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

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North takes a lead in carbon capture and storage

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What does this budget need to deliver genuine levelling up?

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18 hours ago
Bradford's productivity stands at around 70% of the national average.

We need a stop on the Northern Powerhouse Rail line in Bradford to raise productivity, connect the city better to Leeds & Manchester and create a labour market of 1.3m people and more than 600,000 jobs. https://t.co/jlf0BdE0xk
20 hours ago
Important points from @BW_SciTech's new report...

👉the science and tech sector will be responsible for over 2/3 of all Net Zero jobs by 2050

👉 the North to benefit most from new jobs to support the transition to a low-carbon economy, with 111,900 new jobs predicted by 2050 https://t.co/4dSlnMDM0b
Bruntwood SciTech @BW_SciTech
📢 It's here! We're thrilled to launch the 1st issue in our #MarketSpotlightReport series looking at the impact of the science & tech sector on the UK economy➡️Issue 1 explores opportunities arising from the UK's transition to #NetZeroBy2050. Download now: https://t.co/h45sk7SMGR https://t.co/fVkJtvvf1w

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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Health in the North

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Devolution and Mayoral Elections 2021

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

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