Business expenditure on R&D

Expenditure on research and development in the North East region and related employment

Expenditure on R&D by North East region businesses was £411 million in 2019.

  • This was £33 million less than in 2018 but £129 million higher than in 2014
  • the 2019 total was 1.6 per cent of all UK expenditure on R&D by businesses
  • this was equivalent to £1.87 million per 10,000 adults, a much lower rate than across the UK (£4.80 million per 10,000 adults)
  • however, the North East rate had increased by 43 per cent since 2014, a larger percentage increase than nationally (up 26 per cent) 
  • the North East rate was the lowest among the nine English regions and less than a fifth of the rate in the region with the highest spend per head (East of England).

Employment in R&D in businesses in the North East region in 2019 was 6,000 (full-time equivalents) .

  • This is 2.3% of total UK employment in R&D in businesses 
  • it is equivalent to 27 per 10,000 adults, the lowest rate among the nine English regions
  • the North East rate was only 56 per cent of the UK equivalent (49 per 10,000 adults).

The percentage of expenditure on R&D by North East region businesses was higher than the national proportion for:

  • Chemical manufacturing
  • mechanical engineering manufacturing
  • services.

For some manufacturing types, R&D is based in other English regions despite a high proportion of the manufacturing process taking place in the North East region

Business expenditure on R&D over time, North East region

Last updated:
10/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Sources:  Business enterprise research and development, UK (ONS; last updated Nov 2020)

Data information: Based on North East region, which includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas.


Business expenditure on R&D per adult over time, North East region and UK

Last updated:
09/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Sources:  Business enterprise research and development, UK (ONS; last updated Nov 2020)

Mid-Year Population estimates (ONS via Nomis; last updated Jun 2020)

Data information: Based on North East region, which includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas.


Business expenditure on R&D per adult, UK nations and regions

Last updated:
10/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Sources:  Business enterprise research and development 2019, UK (ONS; last updated Nov 2020)

Data information: Based on UK regions, the North East region includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas.


Employment in R&D per 10,000 adults, UK nations and regions

Last updated:
10/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Sources:  Business enterprise research and development 2019, UK (ONS; last updated Nov 2020)

Data information: Based on UK regions, the North East region includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas.


Business expenditure on R&D by product, North East region

Last updated:
10/02/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Sources:  Business enterprise research and development 2019, UK (ONS; last updated Nov 2020)

Data information: Based on UK and the North East region, which includes the North East and Tees Valley LEP areas.