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, digital services, 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
  • 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 £2bn to the North East England economy
  • Innovators such as FTSE 100 management accountancy firm Sage, Zerolight and global giant Hewlett-Packard all call North East England home in a buzzing digital sector.
  • Advanced manufacturing excels in North East England, with automotive and rail OEMs choosing to locate their operations base in the region.  Our world-leading research and development into low carbon and electric vehicles has positioned the region as a world leader in electrification
  • Business Services is one of the top sectors in North East England, with more than 130,000 people employed in Finance, Professional and Business Services (FPBS)
  • The Life sciences and healthcare sector is powered by pharmaceutical giants and innovative R&D companies who are supported by a strong eco-system of academia, support networks and specialist facilities
  • And world-class excellence in the subsea and offshore sector sees BEL Valves, Baker Hughes, Technip FMC and SMD trading across the globe from the region

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