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.
More top news
14 people arrested during early morning raids as a part of a long-running police drug operation have all been released under investigation.
An elusive pine marten has been caught on video in Northumberland for the first time.
The Red Cross ambulance crew were responding to an emergency at the time and the incident meant a patient faced delays in their treatment.