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.

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A plan to level up the north

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‘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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1 day ago
"We're going to do our own levelling up."

Great to hear @BritishvoltUK tell @BBCr4today about their plans to take levelling up into their own hands - creating well-paid jobs in the green industrial revolution, while giving local people the necessary skills to access those jobs. https://t.co/Fse7Kkefcw
1 day ago
Huge news from @BritishvoltUK.

The green industrial revolution is a huge economic opportunity for Blyth. We now need more investment locally in skills, R&D and a better rail connection to Newcastle.

Read more in our report into towns from December 👇
https://t.co/0bU2yhXlmw https://t.co/jbHfvu465e
Kwasi Kwarteng @KwasiKwarteng
🚨NEW - Britain’s 2nd Gigafactory!

The Government is backing @BritishVoltUK’s plans to build a £2billion electric vehicle battery plant in #Northumberland, creating 3,000+ jobs

A major boost for Britain’s auto sector + a resounding vote of confidence in the North East economy! https://t.co/bSohTjlp0h

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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Life in a Northern Town

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Health in the North

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Devolution and Mayoral Elections 2021

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