A Malaysian company has announced plans to create a rubber recycling plant in the North East, creating up to ninety jobs.
Petra Group is investing £12m to produce what it calls 'green rubber'. A site for the facility has yet to be confirmed.
The announcement comes as the Prime Minister and business people continue a trade mission to South East Asia, to encourage investment in Northern England.
Petra Group's announcement that it will open its pioneering manufacturing to the North East of England, creating up to 90 jobs, is testament to the skills and expertise the North East has to offer.
The cabinet of Newcastle City Council has approved plans to borrow £45 million to be spent on the refurbishment of the Civic Centre.
The council says improving the Grade II* listed Newcastle landmark would enhance it for future generations as well as creating a more efficient workplace for council staff.
It also claims energy savings, reduced maintenance bills and additional income will more than cover the costs of borrowing the money – including all interest charges on the loan.
The council says failing to invest in the building would cost taxpayers £35.3 million for basic repairs and maintenance to deal with the effects of wear and tear on the ageing structure.
Independent City Councillor Marc Donnelly, of Westerhope, said: "I am shocked and appalled at these proposals" and suggested the true cost would be near £90 million.
The council says the Grade II* listed Newcastle landmark needs improvement and failing to invest would also cost millions.Read the full story ›
Twenty-five jobs are to go at the TATA Steel plant at Skinningrove on Teesside.
The company say the decision has been made due to a drop in customer demand, but it is hoped there will be no compulsory redundancies or loss of shifts.
The site employs more than 350 people, with over 1000 employed at further sites in Redcar, Lackenby and Hartlepool.
A consultation is now underway.
Find out how MPs in our region voted over the Government's Welfare Bill, which contains £12 billion of proposed cuts.Read the full story ›
Controversial changes to the fishing industry will be discussed today.
From next year discarding unwanted fish at sea will be banned and instead all stock will have to be landed. Members of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations are meeting in York to discuss the changes.
The North East crime drama, Vera, which has been been a tourism magnet for the region, is set for a return with a 5th series this weekend on April 5th at 8pm.
Ahead of the premiere Brenda Blethyn has told ITV News Tyne Tees how she is far from tired of playing the no-nonsense detective and about her favourite North East spots:
Watch Pam Royle's full interview with Brenda Blethyn at 6pm tonight.
The scheme takes off 5p per litre at petrol stations in Hawes in North Yorkshire, and around Bellingham and Kielder in Northumberland.Read the full story ›
Billed as 'one of the greatest maritime sights in the world', the prestigious event is being held in Northumberland for the first time.Read the full story ›
Paul Brand is joined by four new Parliamentary candidates for a lively debate on the economy and immigration. Watch the programme here:Read the full story ›