Business engagement in innovation

Proportion of enterprises in North East that are innovation active

53% of businesses in the North East (region) report they are innovation active.  This is comparable to the UK average and mid-table compared to other regions and devolved administrations (6th out of 12).


North East region businesses defined as ‘broad innovators’ are more likely than non-innovators in the region to:

  • Export
  • Employ science and engineering graduates
  • Employ other graduates.


However, the North East region lags the UK on all three measures.  North East region innovative businesses are more likely than UK innovators to employ individuals with following skills:

  • Multimedia/web design
  • Engineering/applied sciences
  • Mathematics/statistics

% of enterprises that are innovation active by region, 2012 - 2014

Last updated:
02/03/2018
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: UK Innovation Survey 2015 (BEIS)

Data information: Based on the North East LEP area

An enterprise is defined as innovation active if it is engaged in any of the following activities:

  • Introduction of a new or significantly improved product (good or service) or process
  • Engagement in innovation projects not yet complete or abandoned
  • New and significantly improved forms of organisation, business structures or practices and marketing concepts or strategies.