About us

We work with partners to grow our region's economy through the
Strategic Economic Plan

What is the North East Local Enterprise Partnership?

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) is a public, private and education sector partnership.

We are one of thirty-eight LEPs in the country and are responsible for promoting and developing economic growth in the local authority areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

We produce our area’s Strategic Economic Plan, which acts as a blueprint for the activities that need to take place to improve our economy.


We are governed by our board which is comprised of business leaders, education providers, economic experts and local authorities. It is at the North East LEP board meetings that all of our key decisions are made.

We also have three advisory boards to drive forward our delivery programmes while our executive team is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of each programme.

The North East Combined Authority provides the formal accountability arrangements for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. Our financial accounts can also be viewed on the Combined Authority’s website.

Our board members

Our advisory boards

The North East LEP team

North East Strategic Economic Plan

The strategy for economic growth in the North East

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Annual review 2016-17

The latest progress update on our activities and achievements

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NECA Transport Assurance Framework

How transport programmes and projects are managed in conjunction with the North East Combined Authority

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Assurance framework

Sets out how all North East LEP investment programmes and projects are managed

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A guide on how we are governed and how LEP activities are managed

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Complaints policy

Details on how to make a complaint

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Strategic Risk Register

A guide on how the LEP manage strategic risk

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Host Authority and Accountable Body Agreement

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What funding has the LEP secured for the North East?

We have secured resources for the North East in different ways. We oversaw the development of  successful regional programme proposals to the UK Government to secure three rounds of Regional Growth Fund and Local Growth Fund investment. We prepared the strategy for European Strategic and Investment Funds and have used our resources to develop projects which lever significant additional resources for the North East.

With partners, we have prepared successful proposals for the 21 Enterprise Zone sites which have secured government tax benefits for investor business and will deliver a rolling investment fund over time. We have also secured resources from other sources for specific projects aiming to take forward aspects of the SEP, for example the Gatsby Foundation have resourced the regional project to improve careers advice and support and Horizon 2020 funding was secured to develop our engagement with European innovation platforms.

Where can I find agendas, minutes and papers from LEP Board meetings?

All minutes and agendas from board meetings are available here.

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