The Deputy Prime Minister visited two Stockton-based companies to announce winners of the third round of the £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Nifco and Tinsley were both successful in previous rounds of the Regional Growth Fund. The Deputy Prime Minister met with staff and apprentices to see how the businesses are using the investments.
More top news
Workers at an aircraft parts manufacturer in County Durham are on strike after a row with management over a change in shift patterns.
Campaigners in North Yorkshire have seen a letter which says work at Kirby Misperton will start 'on or after Thursday'.
X Factor hopeful Aidan Martin, from South Shields, has one last shot at making it onto the live shows.