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.
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.
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.
All minutes and agendas from board meetings are available here.