Speaking at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP announced the creation of the newly formed, government-funded board called the ‘NP11’. NP11 will consist of Chairs of each of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
The board will act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day ‘Council for the North’ to work with and advise the government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.
Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said:
“As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish.”
“The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the 11 LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board.”
“For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England – this is the foundation stone of the Northern Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North’s economy into overdrive.”
“Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.”
Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manager for Local Government, techUK commented:
“This new body further demonstrates the government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse and can go someway to helping make digital devolution a reality. Working alongside the metro mayors, wider partners across the region, the LEPs are in a unique position to strengthen collaboration across the public and private sector to spur innovation and inward investment. We look forward to work with the NP11 to support the Northern Powerhouse realise its digital ambition.”
Supercharging the Digital Economy
If you would like to learn more about the Northern Powerhouse vision and how a smarter approach to technological adoption and innovation can spur inward investment into the Greater Manchester region and the North then techUK’s Supercharging the Digital Economy conference is not to be missed!. It’s taking place on the 18 October, The Bright Building Manchester and you can register here.