The Deputy Prime Minister has announced £300m of investment for companies in the North East.
The money comes from the Regional Growth Fund, and businesses in the region are being invited to bid for a share.
Nick Clegg made the announcement today (Friday) during a visit to DUCO Ltd in Walker, Newcastle.
The offshore manufacturing company successfully bid for £3.6m in a previous round, enabling the firm to create 168 jobs.
Free school meals have lead to "healthy children and ultimately a better performance at school," said the head of a north London primary.
Headteacher at St Mark's primary school, Calvin Henry, readily supported free school meals for infants and had already implemented the policy at his school.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that every infant in England will receive a free school lunch from September 2014.
The announcement follows a pilot scheme which was carried out in schools across the country, including St Godric's RC Primary in Durham.
Mr Clegg says the scheme will save parents more than £400 a year.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced the Government plans to provide free school meals for infants in England.
Here is a segment of the speech the Liberal Democrat leader will make in Glasgow on Wednesday:
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that every child in infant school will receive a free school lunch.
Under a new Government-funded scheme, children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at schools in England will be given a hot, healthy school lunch to help save families more than £400 a year per child.
Universal free school meals for primary school pupils were a key recommendation in a recent review of school food produced independently for the Department for Education.
Pilots took place across the country, including St Godric's RC Primary in Durham, which found that where all children had been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at lunchtime.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks to Political Correspondent Paul Brand at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference. He put forward your questions and began by asking about North East NHS funding.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended the North East after senior Conservative Peer Lord Howell said parts of the region were "desolate" and good areas for fracking for underground gas.
Mr Clegg said the North East could become a national hub for excellence in the new green economy. He said the region has some "profound economic and social challenges" but has huge promise as well, which had been recognised by investors like Nissan
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been visiting companies in County Durham where almost 300 jobs have been created or safeguarded with money from the Regional Growth Fund.
Mr Clegg met young apprentices at CAV Aerospace in Consett and launched a Liberal Democrat campaign to create a million new jobs nationwide.
Watch Derek Proud's report here:
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been visiting two companies in County Durham where almost 300 jobs have been created or safeguarded with money from the Regional Growth Fund.
He met young apprentices at CAV Aerospace in Consett and launched a Liberal Democrat campaign to create a million new jobs nationwide.
Mr Clegg said he wanted to see the number of companies offering apprenticeships doubling to 200,000.