Businesses in the region have welcomed the Chancellor's decision to postpone a planned 3 pence rise in fuel duty.
It had been due to go up in August, but will now be frozen until the end of the year.
ITV Business Club member Chris Reay, Managing Director of Reay's Coaches says it's given their firm a big boost in challenging times.
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