Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the North of England have come together to support the Northern Powerhouse initiative.
They will be represented on NP11 – a new Government-funded board intended to further strengthen the position of the North of England as an economic powerhouse.
The Chairs of the 11 LEPs will, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day Council for the North, advising the Government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.
Describing NP11 as “an influential new body”, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said that the Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in ensuring that every area of the country continues to flourish economically after Brexit.
“By bringing together the private and public sectors, Local Enterprise Partnerships are in a unique position to unite northern business and civic leaders behind a common goal of building a true northern economic powerhouse,” Roger Marsh, Chairman of both the Leeds City Region LEP and the NP11 board, said.
Those sentiments were echoed by Christine Gaskell, Chairwoman of the Cheshire and Warrington LEP and NP11 Vice-chairwoman, who said that the new forum will serve as a strong coherent regional voice with national government about the exciting potential of an innovation-led economy for the North.
The new board will report on progress each quarter to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.