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Super council maps out the North East’s future

Caption: Back l-r - Cllrs Grant Davey (N'Land), Nick Forbes (Newc), Iain Malcolm (STyneside), Mick Henry (G'head), Front - Paul Watson (S'land), Simon Henig (Durham) and Norma Redfearn (NTyneside).

Caption: Back l-r - Cllrs Grant Davey (N'Land), Nick Forbes (Newc), Iain Malcolm (STyneside), Mick Henry (G'head), Front - Paul Watson (S'land), Simon Henig (Durham) and Norma Redfearn (NTyneside).

A SO-called super council is aiming to put the North East on the map.

Members of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) – made up of Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland councils – will be heading to Liverpool for the International Festival for Business (IFB)

NECA has teamed up with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to form Invest North East England, which they hope will make it easier for investors looking to work with the region.

It will also make it easier for developers and enterprises interested in setting up in the area to get the support they need to do business here.

The service will allow the seven local authorities to present one shared image of the region, playing to the area’s strengths in manufacturing and engineering; life sciences and healthcare; software and technology; subsea oil and gas, new and renewable energy; and professional, financial and business services.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson, who is also economic development and regeneration lead at the combined authority, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for us to make our case for the North East and what we have to offer as a region to potential investors.

“The North East has all of the assets and attributes to make a compelling case to investors and organisations looking to expand their business here.

“The attendance of the North East Combined Authority at an event like the International Festival for Business provides an opportunity to clearly articulate our offer to a national and international audience, and I am sure we will all benefit greatly from being part of this event.”

The IFB takes place on July 21 and 22

 

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