Five of the region's high streets struggling with shop closures are to get half a million pounds from the Government. North Tyneside, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Hartlepool will get 100 thousand each to help new businesses.
It comes after the Government accepted Mary Portas's recommendations - the star of Mary Queen of Shops and the Bottom Line.
The Chancellor George Osbourne will announce the government budget later this afternoon. He's expected to help lower income families in the region by raising the tax threshold. It's not yet known if he'll change current plans to raise fuel prices by three pence.