Regional collaboration sees staged economic recovery plan agreed

Regional collaboration sees staged economic recovery plan agreed A staged economic recovery plan prepared by the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group has secured region-wide support as leaders look to introduce measures that build confidence, stabilise the economy and help our businesses, sectors and places adapt to the ‘new normal’. The Group, which comprises the […]

Adapting to the new normal and readying for the recovery: In conversation with Councillor Iain Malcolm

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Chair of the North East Combined Authority, explains the importance of the North East COVID-19 Economic Response Group and his aspirations for its work now and in the future. There has never been a more important time for a strategic approach to economic leadership as the North East business community strives to […]

NECA Declares a Climate Emergency

The North East Combined Authority (NECA) has formally declared a climate emergency.   The declaration was made after a motion was agreed at the combined authority’s Leadership Board meeting today (Tuesday, 5 November).   Each of NECA’s four Constituent Authorities – Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland – has already declared a climate emergency and […]

Reformed combined authority meets for the first time

A POWERFUL partnership that will lead the economic development of four of the North East’s seven local authority areas has met. Leaders from the newly constituted North East Combined Authority (NECA), made up of Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland, have come together for the first time since the former NECA disbanded to allow Newcastle, […]

Statement on behalf of the Leaders of Durham County, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland City Councils

A statement issued on behalf of the leaders of Durham County, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland City Councils; Councillors Simon Henig, Martin Gannon, Iain Malcolm and Graeme Miller, said: “The North East has an abundance of assets and vast economic potential and the four North East Combined Authority councils – Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and […]


Ambitious North East Combined Authority (NECA) plans to help transform the region’s transport network and boost its economy have taken a step forward. NECA is one of 10 authorities shortlisted for a share of the Government’s £840m Transforming Cities Fund, which if successful it hopes to use to tackle congestion hotspots and improve transport connections […]

5G Technology for the North East Region

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the North East Combined Authority have jointly investigated the opportunity presented by 5G technology for the North East region, and are highly regarded by industry and Government to be a key place to promote the advancement of 5G technology. Unfortunately for our region, the recent DCMS funding for […]

Like the countryside? Access Forum seeks local volunteers

Tyne & Wear residents are encouraged to play a part in steering how our countryside is looked after by joining the region’s Joint Local Access Forum….

£4M Rapid Charging Stations Contract for Fastned UK

TWO new electric vehicle rapid filling stations are planned for motorists in Newcastle and Sunderland. The city centre stations, which will be designed, built and run by Fastned UK, are both close to major routes and are to help meet charging needs for the growing numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK. Rapid charging […]