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Strong trading at Sports Direct International plc

Sports Direct International plc has reported strong trading for the nine weeks leading to March 30, 2014

Business Supplement: Best Places To Work In The North East

Best Places To Work In The North East
Those of us who work and live in the North East know that it's the best place in the UK. This supplement showcases just some of the businesses which are proud to call this place their home

Expanding health firm Lynch Healthcare launches its own products

David Lynch of Lynch Healthcare in Sunderland
Lynch Healthcare who specialise in equipment for the disabled has set its sights on quadrupling turnover after beginning to manufacture its own products

Gosforth businessman launches Happylegs product

Angus Long
It's a hopefully comfortable road to success for Gosforth healthcare entrepreneur Angus Long, who has pooled his years of experience into a product called Happylegs that is about to be trialled

Tyne Valley Motorhomes targets 20% turnover increase within three years

Derek and Elaine Armstrong with Jonathan Bell, of Tyne Valley Motorhomes
Tyne Valley Motorhomes is targeting a £1.8m increase in turnover after seeing sales rocket to 56% above target in the first quarter of 2014

Business Interviews

North East Business Awards 2014: All the companies in the running for top prizes at next month's awards

With little more than a week to go until the 2014 North East Business Awards, here's a reminder of which firms are in contention for the top prizes

Amec trading in line with expectations

Engineering and project management giant, Amec, which has bases in Newcastle and North Shields, says its year-to-date trading remains in line with expectations

Strong trading at Sports Direct International plc

A Sports Direct shop
Sports Direct International plc has reported strong trading for the nine weeks leading to March 30, 2014
Miriam Davidson, Julie Binks and Debby Lamont

Success at the double for Middleton Hall Retirement Village

Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington, has invested millions in its expansion plans, which include the Waterside development – zero-carbon retirement homes set beside a pond and wetland area designed to attract wildlife

Region 'must promote Brand North East'

Region 'must promote Brand North East'
The past year has seen many changes in the North East. Tim Evans looks at some key progress and the importance of promoting the region

Kevan Carrick: North East needs to speak with one voice

Kevan Carrick
The run-up to Easter saw the publication of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan
George and Sara Aspin with children Ed and Tilly

Northumbrian Garden Machinery offering one-stop shop for farming community

Northumbrian Garden Machinery, at Hedgeley Services in Powburn, is expanding to meet customer demand

Carlisle Auction Mart: April 14

Beef Shorthorn cows with their spring-born three month old calves
A good show of 203 cast cows were presented to a good ring side of buyers ensuring all classes were dearer on the week

NFU president Meurig Raymond calls for more action over TB

Meurig Raymond wants badgers to be controlled to stop the spread of bovine TB
NFU president Meurig Raymond was speaking on a visit to one Dorset farmer who is set to lose nearly a quarter of his dairy herd to TB
Bridget Holmstrom

Bridget helps Teesside small businesses prepare for growth

Finance expert Bridget Holmstrom has set up a financial company to help Teesside small business owners keep an eye on their balance sheets

Bailey & Co estate agents opens in Jesmond

Regional estate agent Ben Bailey has launched his own practice which he says will provide a more tailor, locally-focused service

North East small business owners urged to spring-clean their finances

Spending chiefs have urged the creation of a new £200m fund to help SMEs
David Ingram of TaxAssist Accountants in Gosforth, Newcastle, is urging small business owners not to be caught out by changes in the latest Budget

Videos & Photos

North East Business Awards 2014: All the companies in the running for top prizes at next month's awards

The Economic Forecast Breakfast at Ramside Hall

Economic Forecast Breakfast highlights key issues for North East economy

The Liquid Envy nightclub, Newcastle

Newcastle nightclub to be demolished for student housing



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