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.

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

Evaluating the impact of careers-related learning in North East primary schools

Matt Joyce, Regional Lead: North East Ambition at the North East LEP, has been involved in piloting a new approach to careers-related learning in primary…

Project to improve careers guidance in North East primary schools extended after positive impact on pupils

A pilot project to test a new approach to careers guidance in North East primary schools is being extended, after it was shown to have…

North East work on skills development recognised in House of Lords youth unemployment report

As the House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee publishes its Skills for every young person report, Ellen Thinnesen, Chair of the North East Local Enterprise…

New report shows impact of COVID-19 on Good Work Agenda in the North East

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Durham University Business School have published a new report looking at how COVID-19, and the introduction of widespread…

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic business leaders invited to share views on North East business support

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic business owners in the North East are being invited to a consultation meeting with MP Chi Onwurah to share their…

Energy specialists appointed to accelerate low carbon projects in the North East

Two energy sector specialists have recently joined the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help accelerate energy projects which will speed up the North…

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

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

What does the North East need from the new Secretary of State for Education?

As the new Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, settles in to his role, Michelle Rainbow, Skills Director at the North East Local Enterprise…

Investing in Innovation for a greener UK

Alan Welby, Innovation Director discusses today’s announcement of the Chancellor’s plans for UK to be the world’s first net zero aligned financial centre.  Put simply, net zero refers to the balance…