Why North East England Works

Why do businesses locate in North East England?

Hard work, unrivalled business accommodation and great connectivity to global markets ensure North East England is a great location for businesses to locate and grow.

Our highly-skilled, flexible workforce, connectivity to global markets and low cost base are a powerful combination.

Just ask Hitachi Rail Europe and Nissan. These manufacturing giants made North East England their location of choice to build cars exported across the world and trains to carry the passengers of tomorrow.

Invest North East England is your open door to a tailor-made package of support in the region.

North East England is one of the UK’s fastest growing economies.

Thriving business services, ICT, subsea & offshore, automotive and life sciences sectors are spearheading our development.

Investors including Siemens, GlaxoSmithKline and Caterpillar all choose to call our region home.

It’s easy to see why.
North East England Works


Why North East England?
  • The latest Government statistics show that North East England is one of the UK’s fastest growing economies – valued at £35.5bn.
  • It is built on a proud history of leading innovation.
  • George Stephenson pioneered the development of modern railways with his steam engine ‘The Rocket’, Joseph Swan invented the light bulb and William Armstrong the first home to be lit by electric power.
  • More than 200 years on, and there’s a new wave of pioneers leading a new industrial revolution from North East England.
  • Code not coal fuels the region’s IT and digital sector estimated to be worth an estimated £1.1bn to the North East England economy by 2020.
  • Innovators such as FTSE 100 management accountancy firm Sage, 3D pioneers Zero Light and global giant Hewlett-Packard all call North East England home in a buzzing digital sector.
  • Advanced manufacturing excels in North East England, with over 62,000 employees helping to create a £7.25bn GVA turnover. Our automotive industry is renowned for its education facilities and its subsequent business commitment to world-changing research and development into low carbon and electric vehicles.
  • Business Services is one of the top Foreign Direct Investment sectors in North East England, with more than 130,000 people employed in Finance, Professional and Business Services (FPBS) and more than 30,000 people studying in this sector each year.
  • Life sciences and healthcare are a £10.5bn industry powered by firms such as GlaxoSmithKline, Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) and Piramal Pharma Solutions.
  • And world-class excellence in the subsea and offshore sector sees BEL Valves, GE Oil and Gas and SMD trading across the globe from the region, underpinning 15,000 jobs.

North East England Works for them.
It can work for you.