NERIPNorth East Regional Information Partnership (England)
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Stockton South Conservative MP James Wharton said: "I am pleased to see these figures from NERIP, which reflect the cautious optimism I have heard from many businesses, especially manufacturers."
Jon Carling, head of NERIP, said: "We have produced these reports to inform the debate in the North East about city regions.
Head of NERIP, Jon Carling, said: "It's clear that growth rates in prices continue to match those for England even though they did slow slightly in 2006, while affordability for first-time buyers and demand issues are still core themes of the report.
Head of NERIP, Jon Carling, said: "This report gives us a much more detailed picture of how individual sectors are producing and exporting, those areas where there maybe potential for particular sectors to develop new markets or expand existing ones, and the focus for different sectors.
Head of NERIP Jon Carling said: "One of the most interesting elements is that the mix of exports from the North-East continues to diversify, with increases in sectors such as building, IT, electronics, oil and gas and telecoms and broadcasting equipment over the last year.
One NorthEast is a key funder of NERIP, and through its work we are helping boost the regional evidence base.
The North-East Regional Information Partnership (NERIP) flagged up the manufacturing sector as being heavily dependent on outside supplies, with only 22% of its pounds 13bn spending power being used in the North.
The North-East Regional Information Partnership (NERIP) report questions this dependence on imports and calls for measures to make the region more self-sustainable.
Researchers at the North-East Regional Information Partnership (Nerip) were asked to assess the skills gap that needs to be filled by foreign workers.
The NERIP report says: "These projections show that the North-East is likely to suffer from the pressures of an ageing population, and that there are going to be fewer people in our workforce and fewer younger people to potentially become economically active in order to support this ageing population."
The NERIP report goes on to say: "There is a clear pattern along most of the east coast that suggests areas are self-contained, perhaps insular, in nature." Wansbeck, Blyth Valley, South Shields, Sunderland, Easington and Hartlepool are mentioned as falling into this category.
The NERIP report shows 600 more people a year in the region move from urban to rural areas than move back to the city.