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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North East A-Level results fall behind

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Former Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield joins NPP

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Northern business leaders frustrated on continued delay to IRP

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3 hours ago
Today @henrimurison will be at @Transport4North Conference 2021 in Leeds to discuss the transport schemes critical to the future of the #NorthernPowerhouse. https://t.co/EmRWzZNlEw
Transport for the North @Transport4North
TODAY 🙋‍♀️Excited to hear from some of our key speakers #TfN21

Bringing together leaders to discuss key issues on #transport

📈 #economicrecovery
⚖️ #levellingup
💚 #decarbonisation

@MayorOfWY @AndyBurnhamGM @RailFreightUK @DameSarahStorey @henrimurison @HS2ltd @MayorJD https://t.co/b6SKZAZJly
3 days ago
Great to be at today's launch of the Invest In Cumbria Alliance - a new partnership which puts social value at the heart of new investments in Cumbria.

Trudy Harrison MP stresses the role business must play in investing in a fairer, smarter, greener Cumbria

#IICALaunch https://t.co/RaDxtRJmmv

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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Devolution and Mayoral Elections 2021

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

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The Case for Devolution

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