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.
The New Year could bring hope for young people looking for jobs in an area which has had record youth unemployment.
Some of Teesside's leading companies are working together to offer one hundred additional apprenticeships in the chemical and process industries.
More than one hundred jobs will be created at a North East engineering firm after it secured a contract to manufacture massive steel girders within the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland.
Cleveland Bridge, based in Darlington, beat off international rivals to the multi-million pound contract to make the steel that will support viaducts at either end of the 1.7-mile bridge in Edinburgh.
The order safeguards its existing 260 staff and will create a further 130 jobs over the next few months.
There are plans to build a huge outdoor activity centre in Northumberland. It will cost £50 million and create 700 jobs.
If it is approved next year the resort will be built on a former opencast site near Widdrington.
It will include a lake for watersports, snow slopes and man-made canyons, as well as holiday homes and lodges.
A public consultation will be held between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December at Chevington Community Centre in Hadston.
Chris Davies and his sons Greg and Ben unveil the site for their Active Leisure Resort in Northumberland which will bring hundreds of jobs to the region.
A leisure and tourism scheme that is being unveiled in Northumberland is set to bring seven hundred new jobs to the region.
The resort is being built on an eight hundred acre plot of reclaimed land on a former mine site near Widdrington, and will offer both a range of visitor attractions and holiday packages.
Vicky Jackson-Smith is Managing Director of J&B Recycling. She says she is on a mission to divert landfill by increasing the types and levels of waste that can be recycled.
Vicky is Responsible for 100,000 tonnes of waste a year for an estimated 4,000 public and private sector clients from Fife to Essex. J&B will create 200 new jobs on Teesside as part of a new recycling plant development.**