Market Hall retailers Colin Priestley from Haberdashery Heaven and Daisy Fowler from Daisy Lady Crafts

Chester-le-Street shopping arcade caps year of progress with late-night Christmas opening

A Chester-le-Street shopping arcade is inviting shoppers to visit every Thursday evening until Christmas, and to see all the recent positive changes.

New business support project Sacriston Shops aims to boost local economy

The Sacriston Shops project will provide a platform to help promote local businesses, particularly those that are home-based and may not have a shop front.

Chester-le-Street town centre in 2014. Photograph by Graham Soult

2014 report on shop vacancies in Chester-le-Street

In February 2014, we investigated the rate of shop vacancies in Chester-le-Street, and proposed actions for improvement. Three years on, what has changed?

Graham Soult and Marianne Robson with some of Marianne's handmade jewellery

North East businesses fashion a unique collaboration

Two North East businesses that met via Twitter are now helping each other out – based around their shared passion for fashion and Stockton-on-Tees.