The Government has announced that more than £100m is being given to North East businesses in an attempt to sustain more than 30,000 jobs.
The North East has received the highest amount of Regional Growth Fund money per person for any UK region.
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Icy first thing and windy, with wintry showers lingering further south, especially at the coast. Brighter elsehwere
Emma brings you Saturday's forecast
Longest spell of winter so far. Bitterly cold with further wintry showers