Northern Powerhouse Partnership roundtables return to the North West


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  - Liverpool roundtable taking place today, attended by business and civic leaders

  - Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, joins the Partnership Board

2nd December 2016

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), an independent body established to represent the voice of major business and civic leaders across the North, is today holding a roundtable ‘evidence gathering’ event in Liverpool.

The event is to be attended by Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, together with business leaders from the city. The events are part of a series of roundtables taking place across the North and led by the Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP. The roundtables are helping to start develop consensus amongst prominent business and public sector organisations on the issues and priorities that will enable the NPP to drive transformational change throughout the Northern economy.

The NPP is also today announcing that Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, will join the Partnership Board in a personal capacity. Professor Rothwell is an eminent scientist and is the first woman to lead The University of Manchester. She is also a Board member of the N8 Research Partnership, a co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, a Royal Society Council Member, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership Board, and President of the British Science

The NPP is an independent not-for-profit partnership which launched in September 2016 with a business-led board, including representatives from key Northern companies including Manchester Airports Group (MAG), Mace, Barclays, Associated British Ports, Siemens, HSBC, EY, Addleshaw Goddard, Drax, Arcadis and Bruntwood. These organisations are expected to play an important role in providing insight and evidence to drive the Partnership forward.

In addition, Lord Jim O’Neill, former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, and John Cridland CBE, former Director General of the CBI and current Chair of Transport for the North (TfN) also sit on the Board.

The Board companies have all agreed a financial contribution to the NPP and representatives from these businesses will be in attendance at the roundtables occurring in 2016, with further engagement planned across the North in 2017.

The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, said: “With its evolving industrial heritage and status as one of the North’s thriving tourist hotspots, Liverpool is critical to the Northern Powerhouse.

“Today I will be listening to business and civic leaders in the City about how the Northern Powerhouse Partnership can work with them to harness their energy and collective will to drive genuine economic renewal right across Liverpool and the wider North.

"These roundtable events will enable the NPP to develop a consensus across the region about the common ideas which we can work closely with national government on to improve the economy and quality of life for people in the North.

“I am thrilled that Dame Nancy Rothwell has agreed to join the Board of the NPP. Dame Nancy and I have worked together for many years and she will provide clear and current thinking on how we make the most of the North's brilliant universities as anchors of future economic growth.

“Long-term collaboration between the private and public sectors across the North, and with Government and national agencies, will be essential if this ambition is to be realised and the NPP will be fundamental in delivering this.”

“Manchester, like many universities in the north has significant influence on behalf of the region: acting as an international ambassador, educating people from the UK and around the world and making discoveries with global impact.

“I’m excited to be able to bring my personal perspective of working in business, science and higher education to the NPP.”