Northern Powerhouse

Trains are on strike – How can you tell?

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The rail Unions have announced a series of strikes during the Christmas period. But, such has been the chaotic state of the railways in the north of England for months now, Frank McKenna asks ‘how can we tell?’

The Northern Powerhouse: Boosting Economic Growth

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Downtown in Business is delighted to have teamed up with the Institute of Government & Public Policy to allow all DIB members and stakeholders an exclusive opportunity to access IGPP’s Northern Powerhouse event that will take place online on Thursday 6th October 2022.

City Outlook – Manchester

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As 2022 gets underway, the Downtown in Business team look at the political outlook and its potential impact on the business and the economy in the forthcoming year in Manchester.

Growth without Gimmicks – what next for the Northern Powerhouse?

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Governments like slogans – and in the north, having been used to the Powerhouse label since 2014, we are now trying to understand where we fit in the latest ‘levelling up’ agenda. We are left asking ourselves whether the Northern Powerhouse remains relevant, and perhaps more importantly whether it will leverage the strategic public investment we continue to critically need to maximise our potential. Here, Nicola Rigby, Principal at Avison Young shares her insights.

Will towns be the government’s priority?

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Will towns be the new driving force of the Northern Powerhouse? This week Downtown held an event with one of the leading Chief Executives in local government, Wigan’s Alison McKenzie-Folan. Jim hosted the lunch and reports on her forthright views on the cities v towns debate.

It may be the year of the North

Jim says this needs to be the year when Minister’s are held to their promises on real investment and devolution for the Northern Powerhouse.