Quality of life

An enviable quality of life offering great value for money

There are some stunning living locations in North East England spanning all price brackets, with rural, coastal and river views being accessible from family town houses and starter apartments in equal measure.

In 2015, house prices in North East England were the lowest in the UK, averaging £21,000 cheaper than Yorkshire and Humber; and the more general cost of living was one of the lowest.

Yet the North East consistently remains one of the most beautiful, vibrant, exciting and thriving places to live and work.

Travel & Tourism
Iconic attractions such as the Angel of the North, Durham Cathedral and Penshaw Monument are visited by over 150,000 tourists every year.  In 2018, Newcastle Upon Tyne was voted the number 1 location in the world to visit by Rough Guide

Natural Landscape
From award winning parks and gardens to serene beaches and countryside, North East England offers great natural beauty.

North East England has a variety of entertainment offers, from cinemas to open air concerts and live music, to theatre shows, there’s something for everyone. Theatres in the region attract Broadway shows, whilst Sage Gateshead is a world renowned venue for music and learning.

Food & Drink
In our city centres, we have Michelin Star fine dining, family fayre and student feasts; and in our market towns, we have some of the most exquisite home grown produce from our extensive rural areas.

Arts & Culture
Our region has exceptional art galleries such as Baltic, Laing Art Gallery and the Customs House; child-friendly museums such as Beamish, Bowes, Discovery and Centre For Life; and stunning days out for the whole family, such as Alnwick Gardens and Castle, and numerous National Trust stately homes.

Retail therapy has always been an important part of life in North East England and, as such, we boast one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, The Metrocentre, Gateshead, which has over 330 stores, a cinema complex and food village. North East England also offers boutique outlets and market towns that are treasure troves for antique’s dealers.

North East England has a proud footballing tradition with Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC. We also boast premiership Newcastle Falcons Rugby team and the Durham County Cricket Club. For people who love the great outdoors, there is surfing along the stunning North East coastline and the coast-to-coast cycle trail to Carlisle.

North East England also hosts the world’s largest half marathon, The Great North Run, which attracts more than 55,000 participants each year.


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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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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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Business Services

Our winning combination of a highly skilled, cost competitive workforce,
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