Five organisations in the North East feature in this year's Top 100 Employers list, released today by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall
Ashington Man To Spend Christmas In Indian Jail
It appears time has ran out for a pirate-hunter from Ashington to be freed from an Indian prison for Christmas.
Nick Dunn, one of the so-called Chennai Six, is serving a five year sentence for weapons offences, but the group have always maintained they are innocent.
His family had hoped he would have successfully appealed his conviction in time for Christmas, but the judge is yet to return with a verdict.
But for a miraculous turn of events, he will now spend his fourth Christmas in India - leaving his family back in Ashington devastated.
The group were originally arrested on suspicion of weapons offences while working on an anti-piracy in October 2013.
After being jailed, they were then released as the charged were quashed - but Indian authorities refused to give the men their passports back so they couldn't return home.
In January last year the men were handed five-year-sentences.
Nick's sister, Lisa, has spoken to Heart:
"It's not Christmas."
"We're one piece of the family missing - every day is hell for us."
"To mark a fourth Christmas without him is torture."
"Our family is continually being torn apart every single day."
It should start to get easier after four years apart but it doesn't, it gets harder and harder."
The CPS is appealing for longer jail sentences for three people convicted over the murder of a man with learning difficulties
A report by the End Child Poverty Coalition suggests small growth in benefits could push families deeper into poverty.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Leonne Weeks, 16, who was found dead on a path in Rotherham.
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred location:
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.