Brian Manning, chief executive of the Esh Group in the North East and ITV Business Club member, has been speaking to ITV News about today's Budget announcement.
We asked him if the Chancellor's focus upon housing and more people buying homes was something that he had been waiting for.
Business leaders have given George Osborne's Budget a cautious thumbs up, but it's still unclear how far the North East will benefit
Steven Bruck, a partner at Blick Rothenberg Chartered Accountants, takes a look at the winners and losers of this year's Budget.
Osborne surprisingly had a fair amount of leeway in his Budget. But we have to set all this in the context of a very gloomy overall picture.