300 new jobs from virtual call centres

Hundreds of jobs will be created in the North East through a 'virtual' call centre company.

US-based Arise Virtual Solutions is expanding across the UK and plans to bring 300 jobs to the region after tying up deals to provide call centre services to major firms.

Forecasting 'could save business'

Over 850 small businesses that failed in the last quarter of 2008 could have stayed afloat if they had sought expert advice and implemented management initiatives, according to research by Tenon Recovery.

Business rates hold gets mixed welcome

Chancellor Alistair Darling's announcement this week that the planned rise in business rates of 5% will be staggered over the course of the next two years has received a mixed welcome in the North East.

From factory worker to music mogul

A factory worker has swapped mechanics for microphones after setting up his own music company in the North East.

'Mumpreneurs' get guidance in Newcastle

A networking group for 'mumpreneurs' is staging an event at the end of month focusing on first impressions and image.

Sage takes national conferences

A major organisation is to hold two of its national conferences in a North East venue for the second time.