North East Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, analyses the 'business friendly' budget. Changes to Corporation Tax, fuel duty and National Insurance show 'he has listened to businesses'.
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.