The North of England is a great place to live, work, invest, study and visit. Its world-class arts, culture, heritage and nature assets are a fundamental part of this outstanding quality of life and make important contributions to economic growth and employment.

York Minster Cathedral
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Supporting Thriving, Resilient Places

Our LEPs rightly recognise the North’s unique and internationally significant shared environment, culture and heritage. These sectors are a vital and growing part of our region’s economy. Culture and heritage alone contribute £4 billion a year to UK plc and are estimated to employ some 16,700 people across the North.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance of investing in these shared assets to develop thriving and resilient places. As well as supporting economic growth, high quality places also contribute to improved health and wellbeing, inclusion and diversity, skills and creativity, the net zero agenda and overall living standards.

Changes as a result of COVID-19 – such as increased remote working and domestic tourism, plus the greater importance that people are placing on their local places – present opportunities for the North to attract a greater share of private sector investment, visitors and skilled workers.

The NP11 and partners’ approach links strongly with the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper, which emphasises the importance of developing local pride and empowering communities.

Our Ambition

We are working with strategic culture and nature partners across the North to develop proposals for how we can better coordinate place-based funding and attract more private sector investment, with opportunities identified around:

  • The North’s natural environment
  • Our growing film industry
  • Improved digital connectivity
  • Creative health opportunities


We are also developing a “live, work and invest” proposition which will complement local, regional and partner programmes by setting out a clear pan-northern vision.

As well as working across our 11 LEPs and with the North’s local and combined authorities, our partners include Arts Council England, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Nature North.

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This NP11 activity is led by Helen Simpson OBE, Chair of York and North Yorkshire LEP; and Lord Richard Inglewood DL, Chair of Cumbria LEP.
Meet the NP11 Chairs
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