AS with many people in this country, I have somewhat mixed feelings about the French. Our nearest neighbours were our enemies for the best part of the last millennium, although, throughout the last century, we were allies against a common foe.Read
OUR young students are often criticised for a lack of initiative and an inability to demonstrate the levels of entrepreneurial flair that will be required to create and sustain the economy of the future.Read
IN the news last week were details of the first grants from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, the replacement, at a somewhat lower level than previously, of state aid to stimulate our economy.Read
IA M still having some difficulty in forming a view as to how effective our Coalition Government is going to be in its support of business – particularly in the way it will prompt business growth among smaller and medium-sized companies and business start-ups.Read
THE decision by Northern Rock to reduce the percentage of its profits that it donates to its charitable foundation needs to be looked at in the light of what other organisations are doing to support the community in these times of austerity.Read
THE hierarchy of the Bank of England do not receive the best press in our region. It is just over a decade ago that the then governor expressed the view that job losses in the North East were a price worth paying if the economy was to recover.Read
LISTENING to national radio at some unearthly hour in the morning does little for my blood pressure, particularly when I have to listen to some of the comments by so-called business experts on particular areas of the economy.Read
Bill Midgley is a Cumbrian-born businessman, who spent most of the first 30 years of his life in Yorkshire, has long been a high-profile figure in the North East business community. His career in financial services began as a 16-year-old with the Midland Bank in Huddersfield and eventually led to him spending two decades with the Newcastle Building Society where he was chief executive and latterly executive vice chairman, before retiring in 1998. He has continued to expand his business and charity interests both regionally and nationally and is a high-profile media commentator.
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