Northern Economic Leaders

The Northern Economic Leaders

The Northern Economic Leaders (NEL) is an apolitical business leader’s network that supports growth in northern Adelaide both socially and economically. NEL provides a forum for leaders to share their collective knowledge, influence government policy and bring together firms to make northern Adelaide the best place in South Australia to run a business.

Operating as a group since 2007 this group is now formalising their operations to be a incorporated association operating regionally across northern Adelaide. This follows strong interest in having stronger business leadership in northern Adelaide and with the development of the Northern Economic Plan and a cross-government focus on northern Adelaide, there was a strong push from business to formalise this group and evolve it into a regional structure.

Now it’s your time to be involved- Inaugural AGM 21 March 2017

Now we are engaging local businesses to register their interest becoming a member in the lead up to NEL inaugural AGM on Tuesday  21 March 4-6pm, Mawson Lakes Hotel Function Centre. Membership is open for Northern Adelaide businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Register here to attend AGM

For more information and how to become a member of the Northern Economic Leaders see


Some Successes to date

  • Minister Kyam Maher MLC Minster for Automotive Transformation and Manufacturing announced the development of Northern Adelaide Economic Plan at recently hosted business event.
  • Connected local businesses with thought leaders such as serial entrepreneur Raymond Spencer, Chair of Economic Development Board on the opportunities and visions for northern Adelaide in a state context.
  • Input and feedback on local, State and Federal priorities and developments within the region including the State Manufacturing Strategy.
  • Secured a jointly funded position to support local manufactures benefit from the rollout of the State Manufacturing Strategy initiatives.
  • Members provided feedback and input on councils’ investment attraction campaigns.
  • Committed to a range of workforce solutions to seek to provide local workforces opportunities.
  • Hosted showcase events for the local businesses to celebrating local business thriving including SAAB Technologies, Osmoflo & Lifestyle Bakery.
  • Held a workshop on local business who a succeeding in doing business with China (Hot Property Group, Michell Wool, Scholle)
  • Showcased new and pending investments in the region at with support opportunities for local businesses.
  • Shared the success of local companies and technologies adapting to high energy costs. This included Bickfords, Tindo Solar and expert insights from Sinclair Knight Merz.
  • On-site tour of members businesses to share and demonstrate business practices to allow members to learn from each other’s operations.
  • Provided connections to programs and grants which could assist local business growth and development.

What’s your views?

If you have a view on what could support economic development we would like to hear from you. Contact Ben Kirchner, Senior Economic Development Officer 8260 8205 or visit the Polaris Centre.

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Northern Adelaide Economic Plan

At the Northern Economic Leaders event held at Mawson Lakes last…