New businesses back the Northern Powerhouse
Mar 30, 2017 | Latest News |
The numbers of leading businesses, universities and organisations backing the Northern Powerhouse has soared.
Colliers International and Eversheds LLP are among the latest organisations to have pledged their commitment to create jobs, attract investment and support innovation in the north.
It means almost 90 leading organisations have now pledged to be Northern Powerhouse Partners – a key part of the government’s ambitious plan to turbocharge the north’s economy.
Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy and Commercial Secretary Baroness Neville-Rolfe today brought the new and existing Northern Powerhouse Partners together in Manchester, to discuss opportunities and ideas to champion the region.
It comes after Northern Powerhouse Partner Vodafone announced it plans to create around 800 jobs in Manchester and 600 new jobs in Newcastle over the next 2 years.
Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy said:
From Siemens to Vodafone, the investment being made by major businesses is further proof that the Northern Powerhouse economy is firing on all cylinders.
We’re determined to support this region so that it reaches its full potential.
Now we’ve got the backing of almost 90 different organisations, which is absolutely vital to securing the economic future of the north for years to come.
Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Baroness Neville-Rolfe said:
Today’s announcement is proof that businesses back our ambition to build a Northern Powerhouse which is crucial to its success.
I’m committed to secure the infrastructure, investment and support the north needs to become a global economic heavyweight at the very heart of the UK economy.
That’s why we are meeting businesses, universities and organisations across the region today to listen to their views on the action we can take to help unleash the north’s full potential.
Rob Mukherjee, Director of Regional Business, North West, at Vodafone UK said:
Vodafone is pleased to be hosting the first Spring Summit for Northern Powerhouse Partners and have the opportunity to work alongside other organisations committed to helping the region go from strength to strength.
There’s never been a more important time for industry, government and communities to work together. The Partner Network is providing an excellent forum for us to hear from and engage with communities and enterprises on further opportunities to support growth, innovation and skills development across the region.