The North-East Fund has announced that during 2020, it helped more than 100 regional companies to raise £50m of funding despite the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses across County Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland received £20m of investment direct from the...
Almost quarter-of-a-million pounds has been earmarked to help North-East businesses in a range of sectors recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding will result in the creation of 12 different business support projects, for North-East businesses operating...
The pandemic has inspired a new wave of social entrepreneurs who are developing business ideas to support their Covid-stricken communities, experts say. The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) has reported a marked rise in demand for the business...
RTC North has made a £1,000 donation to Open North Foundation, in the fight to support the region’s small businesses badly hit by the pandemic. Open North Foundation is a North East-based, not-for-profit, private sector-led initiative, whose aim is to...
The chair of Has Travel, Irene Lucas-Hays, has dedicated the awarding of a damehood to her in the New Year’s Honours List to the travel giant’s apprentices. Speaking of becoming a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire,...
Innovative businesses across Wearside are being offered cash for Covid-19-tackling solutions - but time is short and applications need to be in by the end of this week. The last call is being made for a new innovation programme called...
A world-renowned calligrapher who made Wearside a globally important centre for the ancient art and launched the careers of many calligraphers is leaving Sunderland after more than two decades at the university. Dr Manny Ling made it his mission to...
Former Sunderland Echo editor Rob Lawson and head of Sunderland College Ellen Thinnesen have both been awarded OBE’s for outstanding contributions in the field of education. Rob and Ellen are currently chair of Governors and CEO, respectively, of one of...
A business investor in the North-East has reached a milestone with its 100th investment from one of the two elements of a multi-million-pound fund it administers. NEL Fund Managers is responsible for investing the £9m North East Small Loan Fund...
The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) reflects back on a transformative year as it continues to virtually connect its members during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the start of lockdown at the end of March, the NEAA has adapted and evolved...

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