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A united front from North East councils to sell the region

The leaders of the seven North East councils, including Northumberland's Grant Davey, back left.

The leaders of the seven North East councils, including Northumberland's Grant Davey, back left.

All seven of the North East authorities, with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, are coming together to showcase all that the region has to offer at the UK’s premier international business event next week.

Members of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) – made up of Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils – are uniting with the North East LEP to provide a single gateway for investors looking to work with the region, called Invest North East England, and will be presenting the North East’s offer at the International Festival for Business (IFB) in Liverpool. Invest North East England will make it easier for developers and enterprises interested in setting up in the area to get the support they need to do business here.

Providing a one-stop-shop for inward investment in the North East, the service will allow the seven local authorities to present one shared image of the region, playing to the area’s strengths in manufacturing and engineering; life sciences and healthcare; software and technology; subsea oil and gas, new and renewable energy; and professional, financial and business services.

The authorities will attend the IFB on Monday and Tuesday, showcasing the region at Made in the UK, a series of conferences that focus on the manufacturing sector with anticipated attendance by developers and senior business people from the UK and overseas.

Chairman of NECA, Coun Simon Henig, said: “It is about showing the world what we have to offer in the North East, with one shared voice and a set of common strengths.”

 

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