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  • 17th November 2016
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    A £145m super fund to support the growth of hundreds of North East businesses will go live early next year after an agreement was signed today.

    The North East Fund – formerly known as JEREMIE 2 – will offer different types of equity investments and loans to firms to drive local growth, investment and job creation in the region.

    The agreement has been signed by the seven...

  • 11th October 2016
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    North East should make radical shift to preventing poor health to close health and wealth gaps with the rest of the country

    National experts have challenged North East health and care leaders to be more ambitious and to close the health and wealth gap with the rest of the country by making a more radical shift towards preventing poor health.

    The report, ‘Health and wealth: closing the gap in the North East’, urges North East local government and NHS services to...

  • 10th October 2016
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    Representatives from the North East Combined Authority’s (NECA) seven local authorities, Invest North East England, and the region’s property and business sectors are showcasing the North East to domestic and overseas investors next week.

    They are attending MIPIM UK, the UK’s largest exhibition for property professionals that begins on Wednesday 19 and runs to Friday 21 October at London’s Olympia.

    The exhibition provides opportunities for the region to make connections with...

  • 10th October 2016
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    A timetable for new investment in North East England’s local trains and railway stations has been discussed by council leaders as devolution of the region’s railways took an important step forward.

    A new rail management board which met for the first time yesterday sees local councillors hold train company bosses to account directly for the first time ever as a result of proposals from the North of England to improve rail services when the new Northern franchise was let this year....

  • 10th October 2016
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    New checks are being introduced on buses in the North East to prevent the misuse of concessionary bus passes meant for older and disabled people.

    Smart ticket machines on buses operating in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley have been programmed to indicate immediately whether a concessionary bus pass has been cancelled by the local transport authority which issued it.    

    Where a pass is not valid the customer may in future be asked to...