The Yorkshire Post ran a piece about how the region's cities were set to benefit to the tune of £3m from the Olympics and The Greater Manchester Business Week wrote about how businesses can still cash in 2012.
Away from sport-related news Enterprise Zones hit the headlines again as the Government approved a further four locations. There was a mixed response, divided as you would imagine between those that have and those that have not. The four zones announced were in Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol
One Welsh councillor said the Bristol EZ could be disasterous for Cardiff while, naturally, Bristol revelled in the news, aided by a visit from the Prime Minister himself.
There was more than a hint of discontent over the decision to locate Leeds' EZ in the Aire Valley when the city region's LEP chairman was reported as insisting rows about the location would not hamper growth. In Birmingham, meanwhile, they were quick to put the marker in sand claiming theirs would be 'one of the most exciting' EZ in the country.
While the English regions were squabbling over EZ's, NAMA announced it had made a 1.1bn Euro loss in its last year which put the wider market into perspective.