New North Wales partners join Government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’

Economy & Politics | Wales
Jake Berry

Four organisations from across North Wales – including some of the region’s most prestigious education providers and innovative companies officially join the UK Government’s Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme.

Glyndŵr University and Coleg Cambria will join the programme to support a more prosperous North Wales and North of England, alongside adventure tourism company Zip World and Wrexham Mineral Cables, a manufacturer of fire-resistant insulated cables.

The Northern Powerhouse is the UK Government’s vision to maximise economic growth across North Wales and England, to provide well-paid jobs, better local and cross-border transport and to support our world-renowned universities. Each of the new partners took part in a public signing event at the Catrin Finch Centre at Glyndŵr University today alongside Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP and UK Government Minister for Wales Nigel Adams MP.

Other Welsh business organisations already signed up to the network of almost 200 Northern Powerhouse partners include defence technology company Raytheon and the North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council. The Partners Programme is an integral part of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, bringing together different stakeholders to work alongside government and business with the shared aim of increasing productivity and boosting economic growth across the north of Wales and England.

Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “The Northern Powerhouse is the UK Government’s ambition to bring together the great cities, towns and rural communities of the north of England and Wales to drive economic growth, by creating high-value local jobs, modern transport links, and increased investment.

“I’m proud to welcome our four new partners in north Wales – Zip World, Wrexham Mineral Cables, Coleg Cambria and Glyndŵr University – who share our vision and highlight the diverse range of organisations taking part in the Northern Powerhouse Partners Programme. By working more closely together we can ensure that our economic ambitions are realised in north Wales and across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse.

UK Government Minister for Wales Nigel Adams said: “I am delighted to formally welcome four leading Welsh organisations to the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

“These new partners represent a variety of sectors and each of them is championing north Wales’ strengths, bringing a depth of experience and ideas to realise our economic potential. Together with partners from across the border and UK Government support, they will create good jobs for local people and improve the capacity of our national infrastructure to better connect our communities.”

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