The Digital for Growth strategy

The North East’s Digital for Growth strategy has been created with the aim of bringing together partners across the North East to maximise opportunities for growth and investment in the region.

Digital for Growth identifies priority areas where the North East LEP will work with partners to build on the region’s assets. These areas are data; infrastructure and connectivity; digital collaboration and enterprise; and workforce.

The strategy is led by the North East LEP and will be delivered in partnership with businesses and organisations across the North East, and overseen by a Digital for Growth steering group.

Digital for Growth, the North East’s Digital Strategy

The story so far...

We want the North East to be a place of work and opportunity. Today, our region is a fast growing and diverse economy with passionate and skilled people, a high quality location for business and a hive of science and innovation.

Our vibrant digital community is one of the most productive and fastest developing in the UK, across industry and public services.

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We have over
29,000
IT & digital employees in the North East.

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with
15,250
creative industries employees.

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contributing
£2bn
to the northern
ICT economy.

To continue growing the sector so significantly and meet our overall target of 100,000 more and better jobs by 2024, it is essential businesses in the digital sector respond to change, address challenges head on, and seize the opportunities. In June 2018, there had been 62,500 more jobs created and 78% of these were better jobs. This means we still have a way to go.

The region provides a strong business support ecosystem and hosts a volume of vibrant and established digital networks, organisations and events.

What kind of support can I get?

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Funding Opportunities

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Funding Support Schemes

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Digital & Tech Events

Who to get in touch with

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Laura is our Digital Programme Lead, who will be working with partners to deliver our Digital for Growth Strategy.

If you are interested in working with us or finding out more, please get in touch:

Laura Partridge
Digital Programme Lead, North East LEP