Welcome to the North East

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership. We are working with partners to develop a more competitive economy for the North East, Helping to create more and better jobs for everyone.

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Welcome to the North East

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership. We are working with partners to develop a more competitive economy for the North East, Helping to create more and better jobs for everyone.

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Welcome to the North East

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership. We are working with partners to develop a more competitive economy for the North East, Helping to create more and better jobs for everyone.

Read more

Welcome to the North East

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership. We are working with partners to develop a more competitive economy for the North East, Helping to create more and better jobs for everyone.

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The Strategic Economic Plan

Growing a more productive, inclusive and sustainable regional economy.

Strategy

Four areas of strategic importance.

Advanced manufacturing

Digital

Energy

Health and life sciences

These areas are where we can build a
stronger North East economy; one that
reinforces our position as a contributor to
regional, national and global economic
growth.

Delivery

Five programmes of delivery.

Business Growth

Innovation

Skills, employment, inclusion
and progression

Transport connectivity

Investment and infrastructure

Our five programmes of delivery set out initiatives and projects that will deliver the ambitions of this Plan. They are:

Support

Four service sectors.

Education

Financial professional and
business services

Transport and logistics

Construction

These sectors support the wider economy
and offer significant opportunity for more
and better jobs in the North East.

Key Sectors

We have identified four areas where evidence tells us the North East has distinct opportunity to improve its economic competitiveness. These areas are:


Read our £2.8 billion recovery and renewal deal proposal to government

The North East Recovery and Renewal Deal was published in September 2020, which asks government for £2.8 billion investment to unlock half for the 100,000 more jobs required to support North East recovery quickly.

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The North East is a great place to live, learn and do business

Strategically located between Scotland and the wider northern economy, the North East of England is well connected to the rest of the UK, Europe and the world by rail, sea and air.

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Latest news

In conversation with Gillian Hall, North East LEP Innovation Board Chair, about the LEP’s annual review and the importance of creating an innovation culture in the region

The upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased levels of innovation across the North East. But how do you build on that, and…

In conversation with Andrew Moffat CBE, Chair of the North East LEP’s Investment Board, about the LEP’s annual review and the role investment has played in supporting the region’s economic recovery from COVID-19

In a period of uncertainty, it’s easy to get sidetracked. But over the last couple of years, the North East LEP has been able to…

North East Local Enterprise Partnership reaction to ONS regional labour market statistics – June 2021.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (North East LEP) Strategy and Policy Director, Richard Baker, has commented on today’s regional labour market statistics, released by the Office for…

In conversation with Ammar Mirza CBE, Business Growth Board chair, about the North East LEP’s annual review and the work of the Business Growth team

It’s been an emotional and dramatic time for North East businesses, and there’s more change to come. As crucial pandemic funding and support from the…

Review of region’s economic progress and business support published

In a year when COVID-19 hit the global economy, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) has released an overview of its support…

Queen’s birthday honours recognition for North East LEP chief executive Helen Golightly

One of the region’s most respected leaders has been awarded an OBE for services to business and the regional economy. Helen Golightly, chief executive of…

North East Ambition expanded to future-proof workforces

A programme designed to improve careers guidance in North East schools has been such a huge success, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is expanding…

A workforce fit for the future

How can we make sure that people in the North East are equipped with the skills that businesses will need in 10, 20 or 50…

Emma Ward – Research, Evidence and Analysis Programme Manager – discusses the new Economic Analyst role at the North East LEP (applications close 17 June, 9am)

For the North East to grow a modern, diverse and entrepreneurial economy it’s essential we continue to understand the industrial structure of our region, the…