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

Northern leaders set out collective offer to work with Government to level up the North

Civic and business leaders from across the North are putting forward a collective partnership offer to Government, setting out how the North can lead the…

A once in a generation opportunity to modernise business support

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New reports on North East economy reveal impact of COVID-19 and EU Exit

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership has published two new reports, one, an annual state of the region report and the other exploring the impact…

North East businesses helping the ‘COVID generation’ find a pathway to the workplace

Across the North East, partnerships have been formed between people working in sectors from marketing to manufacturing and their local school or college. Michelle Rainbow,…

Helen Golightly OBE, Chief Executive Officer of the North East LEP, explains how and why we are working with government on the ongoing LEP review

The move into the final quarter of the year always gives me pause for reflection and there is much to think about as we continue…

Port of Tyne and Equinor announced as new North East Energy Catalyst partners

The Port of Tyne and Equinor have been announced as partners in the North East Energy Catalyst network. The two companies joined the ground-breaking partnership…

Annual ‘Our Economy’ event to review region’s economic performance through COVID and EU Exit

Online event, Thursday 7 October 2021, 9.30am – 11am An overview of how the North East economy has fared throughout EU Exit and the COVID-19…

Supporting Community Energy in the North East

A new report, commissioned by the North East LEP in partnership with the North of Tyne Combined Authority, Durham County Council and South Tyneside Council,…

New report highlights impact of digital exclusion on access to education and employment in the North East

A new report published by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) has highlighted the impact digital exclusion in the North East LEP…