The Coty factory at Seaton Delaval, which manufactures beauty products, has announced it plans to close the operation, with the loss of 400 jobs.
The factory is the major employer in the Northumberland village.
Ryan Gains, Chief Marketing Officer for Nissan Europe couldn't be drawn on speculation surrounding Brexit as he was questioned by ITV Tyne Tees at the Geneva Motor Show.
He did say the new Qashqai will 'propel the plant into the future' and is a car that 'the workforce should be proud of'.
Mr Gains went on to say the Sunderland plant was a 'record breaker' with the new Qashqai accounting for 300,000 units to be made on Wearside.
Sevcon, a Gateshead-based company which makes components for electric vehicles, is to take on 200 more staff.Read the full story ›
The next phase in plans to attract more high-tech companies to a leading science parks in County Durham gets underway today.Read the full story ›
The Black Cats say the decision has come following a review of the club's business operations and club staff have been informed.Read the full story ›
Washington-based Woven Inc increased its annual turnover by 40% in 2016 to £1.1m.Read the full story ›
Virgin Trains has announced 45 new jobs at its call centre in Newcastle. The company plans to expand the site by 50 per cent.Read the full story ›
Over the coming weeks young people across the region will be waiting anxiously to find out whether or not they've been offered a place at university.
The application process, run by UCAS, has now closed - but for those who've chosen not to go down the academic route, this time of year can be a frustrating one.
Now one North Yorkshire MP is calling for apprenticeships to be treated exactly the same as university applications.
Rishi Sunak believes without a UCAS system, young people looking for an apprentice scheme are often ignored, with very little information or help available to them.
Daniel Hewitt has been finding out more:
A share of £556 million of Northern Powerhouse money will go towards a project in Sunderland that's expected to create 5,200 jobs by 2027.
The International Advanced Manufacturing Park, near Nissan, will be built as part of the Government's bid to improve the North's economy.
A £49.7 million allocation of Local Growth Funding from Government has taken the 2015-2021 total for the North East to £379.6 million.
“We will work with our local authority partners, North East Automotive Alliance and the private sector to deliver this vitally important scheme, which is of strategic importance not only for the North East, but for the UK’s industrial strategy. "The Government has chosen not to back our full Local Growth Fund bid which is deeply disappointing and potentially damaging to our Strategic Economic Plan to grow the North East economy. "Our LGF allocation gives us no scope to fund a range of projects which would have driven new growth and provided real impetus to business development - as well as giving the North East the chance to contribute more fully to the Government's Northern Powerhouse agenda."
South Korean tech giant says faulty batteries were the sole cause of the fires that caused it to pull the Galaxy Note 7 from the shelves.Read the full story ›