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

News

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

Read article

North takes a lead in carbon capture and storage

Read article

What does this budget need to deliver genuine levelling up?

Read article
25 minutes ago
It’s important and right that government are investing in northern local transport. But without the transformational investment in HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, they will not level up and the north-south divide will stubbornly remain. https://t.co/PMxffEteMv
Henri Murison @henrimurison
At @NP_Partnership we welcome more investment by @RishiSunak including in trams for @OfficialTfGM @SouthYorksMCA, @merseyrail in @LpoolCityRegion & more widely to #MetroMayors @WestYorkshireCA @TeesValleyCA. #London style bus also welcome, but no clarity yet future of #NPR #HS2 https://t.co/XUtnPO1L0Z
12 hours ago
Former politicians, business leaders, passengers - all lining up to tell @hannahITV why Bradford must have a city centre station on the new Northern Powerhouse Rail line. If government are wavering on their commitment to NPR, here are the compelling reasons to build it in full https://t.co/bUba5dyBJh

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

Read article

Closing the education disadvantage gap

Read article

The North needs full delivery of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail

Read article

Innovation Strategy could be turning point in a Northern IR 4.0

Read article

The Northern Supercluster Fuelling the UK’s Science Superpowers

Read article

What’s next for town centre regeneration?

Read article

Publications

Health in the North

Read article

Devolution and Mayoral Elections 2021

Read article

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

Read article

Get involved...

There are a number of ways you can help drive forward the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

Get involved

Our Members

Working with businesses and organisations accross the North