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Northern Powerhouse – The Biggest Commercial Conversation in a Generation.

We recently sponsored the UK Northern Powerhouse Conference, which took place in Manchester on 21st and 22nd February. The conference was attended by over 2,500 delegates, including overseas delegations from the governments of China and India, 75 exhibitors, almost 100 speakers and over 600 for the Northern Lights Awards Dinner. The conference coincided with the … Continue Reading

Paying for Our Progress: How Will the Northern Powerhouse Be Financed and Funded?

We recently partnered with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) to examine one of the most important challenges facing the Northern Powerhouse – financing and funding. The report investigates the differing streams of finance and funding that are potentially available, and looks at the policy and other challenges that exist in the delivery of … Continue Reading

Education in the Northern Powerhouse

The Northern Powerhouse concept is approaching a crucial time in its development – in order for it to succeed it is vital that the north can harness the three key elements required for economic growth: “research”, “innovation” and “skills”, and in order for this to happen a large emphasis is being placed on the future … Continue Reading

Full Steam Ahead Please

The quality of the North’s trade links, both nationally and worldwide, will be an essential factor in its bid to become a united force able to compete globally. In Manchester Airport the North already has a world-class global hub, providing access to key cities around the world.  This, along with the regions other smaller airports, … Continue Reading

Economy of the North – Outlook for 2016

Historically, the economy of Northern England has not enjoyed the same levels of prosperity as that of the south. However Chancellor George Osborne’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ concept aims to address this economic imbalance, attracting investment into northern cities and towns and levelling the playing field once and for all. The growing sense of potential around the … Continue Reading