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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Mott MacDonald joins The Northern Powerhouse Partnership

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North West in the UK’s top three regions for foreign direct investment projects in 2020

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Mayoral Elections 2021: Why they matter

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8 hours ago
Concerning rumours that #NorthernPowerhouseRail may be scrapped in @MirrorPolitics today.

“The North was promised HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail in full – to be abandoned now, just as we begin a recovery from the pandemic, would be a hammer blow.” - @henrimurison

@benglaze https://t.co/VvARSTEL7x
Mirror Politics @MirrorPolitics
Boris Johnson's spending promises could be axed as he heads for showdown with Rishi Sunak
https://t.co/nYrMG20UVD https://t.co/O6qRq1ceaQ
9 hours ago
Local schemes such as @GROW_Mentoring from @sheffhallamuni are having a huge impact in helping disadvantaged pupils.

It’s also fantastic to see local leaders and metro mayors such as @DanJarvisMP making education a priority in the recovery. https://t.co/TnHSOcqr2S

Reallocate Pupil Premium funding to close the education disadvantage gap

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The North needs full delivery of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail

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Whitehall must give power to regions or admit levelling up means nothing

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Why we can’t afford to write Bradford out of Northern Powerhouse Rail

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Community needs to be at the heart of ‘levelling-up’

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Mayoral Elections 2021 – What they show us about devolution across the North of England

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Long-term disadvantage in secondary schools in England

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The Case for Devolution

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