Our ambition for the North East is to be a growth orientated, dynamic and productive environment where businesses invest, grow and thrive.

In the Strategic Economic Plan, we outline specific interventions needed to take place to bolster the North East’s economy, creating more and better jobs. These programmes set out and drive forward initiatives that will deliver the ambitions of the Strategic Economic Plan and are led by our executive teams who work closely with partners to agreed objectives.

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Business and sector growth

We want our region to be a growth-oriented, dynamic and productive environment where businesses invest, grow and thrive. At a time of change, we want business leaders to be inspired and supported to achieve their goals through strengthened leadership, innovation and trade. 


Innovation is central to the Strategic Economic Plan’s long-term ambition to build a more productive North East: stronger innovation delivery will improve our productivity performance and catalyse growth in ‘better’ jobs.


Investment and infrastructure

Creating and sustaining great places to live, work and visit requires a balance to be struck between protecting our environment and accelerating development.  Our aim is to invest in attractive, inclusive and sustainable living and to progressively move to a low carbon environment.

Skills, employment, inclusion and progression

The changing structure of the economy requires an effective response from early years to higher education.   

Our vision is to create a fully integrated employment, skills and health system that is tailored to the specific needs of the area. 

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Transport and connectivity

Connectivity plays a crucial role in enabling economic growth by facilitating trade and investment, movement of goods and services and sustaining jobs and training opportunities.

Our aim is to provide affordable, attractive, reliable, safe, healthy transport choices for businesses, residents and visitors.

Latest news

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

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

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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…

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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…