New cultural pot puts North East talent first

£100,000 worth of business support is up for grabs to develop exciting new creative projects in partnership with the region’s young people.  NE-Generation is looking for the best up and coming creative businesses and people in the North East and the organisation wants to hear project ideas which could be developed with the… More →

Newcastle University expands throughout South East Asia

NEWCASTLE University is expanding its operations in South East Asia and hopes to attract 600 new students in Singapore inside three years.  The University is also preparing to open its new medical campus at Johor in Malaysia in September this year. Degrees in Food & Human Nutrition (BSc Hons) and Mechanical Design… More →

Biotechnology industry receives boost from National Skills Academy

TWO of the UK’s most important growth industries received a boost this week when Skills Minister John Hayes announced a new National Skills Academy (NSA) for Composites and Biotechnology. The Academy, which will form part of the National Skills Academy for Process Industries, will reportedly receive up to £1.98m of funding… More →

£100m chemical scheme maybe a UK first

PLANS to create a new £100 million chemical scheme on Teesside could generate up to 80 jobs. Solvert Limited is hoping to develop the UK’s first manufacturing facility which produces industrial chemicals from domestic and commercial waste.  Thanks to new legislation, and demand from companies keen to improve their environmental credentials, Solvert… More →

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Was the winter freeze to blame for the economic slump?

THE Forum of Private Business reacted negatively to GDP figures illustrating that the economy shrunk by 0.5% in the final three months of 2010, following four successive quarters of growth.

The Government has blamed the bad winter weather for the slump but the Forum is arguing that slow movement on policies to improve business finance – including addressing the lack of affordable lending from banks and tackling the £24 billion in late payments owed to small firms across the UK – are the real reasons why the economy is facing a ‘double dip’ recession. 

But where do you think the problem lies and who is to blame for the contraction in the economy? Vote on this bdaily’s weekly poll!