Driving the North’s ambitions

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. NPP is chaired by the former Chancellor George Osborne who backed the Northern Powerhouse as a concept and who coined the phrase itself in a keynote speech in June 2014.

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.

Unlocking further economic growth and driving up productivity across the North will be led by private sector growth, underpinned by private capital as well as public goods. 

There are three priorities at the heart of rebalancing the UK economy: transport, devolution  and education. Investment in each of these is critical to creating more opportunities for people living and working here and to creating a North as prosperous as the South.

NPP is business-led and fosters collaboration between places and national government. We work together on evidence-based objectives which can make the biggest impact to deliver sustainable growth and to improve quality of life.

More information about our vision


‘Second-class’ rail investment for the north, as government publishes IRP

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The North delivered almost a third of UK green investment performance in 2020, finds EY

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North takes a lead in carbon capture and storage

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19 hours ago
Hydrogen has a vital role to play in reaching #NetZero.

We're at the launch of #EastCoastHydrogen today to learn more about plans to bring hydrogen to over four million homes and to hear from @GregHands on how the UK can lead a green energy revolution. https://t.co/0YtJ4AP9DG
20 hours ago
As @SadiqKhan fights to save @TfL, our vice-chair @Juergen_Maier wrote for @NorthernAgenda_ about why pitting London against the North is not only unhelpful, it’s fundamentally wrong - and why we need Whitehall to let us make our own choices.

https://t.co/rIJsKzlrpn https://t.co/VX44qpSoTT
Rob Parsons @RobParsonsNorth
Also in today's newsletter:

@Juergen_Maier on why its Whitehall's tendency to hoard power, not London, that the North should be fighting against

https://t.co/RAd7MCL2KW https://t.co/akOQcvSYKk

Northern Coalition on Skills launches to tackle North-South skills gap

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Closing the education disadvantage gap

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The North needs full delivery of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail

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Innovation Strategy could be turning point in a Northern IR 4.0

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The Northern Supercluster Fuelling the UK’s Science Superpowers

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What’s next for town centre regeneration?

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Health in the North

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Devolution and Mayoral Elections 2021

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“A disadvantage chasm”: Long-term disadvantage in secondary schools

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