North East Enterprise Agency is a unique collaboration of nine multi-award winning enterprise agencies supporting businesses across the North East of England to start and grow. Established in 2008 to ensure there was regional coverage of enterprise and business support services across North East England, today they play a critical role within the enterprise and business support landscape, providing an unrivalled package of business support services across the region.

Over the past 3 years North East Enterprise Agency’s members have prepared almost 20,000 people for enterprise, helped to create more than 6,000 new businesses and supported almost 14,000 more to develop and grow.

Chairman of NEEAL, Paul McEldon, said:

“We believe the North has a huge amount to offer to business and that the Northern Powerhouse Strategy will be a vital tool in focusing resources and minds on building a strong Northern economy. We are entirely committed to building the Northern Powerhouse for all of our mutual benefit.

”Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, said:

“I am excited to announce North East Enterprise Agency Ltd as the newest member of the ever-growing Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme as they join over 300 organisations who are determined to see the North reach its full economic potential.

“They provide incomparable support to people to set up and grow their businesses and have already helped thousands of local entrepreneurs. Building on the Government’s Local Growth Fund investment of almost £380 million in the North East, their dedication will continue to back businesses to create new jobs.”

The Northern Powerhouse is Government’s vision for a more prosperous North with good-paying jobs for hard-working people, better roads and railways, higher-performing schools and world-beating universities. The Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme is an essential part of creating the Northern Powerhouse. Government is looking to build a network of partners who all believe strongly in the economic potential of the North, and support the need for a combined effort by government and business to realise that potential. There are currently over 300 businesses and organisations signed up to the Partner Programme.

Prospective partners can email NorthernPowerhouse@communities.gov.uk for more information about the Partners Programme and how to apply.