A comprehensive new website has been launched to bring together strategic commercial property and land available to buy or rent throughout the region.
The North East LEP-funded site, www.locatenortheastengland.co.uk , allows businesses to search by location, type and size, using an interactive map.
Transport links, universities, colleges and significant points of interest for businesses are also highlighted on the site, the latest example of ongoing efforts within the North East to grow inward investment in the region as recession becomes a thing of the past.
The idea was first proposed by G9, a group of North East chartered surveyors who were keen to develop a resource for better presenting and promoting available and strategic sites.
The North East LEP agreed to fund the project, which has been developed over nine months with a creative agency.
Gavin Black, chairman of the G9 Group and partner at Gavin Black & Partners, said: “The North East exports more as a region than it imports. But if we look at a company like Nissan in Sunderland, that’s an example of inward investment, and, a few years ago, I think something like 47 companies came here on the back of it, as part of the supply chain.
“There will similarly be lots of support companies coming on the back of Hitachi coming to County Durham. If we can persuade more companies to come here then we can not only create more employment but more sustainable employment.”
Every month, the instructing surveyors will collectively update the site, which links through to their contact details. G9 is also offering to help the LEP and local authorities deal with inward investment generated. Black said bringing business into the region involved a “jigsaw”, of which the new website was just a part.
“But it’s an essential part,” he added.
“Until you knit everything together, you don’t get a realistic picture. It allows you to go from nought to a hundred in a short space of time, making it easier to assimilate the information.”
He added that there were many reasons businesses should consider the North East - it was now a matter of promoting those plus points.
“We have a flexible and adaptable workforce here - look at the quality coming out of Nissan,” he said.
“And the cost of that workforce is lower than elsewhere because of the better standard of living.
“We have a better water supply than anywhere else, we’re three hours and 40 minutes and London on a train, and one hour, twenty minutes from Edinburgh.”