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. We are 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


EY set to more than double its presence in Manchester

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Promising signs for northern economy in NatWest PMI data

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Q&A with Arcadis construction apprentice Carys Marsh

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“Eight years on I can’t help wondering where the big ideas have gone too.

“I don’t hear much from either the Tories or Labour about really radical policies that power the north”

@George_Osborne on the legacy of the Northern Powerhouse in @yorkshirepost

'Brain biomimicry' startup Opteran from @sheffielduni has secured £3.3m from @NorthGritstone, the university spin-out venture chaired by our vice-chair Lord Jim O'Neill 👏


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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What the Queen’s Speech means for the north

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Shared Prosperity Fund shortfall leaves a gaping hole at the heart of levelling up

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The Levelling Up White Paper can be a blueprint for success for the North

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From Industrial Revolution to Northern Powerhouse: productivity in the North of England

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Life in a Northern Town

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Health in the North

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