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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Results for other teams on Saturday means Newcastle United will be promoted to the Premier League on Monday if they beat Preston North End.
Middlesbrough fans have continued to leave tributes to Ugo Ehiogu outside The Riverside football ground.
Two teenage boys have been sent to detention centres after two rooftop rampages in Blakelaw, Newcastle