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.


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


creative industries employees.


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 2019, there had been 74,000 more jobs created and 93% 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.

Digital for Growth Steering Group

In 2019, eight members of the North East business and academic communities were appointed to the North East’s Digital for Growth steering group, supporting the delivery of the region’s digital strategy.

The group includes a cross section of highly experienced representatives from business, education and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is leading on delivery of Digital for Growth.

Chair of the Steering Group is Stuart Lynn, Founder of Tech North East; Visiting Professor of Technology, University of Sunderland,

Steering group members include:

  • Richard Baker – Head of Strategy, Policy and Analysis, North East LEP
  • Deni Chambers – Assistant Principal, Gateshead College
  • Pete Daykin – Founder, WordNerds
  • Herb Kim – CEO, Thinking Digital Limited
  • David Goldman – Visiting Professor of Enterprise & Innovation, Newcastle University Business School
  • Michelle Rainbow  – Skills Director, North East LEP and
  • Alison Shaw – Professor of Practice for Success and Progression, Newcastle University.

What kind of support can I get?


Funding Opportunities


Funding Support Schemes


Digital & Tech Events

Get in touch


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