North East Combined Authority, The Lumen, St James Boulevard, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5BZ

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Invest North East England (INEE) is the inward investment agency for the North East Combined Authority and is the first point of contact for businesses looking to locate and invest in our region. Our aim is to support new inward investment and promote the region as a prime location for businesses to locate, grow and prosper.

INEE has access to and strong working relationships with the UK Government, support agencies, sector specialists, universities, colleges, knowledge networks, finance streams and business organisations. This allows INEE to act as a conduit between you and all potential regional stakeholders, ensuring you are able to make the best decision based on all relevant data.

Invest North East England supports businesses with a whole range of practical relocation support and advice including:

  • Advice on availability of land and property and costs
  • Information and statistics on the local economy, demographics, infrastructure and labour market
  • Organising visits to the region and meetings with key stakeholders
  • Access to finance – guidance on the availability of financial assistance and grants
  • HR support, including wage comparisons, training, recruitment and local market information
  • Support for key employees and their families moving to the area
  • Introductions to supply chain knowledge networks and technological expertise
  • A Personal Account Manager dedicated to your project with a full aftercare programme.

Sample Grant Programmes

North East Inward Investment Grant – available to companies expanding/relocating into the North East of England. Amounts between £.5m and £2.5m, 10-20% grant rates, minimum of 75 FTE jobs to be created. Grants to be paid in arrears. Full information and eligibility criteria can be provided on request.

Business Growth Fund – Grants of between £20,000 and £300,000 are available at variable intervention rates of up to 30%, dependent upon the amount requested, the need for grant support and the level of impact in terms of job outcomes and productivity improvements. Full information and eligibility criteria can be provided on request.


“Invest North East England has provided our company with many valuable introductions into relevant pathways in the region. They facilitated introductions to the City Council, PROTO in Gateshead, and also North East Screen; all of which have made finding our feet in the North East very smooth!

“If we had not reached out to Invest North East England, I doubt we would have the contacts we have made, or the knowledge of the area that we have now. The pride from Invest North East England in the region is contagious, and we have found ourselves really excited for all our future projects here.”

Christopher Simcock, Founder of Sensel Studio

“Verisure received a tremendous amount of support from the team at Invest North East England, and they went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Since expanding our operations centre (formerly based in London) to the North East of England, we’ve managed to grow to over 600 employees in a relatively short space of time, and consolidate a Centre of Excellence to provide best-in-class service to our growing customer base.

“Had it not been for the level of support we received from Invest North East England, we could have been steered away from what has, in retrospect, been a very good decision for our company.”

Kevin Croft, Operations Site Director, Verisure

The North East region has a particularly strong health and life science sector and supports a large number of intermediaries, many with strong industrial capabilities. We’re able to make, develop and trial our products all within one small area which makes the North East a very economical place to do business. There is a huge amount of expertise and knowledge in the region as well as a talented pool of graduates and PhD students from the local universities.

There’s also a fantastic quality of life on offer, which makes the North East a great place to live as well as work.

Dr David Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of Iksuda

Being based in the North East allows us easy access to UK and global markets. We are proud of our operations throughout the UK, Europe and beyond with our location providing easy access to import and export routes.

We focus on building positivity and energy in our business, recognising the work the team have done. We truly value the communities around us, and we are extremely focused on ‘home grown talent’ with commitment to nurturing and growing our own people.

Martin Kendall, Managing Director

Key Staff

Rachel Burdis
Rachel supports the growth and location of businesses in the North East, and specialises in working with organisations in the tech, FPBS (financial, professional and business services), creative, and space sectors.

Michelle Duggan
Michelle helps to attract inward investment in North East England; supporting business growth across a range of sectors including electrification technologies, health and life sciences, and advanced manufacturing.

Guy Currey
Guy leads the team at Invest North East England working with partners to attract inward investment into the region – an area north to south covering Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham. Guy works across many sectors and leads on energy.

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Key Sectors

A highly skilled workforce, unmatched operating costs and superb access to UK and overseas markets, make North East England the location of choice for investors in the Automotive, Rail and Advanced Manufacturing sectors.

Home to scores of software and tech companies doing business right across the globe, the North East workforce has a proven track record in Satellite Applications, Immersive Tech, Games Development, E-sports and Fintech.

North East England has a worldwide reputation for excellence in Energy and is leading the way in Green Energy and offshore renewables.

Our combination of a highly skilled, cost competitive workforce, plentiful Grade A office accommodation and a strong network cluster make our region one of Europe’s best investment locations. The Fintech sector is growing with a rich ecosystem and great market opportunities.

A world class centre of healthcare excellence, a workforce underpinned by university graduate talent, pharmaceutical manufacturing prowess and R&D excellence, make our region highly attractive to life sciences investors.