WORLD-LEADING academics are visiting the region in the next few weeks as part of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Economic Review, chaired by Lord Andrew Adonis.
They form an expert panel which is assessing and reviewing options for economic growth in the North East. The panel is being supported by Ian Neild, “disruptive futurist” at BT; Mike Emmerich, chief executive of New Economy Manchester; and Richard Baker from RBLS Consulting and Associate Fellow of IPPR.
They will report their findings to an evidence base conference to be held in February at the Baltic, Gateshead.
Northumbria and Sunderland universities will also present results of evidence gathering into the region’s manufacturing and services sectors.
The region’s universities have made a significant contribution to the task of gathering and collating responses from many North East-based private and public sector organisations.
Lord Adonis and some of the review team will be at the Baltic conference, along with 200 business, university and public sector representatives.
Lord Andrew Adonis said: “This high-powered group has significant expertise and value to offer the review. They are all supportive of the region, yet able to bring objective viewpoints to the process.”