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What is the Northern Powerhouse?

The Northern Powerhouse is our ambition to bring together the great cities, towns and rural communities of the North of England and Wales to become a powerhouse for our economy. We will achieve this with modern transport links, a revolutionary new style of governance and increased investment.

Andrew Percy
Minister for the Northern Powerhouse

Why is it important?

The Northern Powerhouse forms part of the government’s industrial strategy which will build upon our strong economy and help businesses up and down the country seize the opportunities presented by leaving the EU.

Northern Powerhouse strategy

Published at the 2016 Autumn statement, the Northern Powerhouse strategy explains how the government will work with local stakeholders to address key barriers to productivity in the region. The government will invest in transport infrastructure to improve connections between and within the North’s towns, cities and counties; work with local areas to raise education and skills levels across the North; ensure the North is an excellent place to start and grow a business; and ensure the Northern Powerhouse is recognised worldwide as an excellent opportunity for trade and investment.

Strength through partnership

The partnership programme is an essential part of creating the Northern Powerhouse. We are looking to build a network of partners who all believe strongly in the economic potential of the North, and support the need for a combined effort by government and business to realise that potential.

The time to invest is now

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