For small and start-up businesses, crowdfunding is fast becoming a credible alternative financial system. The newly published Centre for Cities report said that the North East lagged behind in terms of business start-up
Without wishing to appear to be ignoring the gravity of the global economic difficulties green shoots of recovery are appearing and the current climate offers some golden opportunities for businesses that are prepared to rise to the challenge
I was disappointed at the news reported in The Journal last week that Sunderland Council had put on hold the proposed Combined Authority of the seven councils in the North East that have become known as the LA7
It was nice to hear last week that the
comments I made about the adverse impact of dismantling ONE North East without having a chance to effectively manage the change was confirmed by the National Audit Office, as reported in Friday's Journal
The spectre of deflation is said to be hanging over Europe. Developed world inflation has slowed, and by more than was expected in 2013, reflecting lower commodity prices and still-slack (although growing) economies
As expected, the UK’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) used its latest Inflation Report to revise its growth outlook higher, its inflation forecast lower, and increase the pace at which it expects the unemployment rate to fall
Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror's Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company's regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.