THE NORTH. MADE OF CHART TOPPERS.

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The North of England and Wales offer an outstanding quality of life, which attracts tourists, businesses and investors from around the world. That’s why we’re investing in things that bring people closer together, from superfast broadband to world class cultural venues. The success of the Northern Powerhouse will be defined by the people who see its potential, so we’re increasing connections to help attract and retain the best talent and ensure sustainable growth for future generations.

If the Northern Powerhouse had competed at the 2012 Olympic Games it would have come 6th, ahead of Germany, France and Australia.

DURHAM UNI POWERING UP TECH SECTOR

Professor Gordon Love, Head of Computer Science at Durham, shines a light on the North’s flourishing tech sector, which is forecast to grow to £2.5bn by 2020.

NETBALL WORLD CUP IMPACT

Read about the impact the 2019 Netball World Cup, hosted in Liverpool, has had and how it has helped England Netball create a lasting legacy for the sport in the UK, inspiring thousands to watch, play and participate in netball.

YORK VIDEO GAMES GRADUATES WIN £25,000

Mujo Games took part in Tranzfuser, the Government’s video game development competition where graduates pit their original video games against one another to win up to £25K from the UK Games Fund. The team won with an abstract rhythm game they created called Yellow Rock Road.

JODRELL BANK ADDED TO UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST

Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, owned by the University of Manchester, has been named as the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, becoming the UK’s 32nd site to be added to the prestigious list.

NEW POET LAUREATE FROM LEEDS

Her Majesty The Queen approved appointmentment of Simon Armitage as the next Poet Laureate for a fixed-term of ten years. The acclaimed poet succeeds Dame Carol Ann Duffy, who served in the role between 2009 and 2019. A Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds, Simon has published 28 collections of poetry and now becomes the 21sth Poet Laureate.

YORKSHIRE HOSTS THE UCI ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

In September 2019 the world’s best cyclists came to Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships, the pinnacle event in the international road cycling calendar. The Championships included a range of men’s and women’s races, from junior to elite, starting in different towns and cities throughout Yorkshire and each finishing in the main competition town of Harrogate.