Large and growing business base

Second only to the capital in growth

We have over 50,000 companies in the region, and experienced one of the highest growth rates in company numbers between 2014 and 2015, second only to London.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) come from all over the world to invest in North East England, in 2016 – 2017 the region recorded a total of 84 inward investment projects leading to over 6,000 new jobs 

From the US to New Zealand to India, North East England attracts investors from across the globe. We have also seen significant growth in existing investors, with Nissan being the top investing company.

Companies regularly cite our ‘market size and growth potential’, skilled workforce and infrastructure as reasons for locating here.

Other examples of key investors include Accenture, Santander, ResQ, Tesco Bank, Ubisoft and Sage. New investors are being attracted all the time; some of the most recent being global rail giant, Hitachi Rail Europe, and global business services company, Convergys.


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Advanced Manufacturing and Automotive

A highly skilled workforce renowned for its exceptional productivity and loyalty, our unmatched operating costs and superb access to UK and overseas markets, make North East England the location of choice for investors.

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Life Sciences

A world class centre of healthcare excellence, a workforce underpinned by university graduate talent and pharmaceutical manufacturing prowess, make our region highly attractive to life sciences investors.

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Home to scores of software and tech companies doing right business across the globe.

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North East England has a worldwide reputation for excellence in oil and gas, subsea technology, marine engineering and offshore renewables.

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Business Services

Our winning combination of a highly skilled, cost competitive workforce,
plentiful Grade A office accommodation and a strong and growing
cluster make our region one of Europe’s best investment locations.

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