First official NPH Partner Programme meeting held
The first official Northern Powerhouse Partners meeting was held on 8 December 2016 at Peel Ports in Liverpool. The meeting was a key milestone for our partnership programme, and helped set the foundations for meaningful engagement that will mean real change for the North of England and North Wales.
Bringing together 55 business leaders from the Northern Powerhouse, the event was a great opportunity to hear first-hand, how individual partners have been contributing to build this government mission.
“A number of delegates have followed up with me and the feedback has been unanimously positive.”
Mike Perls, CEO of MC2, Chair of IoD NW
Partners were involved in facilitated discussions on how this partnership programme will drive forward the Northern Powerhouse priorities for this network, to deliver against the core pillars of transport and connectivity, skills and innovation and quality of life.
“I found the event a great opportunity to hear from a very valuable and diverse group of organisations. There was a clear desire for certainty in the strategic transport plan, this is something DfT is very conscious of and we are working to improve.”
Carolyn Dolan MBE, Deputy Director, Regional Strategies: North and Midlands, Department for Transport
Building upon the collective expertise of this network is a priority for all involved in this first official partner meeting, as observed by Deputy Director for Department for Education, Lancaster and West Yorkshire Region, Anne Casey who said “by putting outstanding business leaders and educationalists together we can make a real difference to education and skills in the North”.
The valuable inputs from partners on the day have helped to shape our immediate priorities for the Northern Powerhouse proposition and thinking on skills for the North.
“We would be delighted to engage the partners to sense-check our work to promote the North to international buyers and investors.”
Martin Phelan, International Director Department for International Trade
But this is just the start. We encourage you all to take an active role in shaping the Northern Powerhouse Strategy alongside the forthcoming Industrial Strategy – to boost productivity and improve the skills pipeline in the North and across the country. More details of how you can get involved with the Industrial Strategy roundtable discussions will be available in the coming weeks.
Finally, thanks to all colleagues and partners involved in making this first event a successful start to our journey together.