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POSITIVE: North East Combined Authority chair Simon Henig said described devolution plans as ambitious

Council leaders hold "very positive" talks over North East devolution

CALL: Tom Blenkinsop says George Osborne must use his Budget to deliver the Northern Powerhouse

Time for action on Northern Powerhouse, warns MP

EXPANSION: Mike Ashley's Sports Direct empire is opening a store in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley makes Catterick move

Nouveau Dance and Fitness founder Bethany Ainsley

Bethany's social enterprise fit for growth

Former footballer Paul Gascoigne arrives at the High Court in London, where he is due to give evidence at a hearing to decide the amount of compensation to be awarded in eight representative cases brought against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) in a phone h

Gazza thought Rolex watch was 'listening to him'

FLARE: The Sabic plant on Teesside lights up the night sky (30611912)

Blue sky thinking

GROWTH: Pictured from left to right are managing director, Frances Reed, Pearson owner, Stephen Hayward, and Stephen Reed, operations director

Third generation removals firm creates jobs in expansion

CHANGES: Boris Johnson has urged George Osborne to cut the 45p top rate of tax to 40p

Boris: Pay living wage then cut tax

POSITIVE: Ross Smith, director of policy at the North East Chamber of Commerce

Workforce growing at fastest in 20 years, North-East businesses report

PRODUCTION: Workers at Nissan's Sunderland plant spray a Qashqai

Sunderland-based Nissan boosts UK new car figures

Lightening strike pictured in London overnight. Picture: Scott D'Arcy/PA Wire

Region hit by further lightning storms overnight

KISS: A returning soldier kisses her partner and cuddles their children

Medics return home from Ebola hit Sierra Leone

Business leaders and politicians were at BOC Redcar this morning to celebrate completion of a £25m upgrade and the start of a 15-year supply deal with SSI Steel.

BOC gas gives SSI Steel a £25m vote of confidence

STORMS: A lightning bolt over Darlington on Wednesday.

Weather warning issued as more torrential rain and lightning forecast

Redcar iron and steel firm SSI, and Middlesbrough-based gas supplier BOC have signed one of the UK's largest ever gases contracts to keep the fires burning at Teesside blast furnace.

15-year BOC gas deal fuels confidence at Teesside steelmaker SSI

ICONIC LANDMARK: The Ness Factory at Croxdale

Iconic landmark site

VETERANS: The Royal British Legion

North-East veterans to join national commemoration

OFFICES: The units may appeal to buy-to-let investors

Modern, self-contained units now on the market

MUCH MISSED: Bernard Storey

Leading light of Teesside's voluntary sector Bernard Storey dies

SUMMER: Booze warning for motorists

Booze warning from police as sunny weather continues

Where's the best place for your money?

Where's the best place for your money?

SERVICE DESTINATION: The North York Moors National Park

Volunteers' bus service to Moors is expanded

BASE: Stadium Group's factory, in Hartlepool

Hartlepool technology firm ready for China move

James Wharton MP pictured filling in potholes last year in his constituency, in Railway Terrace, Eaglescliffe.

Filling in potholes counts towards creation of 'Northern Powerhouse'

DAMAGE: Smashed glass at Ravensworth Nurseries

Hail size of golf balls rains down smashing windows and denting cars

Greg Clark speaking at the conference in Harrogate. Picture: Chris Sharp.

Division would put North-East in devolution "slow lane" - minister

PROJECT: Ebac's Pamela Petty looks through a washing machine front panel with production line worker John Race. The firm has agreed a refinancing deal

£10.5m cash boost for Newton Aycliffe's Ebac

SUCCESS: Persimmon says sales have increased as buyer confidence and a better mortgage market fuels growth in the sector

Persimmon's sales rise as buyers confidence builds

STORM FORCE: The lightning knocked out power supplies in the region

Power restored to majority of region after nearly 40,000 left without service due to storm

STORM FORCE: The lightning knocked out power supplies in the region

Final customers get their power back after storms

Liz Kendall

Labour candidates pledge 'fair funding' for hard-up councils

GRANT: First TransPennine Express has joined forces with the Forestry Commission to give community environmental projects across the region the opportunity to win a grant of up to £2,500.

Train company offers grants for conservation work

Helen Lyne and Martin Levinson of Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors were both honoured at The Tees Valley Law Society Annual General Meeting.

Acclaim for Tees Valley's Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors

GROWING: Housebuilding helped the construction sector hit a four-month high in June

Construction sector hits four-month high

DEAL: Colin Fyfe, Darlington Building Society's chief executive, left, with Paul Chafer, commercial director at Wren Sterling	Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

Building society reveals finance firm agreement

Changes to Nestle pensions affects some of the firm's 2,700 workers in York and Newcastle.

Nestle workers in York and Newcastle told of plans to close pension scheme

BLUEPRINT: An artist's impression shows how Durham Tees Valley Airport's master plan could take shape

£10m Durham Tees Valley Airport plans could create thousands of jobs

FUTURE: An artist's impression of what NetPark's Explorer expansion will look like

Companies rush to explore £13m NetPark expansion

Almost 10,000 jobs could be saved and created if Teesside gets the go ahead for a carbon capture network. Pic: Dave Charnley Photography Ltd

Blue sky thinking: Teesside bids to build Europe's first carbon capture network

A site off junction 61 of the A1 at Bowburn, near Durham City has been earmarked for new offices, warehousing, a hotel, shops and up to 300 houses.

300 homes, a hotel and business park planned for Bowburn, County Durham

VISION: An artist's impression of Sirius' mine development, showing its shafts and office buildings. Whitby is to the north of the picture

Sirius bosses raise hopes over supply chain boost from £2bn mine

EXPANSION: Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for regeneration, left, with James Stoddart, of On A Roll, at the business’ new £3.6million site at Riverside Park, Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough sandwich maker creates nearly 100 jobs in £3.6m expansion

PROJECT: An artist's impression of how the Sirius mine will look

Sirius shares price rockets after mine approval

CELEBRATING: Paul Gascoigne during the 1990 World Cup second round match against Belgium.

Tickets on sale for Gazza night

APPOINTMENTS: Standing, from left to right are Stuart Lynn, Neil Hemming and Bob Paton. Sitting are Charlie Hoult and Giselle Stewart

Dynamo strengthens team to push IT work

Lloyds said about 635 jobs will be lost as part of reductions announced last October. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7021128)

Lloyds to axe hundreds of jobs

CENTRAL MOVE: Northpoint has taken office space at the new Business Central officeBusiness Central Darlington offers support to new businesses. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Northpoint take offices at Business Central, Darlington

SUPPORT: German airport staff work with an instructor at the International Fire Training Centre, based at Durham Tees Valley Airport

Airport fire trainer Serco hails turnaround

ATOMIC: Edward Twiddy, Atom Bank director in the office of the bank in Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS (30259363)

Ambitious Atom Bank approved as UK’s first digital-only lender

SUCCESS: Randall Orchard's Darragh Spencer, second left, pictured alongside Alan O’Neile, from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, Graeme Newton, managing director of Randall Orchard, and former England rugby union player Brian Moore

Building firm's awards success

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