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.

GREAT EXHIBITION OF THE NORTH LEGACY

A Sheffield based social enterprise has been selected to deliver grants from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund as part of the Great Exhibition of the North’s legacy funding. More than £3 million will be distributed by Key Fund to support arts and cultural activities in communities.

£3M TO BOOST DIGITAL SKILLS IN MANCHESTER

The funding announced in the Budget will see the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) team up with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) for the pilot project. Employers and training providers will identify which digital skills are in short supply in the local area.

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 has been pleased to approve the appointment 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.

NEW CREATIVE HUBS FOR LEEDS AND YORK

Universities in Leeds and York are to host two of nine new creative hubs, harnessing future talent and supporting innovation. Aardman, Burberry, Sony and the British Fashion Council are some of the brands involved in the Programme Developing the Clusters is a key deliverable in the Industrial Strategy’s Creative Industries Sector Deal.