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Arup Pledges Support to Build UK Northern Powerhouse

Parul Dubey on February 7, 2017 - in Corporate, News

Arup has joined the business-led board of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), an independent body aimed at promoting transformative economic growth across the North of England.

The NPP, launched in September 2016 by the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, represents the voice of some of the leading business and civic leaders across the North.

The partnership has launched its first report setting out a vision for how to transform the region. With input from over 200 businesses and civic and academic leaders, the report highlights the progress made over recent years in proposals to better connect the North, and devolve more power to city regions. It outlines steps that have the potential to add £100 billion to the economy over the next three decades and create an estimated 850,000 jobs.

“What makes this Report from our Northern Powerhouse Partnership different is that it is a plan of action worked on, developed by and now proposed by the North itself. Across the private and public sector, and across the political parties, we’ve worked on a common approach. It starts with the listening we’ve been doing to the voices of many Northern businesses and civic institutions over recent months.

– The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chair of the NPP

“The business case for the North is clear. We need to do more to advance our regional towns and cities to build an economic powerhouse capable of rebalancing the UK economy. This report is a positive demonstration of how civic and business leadership from a cross-sector of industries, working together, can bring about a step-change in the North’s performance. We must continue to collaborate and leverage the unique and individual strengths of the region, to drive our collective strategies to transform the North.”

– Dave Newton, Director, Arup

Arup joins the other business represented on the Board, including Manchester Airports Group (MAG), Mace, Barclays, Associated British Ports, Drax, Siemens, HSBC, EY, Addleshaw Goddard, Bruntwood and Arcadis.

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