Sponsors

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) develops a consensus among businesses, civic leaders and others about how the north of England can be more successful. We focus will be on encouraging cities and counties to work together to create a northern powerhouse.

By producing original research, encouraging innovative thinking and hosting thought-provoking events, the NPP encourages new policy ideas which will improve the north's quality of life and economy, and promote it as a place to work, study, live and invest.

The NPP is chaired by George Osborne and has a business-led Board which features influential business figures from across the North of England. Prominent city leaders across the region are also represented on the Board, in addition to Jim O’Neill, former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, and John Cridland, Chair of Transport for the North (TfN). NPP is non-political and maintains an all-party approach.
Virgin Money is the new disruptive force in UK banking. Bringing together the combined history and expertise of Clydesdale Bank, Yorkshire Bank, the digital brand B and Virgin Money, we are the only bank outside the ‘Big 5’ that boasts a genuine full-service personal and business banking capability.

We serve 6.6 million customers across the UK through a digital-first approach that offers leading online and mobile services, supported by telephone and branch banking, including a national network of branches and business banking centres.

We are structured around three divisions – personal, mortgages and business – offering a full range of products and services for consumers and small and medium sized businesses, delivered through our leading technology platform to deliver a consistently world class experience for customers.

Our ambition is clear – to make Virgin Money a new force in consumer and business banking that will disrupt the status quo.
Sellafield Ltd operates the biggest nuclear site in Britain on behalf of its owners, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
With a workforce of more than 11,000 people, the company is one of the largest employers in the north of England.
Its role is to lead the 100-year programme to safely decommission and clean up Sellafield while ensuring the local community is not negatively impacted.
This is arguably the most important environmental project in Europe. We also manage radioactive waste and special nuclear materials on behalf of the UK.
Additionally, by the end of 2020 we will have completed our 70-year mission to reprocess spent nuclear fuel for the UK and overseas customers.
TalkTalk is the UK’s leading value for money connectivity provider. We believe that simple, affordable, reliable and fair connectivity should be available to everyone.

Since entering the market in the early 2000s, we have a proud history as an innovative challenger brand which acts for the customer interest. Today, we provide landline, broadband, and TC services to over four million customers. We operate Britain’s biggest unbundled broadband network, covering 96% of the population, supplying services to consumers through the TalkTalk brand, to businesses through TalkTalk Business, and by wholesaling to resellers.
Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy organization for the natural and built environment. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people, active in over 70 countries that generate €3.3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport, voted the UK’s best airport by Which? Magazine 2019, serves 50 destinations and is the home of long haul for Yorkshire, with flights to Florida, Mexico and Cape Verde. The airport also boosts a thriving cargo operation, supporting international trade to and from the North.
The airport’s extensive and integrated site sees it delivering an innovation cluster, combining aviation led industries with advanced manufacturing, logistics, housing and community facilities. The Vision is to be a sustainable place for people to live, work and travel, driving the economy of the North and East side of the country.
The Northern Health Science Alliance is the North of England’s health partnership, across a population of 16 million people, bringing together ten universities, ten research-intensive NHS Trusts and four Academic Health Science Networks working together for a healthier, wealthier North of England.

Our vision is to end Northern inequality through health research and innovation and our mission is to establish the North of England as an internationally recognised health research system.
At Northern Gas and Power (NGP) we have built one of the largest, dependable networks in the utilities sector and are the fastest growing company in north east England, where we are based - Ward Hadaway Fastest 50.

We provide expert and disciplined advice in procurement, energy services and technology. We have developed the know-how to supply services across three continents, helping tens of thousands of customers. Companies of all sizes, from global blue-chip organisations to start-ups, rely on our expertise.

We are part of Global Procurement Group (GPG) - who specialise in delivering energy services and technology globally. GPG has further offices in the UK, US and France. The group also has access to a ground-breaking R&D Energy Lab in Malta and India - ClearVUE Systems – developing and deploying innovative energy management solutions.

GPG and its group of companies manage over 29TWhs of energy globally.
The £400 million Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) was launched in February 2017 by the government-owned British Business Bank with an aim to assist the region’s businesses with their growth plans.
Working alongside 10 Local Enterprise Partnerships, NPIF is a key part of the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ vision, which aims to create economic prosperity in the North of England.
NPIF’s funding supports new and growing businesses, creates jobs and encourages and attracts additional private sector investment by providing finance and support for small and medium businesses.
The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.
Be the Business is a Government supported and industry led charity that aims to improve UK productivity by helping SMEs throughout the regions to thrive. We do this by leading a campaign to encourage SMEs to take steps to improve their productivity, and by working with local partners to deliver evidence-based programmes to enhance management capacity, transfer best practice, and support technology adoption amongst SMEs.
Sheffield Hallam University's vision is to become the world's leading applied university, transforming lives and creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds.

Named University of the Year for Teaching Quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, Sheffield Hallam is one of the UK's largest higher education providers, with over 30,500 students.

The University is a Northern Powerhouse partner and is committed to the Sheffield City Region, providing leadership to drive improvements in social mobility, health and the economy.

Sheffield Hallam delivers a comprehensive range of courses and is one of the country's largest providers of health and teacher training. Home to the UK's biggest modern business school, the University's industrial partnerships ensure that the knowledge students develop is relevant, addresses the skills gap and helps business grow.

The University’s research is characterised by a focus on real world impact - addressing the health, cultural, economic and social challenges facing society today.
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