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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

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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Local authority finance chiefs spent much of Tuesday in intense number-crunching, after Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced final funding levels for 2016-17 on Monday evening.

Council funding: £15m boost for North Yorkshire - but why is poor North-East missing out?

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Obesity rates are soaring in dogs and cats, claim PDSA experts

Booze and takeaways are fuelling an obesity crisis in the region's pets, claim experts

Dancefloors like this could be used by North-Easterners to engage in sexual activity

Sex on the dancefloor: Poll claims to reveal top ten sex spots in the North-East

Flooding near Hawes, during Storm Desmond. Farmers affected by damage from Storm Desmond and Storm Eva are urged to apply for support grants from the Government.

Farmers affected by Storm Desmond and Storm Eva urged to apply for support grants

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

'Labour's legacy of debt and the mismanagement of the council are to blame for Darlington's woes'

'Labour's legacy of debt and the mismanagement of the council are to blame for Darlington's woes'

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The order of service for Robin Crowther

Tributes at funeral of "inspirational" Darlington journalism lecturer Robin Crowther

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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Thousands of North-East men are paying for sex with transactions increasing arranged on the internet, new research has found.

Thousands of North-East men paying for sex every day - with transactions increasingly arranged on the internet

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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

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash

Hello, I'm Aphonopelma Johnnycashi: Johnny Cash inspires tarantula name

The Northern Echo's Love Your Pet Competition

Vote for your favourite in The Northern Echo's Love Your Pet competition

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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Business minister Nick Boles, who has named and shamed firms which have failed to pay their staff the National Minimum Wage

North Yorkshire and North-East firms named and shamed over National Minimum Wage failings

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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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