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Leading businesses unveiled as Northern Powerhouse partners

News   •   Nov 01, 2016 14:40 GMT

Dozens of firms sign up to government scheme to back Northern Powerhouse in major boost to the government’s ambitions.

Major businesses such as Peel Ports and Leeds Bradford Airport have given the thumbs up to supporting the Northern Powerhouse.

With a raft of firms signing up to the scheme, and many others in the pipeline, the number of Northern Powerhouse partners has reached 32.

The companies that have agreed to become Powerhouse partners have committed to working with the government to help the North achieve its full potential and attract new jobs and investment to the region.

Prime Minister Theresa May has supported the Northern Powerhouse, with record investments in transport, backing for science and infrastructure schemes and cultural and sports funding.

The businesses taking part in the Northern Powerhouse partnership range from infrastructure specialists and PR agencies to banks and universities, and will join a new network of enthusiastic and motivated leaders who strongly believe in the potential to grow the Northern economy, with the commitment to making it happen.

By pledging their support, this new network will now champion the North’s strengths, as well as promote new and exciting local developments on the four key priorities: connectivity and transport; skills, science and innovation; quality of life and culture, and devolution.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, said: “We are determined to create a Northern Powerhouse and are clear we must work closely with businesses to pool the abundance of talent across the North to make this a reality.

“Today dozens of bold businesses are sending a clear message by joining us in this quest to make the Northern Powerhouse an even better place to live, work and invest in.

“But this is just the start, and I would encourage other leading companies to sign up to our new scheme, so we can continue to work together to unleash the full potential of our great northern towns and cities.”

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy said: “We are determined to create an economy that works for everyone, which is why we’re backing the Northern Powerhouse with the investment and powers it needs to unleash its huge untapped potential.

“And with 187,000 jobs created in the North in the past year alone and billions invested through devolution deals, Northern businesses signed up to our new partner programme can be a catalyst for economic growth, not just in the North but throughout the country.”

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