North East England

The northeast of England has been one of the country's industrial heartlands historically and, despite some downturn, heavy industry is still an important part of the economy. Having said that, service sector businesses - the sort that use office spaces - are an increasingly crucial part of the mix in the northeast's range of commercial activity.

According to a report by the University of Northumbria, for example, by 2013 the business to business sectors in the region accounted for the employment of no less than 197,000 people drawn from over 13,000 firms. This amounts to in excess of £7 billion of the region's economy, comparing favourably with the tourism sector which contributes about £2.2 billion to it and which accounts for about 50,000 jobs.

For those that are new to the area, there is also a surprising amount of activity in the creative industries. Three quarters of a billion pounds of the northeast's annual contribution to the UK's economy comes from this sector. It employs over 35,000 people all over the region.

As with other regions in the UK, the northeast has seen a growing investment in infrastructure in terms of broadband speeds and the road network, both of which have been upgraded - particularly in the urban centres.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership is the key governmental instrument for improving on the services that are needed regionally to attract businesses to relocate to the northeast.

Newcastle Upon Tyne

For many people, when they think of the northeast of England they really think of Newcastle. Coal mining in the region made the port of Newcastle prosperous and this, in turn, led to the development of a large ship building industry. These days, the city has moved on significantly and it is much more focused on the financial sector and business services than it ever used to be.

Sage Group, the famous accounts software company, has its headquarters in Newcastle, as do several other well known brands, like Greggs, the baking retailer. In addition, there are many UK wide companies who choose to base their regional headquarters in the city. The Inland Revenue, Npower and Ubisoft all have large offices in the city, despite not being fully based in the region. Orange, now rebranded as Everything Everywhere, has a large call centre just outside of the city in Wallsend and the Ohio-based multinational corporation Proctor and Gamble are important employers in the city, too.

In terms of office space, the city centre is like that of many others in the country. High rise developments are the order of the day and you will see many of the regional headquarters in similarly looking glass and steel constructions. Rents, as you might expect, are highest in the city centre, but you can also find a number of workspace hubs that have sprung up recently, too. These offer flexible, even per-day, rental contracts which will provide a shared office with a desk, a phone and an internet connection.

Office space available in Newcastle

On the outskirts of the city, office rentals tend to be that bit more affordable. Newcastle Enterprise Centre has a number of parks dotted across the city, offering light industrial units as well as offices. Regus has a couple of fully serviced offices in both the centre and on the fringes of the city. Cobalt Park is certainly worth mentioning since it is the country largest office park in terms of space. Situated near to Newcastle, it has thousands of square metres of office space as well as retail units. There is also undeveloped land that is ready to go for the right sort of business which requires a bespoke building to carry out its work.

Sunderland

With a background in the chemical industries, Sunderland still attracts many companies with specialisation in that sector. Quay West Business Park is a typical sort of development which caters for SME enterprises. Here, you'll find firms which serve both the chemical industries and the motor industry. Nissan's massive plant is just down the road, only a mile or two away. The North-East Business Innovation centre - which is designed for start ups and hi-tech firms - is another successful business park that lies in Sunderland. The accent here is on business development and growth, so the centre is ideal if you need shared training facilities or business support services. It is home to many software development companies. Arrow Business Centre occupies a more central location and is converted from a dwelling. It has occupants who range from property consultants to companies serving the healthcare industries.

Office space available in Sunderland

Durham

A medieval city, rather than an industrial one, Durham's famous university means that it is often regarded as a centre of knowledge based industries. The presence of GlaxoSmithKline, in pharmaceuticals, at Barnard Castle has led to a number of firms following in its wake, like Classic Industries Europe and Honeyman Group.

Office space available in Durham

The Rivergreen Centre is a typical office development in Durham. It has office suites which vary in size as well as excellent conference and meeting facilities. 100MB broadband is available, too. A little further afield, City West Business Park is an out-of-town development which offers business small offices and a range of light industrial units.