The Justice Minister Simon Hughes has been visiting Tinsley Special Products on Teesside, which is one of 11 North East companies receiving money in the latest round of the Regional Growth Fund.
The RGF aims to help businesses expand and create jobs, and is aimed particularly at areas reliant on the public sector.
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A mostly cloudy start to Sunday thanks to the position of a cold front which is pushing westwards. Good sunny spells further north though
Emma Jesson brings you Saturday night's forecast
Some good spells of sunshine developing at the coast throughout the remainder of Saturday afternoon. Fresh winds at the coast also