Dozens of businesses sign up as "Northern Powerhouse partners"

DOZENS of businesses have signed up as Northern Powerhouse partners to support efforts to attract new jobs and investment to the region.

Barclays, Siemens, Peel Ports and Leeds-Bradford Airport are among the companies that have joined the Government scheme, taking the total number of partners to over 30. Existing partners include Manchester Airport Group, North Wales Business Council, Northern Power Women.

They will join a new network of leaders that will champion the North's strengths and promote local development across four priority areas - connectivity and transport; skills, science and innovation; quality of life and culture; and devolution.

Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy said: "We are determined to create an economy that works for everyone, which is why we're backing the Northern Powerhouse with the investment and powers it needs to unleash its huge untapped potential.

"And with 187,000 jobs created in the North in the past year alone and billions invested through devolution deals, Northern businesses signed up to our new partner programme can be a catalyst for economic growth, not just in the North but throughout the country."

Chief secretary to the Treasury David Gauke added: "Dozens of bold businesses are sending a clear message by joining us in this quest to make the Northern Powerhouse an even better place to live, work and invest in.

"But this is just the start and I would encourage other leading companies to sign up to our new scheme so we can continue to work together to unleash the full potential of our great Northern towns and cities."

The full list of new partners includes:

Peel Ports

Creating Inclusive Cultures

North Invest

aql

Medilink

N8

Barclays

Siemens

Northern Health Science Alliance

Leeds Bradford Airport

Marketing Lancashire

Visit Hull and East Yorkshire

Arcadis

Make It York

RTC North

Crawford Healthcare

Avecto

Deloitte

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

Carlisle Lake District Airport

Vivergo Fuels

North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Downtown in Business

Hello Soda

Recycling Lives

MC2