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Our vision is simple: to create growth.
That means more businesses and bigger businesses and more jobs and investment for our region.
Easier said than done, I know. And it’s what we do that really matters – and just as importantly, how we do it.
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) brings together a talented and passionate team. I am confident it can really make a difference.
Essentially, the North East LEP is a business-led strategic vehicle committed to promoting and developing real economic growth in the North East.
But I’ve got to be frank - we’re still working on how we can make this region bigger and better and we need to take our time to make sure we get it right – it’s important.
What is clear is that it’s going to be very different from anything that’s gone before: our role will be influencing, rather than delivering. We aren’t another development agency and we’re not a funding body. We’ll be taking a strategic lead in the regional economy and take positive action in any way that we can.
I believe we should focus on a small number of big ideas that can really boost and sustain a fast growing regional economy.
One of our first priorities will be getting the Enterprise Zone off the ground and, beyond that, we’ll be looking at these key areas:
- access to finance
- skills and employment
- innovation and connectivity
- image and tourism
To do that, we need to focus on our strengths and really work together for the benefit of the region. Let’s face it - we’ve all got an interest in the prosperity and vibrancy of the North East - and the rewards will be amazing.
North East LEP