Keith Gill and his wife Pauline converted their Lanchester home into a bed and breakfast, resulting in rave reviews and awards.
"Each year our turnover has increased and the challenge for us now is to continue to invest in the right people," said Richard Buckley
Great British Beef Week raises money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Insitution, which helps those in difficulty within the farming industry
Nick Smith has started The Steam Machine Brewing Company with the aim to bring North East brewed keg craft beer to drinkers
The Newcastle firm is back in the black after a huge year of consistent housing schemes, and sales have soared from £8m to £27m.
David Land is heading up a new engineering University Technical College (UTC) for the region and says construction is planned to start in August
Despite the trials and tribulations of the wider offshore industry the subsea sector continues to plan for rapid growth"
New powers for North East councils, however, were missing and Nick Brown, Labour MP for Newcastle East, was one of the first to wade in"
The Chancellor told MPs that public spending cuts would come to an end in 2019-20 – a year earlier than previously planned"
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