The announcement of a City Deal for Sunderland & South Tyneside, with £5m for an Advanced Automotive Park next to Nissan on the A19, is very welcome and adds to the foundations we need to grow the region's economy
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
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.