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

North East LEP supports National Innovation Strategy

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed the National Innovation Strategy, published today 22 July 2021. The UK Government has developed the Strategy…

ZeroLight – the business revolutionising global car sales

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Osbit gets to grips with global export markets

‘Global North East: Driving growth in North East trade and exports’ is a new report published by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership – in partnership…

New government-backed business support programme aims to increase digital technology adoption in North East manufacturing sector

A new business support programme aimed at helping manufacturing SMEs in the North East increase digital technology adoption, innovation and skills has launched in the…

Energy Minister visits projects putting North East at the forefront of Net Zero drive

As the North East is poised to become the UK’s first low carbon heat cluster, the government’s Minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility, Lord…

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

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…

Energy Innovation Challenge: Jumping Rivers

Esther Gillespie, Director of data science consultancy Jumping Rivers, explains how taking part in the Energy Innovation Challenge has opened up opportunities and funding for…

In conversation: Funding and investment accelerates new drug development

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UK Life Sciences Vision

Colin Bell, Business Growth Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, reacts to the publication of the Government’s UK Life Sciences Vision. “Government’s bold…