Insight North East

Welcome – Insight North East

We’d like to keep you updated on news from the North East LEP, read on for information on what’s been happening and our plans for 2020. If you’d like further information, please get in touch – [email protected]

Brexit toolkit

Brexit toolkit: resources and advice for businesses preparing for Brexit
The North East Growth Hub Brexit Toolkit brings together business support and access to finance schemes, together with the latest advice and guidance from government to help businesses in the North East prepare for Brexit.

You can access the Brexit toolkit here or, if you prefer to talk to someone, get in touch with one of our Growth Hub Connectors for bespoke support.

Business Growth

Business Growth team highlights
The business growth team has expanded over the last few months to bring in extra support to work with businesses as they prepare for Brexit – four new team members have joined the team.

Supply Chain North East is now working with 138 businesses. Find out more on Supply Chain North East.


Brexit flextension and its impact on businesses
Colin Bell, Business Growth Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, discusses what the Brexit ‘flextension’ means for businesses in the North East, and preparations for leaving the EU.

Read Colin’s blog post.


VentureFest North East
VentureFest North East is a leading annual networking event for local entrepreneurs looking to grow their business that takes place in Newcastle.

As a cross-sector event, VentureFest North East gives regional businesses the chance to network with leading North East companies as well as local start-ups.

This year’s event is this Thursday 28 November at St James’s Park, Newcastle, and there are still free tickets available – book now to secure a place.

Find out more and book.


Harnessing digital potential in the North East
At the start of October, a new digital strategy for the North East was launched. Digital for Growth brings together partners from across the region to maximise opportunities for growth and investment.

In her latest blog post, North East LEP Skills Director, Michelle Rainbow, talks about digital skills and how our workforce will form a vital component of this new digital strategy.

Read Michelle’s blog post.

Planning for our region’s upskill battle
new report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) highlights the importance of lifelong learning in our modern economy.

Skills Director, Michelle Rainbow, explains how lifelong adult education and careers guidance play a key role as our region is responding to an ever-changing sector and skills landscape.

Read more. 

Bringing careers strategy into reality, and into life
Newcastle College is the North East’s largest college, with more than 16,000 students.The college is supported by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s North East Ambition programme, which helps every secondary school and college in the region towards achieving the government’s Good Careers Guidance Benchmarks.

Ronnie Burn, Head of Student Services and Careers Leader at Newcastle College, explains how the college has successfully improved the coherence and visibility of careers guidance across the whole organisation, and the challenges they have navigated along the way.

Find out more.

Policy and Strategy

Steering group formed to support North East digital strategy
Eight members of the North East business and academic communities have been appointed to the North East’s Digital for Growth steering group, supporting the delivery of the region’s digital strategy.
Energy and clean growth in the Northern Powerhouse
At the start of November, a major two-day event in Hull brought together energy sector businesses, policy-makers and researchers from across the North.

North East LEP Chair, Andrew Hodgson, explains how the North East is working together with partners across the Northern Powerhouse to showcase the combined energy capabilities of the North, and to illustrate how the North has a vital role to play in tackling global challenges of clean growth.

Read more.

Regional labour market statistics reaction
North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Senior Economist, Victoria Sutherland, has commented on the most recent regional labour market statistics, which were released by the Office for National Statistics on 12 November.

Read more.


Current funding streams open for applications
The Rural Growth Programme Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants have re-opened to new applications. Expressions of Interest must be submitted before midnight on 16 February 2020.

Find out more.