Driving the North’s ambitions

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The Northern Powerhouse Partnership

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) was launched in September 2016 as the leading voice of business and civic leaders across the North. We are chaired by economist and former Treasury minister Lord Jim O’Neill, who worked with then Chancellor George Osborne to deliver the Northern Powerhouse as an economic project.

The vision focused on one central idea: by closely connecting the great cities of the North, we could create a whole greater than the sum of our parts. An interconnected network of thriving economic hubs that stretched the breadth of the Pennines would allow people here to access better-paid, more highly-skilled jobs. Moreover, it would attract businesses from around the globe looking to capitalise on a talent pool of millions.

Our work focuses on three core priorities which are critical for unlocking further economic growth and driving up productivity across the North: connectivity, devolution and education. Each of these is vital to ensure the North of England becomes as prosperous as the South.

NPP is a business-led think tank and advocacy group for the North of England which fosters collaboration between local and national government. We work together to deliver sustainable growth and improve quality of life for those living and working here.

More information about our vision


Emerging signs of productivity growth across the North of England

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Rolls-Royce SMR facility in Sheffield to produce prototype modules

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Northerners overpaying on council tax by £250 a year

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Investing in education and skills at Sellafield

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Devolution in action: shared goals in the Humber

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Delivering value for money on HS2

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Fiscal DevoNation: a blueprint for devolving tax

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Long-term impact of long-term disadvantage

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The Internationalisation of the Northern Powerhouse

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