North East LEP to boost economy with Scotland partnership
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will work with the Scottish government on schemes to boost economic growth on both sides of the border.
North East LEP chairman Paul Woolston and the Scottish government's minister for energy, enterprise and tourism Fergus Ewing have met to identify projects where the North East and Scotland can "work together for mutual gain".
Woolston said: "We are working on a number of key areas where we both have a common interest.
"Ultimately, we intend to approach the UK government with our proposals which we believe will achieve economic growth for the North East and Scotland, and create growth for UK plc.
"This is about two key economic regions working together to improve the economic growth prospects for its people."
Woolston added: "We have significant common interests, but we have been realistic by looking at a small number of areas initially where we could potentially link-up in the future.
"This is absolutely consistent with our economic strategy around trading with partners, about smart specialisation and improving skills. As we operate as a LEP, everything should be like a golden thread linking into our strategic plan to create more and better jobs for the North East."
The LEP has stated that it is "keen" to work with the right partners on initiatives, whether they be "physical neighbours" such as Scotland, or trading companies and groups in Europe, the US or China.