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North East LEP

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North East LEP
Westgate Road
NE1 1SA Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

The LEP (local enterprise partnerships) is a business-led, strategic vehicle, responsible for promoting and developing economic growth in the North East.   The Partnership is funded by the seven local authorities and Central Government.


NELEP (North East Local Enterprise Partnerships) is engaged in a significant amount of activity to stimulate economic growth.  Some of the current areas of work include:

  • Managing Enterprise Zone sites around Nissan in Sunderland, North Bank of the Tyne and around the Port of Blyth;
  • Commissioning and now implementing an Independent Economic Review of the North East, led by Lord Andrew Adonis;
  • Ensuring business-led steer on inward investment and trade activity for the NELEP area;
  • Managing a £55m North East Investment Fund, providing both loan and equity finance for viable infrastructure developments, funded by both Growing Places Fund and a recent successful Regional Growth Fund round 3 bid;
  • Developing the strategic response to post 2014 European funding opportunities with local authorities and wider partners in the NELEP area;
  • Facilitating communications between business, local authorities and other partners in the North East, and encouraging joint working on a number of areas;
  • Supporting Northumberland, Gateshead and County Durham Councils on managing Rural Growth Network pilot funding on behalf of the NELEP area;
  • Providing a close link to Central Government and lobbying for further opportunities for the NELEP area;
  • Developing a Skills Action Plan for the North East with Newcastle City Council as part of their City Deal with Government, with the aim of ensuring that skills provision meets employer demand; and
  • Working with the seven local authorities and business in the North East to develop strategic transport priorities.