giants Komatsu and Nissan to work together on NEAA project

The firms will share tips as one of the first link-ups organised by the new North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA)

Expanding Sunderland business Lasercutouts targets new jobs

Lasercutouts' new base in Crowther Industrial Estate give it space to prepare for the Christmas rush – which starts in June.

Equine results from the Northumberland County Show

This year's Northumberland County Show attracted more entries than ever and was judged a huge success by organisers

Could Newcastle's rooftops become an urban farm?

A new project in Newcastle is envisaging a future where food is produced on urban rooftops and green spaces

Northumberland pioneering flood defence scheme picks up award

As the Environment Agency completes its flood defence scheme in Belford, Northumberland, we ask about its plans for the future

EU referendum: Should we leave the European Union or stay in?

North East Labour MEPs give five reasons to stay and UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott gives his five reasons to leave

Appointments: Bannatyne’s health club has appointed Nicola Turner as new general manager

Bannatyne’s health club in Chester-le-Street has appointed Nicola Turner as its new general manager

Appointments: Peter Gilson to manage North East Social Investment Fund

One of the North East’s most experienced investment managers has been chosen to run a new, social enterprise fund

Appointments: NCT appoints business development manager Corey Skeen

NCT Skills has welcomed Corey Skeen as business development manager

FIFA crisis: UEFA could boycott World Cup if Sepp Blatter is re-elected

Embattled FIFA chief refusing to quit and still intends to stand for re-election in Friday's presidential vote

Appointments: Sanderson Weatherall promotes Newcastle building consultancy expert to partner

Newcastle chartered surveyor and property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has recognised the outstanding performance of Martin Smith by promoting him to partner

Appointments: New appointee has national role for Aspire

One of the country’s fastest-growing IT companies has appointed a new UK channel manager

Appointments: Home education mum hits the textbooks and finds new job

A County Durham mother who spent five years schooling her child at home has landed her dream job after gaining a string of qualifications

Appointments: New jobs with fast-growing utilities specialist

A burgeoning utilities infrastructure specialist has taken on three new people following a huge growth in business

Nearly three-quarters of supermarket chickens contain potentially deadly bug

Food Standards Agency putting pressure on supermarkets after year-long study found major retailers failing to reduce rates of campylobacter.

Dynamo to host event showcasing careers opportunities in IT to young people

Among the highlights of the Get Into IT afternoon will be interactive panel sessions with local businesses

Review: Mozart’s Requiem, Northern Chords, Newcastle Cathedral

A concert called Unfinished finished in glorious style with a cathedral performance of Mozart's Requiem

Bernard Trafford: A cup of tea and a welcome glimpse back in time

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on why a little nostalgia is good for us

Jonathan Arnott: Some issues are best decided by people, not politicians

North East Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott says our outdated voting system is creaking at the seams.

If we don't get our infrastructure right we risk wasting the opportunity our region has been given

Tyne Tunnel boss Rachel Turnbull says that whatever way the North East is governed our ambitions must be matched by our infrastructure

Review: Dead Simple at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Peter James crime thriller has the Theatre Royal audience on the edge of its seats as they wonder whodunit

Last chance to see Shakespeare's tragic thirteen

A photographic exhibition at the new Globe Gallery features 13 Shakespearean suicide victims

Ted Salmon: North East can lead the way on open data

Regional chairman of the FSB says that better data use could stimulate innovation and increase new business creation

England should host 2018 World Cup says former UEFA boss as sponsors put pressure on FIFA

New corruption charges have thrown world football's governing body into disarray

Sports Direct ahead of expectations on profit before tax, conference will be told

Retailer Sports Direct to host event for 900 staff and partners, updating them on the company's current and future performance

Morning news headlines: Pressure on Fifa chief Sepp Blatter to resign, EU referendum question revealed

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North Sea oil needs to cut costs to survive oil price slump

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