North East LEP

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership brings together business leaders, universities and elected members of the North East Leadership Board.  It is the fourth largest local enterprise partnership in the UK, covering the local authority areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

The enterprise partnership is a business-led, strategic partnership responsible for promoting and developing economic growth in the area.  The Combined Authority supports the work of the enterprise partnership and they work together to ensure co-ordination across their range of activities.  

The board includes 18 representatives from across the private and public sectors. Each of the leaders and the elected Mayor representing the seven councils are members of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and the Chair of the enterprise partnership is a member of the Combined Authority.  The Combined Authority provides the formal accountability arrangements for the enterprise partnership.

Our Strategic Economic Plan sets out our ambitious vision to strengthen the area’s economy and provide more opportunities for businesses and communities. This will involve a wide range of actions from investment in infrastructure to actions which inspire people across the area.

The seven leaders along with the business board members are committed to a seamless approach to delivering our shared ambition for growth. Building on the political leadership of the Combined Authority, the Strategic Economic Plan for the area provides a clear pathway for local decision-making and the joint roles of the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Combined Authority.