We work to make the North East a place where more businesses invest, grow and prosper, to deliver more and better jobs for everyone.

We have set a strategy for economic growth through the North East Strategic Economic Plan and win investment to support its delivery. Together with partners, we champion the North East nationally and globally, promoting its opportunities and capabilities to influence and shape the continued economic growth of the area.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership area covers County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. The North East LEP Board is business led and chaired by Andrew Hodgson, chief executive officer of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD).

North East LEP's Profile

Join the launch of the new £120m fund for the region.
Launch event to unveil £120m super fund details

North East LEP

A £120m super fund exclusively designed to fuel new and high growth North East companies will be officially launched next month. Businesses are being urged to register now to secure their…

Ryan Gibson from the North East LEP accepts his award for Career Educator of the Year at the Career
North East LEP careers lead named Career Educator of the Year

North East LEP

The North East man helping to transform the quality of careers education in schools and colleges across the region has been named Career Educator of the Year at the prestigious…

Better Business for All - North East
Survey calls for businesses to have their say in cutting through red tape

North East LEP

Partners delivering a programme designed to help businesses cut through legislative and regulatory red tape are being invited to help shape support they need to grow their business. Better Business for…

The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Minister of State at the Department for Education, has visited the Nort
How improving skills will grow our economy

North East LEP

It’s an exciting time for the North East economy. We still excel in our traditional strengths like manufacturing and engineering, but we are also leading the way in other areas…

L-R Nevil Tynemouth and Mike Lever, directors of New Results Training.
Scale-up support on offer to SMEs at Growth Hub Goes Live event

North East LEP

Business owners and SMEs in the North East are invited to attend the latest in a new series of events supporting the region’s businesses to scale up. Part of the North…

DSM Fabrications
North East manufacturing scheme helping businesses to achieve multi-million pound growth

North East LEP

The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) is aimed at helping manufacturers in the North East who want to grow their business. Experienced manufacturing business advisers work with senior management teams, using…

Colin Bell
Want to scale your business? Then think franchise.

North East LEP

North East Lep's Business Growth Director, Colin Bell, discusses the advantages of franchising your business.  Some of the world’s most scalable businesses are franchises. When the formula is right they can…

Grow your business using digital tech: Workshop with BT and Uber
Using digital technology to grow your business, with global entrepreneur Mike Jones

North East LEP

Mike Jones will be the keynote speaker at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s ‘Grow your business using digital technology’ workshop, on 24 November. Mike started his first business aged…

Newcastle SME Cloud Clinic
Businesses invited to put their head in the cloud

North East LEP

Businesses in the region are being invited to join a free workshop with leading technology firm techUK to learn how to implement cloud computing in their organisations. Delivered in partnership with…

Jon Haines, Co-Founder and Director VEO
North East businesses have free chance to take centre stage

North East LEP

Innovative businesses in the region have a chance to take centre stage at VentureFest North East this autumn. Organisers of the region’s innovation conference have launched their annual search with the…

Colin Bell
Colin Bell’s top five tips for business planning

North East LEP

North East LEP Business Growth Director, Colin Bell, gives his top five strategies for successful business planning. If I was to earn a pound for each time I got caught up…

Simon Green, Executive Director at Venturefest North East
Social enterprises urged to book a pitch at FinanceCamp

North East LEP

Social enterprises in the North East are being urged to take advantage of specialist support aimed at helping uncover new ways to fund their trading activities. Investment programme FinanceCamp North East has…