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.
The Regional Growth Fund is extremely competitive and in any bidding process there have to be winners as well as losers.
Jonny Blair has been taking a look at one company which is celebrating after catching the Government's eye.
You can watch his full report below.
The future plans of Durham Tees Valley airport are being drastically revised after it failed to secure Government investment.
One MP says the region has lost out on more than 40 million pounds and 1,400 new jobs.
Instead, ten other projects in the North East won millions of pounds to expand.
You can watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.
There are concerns for the future of a North East airport after the Government turned down funding for a 4.6 million pound expansion plan.
Bosses at Durham Tees Valley Airport had hoped to secure the Regional Growth Fund cash to generate new jobs and investment.
This is the latest in a series of funding problems at the airport in recent years.
The Labour MP for Sedgefield, Phil Wilson, has described the decision as 'short-sighted and narrow-minded'.
Durham Tees Valley airport chiefs have said they are "extremely disappointed" at the news that, for a second time, their bid for funding to support a multi-million pound development plan has not been approved.
The airport was hoping for £4.65million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to contribute towards the construction of a new access road to land on the south side of the airport.
The airport say there was the potential to create 1,400 new jobs over the next ten years.
The Government has today announced the projects who are set to benefit from its Regional Growth Funding.
The list of bidders with conditional offers in the North East are:
- Air Fuel Synthesis Ltd / Crane Services (UK) Ltd
- JDR Cable Systems Limited
- JDR Enterprises Limited
- Molplex Limited
- NET Power Europe
- Tees Valley Innovation and Skills Growth Hub (Stockton Borough Council - Programme)
- Bringing Finance to Businesses in the North East (Sunderland City Council - Programme)
- Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd.
- Sunderland City Deal Infrastructure Development (Sunderland City Council - Programme)
- Tinsley Special Products Limited
Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, has criticised the government's flagship Regional Growth Fund, saying not enough jobs are being created.
An influential group of MPs has strongly criticised a flagship government scheme to create more jobs in the North East.
The Commons Public Accounts Committee described the success rate of the Regional Growth Fund as 'scandalous'. In the North East, out of more than £143 million promised to various projects, only £27 million has actually been made available to employers on the ground.
Nationally, the Committee found that only 2,442 new jobs had been created, against a target of 36,800 over the lifetime of the projects.