Figures released today have shown that the country is officially out of the recession, with the economy growing 1 percent in the last quarter.
Tyneside is also set to have 400 more jobs in the next 18 months, after an offshore engineering company won a contract to help maintain oil rigs, and received funding from the Regional Growth Fund.
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