Former Sunderland nightclub boss hit with £1million bill for unpaid taxes and fines

The downfall of a former rave club boss and fugitive would seem complete after he was hit with a bill for over £1 million in unpaid tax and fines.

Artist's impression of the new Bridges extension.

Plans for new Next store on Sunderland’s former Crowtree site set for thumbs-up

Plans for a massive new Next store on the former Crowtree leisure centre site are set to get the green light from planning bosses.

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Tombola's Wylam Wharf offices

Full house for Tombola with creation of 80 jobs in Sunderland

On-line bingo giant tombola is to create dozens of new jobs on Wearside.
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Northern Threads 10th anniversary.
From left Nigel Binnie and Phil Goodfellow

Northern Threads: Celebrating 10 years of the shop they said wouldn’t last

They said it would never last.

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Aldi is to spend 300million on store revamps around the UK after a record year.

Aldi to invest £300million in UK stores after record sales

Aldi has said it will invest £300million in revamping its British stores after posting another year of record sales.

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Michaela Tipp (centre) with colleagues Ryan Daniels (left) and James Daniels (right).

Washington hotel manager raises cash for baby hospice

Wearside hotel manager Michaela Tipp ran through the pain barrier to raise hundreds of pounds for the funding of care for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Parseq CEO Tony Strong with staff at the launch of the #16in16 campaign.

Sunderland call centre signs up to save lives

A business on Wearside is training its workers to save lives.

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Sunderland College puts apprentices on the line

A one-stop shop to make it easier for students and businesses to get the lowdown on apprenticeships on Wearside has gone live.

Uncertainty over Teesside steel plant clean-up costs pledge

Uncertainty over Teesside steel plant clean-up costs pledge

The man leading the taskforce to find a future for the SSI Steelworks site on Teesside has refused to re-iterate a promise that the Government would meet the clean-up costs at the plant.

Lord O'Neill of Gatley, the Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, who has resigned from the Government. Picture by PA.

Northern Powerhouse champion digs Theresa May as he quits Conservatives

One of the architects of the so-called Northern Powerhouse project, Lord O'Neill, has resigned from the Government and quit the Tory benches in the upper house.

The roadworks changes which come into effect from next Friday.

Roadworks changes for Sunderland drivers from next week

Roadworks in Pallion will move into a different phase from the end of next week.


Iceland's government considers legal action against supermarket's name

A cold war is in the offing after the Icelandic government confirmed that it is considering launching a lawsuit against British supermarket Iceland over its name.

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Yahoo headquarters.

What to do if you're one of the 500million hacked Yahoo users

Internet giant Yahoo has admitted to a data breach affecting as many as 500 million user accounts, pointing the finger at a “state-sponsored actor”.

The Halifax has looked at the average age of first time buyers and how much their home costs across the country.

Average age of North East's first time buyers stands at 29

First-time buyers in some parts of the country can expect to wait up to seven years longer to get on the property ladder than those in other areas, a report has found.

Mike Ashley

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley takes over as Sport Direct chief executive

Magpies owner Mike Ashley has taken over as chief executive of his retail chain Sports Direct.
The front of Joplings, photographed shortly before its closure.

Designers hope hotel plan for Joplings site will still check out

Designers are hoping a £10million plan to transform the former Joplings department store into a hotel will still check out.

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Hats off to npower staff as Bake Off’s Martha judges their charity cake challenge

Workmates rose to the challenge when a Great British Bake Off star turned up to judge their efforts.

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NEAA chief executive Paul Butler on the Expo floor

Expo brings cream of automotive industry to Sunderland

Hundreds of delegates have converged on the Stadium of Light today as the North East automotive industry struts its stuff.
The Tyne Tunnel.

Tyne Tunnel maintenance work to take place overnight

Motorists planning to use the Tyne Tunnel overnight are being advised that lane closures are taking place from 10pm tonight.
Sunderland does well for jobs with large employers such as Nissan but trails behind its European competitors in the number of small businesses, says Centre for Cities.

Sunderland needs more small businesses says report

Wearside needs more entrepreneurs ready to set up their own businesses, says a new report.

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