Rt Hon George Osborne MP hosts Northern Powerhouse Partnership roundtables in Yorkshire

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  - Roundtables taking place today in Sheffield and Leeds, attended by business and civic leaders

  - Major energy generator Drax Power Limited joins the Partnership Board

1st December 2016

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), an independent body established to represent the voice of major business and civic leaders across the North, is today holding roundtable ‘evidence gathering’ events in Sheffield and Leeds.

The events are to be attended by the Chief Executives and Leaders of both Sheffield and Leeds city councils, together with business leaders from each city. The events are part of a series of roundtables taking place across the North and led by the Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP. The roundtables are helping to start develop consensus amongst prominent business and public sector organisations on the issues and priorities that will enable the NPP to drive transformational change throughout the Northern economy.

The NPP is also today announcing that Drax Power Limited is joining its Board. The Selby based energy company operates the biggest power station in the country and generates enough electricity to power Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield and Leeds combined.

The NPP is an independent not-for-profit partnership which launched in September 2016 with a business-led board, including representatives from key Northern companies including Manchester Airports Group (MAG), Mace, Barclays, Associated British Ports, Siemens, HSBC, EY, Addleshaw Goddard, Arcadis and Bruntwood. These organisations are expected to play an important role in providing insight and evidence to drive the Partnership forward.

The Board companies have all agreed a financial contribution to the NPP and representatives from these businesses will be in attendance at the roundtables occurring in 2016, with further engagement planned across the North in 2017.

The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, said: “Yorkshire is critical to the Northern Powerhouse. Today I’m visiting two great Yorkshire cities, listening to business and civic leaders about how the Northern Powerhouse Partnership can work with them to harness their energy and collective will to drive genuine economic renewal right across Yorkshire and the wider North.

"These roundtable events will enable the NPP to develop a consensus across the region about the common ideas which we can work closely with national government on to improve the economy and quality of life for people in the North.

“I am also pleased to welcome Drax to our Board. They are the latest major employer in the region to join the NPP and I feel confident that the expertise we have assembled will enable us to promote some fresh and innovative thinking into issues that will really make a difference here in the north.

“Long-term collaboration between the private and public sectors across the North, and with Government and national agencies, will be essential if this ambition is to be realised and the NPP will be fundamental in delivering this.”

Drax Power CEO, Andy Koss, said: “We are delighted to have joined the NPP’s Board and this new relationship will see us playing an even greater role in delivering real benefits across Northern England.

“Drax truly powers the Northern Powerhouse, generating enough electricity to power 6 million homes and supporting more than 14,000 jobs across the UK including those at our Yorkshire based power station, and the ports of Liverpool, Tyne, Immingham, and Hull which form a crucial part of our supply chain.

“Drax plays a vital role in the way energy is generated, supplied and used as the UK moves to a low carbon future and we look forward to sharing our expertise with the NPP.”

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