North East business woman reaps the rewards of new business

A regional entrepreneur who drew a line under her design career to open up her own shop has created 19 jobs thanks to her new venture.  Last year Newcastle-based Deborah Hodgson opened up her first shop, Cuba Lily, in Darlington and has since gone on to open two further shops. The former… More →

‘Innovation Machine’ could create hundreads of jobs for the region

Newcastle Science City is hoping its “Innovation Machine “ project will help create hundreds of jobs for the region in the future. As part of its quest to find businesses that will grow quickly and support the region’s economy, the organisation has set out its stall to recruit 4 entrepreneurs to… More →

Worldwide classroom beckons for Teesside entrepreneur

A Teesside entrepreneur has launched her own unique business which aims to impact children’s lives all over the world. Shonette Bason, 38, will take her brand ‘Shonette on a Shoestring’ global in an attempt to take her creative and innovative teachings to inspire primary school teachers in the UK, Europe and… More →

New Year, new home, new jobs

A new £6million care home in the region is set to create over 70 new jobs. North East care home provider Hadrian Healthcare Group will develop the 70-bedroom care home in Whickham, Gateshead.  Situated on Whickham bank, Manor House will provide five-star luxury accommodation and will host a traditional-style newspaper and sweet shop,… More →

£50k ‘Big Business, Big Society’ scheme launched

One of the North East’s screen agencies has teamed up with a former digital media chief to launch a new £50k initiative designed to develop the best society-improving North East digital business ideas. Ex-Endemol digital media Chief Peter Cowley has teamed with Northern Film & Media (NFM) to offer business or individuals… More →

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Small firms helped to bid for procurement ‘billions’

David Cameron has announced a series of measures to help small and medium-sized firms compete for billions of pounds worth of central government contracts.

He said the aim was to give businesses greater access to the bidding process by eliminating “excessive bureaucracy and petty regulation”.

Firms should no longer have to input their information each time they apply for a new contract, for example.

The CBI, however, said the government could have gone much further. But what do you think? 

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