Next week I will be taking part in a panel discussion at the CBI’s conference, The Energy Opportunity which is taking place at Newcastle University.
The event will focus on helping businesses in the North to understand and take advantage of new opportunities which are arising as a result of innovation and transformation taking place in the energy sector.
This theme is of particular importance to us here in the North East. The entire Northern Powerhouse area is crucial for the UK when it comes to energy expertise and delivery, but the North East in particular has a long-established heritage in the energy sector, and today the region is home to globally important centres of innovation, demonstration and delivery.
We are ideally positioned as a region to play a key role in developing solutions to national energy challenges and it’s fitting that the conference is taking place in the region and that the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is involved as a sponsor.
Earlier this year the North East LEP launched the North East’s Energy for Growth strategy, which lays out how the North East LEP will play its part by bringing together partners in the region to deliver on national energy challenges at scale, and drive growth for the region
Next week we’ll be making a further announcement about plans to unite partners across the North East energy sector, as we work to capitalise on the assets we have in our region and show how the North East energy sector can take a leading role in driving clean economic growth.
If you’re attending the conference and would like to talk more about how we can work together, I’d love to hear from you – please do get in touch.
Andrew Clark, Energy Programme Lead, North East Local Enterprise Partnership