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Northern Powerhouse Partnership meeting held in Liverpool

A meeting of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) has been held in Liverpool.

Topics on the agenda ranged from transport and connectivity to the government’s industrial strategy and quality of life improvements.

The meeting at the Port of Liverpool, hosted by Peel Ports, was attended by over 40 leading businesses including Atkins, Barclays, Deloitte, Drax, Siemens and Vodafone.

It was followed by a tour for delegates of the £400 million Liverpool2 container terminal, which was opened at the start of November.

The NPP was devised by former Chancellor George Osborne in an attempt to create a new network to help grow the northern economy.

During the visit, Andrew Percy, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse met Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports and Stephen Underwood, chief executive officer of Peel Group.

Mark Whitworth says: “We were delighted to welcome the minister on his first visit to the port and to explain the transformation that is taking place here.

“I’m very pleased that the minister appreciates the contribution the maritime sector makes to the economy and the importance of continued public investment in road and rail infrastructure to support private sector growth.”

Whilst on Merseyside Percy also signed an agreement with the Liverpool City Region LEP for it to officially become a Northern Powerhouse partner.

Speaking after signing the deal with Liverpool City Region LEP interim chair Asif Hamid, Percy said: “We are determined to back business growth across the Northern Powerhouse to create an economy that works for everyone. We have some of the best businesses and talent in the world.

“So I’m delighted that Liverpool City Region LEP and over 40 leading businesses are signed up and raring to go to make the most of all the region has to offer, in a real show of force for the North.

“Our new dedicated Northern Powerhouse website allows potential investors to see what fantastic opportunities there are in the North and showcase all it has to offer.”

Hamid added: “Liverpool City Region is integral to the Northern Powerhouse – and very much its global gateway – and that is why the Liverpool City Region LEP are signing this agreement today.

“The prospects for our city region and the North of England are outstanding. We will only realise our assets and opportunities and drive our productivity and competitiveness to its potential by securing the right level of investment in our infrastructure. We will do that by working together with a shared ambition, a clear evidence base and sharp focus – that is why it is so vital for us to work together across the North of England and with government on the Northern Powerhouse.”