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Jobs boost after Billingham Quorn factory announces expansion plans

Quorn manufacture. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

400 new jobs are coming to Teesside with the expansion of a vegetarian food factory.

Quorn Foods Limited says 100 people will be employed during the construction phase at its site in Billingham and a further 300 will be taken on once the expansion is complete.

The £30 million investment comes after a rise in demand for the meat substitute.


Unemployment in North East drops by 10,000

A total of 124,000 people were unemployed in the North East Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Unemployment in the North East fell to 9.3% over the three months to February. The current jobless rate now stands at 124,000, meaning 10,000 fewer people out of work than in the previous quarter.

The North East still has the highest unemployment rate in the UK.


'No delay' in RGF distribution, according to Minister

Earlier this year the National Audit Office found a significant amount of the Government's Regional Growth Fund was still to be allocated.

Today, the Minister Simon Hughes said there is no longer any delay in distributing the money, which is designed to boost jobs and growth in areas reliant on the public sector.

Mr Hughes was speaking as he announced eleven winning North East projects, which will receive support from the fifth round of the RGF:

RGF 'taking far too long' says North East Labour MP

The Labour MP for Hartlepool, and Shadow Industry Minister, says he welcomes investment in the region.

The Government has announced that eleven North East projects have been chosen to receive money from the fifth round of the Regional Growth Fund.

However, Iain Wright says the process for allocating money needs to be improved, as it is taking too long for Regional Growth funding to find its way to the regions:

Teesside firm reacts to new funding

A Government Minister has been visiting a firm on Teesside, which is benefitting from the fifth round of the Regional Growth Fund.

Simon Hughes was shown around Tinsley Special Products in Stockton. It has received money from the scheme in the past and will use the latest funding to help create a new site in Peterlee. The RGF aims to generate jobs and growth in areas reliant on the public sector.

Stuart Arnold, Managing Director of Tinsley Special Products, said the new funding will allow him to boost the export side of his business.

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