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Key role for Christine

A senior Cheshire businesswoman is playing a key role in an influential new body to support the Government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse across the region.

The chairs of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships in the north of England will sit on a newly formed Government-funded board called the NP11.

Its aim is to act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day ‘Council for the North’ to work with and advise the Government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.

Christine Gaskell, who chairs the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, has taken the role of vice-chair of the NP11.

She said: “To translate the Northern Powerhouse concept into increasing impact requires new types of conversations across the region and at the heart of this collaboration are common goals which transcend local interests. The NP11 will serve as a strong coherent regional voice with national government about the exciting potential of an innovation-led economy for the north.”

Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry MP said: “As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish. The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the eleven LEP chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board."

The new NP11 board will be chaired by Roger Marsh of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, and he said: “As someone who has been passionate about the north’s potential as a driving force for national productivity and competitiveness for decades, I am delighted to have been asked to chair this new body.



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