The North East Local Enterprise Partnership works to make the North East a place where more businesses invest, grow and prosper, delivering more and better jobs for everyone.
We are responsible for delivering the North East Strategic Economic Plan, bringing investment into the area including the £330m Local Growth Deal and championing the North East nationally and globally, to influence and shape the continued economic growth of the area.
Covering the local authority areas of Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland, we are governed by a business led with its board including, Chaired by former PwC Senior Partner Paul Woolston and with representatives from private businesses, higher and further education and the leaders and elected mayor of the seven local authority areas.
The North East Strategic Economic Plan – which sets out a clear strategy for a stronger North East economy - is at the heart of our work. It has the vision for the North East economy to have 1 million jobs by 2020 achieved through investing in six core themes:
Business Support and Access to Finance
Employability and Inclusion
Transport and Connectivity
Assets and Economic Infrastructure
To support the delivery of the economic plan we are responsible for bringing in and managing investment into the area. This includes a £330m North East Growth Deal, support capital projects across the North East to help create more than 4,500 jobs and attract an additional £100m in public and private sector funding and c£460m European Structural and Investment Funding (ESIF). You can find out more about our work at www.northeastlep.co.uk
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The North East Combined Authority provides a robust and accountable structure for the area and provides the accountable body arrangements for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.