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When the North East LEP was first established we had one very clear aim – to create more and better jobs for the North East.

That ambition remains today and never has it been more crucial to the economic success of our region, especially as we experience a period of real change both politically and economically.

As Business Growth Director at the North East LEP I’m supported by a fantastic Board whose role it is to oversee and advise the implementation and development of our Business Growth Programme.

We’re looking for new, leading figures from across North East industry to join our Board and help business in our region to grow.

We want to create an environment where businesses of any size and ambition can develop and scale-up, strengthening our regional economy and attracting inward investment.

If you have experience of scaling a business or play a key role in the North East LEP’s areas of strength, which include; passenger vehicle manufacturing, subsea and offshore technology, life sciences and healthcare, and creative, digital, software and technology-based services, we’d love to hear from you. We’re keen to compile a diverse board that is representative of the many talented people working in the North East today.

The Business Growth Board is very hands-on and we’d like to hear from applicants that can support our four key areas of work:

The North East Growth Hub
• Communications and business engagement
• Access to Finance
• Creating an ecosystem for business growth

It’s also important for Board members to engage with wider LEP priorities including our work in innovation and skills.

We spoke with two of our current Business Growth Board members, Neil Warwick and Ammar Mirza, to ask them how their role supports our region’s economic success.

We want to engage as many people as possible with the LEP’s Business Growth Programme and ensure we, as a region, benefit from its framework of business support and access to finance. Our Board is crucial to that work.

If you’re passionate about seeing businesses in the North East grow, our economy flourish and creating more and better jobs, we’d love to hear from you.

For more information about the roles on the North East LEP Business Growth Board or an informal chat, click here.

Colin Bell
Business Growth Director
North East Local Enterprise Partnership

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Andrew Hodgson, chair North East LEP