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Kier Property has acquired the former Oxford Ballroom on New Bridge Street, Newcastle with the intention of turning it into a student residence.

Former Get Carter nightclub in Newcastle to become student flats

Most businesses do not believe the Government's target of achieving full employment within five years, according to a new report. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Most businesses do not believe David Cameron's target of full employment within five years

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SUCCESS: Peter and Kim Holdstock show off one a chair at their base in Crook Business Centre	Picture: STUART BOULTON

Crook's Verd sitting pretty with chair success

More than 5,000 protestors are expected join a huge demonstration in Brussels on Monday to protect against the dumping of Chinese steel.

Steel workers and bosses to march shoulder to shoulder in jobs protest

STRATEGY: Sara O’Brien, KF Training's commercial director

Peterlee's KF Training creates jobs in Yorkshire expansion

L-R: Tony Cleary, managing director of the Lanchester group of companies: Ruth Peyton, operations manager, Lanchester Gifts; Ian Spicer, managing director of Spicers of Hythe (55656931)

Lanchester group buys luxury hamper business

Darlington Building Society has pledged to implement a mortgage policy that allows Armed Forces personnel who are posted overseas to rent out their homes without facing higher mortgage interest rates or a requirement to change their mortgage.

Darlington Building Society and Yorkshire Building Society pledge support for Armed Forces personnel

The i newspaper is part of the group that publishes The Independent and Independent on Sunday, which is owned by Evgeny Lebedev, who has other media assets including the Evening Standard and local TV station London Live. (55660119)

Johnston Press in talks to buy i newspaper

Former apprentice at The Woodfloor Company Vernon Hill has set up his own business Floorestore. Andrew Hill, Vernon Hill, of Floorestore and Tom and Sarah Cockerel of The Woodfloor Company. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Darlington apprentice buys his former employer

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CINEMA: The Feethams cinema complex picture. Steps leading up to the rooftop 'podium' area. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

First look inside Darlington cinema complex development

EXCITED: Sara Davies, founder of Crafter's Companion, looks around her company's new head office. The business is moving into the former Holiways Ford showroom, in Newton Aycliffe

Crafter's Companion promises new products and jobs in Aycliffe move

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HIGH-RISE: Bellway says high-value London apartment work has pushed its average selling prices to a record level

London luxury pushes housebuilder Bellway's sales to record levels

RETURN: The Prince of Wales tours the former SSI UK plant, including its blast furnace, in 2011. He is returning to the region to meet people affected by the steelmaker's demise	Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Prince Charles to visit region to support victims of steelmaker SSI UK's collapse

About 60 jobs will be created when the former Phileas Fogg crisp factory in Consett reopens as the European manufacturing and distribution centre for bearings manufacturer Dunlop BTL. Picture by Stuart Boulton.

Former Phileas Fogg Consett crisp factory to be reopened by Dunlop, creating 60 jobs

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If it is still standing a century from now will anyone glance up at Feethams and admire its grandeur in the same way they do the red brick Pease Free Library whose future as a cultural centre is in grave doubt? Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

How to promote a market town without a market?

An artist’s impression of the Feethams, Darlington, development, including the new Premier Inn hotel, front (55402547)

Feethams site proof that big name investors have faith in Darlington, says developer

PROGRESS: Work continues on the South Durham University Technical College (UTC), in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

South Durham UTC, in Newton Aycliffe, ramps up recruitment drive as building work continues

EXPERTISE: JDR worker Darren Dobson spools cable on a giant drum stand at the company's Hartlepool plant		Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Hartlepool's JDR earns seven-mile cable contract boost

IMPRESSION: An artist''s impression shows what Hitachi's Abellio trains will look like. Passengers are being given the chance to see what the rolling stock's interior looks like in a model at Edinburgh Waverley station

Hitachi gives passengers a glimpse of Aycliffe-made Scottish rolling stock

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Croney (55569458)

Teesside University publishes bold five year plan

Photo caption: From left – Lisa McKeown, The Forge Customer Services Manager; Michael Wildey, Customer First Practitioner and Karen Race, Deputy Director of The Forge.

Teesside University wins national award for its customer focus

WELCOME: Reuben Kench, director of culture, events and leisure at Stockton Borough Council, left, with building society customer Mr Gallagher and Andrew Haigh, chief executive

Newcastle Building Society's Yarm Library move approved

LIGHTS: Andrew Turner shows off his laser light safety system	Picture: TOM BANKS

Inventor Andrew Turner helping others see the light

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OPPORTUNTIES: Cameron Owen, left, with TTE's Chris Adnett and Lewis Mitchell

Teens back in work after closure of Redcar's SSI UK

Paul Carbert – NECC Policy Advisor

How can the region continue to lead the way in the recruitment of apprentices?

There is much to celebrate in the North-East, reckons Samantha Dolby at Brewin Dolphin.

By Heck! Plenty of food for thought on economy

WELCOME: Omega Group apprentices Justin Fairburn, Luke McMorris, Dan Gray, Jordan Dale and Adam Cook

Plastics firm Omega Group bolsters apprentice numbers

Brendan Lowther (right) with Sam Pawlett (55308262)

Northumbrian Water offers lifeline to former SSI steel apprentices

SAFETY: An aircraft undergoes ground vibration tests. The CPI is working on a project to transform parts' maintenance and assessment through printed electronics

Sedgefield's CPI leads drive to lift aircraft safety

FW Capital investment director Keith Charlton (left) with Cenergist MD Mitesh Dhanak (55163721)

Newcastle energy consultant Cenergist becomes exclusive distributor for money-saving smart shower device

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The cable laying vessel Giulio Verne will install the UK-Norway interconnector.

Stockton's Steel River Consultants wins contract for world’s longest undersea electricity cable

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Tony Brockley, Darlington Credit Union Chief Executive.

Darlington Credit Union boss aims to bring ethics back to banking

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with British Prime Minister David Cameron during an EU summit in Brussels last year. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert).

Quitting the EU 'would be huge step into the unknown' for Britain

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PARTNERSHIP: John Adamson, managing director of Ramside Estates, seated, and Bradley Groves, chief executive and chairman of Great Annual Savings Group

Ramside Hall cuts bills with help from Seaham's Great Annual Savings Group

Npower has announced a 5.2 per cent reduction in prices. Picture: Andy Hepburn/PA Wire

Npower to cut average prices by 5.2 per cent

INVESTMENT: Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water chief executive

Yorkshire Water unveils £318m improvement plans

In a move which is likely to prove hugely controversial the council is proposing to dispose of Darlington's Victorian Covered Market with stall holders being given first refusal.

Sign the petition to save Darlington from crippling spending cuts

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CUTS: Oil companies have been forced to cut jobs after the price of oil fell sharply	Picture: DANNY LAWSON/PA WIRE

Falling oil prices "good for economy", says Bank chief

GROWTH: Camerons Brewery aims to expand in £30m plans		Picture: TOM BANKS

Camerons Brewery predicts "exciting times ahead" as it launches £30m expansion to buy 40 pubs

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2a l to r: Cllr Harry Trueman, Sunderland City Council with Adrian Holland and Kayleigh Johnson, both directors of Choice Future Planning (54932657)

Sunderland call centre to create 100 jobs following move from Shildon

EXPANSION: Geoff Clark, of Ravensworth Developments, Jason Devison, of Complete Office Solutions, and Naylors' Keith Stewart, pictured inside a unit at Portobello Trade Park

Office firm to create 50 jobs in Portobello Trade Park move

PRODUCTION: Workers fit the windscreen to a Nissan Juke at the Japanese firm's Sunderland plant

Sunderland-made Nissan cars push UK sales to record level

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FREEZE: The Bank of England has held interest rates again	Picture: TIM IRELAND/PA WIRE

Bank of England holds interest rates - and says rise may not happen until late 2017

STEEL: One of Tata Steel's Hartlepool Pipe Mills. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

'Perfect storm' hits Tata Steel profits

DEAL: The Kings Head Hotel, in Richmond, North Yorkshire

Richmond's Kings Head Hotel sold to The Coaching Inn Group

An artist's impression of the proposed new Heck! Food factory, which will also include a warehouse, staff gym, offices and visitor centre

"Sausage World" to be created as part of expansion plans for hugely successful family firm

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VOW: Air Products says it is focused on building both its Teesside plants

Air Products’ second Teesside plant still on hold - but bosses vow to have both sites "up and running"

BASE: Husqvarna's Newton Aycliffe plant

Aycliffe lawnmower-maker Husqvarna aims to recruit 650 staff

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TEAM: Keith Boardall, left, with deputy chief executive, Marcus Boardall

Frozen food haulier Reed Boardall expands storage base to take on more work

BASE: GlaxoSmithKline, in Barnard Castle, County Durham.

Barnard Castle's biggest employer Glaxo says new drug sales helped offset declines in older medicines

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