Following the publication of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership's 'Powerhouse 2050' report earlier this morning, Chris Oglesby, Chief Executive of Bruntwood Group and member of the board of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership said: “This report clearly underlines that the vision for a more productive Northern economy can only be achieved through better connectivity between our great city regions.
“Unlocking the complementary strengths of knowledge-led sectors in Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester will only happen if we make this our number one priority.
“The Northern Powerhouse Partnership’s 2050 report effectively creates a ready-made industrial strategy for the North, one that is self-evidently backed by the business community. The elements highlighted in the 2050 report will ignite growth if supported properly – creating 850,000 jobs and serving the wider interests of UK Plc. What’s required now is funding and affirmative action from the government to back a detailed plan that is full of insight about what will actually produce results.
“The backbone of the 2050 report sets is fuelling growth in key sectors such as health innovation, digital and advanced manufacturing. Targeted investments in knowledge-led growth sectors by both government and the private sector will help the North close the productivity gap and ultimately rebalance the UK economy.
“With the Autumn Statement on the near horizon, I hope the Government continues to back the Northern Powerhouse as a brand with international resonance and appeal and therefore unleashes its potential by taking these recommendations forward.”
Oglesby added: “This report recognises the power of partnerships and collaboration between our cities and regions. It’s clear too that businesses in the North are now taking responsibility for driving the regional growth agenda.
“Bruntwood, and its partners in the Northern Powerhouse Partnerships, is ready to work with government to bring these important proposals to life in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner.