The first round of Enterprise Zones was launched in April 2012 to support economic growth by providing tax breaks and a range of interventions to help businesses start-up, grow and expand. Following this success, a second round of sites went live in April 2016.
Collectively, the North East Enterprise Zone is made up of 21 sites. You can find out more about each of the sites on the Invest North East England website.
The North East sites have been strategically selected to drive growth by building on local strengths, making the most of our natural and physical environment, skills and existing business base, as well as the innovation ecosystem.
The sites benefit from agreements that enable up-front investment and speedy development of facilities, as well as simplified planning processes through things like Local Development Orders.
Each site offers one of the following two benefits: