Business start-ups have increased significantly in the north-east, as a result of "economic activity inspiring other economic activity", the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) has suggested.Lorna Collins, director of Flying Start at the NCGE, says there is a "can-do" attitude in the region, as well as five universities and a "good level of momentum"."Money and effort is being spent in the region to coordinate and support business start-ups and it’s a relatively compact region," she explains.Ms Collins adds that she is expecting business growth to continue in the north-east, with more and more businesses choosing to make the move north.A recent study by Barclays Bank revealed that a record number of businesses had been launched during 2007, with start-ups in the north-east up 11 per cent on the previous year.The West Midlands also saw a significant increase in business activity, with Yorkshire being the only region in the UK to see a reduction in start-up numbers.