Driving the Northโ€™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


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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40 minutes ago
Congratulations to our board member @watson_dance on her very well-deserved MBE ๐Ÿ‘ https://t.co/3jseSAMSmT
Sharon Watson MBE, DL @watson_dance
First part of my day with hubby at #WindsorCastle collecting this ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ #MBE for services to Dance. https://t.co/OhSEGvX25J
2 hours ago
Levelling up & net zero are not mutually exclusive - they go hand in hand.

@henrimurison in @OpinionYP on why green investment bolsters our energy security and creates jobs - especially in the north, which provides 51% of England's renewable energy.


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 UKโ€™s Science Superpowers

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Whatโ€™s next for town centre regeneration?

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Northern regions lose out on levelling up funding post-Brexit

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Life in a Northern Town

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Health in the North

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