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.