Northumbrian Water has delivered a huge boost to the North East economy, helping to enable and sustain thousands of jobs, and re-investing millions of pounds over the last year, by sourcing local goods and suppliers.

As one of the largest businesses in the region, the water company had set itself an ambitious goal to make sure that by 2025, at least 60p of every £1 it spends is with local suppliers.

Now, three years earlier than planned, the company has announced it has reached its goal, with its suppliers re-spending more than £130 million in the area on the local supply chain during 2021/2022 and creating nearly 3,000 jobs along the way.

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More than 300 apprenticeships were also created by local suppliers, supported by their contracts with the firm.

A number of activities carried out by the water company have helped it to make sure that the money it invests is being re-spent into the local economy, to help grow wealthy communities.

Over the next three years, the company expects to invest over £450 million per year into the region’s water and wastewater networks. It’s part of a five-year £2.4 billion investment plan between 2020 and 2025 to ensure its services remain resilient for customers in the future.

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