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Pub bosses happy with licence extension

By Joe Pennington and Ben Park Sunderland pub owners are happy with the Prime Minister’s rethink call on extending pub opening hours for England’s World Cup against Italy in June. PM David Cameron overruled a Home Office refusal on allowing pubs to remain open long enough facilitate coverage of the […]

Budget gym set for approval in Southwick

Plans for a new budget gym to open in Southwick have moved one step closer to becoming reality after receiving council approval. The proposal to convert an empty call-centre on Wayfarer road into a gym run by Leeds-based Xercise4less was given the go-ahead by councillors at a meeting of the […]

Sunderland's low business numbers

A new think tank survey has revealed Sunderland has the lowest number of businesses out of any city in the UK. Centre for Cities’ annual check on UK cities has also revealed that the city was the second lowest for business start-ups. The ‘health check’ for UK cities also revealed that Sunderland had the […]

Sunderland University and college academics go on strike over pay

Sunderland University and college academics go on strike over pay

[soundcloud url=”″] Sunderland University lecturers struck for two hours yesterday in a dispute over pay. Yesterday’s action was the first of three walkouts planned to take place between January 23 and February 10, where the University and College Union (UCU) are protesting ‘over a 13% drop in pay,’ they say. […]