The Northern Powerhouse Partnership

What is the Northern Powerhouse Partnership?

The NPP will help develop consensus among businesses, civic leaders and others about how the north of England can be more successful.  The focus will be on encouraging cities and counties to work together to create a northern powerhouse.

By producing original research, encouraging innovative thinking and hosting thought-provoking events, the NPP will encourage new policy ideas which will improve the north's quality of life and economy, and promote it as a place to work, study, live and invest.

The NPP is chaired by George Osborne and has a business-led Board which features influential business figures from across the North of England. Prominent city leaders across the region are also represented on the Board, in addition to Jim O’Neill, former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, and John Cridland, Chair of Transport for the North (TfN). NPP is non-political and will maintain an all-party approach.


To increase the impact and contribution of the North of England to the UK economy.

The North contains communities with a strong industrial heritage and a distinct culture all surrounded by a beautiful natural environment. By encouraging these communities to work more closely together, we believe we can make the whole of the North greater than the individual parts. This will create the prosperous, modern economic powerhouse that has the critical mass to drive a wealth of opportunities; a North where companies choose to invest and create jobs, and people choose to live because there is a high quality of life, rising living standards and everyone is supported to reach their full potential.

NPP is business led, and will foster the partnership with local and national government. We will focus on where, by working better together across the North, we can make the biggest difference to growth and quality of life, putting in place the evidence base needed to support action, and driving specific initiatives.

George Osborne MP

George Osborne MP, Chair

"When I launched the idea of the Northern Powerhouse I said I would work tirelessly with anyone and everyone to make it a reality. But even I have been taken aback by the huge support it’s attracted, across political parties, businesses and communities.

In the space of just two years, we've created powerful new mayors, committed to huge new transport and science projects, and attracted investment from around the world.  

There's a real excitement now in the north about what we can achieve if we work together.  I don't want us to lose that.  That's why I'm so pleased major businesses, civic leaders and others have worked with me to create this new Northern Powerhouse Partnership. I'm also glad that the government has given its support.

Chairing this new Partnership will now be a major focus of my political energies.  The Northern Powerhouse is here to stay."

Northern Powerhouse Partnership Survey

Since it was set up, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership has been working to develop consensus among businesses, civic leaders and others about how the North of England can be more successful.  The focus is on collaborating to create a Northern Powerhouse. Via the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review (NPIER), the North has itself identified 4 prime capabilities – a collection of assets, expertise and businesses which are pan-Northern, highly productive, and internationally competitive. These will form the core of future economic growth and are:

  - Advanced Manufacturing
  - Energy
  - Health Innovation
  - Digital


We'd welcome your views on what the key areas for development and action are and would like to invite you to participate in our online survey through the link below. Any responses you provide will be anonymised and will not be attributable to you or your organisation, unless you indicate at the end of the survey that you wish for this to be attributable. Your responses will remain confidential and will only be used for the purpose of this work. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Thank you


Senior Research Manager

Reporting to the Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), this role will drive the organisations research output, ensuring that the best evidence and economic thinking informs policy proposals which are ready and waiting to be implemented.

The Senior Research Manager will play an essential role in establishing the NPP as impactful policy advocates in collaboration with businesses and civic leaders across the North.

The role can be based in central Manchester or Leeds and will require travel across the North of England.

The main accountabilities will include:

  • Provision of sectoral expertise across the prime economic capabilities of the North (digital, advanced manufacturing, energy and health innovation) as well as in education policy and infrastructure.
  • Scope which specific policy and wider interventions will secure economic agglomeration
  • Develop innovative ideas from across the North, from within the NPP itself, and capturing on the ground insights from business leaders within the network
  • Producing policy advocating documents, alongside extracting and interpreting key messages from commissioned research.
  • Provide policy input to key projects, as well as commission new research to support key NPP projects.
  • Support preparation of presentations on the Northern Powerhouse by Board Members.

To be considered for the role you will have a strong academic background and an expert in labour market analysis and macroeconomics, you will have a detailed understanding of agglomeration economics.

Additionally, you will have expert knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research techniques, particularly those related to evaluation and cost benefit analysis and a keen understanding of local growth, education and infrastructure issues and policy.

You will be a trusted policy advisor who possesses meaningful relationships in the civil service and in the North in either or both private sector and civic institutions and an established track record of developing new policy proposals and developing them to point of implementation.

To be considered for this opportunity please send your CV to