Francesca Craggs

Francesca Craggs

Francesca Craggs is a reporter with Business & Commercial Unit. Previously she worked for the features team specialising in fashion. Francesca has been with us since 1998.

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Peter Cockerill, CEO of Calvert Trust Kielder

Peter Cockerill, CEO of the Calvert Trust Kielder

Peter Cockerill has been at the helm of Calvert Trust Kielder for the past 25 years. He talks to Francesca Craggs about his journey from Benedictine monk to CEO of a North East charity that’s giving people with disabilities new-found freedom

Kathryn Taylor, managing partner of Gordon Brown law firm

Kathryn Taylor, managing partner at Gordon Brown Law Firm LLP

At just 38, Kathryn Taylor is one of only two female managing partners in the North East legal scene. She talks to Francesca Craggs about the inspiration behind her success and the changing face of the sector

New homes

Surge in would-be North East house buyers is 'tailing off'

The surge in the number of would-be buyers who have been piling into the housing market amid better access to mortgage deals has started to show signs of "exhausting" in the North East, surveyors have reported

Heather and Derek Neil at their home in Gosforth

homemaker featured property - 15 February 2014

Fancy some fine living close to Newcastle City Centre? This beautiful Gosforth home could be for you

Bellway Homes

Bellway Homes boosts housing revenue

Newcastle-headquartered Bellway Homes has boosted its housing revenue by 41%

12 Peile Park, Shotley Bridge

homemaker featured property - 18 January 2014

Set in a cul de sac location, this home in Peile Park, Shotley Bridge, offers stunning views over the Derwent Valley

Darlington Library, one of the contracts won by Stone Technical Services

Darlington firm Stone Technical Services builds on new contracts

Darlington-based firm Stone Technical Services has secured around £200,000 worth of new contracts

Demand from house buyers has increased

House prices to rise by 8% in 2014, say RICS

House prices will rise by another 8% next year due to the shortage of homes coming on to the market, surveyors have forecast

Lee Singers, Sales & Marketing Director, Sinso Retail Support

Sinso Retail Support Limited aims to fill gap in market

Durham-based firm looking to increase market share across the UK as it drives forward growth plans to reach its five-year target of £1.2m

Owen Bradford and Kodi Sanerivi at the Cramlington branch of Subway

North East Subway franchisee has the recipe for success

As well as growing a new breed of entrepreneurs, sandwich store franchise Subway has created thousands of jobs for the region.Francesca Craggs meets one of its most successful franchisees


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