The list: Newcastle companies
Northern Rock, before it collapsed a decade ago, was a source of pride as well as employment in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but its crash cost the city more than 2,500 jobs. So which other major companies have headquarters in the city?
1 Bellway: The FTSE 100 residential property developer began life as John T Bell & Sons in Newcastle in 1946 and expanded in the post-war building boom.
2 The Go-Ahead Group: Hmm, now where I have heard that company being mentioned recently? The company that was awarded private contracts for 24 bus routes in Dublin last month hails from the northeast of England and is still headquartered in Newcastle.
3 The Sage Group: The enterprise software company with a presence in Ireland was founded in the city in 1981.
4 Fenwicks: The department store chain with 10 outlets across England was established in Newcastle in 1882. Like all true department stores, it loves a good Christmas window.
5 Greggs: Best-selling sausage rolls have to come from somewhere.