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Major businesses give Northern Powerhouse the thumbs up

Dozens of firms have stepped up to back the Northern Powerhouse in major boost to the government’s ambitions.

Leading businesses – from Peel Ports to Leeds Bradford Airport – have yesterday (31 October 2016) been reveiled as Northern Powerhouse partners.

A raft of firms have signed up to the new government scheme, with many others in the pipeline, meaning the number of Northern Powerhouse partners has surpassed the 30 mark. Each of these companies has committed to join forces with government to help the North achieve its full potential – and attract new jobs and investment to the region.

Prime Minister Theresa May has made it a key government mission to back business growth across the Northern Powerhouse, through record investments in transport, backing for science and infrastructure schemes and cultural and sports funding, such as the £24 million investment to bring the cycling World Road Championships to Yorkshire.

The businesses taking part in the Northern Powerhouse partnership programme – which range from infrastructure specialists and PR agencies to banks and universities - will join a new network of leaders who strongly believe in the potential to grow the Northern economy and are committed to delivering this growth.By pledging their support, this dynamic new network will now champion the North’s strengths, as well as promote new and exciting local developments across transport, skills and innovation, culture, and devolution.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, said yesterday:

We are determined to create a Northern Powerhouse and are clear we must work closely with businesses to pool the abundance of talent across the North to make this a reality.

Today dozens of bold businesses are sending a clear message by joining us in this quest to make the Northern Powerhouse an even better place to live, work and invest in.

But this is just the start, and I would encourage other leading companies to sign up to our new scheme, so we can continue to work together to unleash the full potential of our great northern towns and cities.

New partners announced yesterday include:

  • Creative Inclusive Industries
  • North Invest
  • aql
  • Vivergo Fuels
  • Medilink
  • N8
  • Barclays
  • Siemens
  • Northern Health Science
  • Alliance
  • Leeds Bradford Airport
  • Visit Hull and East Yorkshire
  • Arcadis
  • Make It York
  • RTC North
  • Crawford Healthcare
  • ANS Group
  • Travel Counsellors
  • Deloitte
  • Assura
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Carlise Lake District Airport
  • Vivergo Fuels
  • North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
  • Downton in Business
  • Hello Soda

These companies join the list of existing partners including Manchester Airport Group, the Peel Group, Atkins Global, North Wales Business Council, Northern Power Women and PD Ports bringing the total number of partners up to 31.

The new network will focus on four key priorities: connectivity and transport; skills, science and innovation; quality of life and culture, and devolution.


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