Lancashire becomes first 'Northern Powerhouse partner'

Lancashire becomes first 'Northern Powerhouse partner'

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy will today sign an agreement to make Lancashire LEP the first Local Enterprise Partnership to officially become a Northern Powerhouse ‘partner’.

The announcement is set to be made during an event at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor stadium today, where Percy will call on other businesses to pledge their support to the Northern Powerhouse.

As a partner of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the LEP will join a diverse range of companies and organisations who have formally committed to work with government to help the North achieve its full potential.

The news comes as new figures show that across the north, nine Enterprise Zones have attracted £1.3bn of private sector investment over the past four years and around 9,000 jobs.

The original nine zones are in Daresbury, the Humber, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, the North East and Tees Valley.

Eight more Enterprise Zones are now set to be introduced across the north by April 2017.

Percy said: “Building the Northern Powerhouse is central to our plans to create an economy that works for everyone.

“We’re backing the north with the investment and powers it needs to fulfil its huge untapped potential and I’m pleased to see businesses here, working alongside the Lancashire LEP, are pledging their support.

“Today’s figures show that Northern Powerhouse Enterprise Zones are attracting the skilled workers businesses need to help them take on the world with an extra 800 jobs in just three months -  and with eight more zones due to open for business by 2017, long may that continue.”  

By becoming a Northern Powerhouse Partner, Lancashire LEP has joined more than 30 other firms that have signed up by pledging their support. This network champion the north’s strengths, as well as promote jobs and growth.

With record investments in transport, strong support for science and infrastructure schemes, and more than £2.8bn invested into locally determined projects through Growth Deals - the North is thriving.

Enterprise Zones are at the heart of this success and are centres of excellence – offering world-class infrastructure alongside financial incentives to help businesses grow.


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