About us


About the North East LEP

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a public, private, and education sector partnership that covers Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland local authority areas.

Our aim is to create 100,000 more jobs for the North East economy and to ensure that 70% of these jobs are better jobs.

A better job is defined as being in the top three Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) categories, which are: managers and directors; professional occupations; and associate professional and technical occupations. Measuring this means we can demonstrate higher skilled and more productive roles in our economy.

We develop and lead the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) which details how we will achieve this ambitious target; it’s our plan for growth for the North East.

Find out more about our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP)

Our role is to provide strategic economic leadership for the region, working with partners and facilitating the delivery of the SEP.

The SEP is recognised by government as the policy document that sets a strategic direction for our regional economy. It outlines our medium term economic plan and helps identify interventions and investments to support economic growth and create more and better jobs.

We published the SEP in 2014. Since then, our economy has changed significantly, so throughout 2016 we took some time to review our economic position, the targets we set ourselves, reflect on the progress we made and refreshed our SEP. You can find out more about this process and the journey we went on to reach the current version of the SEP here.

Read the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP)

Read an Executive Summary of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). (PDF doc.)

We report on how we are delivering our SEP on an annual basis in our annual review.

You can find a list of all our publications here.