As part of his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne has frozen business rate relief for small businesses.
And that business rate news will be welcome on our High Streets.
Gregg Easteal has been to visit two stores with contrasting takes on whether tills are really starting to ring louder again on our shopping streets.
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A joint seaside operation to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour has been launched in North Tyneside.
The pristine collection from the 1960s and 1970s could net owner Doug Carpenter a packet if they sell at auction today.
A popular World War One statue has been moved into its final position in Seaham.