'North East England: What's in it for us, what's in it for you?'
22 September 2014
North East Councils, the North East Chamber of Commerce and Northumbrian Water is promoting a new manifesto at this autumn’s party conferences which focus on the strengths and assets of the North East and highlights the national policy changes that would enable us to achieve more for this area, as well as for the UK economy.
The document, which has been shaped and informed by all 12 councils, business organisations and both LEPs, is aimed at national decision-makers to inform future policies and party manifestos in the lead up to the next Election.
‘North East England: What’s in it for us, what’s in it for you?’ gives strong and confident messages about the North East’s credentials in engineering, advanced manufacturing, chemical, automotive, new and renewable energy, digital industries, life sciences and healthcare. It highlights ways in which we are working to attract investment and development and to deliver not just for our local areas but for the UK plc and calls for national policies that both recognise and support our efforts in creating the conditions for economic growth, employment and prosperous communities.
We are advocating for policies that provide the right tools and incentives that will enable us to succeed, to maximise our investment and deliver benefits for communities across the whole of the North East.
The main themes highlighted include:
- ENERGY: Long-term backing for energy innovation to power crucial export industries
- SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT: Flexible skills and employment policies meeting the needs of local labour markets
- INTERNATIONAL TRADE and inward investment support harnessing world class assets in every region
- TRANSPORT AND CONNECTIVITY: Investment in transport and connectivity infrastructure to promote trade and unlock development
- RESOURCES: Strategic use of resources to enable investment in regions with potential for faster growth
- CULTURE AND TOURISM: Recognition of the contribution of culture and tourism throughout the UK.
View the manifesto ‘North East England: What’s in it for us, what’s in it for you?’