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Nissan has announced that it will build two new electric car models in Sunderland as part of a two billion pound investment into the UK’s car manufacturing industry, securing thousands of local jobs. The investment will involve the building of a third major ‘Gigafactory’ for electric batteries, accompanying the existing Sunderland sites, alongside support for […]

Sunderland’s small businesses are stepping into the spotlight, enticing shoppers with a variety of special offers as part of Small Business Saturday—an annual event celebrating independent traders set to take place on Saturday, December 2. These offers include the opportunity to enter a prize draw at Aphrodite, a premier menswear shop at Vine Place, for […]

The leader of Sunderland Council has blasted measures in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement as a “disgrace” and accused the Government of trying to “con the British people.” Councillor Graeme Miller spoke exclusively to Spark after Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced cuts to taxes and reforms to benefits as the Government gave its clearest hint yet that […]

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered his Autumn Statement today, which provides the government the opportunity to outline its proposed spending plans. He announced 110 measures to help grow the economy, and Spark has picked out five key points and what they mean. National Living Wage rises to £11.44 Mr Hunt announced a rise in the National […]

Written by Peter Doherty and Floyd Cordelia The annual WAVES festival hit Sunderland’s shores on Saturday, November 11. Sweeping up the city’s venues, WAVES fest attendees made their way through the streets of Sunderland city to catch the best that the North East and its surrounding areas had to offer. The morning sun set the chilled […]

Sunderland has officially kicked off Christmas with the Christmas Light Switch on 2023 on November 16 hosted by Steve and Karen from Metro Radio breakfast at Keel Square. The evening was filled with performances from the cast of Sunderland Empire’s Panto including former Emmerdale star Charlie Hardwick, band Khalysis and a host of Disney characters. […]

Figure skaters from Newcastle University brought a dose of Christmas cheer to Life’s open-air ice rink. The skaters from Newcastle University’s Figure Skating Society took to the ice rink in Times Square, Newcastle to perform a routine to the fifties festive classic, ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’. Life’s outdoor ice rink, an established part of […]

Industrial action which had been threatened by the Unite Union on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been called off after engineers accepted the latest pay deal. The strikes, which were due to start on November 20 for a week, were cancelled by Unite after Stadler, who employ the Metros engineers, had increased their pay […]


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