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

Reaction to ONS regional labour market statistics – May 2021.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (North East LEP) Strategy and Policy Director, Richard Baker, has commented on today’s (18 May 2021) regional labour market…

CHALLENGE NORTH EAST ANNOUNCES £125K FUNDING FOR TOP INNOVATION IDEAS

Ground-breaking solutions to the COVID-19 crisis will become reality thanks to the Challenge North East open innovation programme. Challenge North East called on North East…

Stepping into the world of work: making it easier for businesses to deliver work placements for young people

A new work experience framework, which will help employers work together with schools and colleges to give young people experience of the world of work,…

Remedying skills shortages in the health and life sciences sector

The new North East Health, Life Sciences and Medicines Manufacturing Strategy aims to double the number of jobs in this sector in the North East,…

No limits: helping primary pupils fulfil their potential

A year on from the start of a new project to improve careers guidance for primary pupils, Matt Joyce, Regional Lead – North East Ambition,…

Challenge North East: the story so far

Challenge North East is an innovation programme, launched to identify solutions to issues created by COVID-19 and to enable SMEs to develop and test these…

Adopting a unified, data driven approach across the North of England

When Boris Johnson unveiled government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions in England he stressed that decisions would be governed by “data not dates”. Throughout the…

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…

Ground-breaking Careers Pilot Hailed a Success

An independent evaluation of the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance Pilot has been released. The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) played a central role in the Pilot and Skills Director Michelle Rainbow reflects on this and how even…