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Chancellor George Osborne should prioritise investment in Britain’s thriving creative industries, such as the arts and advertising, according to a new report from think tank IPPR.

Corus sale saves hundreds of jobs

Hundreds of jobs have been secured after SSI, Thailand's biggest steel maker, finally sealed a deal to buy the Corus Teesside Cast Products (TCP) site in Redcar. The pact between SSI and Corus's parent, Tata Steel, values the business at $469m (£291m).

Jobs hope as Corus steel plant sold

A steel plant which has been mothballed for the past year was today sold to a firm from Thailand, raising the prospect of hundreds of new jobs.

Barclaycard jobs moving offshore

Barclaycard has come under fire over plans to move some operations overseas, with the loss of 285 jobs in the UK. The company said it proposed to move customer service work from sites in Wavertree, Northampton and Teesside as part of its programme of improving day-to-day operational efficiency.

Tata plant closure hits steel output

Britain's like-for-like steel production shot up by almost a quarter last year, but still remains significantly below pre-recession levels after the closure of Tata Steel's Teesside Cast Products (TCP) plant.

Libraries: 'Hands off our doors to learning'

<i>The Independent on Sunday</i> has been inundated with stories about the role public libraries have played in readers' lives. Campaigns to stop councils from closing as many as half of their libraries are gathering pace, as public figures protest furiously about 'cultural vandalism'. They share their memories with Nina Lakhani

High and mighty: The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge turns 100

It might not be as celebrated as the Forth or the Tyne but it is a triumph of modernity that was inspired by Gustav Eiffel

Welcome to the town that business forgot sector forgot

The cuts will hit Middlesbrough especially hard. Jonathan Brown meets its residents

Vicar cleared of raping schoolgirl

A jury took just an hour to clear a vicar today of raping and abusing a schoolgirl.

Vicar 'tried to rape schoolgirl'

A vicar tried to rape a schoolgirl in his church hall office and said she could not get pregnant because he had had "the snip", a court heard today.

Thai producer SSI set to revive Corus steelworks on Teesside

The steel giant Corus is set to sell its mothballed Teesside Cast Products (TCP) plant to Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) of Thailand for $500m (£323m), ending months of uncertainty and potentially creating hundreds of skilled jobs.

Celebrations over sale of mothballed steel plant

Steelworkers were celebrating tonight after news that a huge plant mothballed earlier this year with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs is to be sold under a multimillion-pound deal to a Thai company.

Station to station: the new power generation

The architecture of Britain's latest wave of energy plants is the finest since Bankside in the 1940s

Corus hiring at Yorkshire steel plants that came back from the brink of closure

Corus is hiring 154 new staff at its two Speciality Steel factories in Yorkshire, barely a year after the Stocksbridge and Rotherham plants faced closure.

Boys remanded over churchyard murder

Two 15-year-old boys charged with murdering a homeless man in a churchyard were remanded into secure accommodation today.

Adams steps down as boss of Corus

Corus chief executive Kirby Adams is to step down in October after an 18-month tenure marked by extreme turbulence in the global steel market.

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