Arcadis is proud to be part of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) - an independent body launched in September 2016 by the Rt Hon George Osborne MP to bring together the voices of over 200 business, civic and academic leaders across the North – as it today releases its first report.
The report sets out the major progress already made over the last couple of years in proposals to better connect the cities and counties of the North, and devolve more power to city regions.
If the steps set out in the report are taken then the Northern economy has the potential to benefit from an additional £100 billion gross value add over the next three decades, and in doing so an additional 850,000 jobs could be created.
In order for the North to be more competitive, the report recommends that urgent attention must be given to improving: the performance and aspiration of the North's schools; the quality of adult skills; the east-west transport infrastructure that connects key Northern cities and Manchester Airport as well as its connectivity to the South; fibre and broadband provision; attractiveness to business investment; and the overall level of ambition in its local decision making.
The report also outlines how getting communities to work more closely together will enable the North to become greater than its individual parts and create a prosperous economic powerhouse that has the critical mass to drive a wealth of opportunities.
The NPP will now work closely with the Government as it takes forward its Industrial Strategy to ensure that the future of the North is created, developed and delivered in the North and a rebalancing of the UK’s economy occurs.
For further information visit: http://www.northernpowerhousepartnership.co.uk/