Newcastle and the North East enjoys striking contrasts between the vibrant and cultural life of its cities, to the breathtaking countryside and beautiful unspoilt coastline. As well as an area of beauty, the region is also a source of innovation and business activity that is continuously growing from strength to strength.
Across the region there are a number of major blue chip firms such as Nissan and Komatsu, alongside local names such as Sage Plc, Reg Vardy and Greggs, which employ thousands of people and invest heavily in the region.
North East England has world-class capabilities in the renewable energy sector, with the New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) at Blyth leading wind, tidal and photovoltaic power generation, as well as the world’s largest biofuels producing complex.
Process industries are also thriving, with the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) consisting of 200 pharmaceutical, biotechnology, speciality, petrochemical and commodity chemical companies. Their combined economic power provides about £8bn of GDP and over 25% of the region’s industrial base, employing 34,000 people. One third of all UK biotechnology companies are based in North East England.
The region has also made groundbreaking advances in the fields of nanotechnology and ICT. North East England’s world-leading digital sector includes microchip manufacture, robotics, software, informatics, e-commerce, game design and data manipulation.